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Dr Bessam K. Farjo

 

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I’m always discussing other people’s hair loss and thought it would be interesting to give you an insight into my own. This occurred to me recently, when a patient enquired how I, as an ‘expert’ in this field, managed to lose my own hair.

My hair loss – like most men’s – is genetic and ‘gifted’ to me from both sides of the family. Come to think of it, out of 10 direct male relatives I can think of, there are only two who didn’t end up almost completely bald!

Rather than why have I lost my hair, I suspect that what my patient really meant was: why have I not taken any action against my baldness? Well, truth be told, I did take action, but Propecia was not around at the time of my hair loss and Minoxidil unfortunately did not do enough.

When I was training in hair surgery, I also had a hair transplant. But, the quality and level of techniques used were nowhere near what they are today. More importantly, efficient use of the available donor hair is not comparable to today’s extremely high standards.

The combination of advanced hair loss at a young age and inefficient use of my very limited donor hair means that there’s very little I could have done in terms of hair transplant surgery, especially since my actual donor thinned out as well!

Over time, I have come to terms with this, and have reached a reasonably happy state. In fact, I feel that this experience allows me to perfectly place myself in my patients’ shoes, especially the young guys with a strong family history and high expectations.

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