June 10th marks 6 months since my 1200 FUE graft HT on my temples (lowered hairline as well slightly). The transplant hair is growing in slowly but surely. Unfortunately, I have significant shock loss on my native hair surrounding the transplant hair. Much of this has not grown back yet. Specifically, I have shock loss in the front hairline area and behind my right temple where grafts were placed.
I met with my doc last month, and she boosted me from Fin to Dut to help with growth (I have no sides from either-yay!) She also remained steadfast that all my shock loss hair will grow back, it just takes time. However, part of me wonders if I should really believe her, if she thinks it will really grow back or if she is just saying that.
Finasteride is best taken before the hair transplant as it often prevents the loss of the native hair. Unfortunately, after you lose your native hair and then take finasteride, the effect is heavily muted. I always offer my patients finasteride before I do a hair transplant to avoid this problem. You should wait a full 8 months to see the results of the transplant and then reassess your situation.