In the interest of keeping things as private as possible, I have removed the Doctor’s name from this email I received…
Hi Dr. Rassman,
I read your recent comment about young guys under 30 years old who get an HT and are not on Propecia. I fit into that profile. I recently had a HT with [another doctor] and its 4 months post -op now. had a lot of shockloss of original hair post op and am really concerned now that I read your comment online [see: Hair Loss After Transplants]. Since I had sexual side effects when on Propecia, I had to quit it and cannot tolerate being on it.
I received a total of 3366 grafts in total. Am attaching Before Hair transplant pictures with this email and 6 weeks post op pictures. According to [my hair transplant doctor], he feels that the shockloss will mostly come back and eventually I will have good results. He recently asked me to take Saw Palmetto and see if I can tolerate being on it. Started taking 320 mg of Saw Palmetto twice a day recently.
Please advice what I can expect from the procedure. Do you think that I will permenantly lose a lot of original hair that has fallen due to shockloss for good? Or will it mostly come back?
I’m seeing growth in the 4th month but not sure if the shockloss hair is coming back or it is the new grafts that are growing in. To highlight my case, I mostly had diffuse thinning in frontal 1/4 of my scalp. The hair that was there was strong and had a thick shaft, there might be other miniaturized hairs, but looking at my pre-op pictures you will get an idea of the state of the existing hair follicle.
Thanks a lot for your time and effort.
My current regimen includes : minoxidil 5%, topical Spironolactone 5% cream from Lee’s, 3000 Mg of MSM, 2% Nizoral trice a week, Recently added : betnovate topical lotion, 320 mg Saw palmetto twice a day, Folligen lotion.
I have had an opportunity to review your questions and photographs. For our general audience who are reading this, I will summarize the salient points.
You appeared to have a large surgical session with dense packing based upon the number of grafts reported by you. The frontal area appears to have been shaved for the procedure and the growth of the hair does not reflect the normal growth that one would expect in 3 months. This is a case of hair loss transplant shock in a young man, just as my previous responsive email reported to another young man. There is a possibility that the hair that you lost may come back. Most likely though, it will not return. Other medications have not been shown to be effective (like Propecia). In people like you, I generally try to cover the short term transplant period with half of the Propecia dose, even if it causes some drop in sexual performance just to protect the hair.
The good news however is that the new grafts that you had done should (hopefully) more than offset any loss you may have. You will know reasonably well at about the 7-8th month by comparing the two sides. The left side that seemed to suffer more of the reactive hair loss needs to be compared to the right side. If the hair loss was reversed, the densities of the two sides will be the same. Please drop me a line or send me photographs at the 7-8th month and I would be happy to give you further insights. Good luck.