Dr. True talks about restoring not only a young patient's hair, but also his confidence.
DR. ROBERT H. TRUE: I am going to tell you two stories. Okay. On both ends of the spectrum. A 19 year old boy started to lose his hair very early. And this is not common but certainly we see men whose onset of their hair loss starts in their late teens. He was devastated. To the point that he never took his hat off. Never went out on any dates. Was very depressed. Had been doing very well in his studies and really had been heading for one of the ivy league schools, very bright young man and began to kind of withdraw from that.
And it really had grabbed a hold of his life to the point that maybe he wasn’t going to make it. Okay. Or he certainly would not have the life that he would have had otherwise.
And, you know, he came in with his parents, which is not that common of an experience when you are a hair transplant doctor because most of the time we are dealing with adults. So it was a family consultation.
And, you know, when someone starts to lose their hair so early in life, they can end up being extremely bald. And so those are the instances in which even though the minor degree of hair loss that is there can be extremely upsetting to the person, it’s also something that we have to be very conservative about treating because of the long term prospects.
So trying to hold that balance is really a very delicate thing to do, especially with a person that young. But through the use of Propecia, which had a tremendous response for him to control his hair loss. And then being able to do some careful hair transplanting, in a conservative way, he was freed up. He got rid of his hat. He started dating. He did go off to that ivy league college. Got married and I’ve seen pictures of his kid and he is doing fine.