July 6 2005, 8:38 am PT | Posted in: Drugs
Hi I’m a 23 year old male who has lost the corners and the top is also beginning to thin. I had a consult at a local clinic and received a prescription for propecia and a rough estimate of 1800 to 2000 grafts. I still have a lot of hair but it looks miniaturized on the top giving a see through look, especially when spiked. My question is I have been on procepia for a month now and of course it is too early to be able to see anything but I can feel many very short thicker hairs in the area where i am thinning on top. I don’t want to read too much into this since it’s so early but i’m curious of any signs of propecia working? Will the finer hair be shed and replaced by hair that is thicker or will the hair thicken in mid growth cycle? I’ve pretty much ruled out a transplant for about a year just to see if I can get any hair back from this. Thanks, this website is one of the best on the internet lots of good information.
You are very wise that you should wait at least 8-12 months for a visual effect from the Propecia. I also try to always tell my patients not to watch too closely. Watching the hair grow is like watching a child grow or the graft grow. If you watch too closely, you will not be doing yourself a service. As hard as it is, try not to look at it much for 6 months. To be more specific, I would think that in a 23 year old with good response to the drug Propecia, both reversal of hair loss and reversal of miniaturization is possible.