Hello Dr. Rassman,
I have done a hair transplant surgery about 6 months ago and I am using Rogaine twice a day along with Hairman comb for maintaining my hair. I am not using Propecia as it is having sexual side effects. My question is that since I am not using propecia which stops DHT which causes hairloss, are my new hair follicles in danger of falling out? I am 26 years old.
Another question that I have came across a clinic in London and they are offering Minoxidil 12.5% which stronger then the normal 5% Minoxidil. Minoxidil 12.5% have to be used only once a day. Switching to Minoxidil is a safe idea, please advise.
Your prompt response will be appreciated. Regards
Transplanted hair is from the donor area (back of the head), so it should not fall out from genetic causes. If you didn’t experience shock loss after your surgery, particularly since you’re a young man, you are quite lucky. There is a chance your loss could still progress, but there is no laser or topical treatment that will prevent that. Actually, there’s nothing that will 100% prevent all future hair loss (that would be called a “cure”, which doesn’t exist).
Propecia helps slow the progression of genetic male pattern baldness (MPB), but if that isn’t an option for you, I’m not sure what to tell you. Did you experience side effects yourself or are just frightened by what you’ve read on the internet?
Minoxidil has been proven safe and effective at 5%. If clinics are offering stronger medication, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will work better. You do run a higher risk of irritation and other side effects from minoxidil as the concentration is increased. Have you tried the 5% without success? I’m confused as to why you’d want to try a very high strength right off the bat.