I have just turned 60 years old, though I look about 20 years younger. I have been very athletic and have always eaten healthfully and have taken care of myself. Perhaps this is because, subconsciously, I knew that I would have to venture into gender transition at some point, and thus prepared myself.
I am a musician and performer with disabling social anxieties and gender dysphoria. This has severely hampered my ability to perform. My appearance, as an artist, and someone who must go before the public, is a critical issue for me. My biggest problem with transition at present is that I am beginning to bald on the vertex of my head. If this continues unabated, I will wind up with the typical horseshoe pate of male pattern balding.
Presently, I have started to use Rogaine 5% foam (just this week, so the jury is out). Currently, I am switching my health care to a clinic that specializes in transgenders individuals. That way, I can also evaluate my balding in terms of testosterone levels. The endocrinologist I see presently is not skilled enough in this regard.
I am extremely interested in any research or techniques that can be offered to me to prevent my balding and turn it around. I am doing all I can on my own at present, but feel there are other options and knowledge out there to which I haven't access.
I am not out to my family yet regarding my transition to male. My appearance, and the quality of my appearance is very personally important to my journey as a man and to my profession as a public performer. I need to continue to be healthy, and to look good. I want to cure my gender dysphoria so that I can have a life. I do not want to create more obstacles blocking my success in life.
1) Short- and long-term clinical skin effects of testosterone treatment in trans men. Wierckx K, et al. J Sex Med. 2014 Jan;11(1):222-9.