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Are Finasteride and Minoxidil Required for a Hair Transplant?

3/27/2008 10:19:02 AM

Question:

If I have a hair transplant do I need to use Rogaine or Propecia afterwards? I am reluctant to use these hair loss treatments because I am afraid of side effects.

Answer:

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure moving hair from one part of the head to the other however, it does nothing to stop existing hair loss.  Whereas finasteride (marketed as Propecia and found in Proscar) and minoxidil (found in Rogaine, Xandrox, and other treatments) are not required for the transplanted hair to grow, these two hair loss treatments are nice compliments to hair replacement surgery because they can slow down or stop the progressiveness of hair loss.

Though side effects are typically reported as rare, one should be informed of all potential side effects before taking any treatments for hair loss. Be sure to talk to your physician and do proper research on these medications and make an informed decision as to whether or not they are right for you.


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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.