I have had 2 procedures with a clinic and have been pretty happy with the results, however I seemed to lose a number of hairs due to (what I now know to be ) shock loss. The clinic manager advised that if I was taking finasteride then I was to stop doing so 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Is this normal advice as I thought you usually advised patients to take finaseride up until surgery to help prevent against shock loss.
You’re right to be skeptical, as this is not normal advice. I would be suspicious / curious to know why they would say that. Propecia is your best weapon against shock hair loss, the enemy of the transplant patient. There is no downside to taking the drug through the day of surgery. In fact, I encourage those that are taking Propecia to maintain their normal dosing before, during, and after the hair transplant surgery. I’d ask the doctor that prescribed you the medication, not the clinic manager, what he/she suggests.