I have been on Propecia for 6 years now and have decided to get off of it due to potential unknown long term side effects and even short term side effects that I seem to notice more as I age(Libido, minor Gyno, etc). My question is how long do you recommend I go before I consult for a potential hair transplant since it is difficult to say what my potential future loss will be right now since Propecia did have a positive effect on my loss and I would have almost certainly lost more. Im currently 30 years old and have probably a Norwood 3V and more of a Norwood 2ish in the Temporal/frontal region which hasnt changed to much since I started Propecia. Ideally I would love to get a transplant now to basically keep my existing hairline(which im ok with even though its receded a fair amount) and fill in some of my vertex while I can still conceal it with exising hair but Im worried about not being able to plan correctly since I wont be taking Propecia. Any advice will be most helpful.
You need to be evaulated. If you density is good and there is miminal miniaturization in the top (area between front and crown), then you may be a good candidate for hair transplants. At 30, your pattern should be evident when your scalp and hair gets mapped out for miniaturization. From that a Master Plan needs to be developed which will take into account your worst case hair loss scenario and then the supply/demand for hair transplants becomes a measurement to base a safe decision in the long term planning for any transplant process that you undergo. Stopping the Propecia is something that you should think carefully about, a lengthy discussion with your doctor to see how this decision may alter that long term plan I am talking about.