Hello Dr. Bill,
First, thank you again for your continued dedication to providing the most up to date information on the issues regarding MPB.
My question is this: I’m a 25 y.o male experiencing early stages of a balding pattern in the form of NW 3-4. I have been on finasteride for almost a year and am satisfied with the results thus far (no further loss, and from an initial glance, some reversal). However, I want to achieve a more aesthetic look. I’m wondering if its advisable to undergo a HT to fill in the thin areas even though theres no bald spot. Would i probably have some shock loss? Is it too early to begin the rearrangement process that is to come with HT?
Thank you for your advice!
If you have a good response to Propecia and are still wanting more hair, considering a hair transplant is appropriate, but you want to make sure that your selection of a doctor is an informed one. You may consider reviewing the links on this page — Hair Transplant Doctor Credentials — to get a better idea of what to look for in a hair transplant surgeon.
I couldn’t say if you’ll probably have shock loss. If you’re sticking with the Propecia, I’d say your chances are quite slim that you’d experience shock loss of any great significance. I also couldn’t tell you if you’re even a candidate for transplantation without seeing you, but based on what you’ve described (mid 20s, Norwood 3-4, finasteride for a year), you’re not automatically disqualified. In other words, if you were 19 years old with a Norwood 2 and have never taken finasteride, it’d be pretty easy for me to tell you to not consider a transplant for at least a few years.