[/bq]I have had 2 sessions of hair transplants 7 years ago and have taken propecia for past 7 years. Now I am 58 years old. Is it still neccessary to continue the propecia or is the risk of future balding minimal at my age?[/bq]
I don’t know. Only your doctor can say if you “need” or “should” take Propecia (finasteride). In general no one “needs” to take Propecia. But many men take Propecia to slow down the genetic hair loss. If you still have native hair that are at risk of thinning then Propecia may help. A good miniaturization study will show if your native hair is vulnerable (miniaturized) and that could be used as an indicator to help you decide if you want to take the drug. I also point out that the long term impact of finasteride at reducing the incidence of prostate cancer by 25% is a good reason to be taking the drug.
One patient (who is my attorney) is in his 70’s and he took Propecia and it actually grew back his crown area without the need for surgery.