Why do I need to take minoxidil and finasteride after a hair transplant
Why do I need to take minoxidil and finasteride after hair transplant?
At HairMD, we get a lot of queries asking whether minoxidil and finasteride are safe drugs to take or not. The truth is that you need to take them to get better hair growth in order to maintain the hair transplant further. Here is the reason for using minoxidil and finasteride:.
DHT is a hormone that causes hair follicles to miniaturize, and this contributes to male pattern hair loss. As DHT acts on hair which are situated on top of the scalp, it causes hair loss from the top of the scalp. Back of the scalp doesn’t have DHT receptors and is not affected by androgenetic baldness.
When hair from back of the scalp are transplanted in the front of the scalp, as DHT is present in abundance at the top of the scalp, the patient has to take finasteride or minoxidil for the prevention of them shedding off due to DHT right after Hair Transplant.
Now, both of these drugs are not DHT blockers. The basic concept is to deviate the hair follicles from growing in one particular area of the head.
The side effects
Neither finasteride, (commonly known as Propecia) nor minoxidil, (commonly referred to as Rogaine) will leave an adverse effect on the transplanted hair.
Although, many experts suggest that you do not need Propecia or Rogaine to really protect your transplanted hair, it is highly advisable to take it.
More often than not, you will have transplanted hair which will be transferred amongst your original hair. The same hair will continue to thin and fall out over time. This hair, which is prone to shedding, is protected by finasteride which reduces hair loss in the future significantly.
Propecia should only be consumed when you can commit to using it long-term because it takes up to an entire year to see any effect.
You can use Rogaine continually and regularly, provided you do not start and stop it.