Dear Dr. Rassman,
You are clearly at the top in the field of hair transplant surgery and not only that, you are also a public figure due to your extraordinary efforts on this blog. However, I cannot help but think that your efforts are actually making the problem of male pattern baldness worse for many men.
Baldness is not a modern problem; it has been around for as long as history can record. Many of the greatest figures in history were bald men: Socrates, Shakespeare….Larry David… So why must we persist in seeing this harmless condition as a problem? Many would doubtless answer that it is not harmless because it effects a man’s confidence. However, it is only because of the stigmatization of baldness and the various attempts of Hollywood actors and other public figures to hide their baldness that this is a problem. The more people that come to you to ‘fix’ their baldness, the more baldness becomes a problem.
It is the equivalent of breast enhancement surgery for women. Women are led to believe that only large breasted women are attractive and the more women that get surgery, the worse the problem gets. Why must we seek a media generated image of a perfect male or female appearance?
I am 20 years old and beginning to (very slowly) recede at the hairline. Yes, it is a little scary and unpleasant – isn’t any dramatic change to our person? Yet, I know I can maintain my confidence knowing that self-worth comes from more than simply a rock solid hairline. It comes from treating others well, following one’s ambitions, intellectual fortitude and enjoying life’s pleasures.
Plus, on a purely superficial level, anyone can look good bald providing they are healthy, fit and well dressed. Dr. Rassman, you do fine work on those who are genuinely effected negatively by baldness. For most though, I would like to see them embrace baldness positively rather than resort to surgery.
Bald is beautiful, and I do believe that there are many men who embrace their balding in a positive way, accepting their fate as their genetics intended. I do not think I am making the stigma of balding worse for men.
On the contrary, I do provide a professional medical service to educate and address hair loss issues to men and women. It is true, I perform hair transplant surgeries, but the decision to have the surgery is made by the individual with a consultation with a doctor. After all this is a cosmetic elective surgery.
If you are balding and you don’t find the need to have hair transplant surgery, I think that is great and it is your prerogative! But there are many men and women that are bothered or concerned by their hair loss, and I am here to help them as much as I can.