It doesn’t matter that he is a billionaire whose name adorns buildings around the world.
It doesn’t matter that he staged one of the great electoral upsets in the history of the United States.
It doesn’t matter that political turmoil that is boiling over in Washington or that the protests are growing.
For President Donald Trump, it always comes down to the hair.
Is it a wig? Did he have a scalp reduction or some other cosmetic surgery? What about hair replacement?
Well, some of those answers came Thursday when Mr. Trump’s longtime physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, said in a series of recent interviews with the New York Times that the president uses the medication finasteride — sometimes marketed as Propecia — to maintain his famous mane.
“It’s certainly not a wig,” said Dr. Alan. J. Bauman, founder of Bauman Medical in Boca Raton, a board-certified hair restoration specialist.
The last time Trump’s hair was headline news was when talk show host Jimmy Fallon ruffled the candidate’s locks on national television during the campaign. Fallon was universally derided for asking Trump about the trivial rather than serious questions.
Yet, here is the nation once again talking about Donald Trump’s hair. Imagine asking the president if he suffers from some of the medication’s side effects, including erectile dysfunction.
“I’m not surprised the doctor released the information that he is on finasteride,” Bauman said. “The medication protects his hair and hair is important to him – as it is to many men.”
Finasteride was developed as a prostate drug, but it was soon discovered that it helped men retain their hair and beat back male pattern hair loss. It also helps weaker hair grow stronger, but if the follicle is dead, then it’s time for some hair plugs.
The medication blocks a conversion of a hormone into DHT, the culprit of hair loss.
Bauman said about 2 to 3 percent of men who use finasteride experience some mild sexual side effects, decreased libido and mild erectile dysfunction.