you can test it yourself by taking few high resolution pics from top, sides, under sunlight etc all normal circumstances and mid length somehow can easily expose some signs especially from the donor area
3000 plus cylindrical shaped holes are extracted from donor, what do you expect - zero signs,
but when hair are kept longer, they tend to overlap the ones below so it gives a dense look obviously especially after shampoo and blowdrying
or if buzz cut around donor area and keep growing on the top ( disconnected undercut hairstyle which is in fashion today), it can look really good... tiny white spots are not actually noticeable that much
but mid length in most cases, shows some very small gaps between bunch of hair patches as few areas are cleaned up forever lol... nothing is ever growing there again
I've had two consultations now. One doctor pushed the finasteride pretty hard, the other one said we could do something topical instead. (I assumed they meant topical fin) I told them both I didn't want to use fin, they didn't seem happy. One of them said he wants to avoid shock loss so I can preserve my look in the first few months.
I said I might be willing to try minoxidil so he suggested I used it starting a week after the procedure. I didn't ask if that's to ward off shock loss.
Has anyone here gotten a HT without using fin/minox? Did you have shock loss? Does minox help ward off shock loss?
On my next and most likely final consultation, I'm going to lead (as politely as possible) with something like "I'm very firm on not using finasteride. I'm talking 100%, no, 1000% firm. Please let me know what I can expect from a procedure with that in mind".