Hair Restoration vs. Propecia

Male pattern hair loss is a common issue faced by many of our patients. There are a variety of both surgical and non-surgical options to reverse the effects of balding, however, many patients struggle to decide between hair restoration vs. Propecia®. At True & Dorin Medical Group, we offer follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair restoration methods. Both Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert H. True have been recognized for their ability to provide natural-looking, lasting hair restoration results for their patients in New York, New Jersey, and Boston. Propecia is a prescription drug that can treat hair loss in men by reducing DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels in the scalp. While there are many different factors to consider when choosing a treatment method, our experienced doctors can help guide you in this life-changing decision. 

How Do the Treatment Processes Differ?

Man with thinning hair touching scalpTreatment for each of these solutions is significantly different. Propecia is prescribed by your doctor and administered as instructed, typically on a daily basis. This prescription treatment is effective because it prevents the conversion of testosterone to DHT, which affects the lifespan of hair follicles. Unlike Propecia, which is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, hair restoration is a surgical procedure.

Hair restoration procedures use hair from a donor site to restore a bare or thinning area. Often, patients may be apprehensive about FUT or FUE because they do not want to undergo surgery or have been misled about extensive scarring. However, our doctors have been safely and effectively performing these procedures for decades. With consistently improving technologies, hair restoration procedures have continuously improved to reduce scarring and risks associated with FUT and FUE.

What Are the Risks?

When considering hair restoration vs. Propecia, you should ensure you are fully informed of the potential risks. The minor to severe side effects associated with taking Propecia can include:

  • Impotence
  • Allergic reaction 
  • Swelling in hands or feet
  • Breast enlargement or tenderness
  • Rashes 
  • Increased risk of prostate cancer
  • Infertility

However, many men use this prescription without side effects. Both hair restoration and Propecia may also result in damage to the hair follicles being affected but the likelihood is very low. FUT and FUE procedures, while considered minimally invasive, still present some of the risks frequently associated with any surgery such as: 

  • Excessive bleeding 
  • Infection
  • Blood clots 
  • Scarring 

While you should always consider the risks of any treatment, our doctors are highly qualified to handle any complications. For many, the potential risks cannot be compared to the benefits of undergoing treatment including a significant improvement in your appearance, self-confidence, and overall quality of life.

Predictability of Results 

Hair restoration procedures have proven to be fairly predictable, especially when performed by highly regarded professionals such as Dr. True and Dr. Dorin. For many years, our patients have experienced consistent, natural-looking results with strategically hidden scarring that is typically unnoticeable. 

There are many different factors to consider when choosing a treatment method, and our experienced doctors can help guide you in this life-changing decision.

Generally speaking, Propecia results can be unpredictable. For some men, it will only slow thinning, not stop it altogether. It is typically best suited for those who are at the beginning stages of hair loss. It is also important to note that hair growth will usually only be seen for the duration of use. Once you stop using Propecia, it is not unlikely that you may lose all the hair that has grown as a result of the prescription within a year. 

Choose Trusted Professionals 

Our team is dedicated to helping patients find a viable solution for their hair loss. If you are considering hair restoration, Propecia, or any other treatment, contact us online or call us today at (866) 629-0866 to speak with a trusted professional.