Hair transplant surgery will bring an exciting change in your life. You will finally regrow your hair for good. However, sometimes, quite understandably, in order to enhance the results of your surgery, you might try to take some “extra measures.” These could be anything from oiling your hair, using serums, creams, sprays, masks and whatnot. A duo that is quite popular and effective against hair loss is – Minoxidil and Finasteride. Before putting anything on your scalp or taking any medicines for hair growth (e.g., finasteride) after hair transplant, you should consult your surgeon.
Everyone wants their hair transplant surgery to be successful. And soon after the surgery, some patients take the extra mile to do just that by using the drugs minoxidil and finasteride. The only problem is that the surgery itself makes the use of any other hair loss treatment redundant. Of course, it is important to you that the best results are guaranteed after your hair transplant, but the surgery itself will make a world of difference. Moreover, there’s another reason why we strongly don’t recommend the use of these two drugs immediately after your hair transplant. Before we get into that, let’s take a look at what minoxidil and finasteride really are, how they work, the reasons behind their popularity, and their pitfalls.
What is Minoxidil and Finasteride?
Initially, these FDA-approved drugs weren’t developed as a cure for hair loss. Minoxidil was developed as a treatment for high blood pressure and Finasteride for benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate glands are enlarged.
Regardless, it was found that the drug finasteride acted as an inhibitor of the enzyme 5α-reductase which is responsible for the conversion of the hormone testosterone in dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the reason why men lose hair as a result of male pattern baldness. By binding to the hair follicles, it leads to their shrinkage and weakened state, eventually causing irreparable damage.
With the finasteride inhibiting the action of the enzyme, the DHT will not bind to the hair follicles. This is how finasteride works and stops hair loss. Many studies have shown promising results from the use of this drug.
Minoxidil, on the other hand, can only promote the growth of hair by increasing the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles in the scalp. It is a vasodilator and is generally sprayed on the scalp. This causes the blood vessels to dilate and carry more, well, blood. Therefore this increased flow can positively impact the growth of hair. The way that minoxidil works it doesn’t really stop the loss of hair. Some experts don’t even consider it as an effective solution against hair loss.
Is it Safe to Take Minoxidil and Finasteride Together?
Yes, it is safe to take them together. However, before you do that, you need to consult your doctor. It is extremely important. They can interact harmfully with some other drugs that you might be taking. So, make sure to inform your doctor about all the drugs that you’re already taking, including vitamins. Even before taking/starting a new drug, you need to ask your doctor to ensure that it will not interact dangerously with minoxidil and finasteride.
Together these two drugs are effective against hair loss. Considering the way these drugs work to promote hair growth, they can be used together to achieve good results. Combination of minoxidil and finasteride have shown to improve hair loss.
What Are the Pitfalls of Taking Minoxidil and Finasteride?
There are more than just a few reasons why it’s better to get hair transplant surgery than use these drugs to deal with hair loss. Let’s take a look at some of them.
They Only Offer Temporary Relief from Hair Loss
That’s one of their biggest and greatest flaws. You have to take minoxidil and finasteride on a daily basis and also very carefully in order to see any results. In the case of minoxidil, you’ll have to wait for at least four months before you start seeing any results. Finasteride will start to produce any significant results after 6-12 months. Whereas in case of hair transplant surgery, you will permanently regrow your hair after 12 months.
You will not have to apply any medications or take any pills. Those results are going to last you a lifetime. However, with minoxidil and finasteride, as soon as you stop taking these drugs, your hair will start to fall again. So, you’ll have to keep investing in these drugs for a very long time without them ever promising you any permanence.
Finasteride Can Cause Birth Defects
It is a reason why women do not end up taking this treatment at all. Even women who’re planning to get pregnant should not hold the tablets of finasteride. It can cause birth defects in a male fetus. It is also not prescribed to breastfeeding mothers as it can pass into the breastmilk.
Unpleasant Side Effects
Finasteride can affect your sexual functions such as a decrease in sexual desire, reduced ejaculation, tender breasts, and difficulty having an erection, among others. If the side effects are too severe, you need to get in touch with your doctor especially if you’re experiencing depression, nipple discharge, or have lumps, pain in your breast among other abnormal symptoms. Minoxidil can cause burning, irritation, skin rash, and redness, along with some other side effects. If you’re experiencing tachycardia, dizziness, chest pain, and swelling, along with some other out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, then also you need to get in touch with a doctor right away.
Should You Use Minoxidil and Finasteride After Hair Transplant Surgery?
We would absolutely not recommend the use of these two drugs on your scalp soon after the hair restoration surgery. The simple reason for it is that it will clog your pores. As insignificant as it may sound, this small thing can have some large and devastating consequences. During the aftercare process, we specifically instruct our patients to keep their scalp clean. It will allow the skin on your scalp to breathe. Moreover, it will keep the pores unclogged of any gunk.
The newly transplanted hair follicles need ample oxygen to heal properly and start growing new hair. If you start using a combination of minoxidil and finasteride in order to improve the results of your surgery, you’ll essentially deprive the roots of the hair follicles of oxygen. They will not breathe properly, which will result in their death. This will mean that no hair growth will take place.
The surgery itself makes the use of these drugs unnecessary. You don’t have to use them. A hair transplant works by placing hair follicles from the healthy, hair-growing region of your head to the bald spots. These follicles will then normally grow in their new place. It can even improve the blood circulation in the area, which then allows the non-transplanted hair roots to benefit. They will get more oxygen and become stronger all thanks to a hair transplant. Notice how an increase in the supply of oxygen to hair follicles is what minoxidil does too, but with hair transplant, a harmonious, permanent growth will take place.
If you are still concerned about your results, you can share your progress pictures with us and our surgeons will offer you the best aftercare plan so that you can get your desired results.
The fears about losing your hair again are quite natural. You’ve gone through a bad experience and do not want to go through something similar. Quite naturally you’ll try to do all that you can to avoid it. However, the hard part is over, so you can take a sigh of relief. You will not lose your transplanted hair, so you do not have to take these medications. Moreover, we provide a life-time warranty with our hair transplant. You can relax. We make sure that our patients have nothing to worry about not only before but also after the surgery. It is a reason why you can avail our free 12-month aftercare services at any time during the recovery period.
Minoxidil and finasteride are used against hair loss. There are also many studies that show a decrease in hair loss as a result. However, it has some huge disadvantages. Their results will never be permanent. You’ll have to keep using the products for a long time. If you experience a side-effect, then you may need to discontinue the medicine. Finasteride is harmful to developing male fetuses. Only touching can be dangerous when the woman is pregnant or is planning to get pregnant. Its side effects are also certainly quite undesirable. Hair transplant surgery is a far better solution for hair loss.
If you want to book surgery with us, you can always reach out to us here. We will soon get back to you. You can get the answers to all your questions in our free initial consultation. Or if you’re someone who has some aftercare questions in regards to their recovery, our address is [email protected]. We’re here to take care of you.