Matt talks about his journey with male pattern baldness, hair transplants and hair loss medication that helped boost his confidence.
Male Pattern Baldness
“Male-pattern baldness is something nobody wants but due to our genetics, 2 out of 3 of guys will see in their lives, 40% of guys will start seeing it in their mid-30s whereas 65% start seeing it in their 60s. However, I fall into the 18% of people who start developing it early and for me, that was at age 19.
How did it happen?
My hair started thinning out over the years. But mainly just receding at the hairline. It was only back in December last year when I was 21, I actually started noticing a visible difference especially when I went to shower or use a product in my hair. From then on, I just saw clumps of hair starting to come out and it was shocking.
I then realised that it wasn’t just getting a receding hairline. It was going from the crown of my head all the way to my mid-scalp region.
This is when I started wearing beanies regularly because I didn’t want to go outside and feel self-conscious about my balding head that people would be looking at me and laugh about it. So I thought if I just cover it and leave it hopefully one day it will just fix itself, which of course it didn’t.
I remember that day when it got too much for me because I was filming a new web series I wanted to make. We’d been filming at the YouTube space all day and after we finished filming, we looked over the screen and I noticed how bad my head had gotten which then prompted me to completely cancel the series that night.
What happened next?
I decided enough is enough and I needed to get this sorted. So I booked in with a private specialist the following morning who would assess my head and let me know if any treatments could be done. She looked over my head and recommended that I get a hair transplant and just in case you’re thinking about it, I didn’t get a hair transplant.
About hair transplants
Just so you know, my second visit to the specialist is when they would go into more detail about how many hair follicles I need to move and how much it was going to cost.
So after looking over my head, they then said I needed to transfer 2,500 hair follicles from the back of my head to the front. Now, I know that sounds like quite a lot, but you’ve got to bear in mind that on our heads, we have around 100,000 hair follicles.
How does it work?
The specialist showed me the different types of procedures they do. They take a strip of a hair at the back and then use those hair follicles to inject back into the head.
They take each hair out individually. But this can cost almost 3x the amount of the first option! So I was thinking that’s probably gonna be only option after the second meeting.
I went for a second opinion
I wanted to go for a second opinion to make sure everything I was doing was correct. The reason was because the whole procedure would have cost quite a lot of money and for that amount of cash needed to be spent, I wanted to make sure that everything was going to be right.
So I went to a different clinic and I spoke to a surgeon who had performed many hair transplants himself to assess my head and make sure everything was all fine.
He actually suggested not to get a transplant. He looked over my head and he said to me if you get a hair transplant you’re going to go bald quicker.
To explain this a little bit better when you have a hair transplant, they take up the hair follicles from the back and insert it into the front then that hair follicle dies off and then regrows. Thus, having new hair.
But with my case, I’ve still got hair up there. And by stitching in new hair follicles, it will kill off all the other existing hair follicles I have, and just stop growing when the new hair follicle does. That is why a hair transplant would make me balder!
What was the solution then?
After that news, it was kind of bittersweet, because, on the one hand, it was fantastic that I wouldn’t have to pay thousands of pounds for a procedure which wouldn’t work for me.
But then, on the other hand, I was still very worried about what I was going to do in terms of my hair because my hair was still falling out rapidly. I started to get teary-eyed in his office because I couldn’t think of any other solution.
But then he said the sweet words of – ‘we won’t be able to get it all back but we’ll be able to get most of it back.’ He explained the long hair follicles in my head were falling out but the new hair follicles were growing in, but very slowly. Thus, making my hair look balder and thinner. He then said if you wanted to see the hair regrow, then you will need to start taking medication once every single day.
So this is the first one of many and he won’t talk to see noticeable differences until after around about 3-4 months. He recommends that you take photos after each month so you can actually see the progress and this is mine.
So this is month one, as month two, this is month three and this is month four. I’ve been taking it now for over 7 months and I’m happy the results are being fantastic.
It has built up my self-confidence again, I don’t need to wear any beanies anymore and it doesn’t break the bank.
There are zero side effects and it’s just yeah, it’s now just part of my daily routine. And even getting the medication is really simple.
I don’t need to go to a doctor to get anything signed off, I don’t need to go to another clinic or anything I can actually do it straight through online pharmacies and get it delivered to my door and it’s just perfect.”
Above content is a full transcript from Matt Amys’ YouTube video, and does not necessarily represent The Doctor Service views. For medical advice on the treatments that can help with Hair Loss, visit our Hair Loss Treatment Page.