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Some people wonder, now that Propecia is on the market, are hair transplants really necessary? The answer is yes. Propecia is an FDA-approved treatment for hair loss but it does have its limitations. Hair restoration surgery is the only proven method of permanent hair replacement. That's why many men and women turn to surgery after other treatments (that include Rogaine for women) haven't offered complete results. But, now that more is known about treating hair loss, it doesn't have to be one or the other.
Keep in mind, if you have hereditary hair loss due to too much DHT, even a hair replacement can't fix that. So, in some cases, hair replacement surgeons will recommend that you take Propecia as a partner to your successful hair surgery. This is because Propecia is a DHT blocker. In fact, it is known to start blocking this hormone that contributes to premature hair loss immediately. Typically a significant decrease in the level of hair shedding can be seen in three months. So, don't be surprised if your hair implant surgeon recommends you take Propecia but take into consideration there are some side effects to this drug, so it may not be for you.
In addition to this recommendation, your surgeon might recommend several additional, complementary treatments and products such as laser combs, minoxidil foam (the generic form of Rogaine), follicle spray, special conditioners and shampoos and even vitamin supplements of Vitamin A, C, E, and a number of B vitamins. For more information on products that stimulate hair growth, visit www.mhrusa.com.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|