I had a dermatologist that recommended although I don’t /appear/ to have MPB, he suggested that I use Rogaine once a day as a preventative measure, so if the thinning does start it would be severely curtailed. On one hand, this does not seem like conventional advice, and I would be paying money for drugs for nothing, but on the other hand, paying $80 a year (six months supply stretched to twelve months) for relative peace of mind regarding my hair seems like a decent investment.
What do you think? Is there any value to using medications as a preventative measure if you are not balding (yet), but MPB still runs in your family, or is it better to wait for miniaturization to start showing?
If you don’t have balding or any miniaturization, then I wouldn’t use anything. Personally, I don’t think it’ll help that much and your dermatologist’s theory makes no sense. I certainly wouldn’t recommend a medication to a patient that doesn’t need it.
If you don’t have MPB, but you are one of those people who feel compelled to try something, then you can consider Rogaine (minoxidil), as it has the least side effect potential and is available over the counter.