Sorry about your results, disappointing given Dieps top tier status and the amount he charges, and even more disappointing that your fathers results from him turned out worse than yours as you say. Diep should offer you a courtesy partial refund or a complimentary touch-up for you and your father on the same day, it would be the right thing to do.
Thanks so much for the great response.
That makes sense. I guess I just wasn't too sure if the fact that some areas had gotten a bit worse meant that it isn't working overall.
Apologies, I meant to write I'm actually on 0.5mg, so half the recommended dosage. Perhaps I should up it to 1.
Do you think someone who may be destined for an advanced pattern can retain enough hair indefinitely by using fin to have a transplant? My dad is about as advanced as one can get.
I've been on Finasteride for about 2-3 years. Good for you.
In this time, I've had mixed results. As in, some areas got better, whilst others worsened slightly. The medication is intended to help you with retention. Thus, if you look the same a year later, the medication did its job. If you look better, it just means the miniaturized hair thickened. Only a small percentage of patients experience this. My suggestion is to continue the use of the medication and don't stop. If areas look worse, it could be you are experiencing shedding of the native hair which is normal.
I've also heard that finasteride is not as effective for the front portion of ones hair - is this true? And if so, should I continue with it whilst having mixed results? Based on what you've written, you should continue using the medication. You've indicated the front has remained the same. This means the medication is working. The fact you are showing visual enhancement in other areas should be enough to encourage you to continue and not stopping.
The use of the medication is not going to facilitate a transplant. What it will do is help you achieve a much fuller set of hair. Keep in mind, no one with an advanced pattern has enough donor to allow for a full set of hair. It is imperative you retain as much of the native stuff as you can.
Now, let me briefly get on your case about how much medication you're taking.....
The parent medication to finasteride is Proscar. It is a 5 mg tab. Once Merck completed their studies, they confirmed that 1 mg was all that was needed to experience hair retention. They also confirmed a less than 1% chance of experiencing a side effect. By taking a 5 mg tab, you are multiplying the possibility of a side effect by 5 fold. Why do that? Talk to your doctor about taking 1 mg.
I believe medical treatments like fin and minox work best in the crown areas so your experience matches the norm (meaning that such medications are not as effective on the front)
The forelock is that area in the middle of the front of your hairline, so if you are a classic NW3 it sounds like your temples have just continued to recede
While continuing any medications is always a decision to made by the patient, as long as you don't have any side effects then what is the harm? Especially given the fact your dermatologist has noticed more volume in areas and you've noticed some improvements as well.
If you planning any future surgery it's also strongly recommended by most doctors and clinics to be on fin for at least a year before any surgical date in order to prevent any shockloss to the surrounding native hairs, and also to continue taking it in order to maintain as much native hair as you have for the future. Otherwise you'll just be chasing any future hairloss with more surgeries.
This the main reason I didn’t go with diep .. even though I already deposited the $1000 .. I rather risk losing the deposit than to have subpar results where he won’t fix it .. it’s always the customers fault if ur transplant don’t turn out well . Was the feeling I got when I was speaking the office manager ... hair transplants aren’t guaranteed . But if u don’t have good results , at least attempt to fix it .. who wants to spend $15,000- $20,000 n not get what they paid for.. I mean if ur results were B- quality . It’s still acceptable ,. But this is C- quality, how can u not attempt to fix things .. they can’t ! Because they booked too far in advance , to fix the mistake they did on u will cost double the money .. the free repair + the $20,000 they would be losing to another potential patient that could be having surgery that day .. it’s just buisiness to the clinic , n another number .. but to us, it’s our savings n A permanent result that lasts forever .. Good or bad .. clinics need to understand that ..