The answer to this question is very individual. It depends on many factors. It is the equation with many unknowns to be answered.
In our practice, we prefer medical treatment of male pattern baldness at the early stages. And prefer surgical procedures in patients with advanced hair loss. As a borderline Stage III on the Norwood Scale is the cutoff point for Surgery.
But there may be patients who want to restore their outlook at the early stages of the hair loss. It is a very individual approach and decision.