Which is the Preferred Treatment for a Young Patient: Hair Transplant or Medication?

May 12th, 2008

Q: I am 25 year old who just started going bald. My doctor confirmed I have pattern baldness and put me on Propecia and Rogaine. I don’t want to go bald at any age. So, instead of prolonging the process for 5-10 years and then having a hair transplant, isn’t it easier to just let the hair loss continue and then have a HT, so that I can save the money on drugs for years.

A: It is far better to keep your own hair using medical therapy. The medications (i.e. finasteride and minoxidil) are relatively inexpensive if use the generic forms and will be far less expensive than surgery – even on the long-term. Keeping your own hair will look fuller than a hair transplant, since a hair transplant just re-distributes a diminishing amount existing hair. When the ability to multiply hair (cloning) is available this, of course will change, but this technology is still years away.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on May 12th, 2008 at 7:35 am


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