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Can multiple HT procedures just be as effective in achieving a fuller look when one chooses not to bother with taking daily finasteride and minoxidil?


I know the general recommendation here is to take both, but if money was not a concern at all and someone had a really busy lifestyle (e.g. celebrity status), can they skip the daily finasteride and minoxidil if they can afford to just get frequent procedures?

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The problem with your theory is that you're assuming that you have infinite donor supply. If that were the case, then yes! However, that's far from the case.


Depending on your baldness level, you may need more than 10,000 grafts in order to achieve a full head of hair. Unfortunately, most people do not have 10,000 grafts. Most of us have about 6-7000 grafts available for donor supply. Now you're starting to see the problem with your question.

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Hair transplant 5-22-2013 with Dr. Paul Shapiro at Shapiro Medical Group

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*536 singles *1651 doubles * 961 triples,

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Non-Surgical Treatments:


*1.25 mg finasteride daily

*Generic minoxidil foam 2x daily

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Not really. It is far, far easier to maintain current hair and implant around deficiencies than it is to let your native hair thin and replace it until you've exhausted your donor area. This is why preventive medications with restorative surgical intervention work so well together.

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All opinions are my own and my advice does not constitute as medical advice. All medical questions and concerns should be addressed by a personal physician.

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