Announcer: From our studios in New York, once again here is Stone Philips.
Stone Philips: So which of our hair loss products and procedures works best? We’re about to find out as we check in again with our five friends from Miami. And the results may surprise you. Once again, Rob Stafford.
Rob Stafford: It’s been almost 6 months since we last saw our follicle five. Each of our volunteers is trying a different hair growing treatment. And we’ve sent them back to Dr. Paolo Romanelli, a professor with the University of Miami’s Dermatology Department. Dr. Romanelli took photos of each of our volunteers at the start of this project and is now taking similar shots.
Dr. Romanelli: Mainly looking at the crown I think had some substantial results.
Rob Stafford: As you’ll later see we’ll be comparing those before and after pictures and hear Dr. Romanelli’s subjective opinion on who and has not grown new hair.
Dr. Romanelli: One dose in the morning and one dose in the afternoon.
Rob Stafford: But first we sat down with our five guys to hear what they think, and Joe, our oldest volunteer at 54 is disappointed. Joe, you’re the teacher. What grade would you give your progress?
Joe: D minus.
Rob Stafford: Tough grader you are.
Joe: Yeah, I don’t see any difference.
Rob Stafford: Joe is taking a double-punch approach, using both of the only two FDA approved drugs for hair growth; Propecia and Minoxidil. Here’s how Joe’s hair looked six months ago and how it looks now. But where Joe does not see a difference, Dr. Romanelli sees some minor changes.
Dr. Romanelli: Mild to moderate growth, some results but not so spectacular.
Rob Stafford: That’s enough of an incentive to keep Joe trying the drugs for another six months. The manufacturer of Minoxidil says its product is most appropriate for men who have gradual hair loss as on the top of their scalp and not frontal to baldness. Also experts say it will take about a year before our volunteers would truly know if their treatment is a success or a failure. And Propecia has the decreased sex drive side effect, any problems there?
Joe: No problems there in that department.
Rob Stafford: Everything A-okay?
Joe: Everything is A-okay. Where’s my wife?
Rob Stafford: George, you’re on the Laser comb.
Rob Stafford: Have you noticed a difference?
George: You know what? I think I have.
Rob Stafford: George, our twin who is married says he regularly uses his Laser comb. It’s a $700 device that emits a low level laser that’s supposed to stimulate the scalp. This is George six months ago, here he is now. Dr. Romanelli who did not know what each of our volunteers was using feels George had good results.
Dr. Romaneli: I see some new follicles. I think the results were very encouraging.
George: That is fantastic. A more hope into the future as I continue to use the comb.
Rob Stafford: Richard, you have Propexia, right?
Rob Stafford: Any change for you?
Richard: It seems like fuller than it was. And other people have commented on it too so that’s encouraging.
Rob Stafford: Here’s Richard, our single twin six months ago and here’s how his hair looks now.
Dr. Romaneli: Richard had some moderate growth mainly in the bi-temporal areas.
Rob Stafford: Any of the ladies notice the difference in the hair?
Richard: Oh yes, especially the hair on my chest. They really like that. But they really like the fact that I have a good combo effect now.
Rob Stafford: Hector, our computer support technician is taking Viviscal, the fish-based product imported from Finland. You told me that your expectations were very low.
Rob Stafford: Notice any change at all?
Hector: The only change I noticed is that my hair stopped falling off.
Rob Stafford: This is how Hector’s hair looked six months ago, here’s now it looks now.
Dr. Ronamelli: Hector, unfortunately is the most disappointing one. On the bi-temporal area I don’t see any growth.
Rob Stafford: Still Hector feels he has had some success because his hair has stopped falling out. It’s also stopped drying up. Hector, 600 a year for Viviscal?
Hector: I think it’s worth it. If it helps you maintain what you have I think it’s definitely worth it.
Rob Stafford: The company that makes Viviscal says people who are in the early stages of hair loss likely benefits most from using their product. Hector’s been losing his hair for more than ten years. But when it came to growing hair there was unanimous agreement about our last volunteer. Take a look around, who do you think grew the most hair?
Speaker 1: Yeah, he’s getting a little confident now.
Speaker 2: More conceded now, yes.
Speaker 1: He’s too confident now. We don’t like it.
Rob Stafford: But Paul was not feeling confident two weeks after he had his $10,000 hair transplant. Back then he was in a panic.
Paul: You know, I’m freaking out a little bit. Spend out considerably right there in that same area because in between that area there was a light grafts put in that area.
Rob Stafford: His scalp was traumatized right after the surgery and he actually lost some of his existing hair.
Doctor: It looks good, the graft area looks good.
Rob Stafford: Paul’s doctor reassured him it’s not unusual to lose hair right after a transplant.
Paul: I just have to don my hat for a little while longer and that’s what we’re going to do.
Rob Stafford: But what happened since then? Here’s how Paul looked six months ago and here’s how he looks now. He’s thrilled with his new growth.
Dr. Romanelli: I definitely see substantial growth in the bi-temporal areas in the two temples.
Paul: Everyday I look at it and it’s like wow! More hair’s coming in.
Doctor: Hey Paul.
Paul: Hey Doc.
Doctor: How’s everything going man?
Rob Stafford: Paul who hasn’t taken a family photo in years is changing. He’s become friends again with the mirror and something else.
Paul: I actually have my brush with me.
Speaker 3: At the beginning I was a smaller brush. This is gotten bigger. He’s kind of like hitting a larger size.
Paul: I’m going to get the tabo one.
Speaker 3: It was half that size when he just started
Speaker 4: It’s become metro-sexual.
Rob Stafford: Are you ready to join a heavy metal band yet?
Paul: Not yet.
Rob Stafford: So far Dr. Romaneli says he’s seen minimal to substantial in four out of five of our men. We’re going to check back in another six months to see how they’re all doing after a full year. It’s important to remember our Dateline hair project is an unscientific exercise. Your results may be different. Consult your doctor before starting any of these treatments. And while Paul already feels transformed, there’s another big change coming for his family this holiday season.
Paul: I believe my daughter who is now ten was the last time we had a Christmas picture with all of us together.
Rob Stafford: Ten years ago?
Paul: Yeah. So my other two kids have no Christmas pictures with mom and dad.
Rob Stafford: Until now?
Paul: Until now, absolutely.
Don Philips: And we wish them all luck. That’s all for this edition of Dateline Friday. We’re off Sunday but join us for Dateline Monday, Princess Diana as you’ve never seen her tapes broadcast for the first time. Diana Revealed, Monday at 10:00, 9:00 Central.