There are always live patient sessions in the ISHRS ( International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) annual meeting . About 20 to 30 live patients will show their hair transplant surgery results to the meeting attendants. Of course, these are the best results from doctors who presented them.
Started from 2006 San Diego meeting, I personally asked every patient if they take Finasteride to find out the relationship between surgery result and Finasteride.
The survery below shows the percentage of live patients on Finasteride:
2006 San Diego meeting- 100%
2007 Las Vegas meeting-100%
2008 Montreal meeting- 100%
2009 Amsterdam meeting- about 70%, In Europe the trend is different, but the surgery result was not as impressive as in the States.
2010 Boston meeting- only two patients didn’t take Finasteride. But both told me that after received hundreds of advices from attendant doctors, they would like to try it.
2011 Anchorage meeting- only 3 to 4 patients presented and the main target moved towards how to cover donor scar.
Conclusion from the survey:
To have the best surgery result, taking Finasteride is necessary.