I just had a hair transplant (2 procedures) with a total graft count of about 4100. The area in the crown and just above it only grew partially. My Dr. told me to take propecia to see if it would help. The question is, if it does help and the new transplanted hair begins to grow, will i need to continue the propecia because that hair is “genetically programmed’ to last? Is there any reason that the transplants in that area didn’t grow?
Propecia (finasteride 1mg) will not do much with the transplanted hair. It may help with preventing the shock loss associated with a hair transplant and keeping your native (non-transplanted) hair from falling out, but the story that you need to take Propecia to grow your transplanted hair is just not true. You need to ask your doctor about this and have him/her explain to you WHY it is being recommended. Maybe you misunderstood your doctor’s advice.
If transplants in an area fail to show any growth after a year, there was something terribly wrong with the surgery. As always, I am flattered you would ask me, but having had surgery twice, you should have a good relationship with your doctor to ask questions pertinent to hair growth.