Question: I have done a hair transplant surgery and need to ask about minoxidil, I was requested to start using it for six months then stopped it so my question is if I stopped it what will happen to my hair, and is it useful to the hair transplant or hair might loss if I stopped using it?
Answer: Hi, Fady. As you are not a Belgravia client you should speak to your surgeon and minoxidil provider, however, we can provide you with some general advice on this.
In cases of Male Pattern Baldness, whilst it is entirely possible to stop using hair loss treatments after undergoing restoration surgery, continued use is widely recommended. In fact many consider it even more important than following a treatment course for at least six months prior to the operation. The reason for this is to do with the way that male hair loss develops.
People with genetic hair loss have an inherited sensitivity to the hormone by-product DHT. This binds itself to the hair follicles located around the top of the head in those affected, attacking them. As the follicles weaken and deteriorate this causes a process known as hair ‘miniaturisation’, which appears outwardly as thinning hair and/or a receding hairline.
For those who are predisposed to genetic hair loss, what generally happens is that the DHT continues to damage the hair follicles, progressively causing increasing shedding or even baldness, unless it is stopped through the use of clinically-proven medications.
As you had a hair transplant this can help to restore hair in the area the grafts were applied. However, if no on-going aftercare treatment plan is in place to maintain your hair, the DHT will keep attacking the hair follicles around the top of your head. This can lead to the hair surrounding the transplanted area to thin, potentially leaving an ‘island’ of restored hair which can look unnatural.
Once you stop using minoxidil – whether you have had a hair transplant or not – your hair loss will continue and you will usually start to see increased shedding from around three months after terminating use. You will continue to lose your hair as normal from then on although the rate at which you will do so is impossible for us to predict without performing a thorough tricho-check.
Should you decide to re-start your minoxidil regime it is best to speak to your specialist beforehand to ensure you are using the optimal course for your specific needs following your surgery. At Belgravia, we often recommend high strength minoxidil products from the range we stock at both of our Central London clinics, but you can also choose to combine finasteride 1mg or a range of hair growth boosters into your treatment plan; a hair loss specialist will be able to advise as to the options best suited to your specific requirements.
Just to prepare you, when re-starting treatment you may experience a period of extra shedding initially, however this is quite normal and will stop in around a month so is nothing to be alarmed about.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.