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Do You Need To Take Minoxidil If You Have A Hair Transplant?

Minoxidil, also known as Regaine, is a medication applied directly to your scalp to thicken your hair and prevent hair loss. As a hair transplant is permanent, you may continue to lose un-transplanted hair and be left with areas of transplanted hair only leaving no hair elsewhere. For this reason, patients who are looking to have a hair transplant, ought to consider taking hair loss treatment, to prevent further hair loss.

By using Minoxidil, you give yourself a good chance to prevent future hair loss and thicken your existing hair. If you have undergone a transplant, this helps to prevent further hair loss, safeguarding your hair transplant result for the future.

Minoxidil Hair Transplant
This gentleman underwent an FUE hair transplant to his hairline and temples. He had stabilised his hair loss with Minoxidil solution, applying the treatment to his hairline and crown.

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a medication that was originally given as a pill to treat high blood pressure. As a side effect, the medication led to hair growth in patients suffering from hair loss. Now the medication is mainly used to treat hair loss in men and women. Minoxidil comes in 2 forms, a solution and a foam.

Does Minoxidil Work?

Minoxidil is available in 2 main concentrations- 2% and 5%. Both concentrations have been shown to increase hair thickness.

5% Minoxidil has been shown to increase hair regrowth and thickness greater than the 2% dose (by 45%), (1). This result is primarily seen once patients have been using Minoxidil for 1 year.

Side effects of Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a safe medication and can be bought from your local Pharmacy, without a Doctor’s prescription. At higher concentrations (> 5% and 10%) the side effects can be more common. The main side effects patients ought to know about are:

  • Skin irritation and redness in the areas it is applied (mainly seen as dry skin and itching)*
  • Headaches
  • Hair growth on other parts of the body even when it is used only on the scalp (more common in female patients), (2)

*Skin irritation is seen less with the foam version compared to the solution version of Minoxidil. This is because the foam version contains less alcohol content in the bottle.

Are You Interested In Having A Hair Transplant?

If you are interested in booking in for a hair transplant, please feel free to contact us today. Our Surgeons would be happy to see you in clinic and discuss your hair loss, providing you with a treatment plan to treat your main concerns.

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References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12196747/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9039309/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6691938/
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