I am 24 and have been taking Propecia for nearly 6 months now, but I have noticed little to no change in my hair loss. I have spoken to a doctor about getting a hair transplant but was told that I need to continue taking Propecia after the transplant in order to keep my existing hair, or else I will only have the transplanted hair on my head in the future. If the Propecia is not responding to me are there any options for the future in terms of keeping my hair?
I often write here about the importance of speaking with your doctor for a treatment plan, but I suppose even after talking to a doctor there are things that go missing. Your doctor should have explained to you (and maybe he/she did) that Propecia is not a cure for hair loss, but it should help hold onto the hair you currently have. Some patients respond better than others to Propecia, but that does not mean it isn’t working. It just means your hair loss predisposition is outweighing the limits of the drug.
Hair transplants may help, but you deal with your existing hair problem. This is the main reason you need to have a Master Plan. Hair transplantation is not a simple decision to take lightly. You need to plan for what your hair will look like in the future. With or without Propecia if you are destined to go completely bald (Norwood class 6 or 7) you need to plan for your surgery accordingly.