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Losing hair my boyfriend is 47 years old. he's very sensitive about his hair loss. he says that his hair loss is from wearing hats. can that happen? is there a way to get that hair back? he was thinking about trying rogaine. do you think that would

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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 36 years experience
Hair : Hair loss in men is common and is an inherited trait. Wearing hats doesn't cause it. Male pattern baldness often improves with over-the-counter Minoxidil (rogaine (minoxidil) is the brand name, but it is available as a generic drug), though individual response varies. Another agent that can help is finasteride, which requires a prescription. Hair transplantation is another option, though it can be very expensive.
Dr. Alan Bauman
Dr. Alan Bauman commented
Hair Restoration 26 years experience
I agree that hats do not cause hair loss. Finasteride and Minoxdil are the FDA-approved medications that stop it's progression. Hair transplants are the only permanent way to restore hair growth. NeoGraft FUE is a comfortable, minimally-invasive transplant method that leaves absolutely no linear scar. But, it's not expensive if you consider the value of a permanent, undetectable restoration.
Apr 18, 2014
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Try: Minoxidil and Propecia (finasteride) in a man not from hats!
Dr. Alan Bauman
Hair Restoration 26 years experience
Not From Hats!: Male pattern hair loss is a progressive condition that is inherited. Hormones trigger progressive miniaturization of hair follicles until they die. Medical treatments (minoxidil, finasteride, laser therapy, PRP) help prevent hair loss, but do not revive "dead" follicles. However, NeoGraft FUE hair transplants are minimally-invasive, comfortable, natural, permanent way to restore hair to the area.
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No and Yes: No...male pattern baldness is genetic and hats have nothing to do with this condition. Yes...hair transplantation is effective, finasteride can slow or stop hair loss but will only rarely regrow hair. Opinions differ on Rogaine, (minoxidil) but its effects seem modest.
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Mail Hair Loss: In addition to the excellent advice you have already been offered, encourage your boyfriend to simply be neat, clean, treat others the way he would like to be treated, and remember that this is a very attractive personality type. Peace and good health.

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