I visited your office last year in august and I was told that I most likely did not have “balding” just that my I had low hair density. This is contrary to a what another office told me. Quite frankly I trusted your doctor more, and he advised that since I was already been taking propecia to continue it if I wanted to be safe. Well I did continue it but have only been taking .25mg 3 times a week for over a year now and my hair has remained the same. In your opinion do you believe that .25mg 3 times a week would actually do enough to maintain my hair as it has if I was truly suffering from balding? I want to come off completely because I do suffer from some side effects but am afraid that if I do I will lose hair density.
If one doctor says you are not likely balding and another doctor says you are (and may need surgery) it is definitely a confusing situation. You may consider visiting a third doctor for another opinion. You may also consider the motivation behind any recommendation. If we told you that you were not balding, we must have used the HAIRCECK instrument to measure your hair bulk which is a very accurate way to determine if you are balding. If we did not use it, come back and let us do so.
With respect to Propecia, the recommended dose is one pill (finasteride 1mg) a day. Taking 0.25mg three times a week is not a typical way to take Propecia. Some people do take 0.5mg or 0.2mg daily. The key is taking the medication on a daily basis. It is important to note that you should contact your doctor if you want specific guidance.