How Does Propecia Compare to a Hair Transplant?

Which one, Propecia or a hair transplant is likely to reverse the hair loss process?

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How Does Propecia Compare to a Hair Transplant?

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Hair transplants give more follicles to areas of thinning or balding scalp.  Propecia helps keep the follicles you have and encourage some to regrow....both are great solutions for hair loss.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Propecia compared to hair transplant

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Propecia is actually a hair medication for treatment of weak or damaged follicles, while hair transplant is the surgical approach to amend damaged hair follicles to restructure the growth of hair to favorable conditions and presentable appearances. Scientifically, both are highly recommended to encourage hair growth, but they do not stop the loss of hair.

Colin Hong, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Propecia vs hair transplant

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Propecia (finasteride) is a drug that reverses, slows or stops hair loss but not balding. Hair transplants treat balding. Do your research

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Propecia is a drug and hair transplant is surgery.

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Propecia is a drug and hair transplant is surgery.  Propecia mainly slows down hair loss.  Sometimes it regrows hair.  It does not STOP hair loss completely in the long run.  Hair transplant is surgery.  It is basically moving hair from one location to another location.  It does not stop or reverse hair loss.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair Transplant Vs. Propecia

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Propecia and hair transplant are completely different methods of hair restoration. Both of them are effective, but Propecia is a DHT-inhibiting drug that prevents hair loss (only amid the vertex, not the hairline), while hair transplant replaces hair that has already been lost. Your choice between the two would depend on a great number of factors, including whether you want a temporary or permanent solution, whether you have hair loss at the hairline or crown, and how far your hair loss has progressed. As for “reversing” hair loss, the better solution would be hair transplant, since Propecia doesn’t really re-grow hair.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Propecia versus Hair Transplant to Reverse Hair Loss

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These are two totally different concepts.  Propecia is a drug to slow hair loss and can occasionally grow some hair.  A hair transplant is a definitive surgical procedure which replaces hair. 

Jack Fisher, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon

Propecia vs Hair Replacement Surgery

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Hair replacement sugery, hair transplants and the Fleming-Mayer flap, are permanent, definitive solutions to the problem of hair loss. Although the topical application of Propecia is much easier than surgery, if this treatment is successful by slowing the progression of alopecia or stimulating growth in hair follicles that are not functioning, it must be used throughout life or the benefits are temporary.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Try propecia, then get a hair transplant

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Why not talk to your doctor about propecia and try it. If it regrows your hair to your satisfaction, great! The majority of patients will seek further treatment options like hair transplant.

Kevin Ende, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon

Propecia or hair transplant? Which is better?

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Propecia can slow down the rate of hair loss and may occasionally cause visible hair regrowth. A hair transplant restores hair and density to the areas of loss, framing the face and providing a younger appearance. I often recommend hair transplant patients to use Propecia and minoxidil for improved and longer lasting results.

Reversing hair loss

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Neither approach really reverses hair loss. Propecia can retard progressive hair loss throughout the scalp in perhaps as much as 90% of men. On rare occasions it may cause a visible regrowth. . However, the exception is not the rule. Surgery also does not stop hair loss, it only moves the existing hairs to a better area for styling. Concomitant use of Propecia can make a surgical result better.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.