Thanks for the great effort here.
I just want to know, why minoxidil or finasteride are required after a hair transplant?
Let’s say a male, 45, with great donor area, Norwood class 6, had 3 sessions over 2 years, and was given 7000 – 8000 grafts covering his hairline, front, vertex and crown. Since most of his balding areas are covered, and the transplanted hair is genetically programmed not to fall off, why would this patient still require the minoxidil and/ or finasteride?
Thanks for your answer to this small query!
Most patients in that situation do not stay on these drugs. It is worth noting that if there is residual hair still present or the fringe area has not been impacted and shows signs of miniaturization, then these drugs have value.
If you were a Norwood 3, for example, then finasteride would help minimize shock loss following surgery and help to maintain the existing hair around the transplanted areas.