While I don’t disagree necessarily with the premise that doing nothing now, in hopes of treatment in the future, is a course of action that is done at an individual’s own peril â€” the balance of this response is quite gloomy and alarming. Of course, you are the professional, and we defer to your knowledge â€” but you truly believe that NO beter treament will be available to the public for decades? That hits many of us prety hard. I am a realist. However, is there no room for optimism? There is a market for this, and certainly a willingness, as evidenced by the research of the past 6 years, in finding better alernatives. Those are my thoughts. Thanks for the site â€” more so, when it provdies hope, as opposed to narrow courses of expensive, sometimes (not always) unflatering, options.
Hey, I was hoping for flying cars, public space travel, and a cure for cancer by now. I’d even settle for a cure for the common cold. I would like to think of myself as an optimist… you know, a glass-half-full kind of guy… but the cure for balding is not as easy as you may think. Being bald is like the color of your eyes, the way your ear lobes fold, or how tall you are. It is genetics! And as much as gene therapy is the new buzzword in science, it is a long ways off.
In the mean time, for those men who are bald, there are great alternatives. Hair transplant surgeries have evolved to a point where it is almost undetectable when done by the right surgeon and medical group. See my post on selecting the right surgeon. And when combined with medications such as Propecia, it definitely changes lives. So I am not sure what some of you are looking for, but hair transplants really are not unflattering nor expensive. While I agree at face value the cost of a hair transplant surgery may be in the thousands of dollars, remember that it works and it’s for life! It is often less expensive than a good quality wig, which has to be replaced or repaired ever couple of years. What other item can you purchase for a few thousand dollars to make you look younger and you get to keep for the rest of your life? As you say, you are a realist — it may not be the fountain of youth, but for the optimist, its the next best thing.