Hey doc, In your experience, do you feel that lots of guys tend to over analyze their hair after starting a treatment like propecia? For instance im 5 1/2 months in, for the last week i was convinced it was starting to see some hair come back, then today i look and it looks awful. I go through these mood swings all the time, since i started propecia. I should have listened to you and got a minuturization test done but my derm just gave me the meds, so now all I have to go off of is my memory of what it looked like when i started. Secondly between what months do most your patients see improvement in their hair, or become convinced that propecia is working in some form or another?
What was the phrase — a watched pot never boils? If you’re taking a pill to treat hair loss, of course you’re likely to watch your hair with an intense focus. It’s not unusual, but you shouldn’t stress yourself out about it. It generally takes 8 to 24 months to see the benefits of Propecia (finasteride). Full benefits may take the full 24 months.
The reason I suggest mapping the scalp for miniaturization is well defined by your comment. Our memory is not objective, but scalp miniaturization mapping is objective… so you do not have to rely on your memory.