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When Should I Start Propecia?

Many of our male patients worry about losing their hair.  Some of these men are beginning to notice thinning on their scalp, and some of these men are just concerned that their hairline will follow the path of their father’s thinning scalp.  We are commonly asked, “When should I start Propecia?”  The answer is that for treating hair loss in men, the time to start is now.  Dr. Schweiger explains that, “Finasteride, or Propecia, works by inhibiting the enzyme that causes DHT to form.  Increased levels of DHT have been shown to contribute to thinning hair on the scalp; lower levels of DHT are associated with interruption of the formation of male pattern baldness.”  Hair loss in men must be addressed before it is too late.  Propecia has been shown to stop the progression of male pattern hair loss, but has not been proven to regrow hair that has already been lost.  Rogaine and Propecia work well together; they each have a different mechanism of action, so it is often recommended that patients taking Propecia also use topical Rogaine for the best results.  Male patients who have already experienced significant hair loss can still start Propecia to prevent further loss, but they may need to undergo hair restoration in order to have the thicker head of hair that they desire.  Hair transplantation is an excellent permanent option for treatment of male pattern hair loss in the appropropriate candidate. Click here to read more about hair loss and hair restoration for men.
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