December 22 2016, 12:29 pm PT | Posted in: Hair Loss Causes
This young man (Joe) believed that he was starting the balding process that his dad had (a Class 7 pattern of balding). His father was with him today and he told me that he started balding when he was in his very late 30s. That was unusual for a man with a Class 7 pattern of balding (just a rim of hair around the head) as most men achieved that pattern in their 20s. Joe had early recession in the corners of his hairline.
This is what I told him and what I did: “You were concerned about the balding in the family with your father developing his advanced balding pattern in his late 30s (unusual). We performed bulk measurements on your hair today and much to my surprise, the balding you are experiencing is very mild and early with less than 9% hair loss behind the frontal hairline and in the top of your head. At the age of 24, you might be able to hold on to your hair for years if you use the drug finasteride. We discussed the potential side effects of this drug and I told you to call me if you should develop any of these.”
This shows the value of the HAIRCHECK test for hair bulk measurements. Although he thought that shaving his head was a good option and receiving Scalp Micropigmentation rather than face his fading hairline every year, month by month, I felt that he had a good chance to keep his hair and postpone any more thinking about his balding. This is very important for any young man. At his age, thinking too much about his hair replaces the real important things in life. Hair may not be important for him to worry about for years to come.