I could really use some advice. I am 28 years old and started to notice my temples recedding about 1 1/2 years ago. I started using rogaine but after about 3 months I stated shedding alot of hair. I went to see a dermatologist and they did a hair pull test and told me that it was MPH and that I should use propecia. Once i started using propecia I started shedding alot of hair but I have stuck with it because I read that shedding occurs on these medications put generally the lost hair returns. Well after a year and half I lost alot of hair and none of the shedded hair has returned. I went from a NW 1 or 2 to a NW Va in a year and a half.
So I am thinking about see my physician again and I was wondering if there are any tests that I should have them do to help with my hair loss problem. If you know of any good hair loss doctors in the Seattle area I would appreciate any recommendations. I also may be traveling to the L.A. area next week for work and was wondering If you would be willing to meet with me.
I have to take your word on what you had when you first noticed the hair loss process. Usually, a 28 year old man does not ‘fast-track’ hair loss, especially when taking Propecia. I am humbled by the few people who show very rapid hair loss while using finasteride (Propecia) and find this phenomenon very, very rare. One of the genetic tests may show what you can expect from Propecia, so it might be worthwhile getting the test (see here), but it will not reverse the hair loss that you experienced. Of course, I would be pleased to meet with you, but it does sounds like you have genetic hair loss that has been fast-tracking its course. I don’t have any recommendations in Seattle at this time.