Hi, I believe I asked a question some months back but you only responded by asking me to come in for a consultation. So, let me try to get into specifics before considering coming in. I have been undergoing some stress lately and noticed thinning of my vertex. My hairline is completely unchanged… same as it has been since high school. I am also underweight for my height. Male, 28 years old 6’2″ 160-165 lbs. I have been underweight for the last 4-5 years. My average weight was 180 lbs in the past but have been eating less due to shortage of time and decreased appetite from work, plus I exercise 5-6 days a week. Also, my protein intake has fallen drastically.
I am contemplating whether I am experiencing MPB or Telogen Effluvium. Few months back I noticed a lot more shedding from the vertex area, mostly in the shower. I would pull at my hair and more than 4-5 strands would come out at a time and would not stop until I have pulled out an average of 10-15 strands. This happened every morning in the shower. It has somewhat slowed down, but now I am seeing some hairs come out that underwent miniaturization. Maybe I am experiencing a combo of both Telogen Effluvium and MPB. But has there been cases where men only experience balding in the vertex only?
My father is balding at the age of 59 (typical horseshoe). My mother’s side shows no signs of hairloss from anyone. He informed me that he experienced loss in the front first. If I inherited his baldness, would I follow his pattern?
Detailed feedback would be appreciated. Is consultation by appt only?
Yes, consultations are by appointment only. Your case, like many, are not as cut-and-dry as you’d like it to be, so it would be difficult to just make random assumptions about your hair loss without an exam. I’m not trying to “rope” you into coming in, but I’m also not trying to steer you in the wrong direction. This does require an exam, which can and should be done locally. When I see a patient for the first time (let’s say you, for example), I would plan on spending an hour with you, which gives me time to:
- Get to know you
- Listen to the problem you will be defining
- Examine your scalp and hair in detail
- Discuss a ‘plan of attack’ based upon a Master Plan we would setup to manage your hair loss problem
MPB can be limited to only the vertex (crown), or it may start in the front and progress backward. Genetic hair loss generally occurs in patterns (see Norwood Chart). Telogen effluvium, on the other hand, would be diffuse and not only limited to a patterned area.
If you’d like to setup a free consultation, you can either call my office at 800-NEW-HAIR or fill out the form on my site to Request Additional Info and someone from my staff will get in contact with you.