If, after a hair transplant, I use Rogaine (minoxidil) for 6 months to help jump start the new hair growth and then I stop using it on the transplanted hairs, will this affect them in any way?
Follicular unit grafts harvested from the permanent donor area at the rear and sides of the head are genetically programmed to be DHT resistant and grow for life. There is no danger of your transplanted hairs becoming dependent on Rogaine (minoxidil). However, if you had any pre-existing, native hairs in your recipient area prior to surgery, these may be shed upon discontinuation of the medication.
While Rogaine is clinically proven and FDA approved for treating hair loss, you may want to consider also adding Propecia (finasteride) to your regimen. These medications, when used in combination, are considered the best treatment currently available for androgenic alopecia also known as genetic balding.
Finasteride is only approved for use my males and should not be taken or even handled by women who are or may potentially become pregnant due to the risk of birth defects.
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