How long should I be on Propecia before getting a transplant to minimize shock loss?
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You do not need to be on Propecia to have a hair transplant surgery. You may want to discuss Propecia options with your
You do not need to be on Propecia to have a hair transplant surgery. You may want to discuss Propecia options with your doctor.
How long on Propecia before shock lost risk is lessen?
Shock loss is more likely when working in an area where there is miniaturization or thinning of the hair. This is further enhanced when combined with epinephrine. The additional factors that minimizes it are precise angles and direction of the new sites. I would recommend Propecia use if possible for a few weeks before. This also make the thinning follicles less likely to undergo shock lost.
Bernardino A. Arocha, MD
Finasteride and shock loss
If you take the drug at least 2 weeks prior to the hair transplant and stay on it through the growth period, the shock loss is reduced.
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There's no absolute answer, but at least a month
A month on the drug will get you to a steady state and may help protect against shock loss. My belief is that shock loss is worsened by trying to pack grafts in too densely at the time of the procedure, so just don't swing for the fences! Sometimes you are better off planning 2 medium procedures than doing one mega-session. Good luck!
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