Hey there Dr. Rassman. I’ve been reading through your site here for a few months after I noticed some thinning at the front of my hairline. I’ve been on Propecia for over a month now and I feel better about the situation but obviously have not had any results yet. The reason I’m contacting you is because, frankly, my hair is very, very important to me and it’s hard for me to effectively convey that to my primary care doctor. Is it unusual for patients to travel cross country to seek your treatment or would I be better off finding someone here in Memphis? I am not in a current financial situation that would allow me to come see you but some day I might really want intensive care for my hair. I can tell by reading your material that you are wise man who cares about people. I would appreciate any correspondence and advice you have to offer.
Our practice is not a typical hair restoration practice in that a good number of our patients do travel a long way to see us, though more than half of our patients are local to California or surrounding states. For those patients who are not local to one of our offices, you can set up a “virtual consultation” with us to get an initial opinion. Some things can be managed without a face to face meeting, but we often direct those potential patients to at least have a phone call. We encourage the use of photographs to help us understand the problems at hand. Hair is very important to our audience and many of those we do a virtual consultation with over the phone have developed questions from reading this blog. If you’d like to request additional info or setup a consultation, check here.
With just a month on Propecia and without knowing more about your hair loss situation, I couldn’t begin to guess if you’re a candidate for hair transplant surgery. Hypothetically though, you should choose the surgeon that can best fits your needs and that you feel most comfortable with. I wouldn’t suggest basing your decision on convenience. For those coming from out of town for surgery, we do offer a travel program.