I am often asked if Propecia can really make a difference. I want to state that I am not a salesman for Merck. I own no stock in the company and my only focus here is to educate the readership and share the things I see in my very large hair practice in the hope that I can help people.
Here is an unusual response from Propecia in a 49 year old man who had been on Propecia for just 3 months. The hair in the frontal area filled in very nicely and will probably fill in further. If the drug works, most of the results are usually seen in the first 8-9 months when the hair has had the opportunity to grow some length and pass through a hair cycle. In most cases, some continued growth can be seen as far out as 2 years into the treatment process. What makes this unusual is the patient’s age. When I see such results, they are more often in young men in their 20s, but periodically I see them in men 40-70 years old as well, just less common.
I suggest that those readers that find this of interest to zoom into the photos and actually look at the hairs to estimate hair counts on their own. The darkness of the picture on the right is a photographic problem and I apologize for it. I am trying to get this patient back to get better photographs and a more advanced view of his growth over more time.
Before photo is on the left — after photo is on the right. Click to enlarge.