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Treating Hair Loss Now or Going Bald Followed by Hair Transplant Later?

1/13/2010 1:31:03 PM

Question:

I'm a 20 year old male who has male pattern baldness (MPB). It's not significant as of yet, only in the beginning stages. I'm honestly fine with this. I went to the doctor and he prescribed Propecia (finasteride). However, I am reluctant to take it and am thinking that I will save myself money by allowing myself to bald and then approximately 10 to 15 years down the road, get a hair transplant to rectify this issue.

However I'm not sure if this is a wise way to approach this? Would using the pills allow me a better "successful" hair transplant later on down the road?

Answer:

I can understand why allowing yourself to go bald and then later transplanting the balding scalp makes sense in theory however, there's one factor you may not be considering. While surgical hair restoration is a viable solution for many men and women with genetic pattern baldness, the donor hair supply is limited.

Since hair loss is progressive and how far it will progress is unpredictable in nature, it would behoove you to work toward getting your hair loss under control now with proven non-surgical treatments Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil). That's assuming of course, that your ultimate goal is to keep/restore as much hair as possible short and long term. That said, if hair loss doesn't concern you, then perhaps you can go bald gracefully and happily like many other men do. And in 10 to 15 years, who knows? Maybe if you (and all of us for that matter) are lucky, one of the miracle cures like hair multiplication/cloning will be available by then.

Best wishes in determining the best course of action for you,

Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher


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