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Are Hair Loss Drugs Propecia (Finasteride) and Rogaine (Minoxidil) Mandatory after Hair Transplant Surgery?

12/13/2013 7:06:43 AM

Question:

I had a hair transplant a month ago with about 3900 grafts which took 12 hours! Only today I had an appointment with my Doctor, who advised that I take the below medications:

  • Genesis (1mg finasteride) - 1 tab daily.
  •  Minoxin spray (2% minoxidil) for the first month and 5% from 2nd month onwards.
I have done some research on finasteride and find that it has adverse effects on the male reproductive system. Same goes for minoxidil with heart related issues being reported.
 
My question is, if I do not use any of the above, will my hair growth suffer? I do not want to gain one thing at the cost of the other.

Answer:

Most hair restoration physicians highly recommend that patients continue to medically stabilize their hair loss after hair transplant surgery. The reason for this is that genetic balding is a progressive condition for most men. If you still have a considerable amount of natural hair on your head, then using these drugs can help preserve that hair. If you don’t use them, you run the risk of losing that hair and potentially needing another procedure in the future.

Depending upon how well your physician planned for future hair loss when designing your transplant, you could run the risk of running out of donor hair for future procedures. You may find the below article of interest.

Should I Be Worried about Potential Side Effects from Rogaine (Minoxidil) and Propecia (Finasteride)?

The most common side effects of minoxidil are scalp irritation and itchiness. Severe side effects are very rare.

I’m not a physician and I cannot advise you to take or not take medications. Since hair loss is not a life-threatening condition, the decision is up to each individual to make.

David (TakingThePlunge)
Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair LossLearning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.

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