I’ve got an anecdote I’d like to relay:
After two dermabrasions in the last 8 months, I’m beginning to think maybe it could have affected the MPB susceptibility in those areas in a positive way even if nothing really significant regrew.
I’ve way reduced my Finasteride dose for a couple weeks lately, and I swear that the once-wounded areas seem a bit less inflamed than the rest of my MPB area. The scalp tingling/irritation isn’t gone in the wounded areas but I wonder if it might be less.
What really makes me suspect something is the location. I wounded in my receded temples area. This was the same area that Finasteride gave some moderate regrowth (read: cosmetically visible but not cosmetically significant) to last year. You’d think these areas would be absolutely Ground Zero for the MPB attack again as soon as the androgens came rushing back in. But now I swear my scalp is actually a bit more inflamed BEHIND those areas than on them. I don’t see how that makes sense unless the experimentation did something. The difference is certainly not very significant at all, but I think it’s there.
It leads me back to what I’ve been vaguely thinking for a while now - That we’re underestimating the effects of just dermabrasion/wounding alone (at least if it’s done deep enough). I’m really starting to think that several good hard rounds of dermabrasion/chemical peels might produce results at least as good as a lot of the offbeat MPB treatments do.
It’s not exactly HM yet, but it’s better than nothing and it doesn’t kill your sex drive.