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Is Propecia Required for Hair Restoration Surgery?

3/24/2010 1:14:17 PM

Question:

I'm getting closer to undergoing hair transplant surgery but I've read about a number of side effects that go along with Propecia. Do I have to take Propecia?

Answer:

Propecia (finasteride) isn't necessarily required to have a hair transplant, but understand that if you are at high risk for future hair loss, you and your hair restoration physician should plan ultra conservatively. Hair loss is progressive, but hair transplantation can be even riskier in young patients, if hair loss is noticeably agressive, in men or women who just started losing their hair, or if there are no signs of stabilization. Thus, it's vital for hair transplant surgeons to use donor hair wisely as if you were going to advance to the highest stages of hair loss.

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