Hi Dr. Rassman,
I’m 27 year old male suffering from inherited male pattern baldness. I have tried propecia for 5months but had to stop due to loss of sexual drives. Now I’m attending Advanced Hair Studio in Australia (have you heard about this company?) and paying a lot of money for laser therapy, some unknown pills that they claim doesnt have any side effects (what are these??), minoxidil, shampoo and topical hair thickener. I have read about lasercomb. Do you think this laser salon is just a waste of big money and can be replaced with lasercomb and minoxidil? I desperately need to do something about hairloss but can you recommend any other drug to replace propecia??
Thanks for your time.
The story is out on the laser for hair loss. One company here in Los Angeles has embarked on a courageous FDA controlled study to answer the question — what does the laser actually do? I have read hundreds of medical articles which support laser treatment for hair loss as a valuable addition, yet good scientific numbers are just not there. I have tested the laser treatment on multiple patients and some report a gain from it, but that is subjective. For my patients I do not charge for the laser so that I can develop a somewhat objective view and have taken photographs over time to document any potential changes. The problem is that many of my patients are also on Propecia, so I can not distinguish between any possible benefits from the drug and the laser. Possibly the laser comb and minoxidil may work, as it is probably a less expensive approach than the laser salon route.