I am a 23 year old male seriously considering a hair transplant. I am a norwood class 2 w/a naturally high hair line and diffuse thinning in the temples about an inch back and slight thinning in the front (minor). I have been on finasteride for 2 years and rogaine foam (on the hairline) for 2 years. I have a few uncles on my mom’s side who are norwood 5’s and some uncles on my dad’s side who are norwood 2’s and 3’s. My dad is a norwood 2a.
I have been to two hair transplant surgeons who both said I was a good canidiate because I have good donor hair and I’ve halted/slowed my hair loss with finasteride. The surgery would be a conservative approach to establish a mature hairline. I’m not trying to get my adolescent hairline back. They each recommended btw 800 and 1000 grafts via the strip technique.
I know I am young but what do you think? Will I regret this in 10-20 years? Is shock loss a major concern in my case?
You need to find a great doctor that is known to be honest — not one that wants your money instead of giving you what you need. A good relationship with a doctor you trust will be critical to the decision making process. I cannot say the recommendation you got was good or bad, as I haven’t seen you. Some 23 year olds are excellent candidates, some are not. If you do go through the surgery, hopefully the Propecia will limit or prevent shock loss, but there’s no guarantee.
It seems you are having doubts and that raises a red flag for me. Unfortunately I cannot give you a diagnosis, recommendation, or prognosis here.