I have been taking proscar, religiously, cutting it up into quarters for the past 5 years. I have had moderate success in keeping what I have, but not any new hair growth. My temples have still receded and a little bit of the front part of my hairline has receded. However, in the past year and a half there hasn’t been any hair loss whatsoever. I am 29 years old, if I haven’t seen any hair loss in the amount of time I mentioned does that mean I have reached my final hair loss pattern and I will no longer experience hair loss, and I can go for a transplant procedure?
The last thing I want to do, go for a procedure and then all my native hair falls out and I am left with only transplanted hair. That is why I am sometimes confused as to how long one should wait to get a transplant and how would one know what the “final” pattern is at such a young age like mine.
The real question is: Is this your final hair loss pattern? You can guess at this, but at 29 years old, that might be difficult. Well-delineated patterns often show the final pattern. That means if you are (for example) a Norwood class 3 pattern, the area where the hair is should not have any miniaturization when looked at under a video microscope, and the hair behind it should not have bulk reductions as measured by a HairCheck instrument.
If you had clean borders and no loss of hair bulk behind your existing pattern then you could assume (not 100%) that for the moment, the hair loss should have stopped. The problem is that many people who see it stop may find that it picks up again years later. With the combination of what I discussed here with the continuation of the finasteride treatment, you may be one of the lucky few. If you are in Southern California, I would be happy to do these tests for you in my Los Angeles office.