Number 1. Propecia (finasteride)
Hair transplant surgery is a standalone procedure and does not require any non-surgical solutions or treatments for the new hair to grow and mature. However, androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss) is a progressive condition that spreads and gets worse over time. Therefore, to ensure hair transplant results stand the test of time and have longevity it is advised for patients to take hair loss medication such as Propecia (finasteride) to slow and prevent further hair loss. While no medication or treatment can cure balding, Propecia (finasteride) does very well at slowing down, stopping or even reversing the natural progression of male and female pattern baldness. Propecia (finasteride) works by inhibiting the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. The 5-alpha reductase enzyme is responsible for converting testosterone in to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) through the blood stream. DHT is the main catalyst for androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Therefore, by inhibiting this enzyme the body naturally creates less DHT, which prevents this hormone from binding to hair follicle receptors and shrinking the hair follicles until they no longer grow.
Number 2. Rogaine (minoxidil)
Rogaine (minoxidil) works by prolonging the anagen (growth) phase of the follicular life cycle (also called the hair life cycle). In addition, it revitalizes miniaturized hairs and increases their size in hair shaft diameter. Therefore, when Rogaine (minoxidil) is used daily the hair follicles will increase in size and the growing phase may become longer. Consequently, providing an apperance of a fuller head of hair for the patient. Many world renowned hair transplant surgeons agree that Rogaine (minoxidil) can be beneficial following a hair transplant surgery. The surgical trauma caused to the scalp by hair restoration surgery can sometimes lead to what is known as "shock loss" which is a temporary shedding of the hair. Rogaine (minoxidil) is thought to strengthen the hair follicles and also regrow any lost hair faster and speed up recovery.
Number 3. Patience for hair growth
Unfortunately, this last tip does not provide any additional boost or hair growth to a hair transplant result, but it is absolutely necessary to ensure the patient has a good hair transplant experience. Many hair transplant patients fail to understand that hair restoration is a process that requires a bit of faith and patience. The majority of patients do not see any noticeable hair growth until three to four months after surgery and even then the hair growth is sparse and makes little to no cosmetic improvement. In some cases, patients may not see any noticeable hair growth until the fifth or sixth month and even then the hair growth may be sparse and uneven. It is important to understand that not every patient will grow at the exact same rate or even have the same result by the same hair transplant surgeon. At twelve months the majority of patients have grown all of their transplanted hair, but some patients may continue to grow new hair until eighteen months. In addition, hair follicles continue to mature and grow in to their final hair shaft diameter around eighteen months after surgery.