Dr. Rassman, I was reading a reply to a question suggesting that Rogaine Foam is not a problem 3 months after the surgery, but I wanted to know how soon after the surgery I can start using the foam as opposed to the ointment. My second question is I recently got a hair transplant, I am 22 years old male, after reading through your blogs I have come to conclude that I was a victim of transplant “fraud” which is a shame because I got mine from an institution that boasts itself in being a pioneer in the field. I started taking propecia 3 days after the surgery and still till today (20 days post op) my hair is falling off like no other. How long will this ‘shock loss’ continue, it is really beginning to worry me because at the rate at which my hair is falling is unbelievable. I also read a post suggesting I can use a blow dryer on low heat after 10days but when I did I had so many hair fall off It was unreal. What would you suggest? is this normal? When can I start using a blow dryer without worrying about my hair falling at such a rapid pace.
It sounds like you need a second opinion. You can start using Rogaine Foam about 14 days after a hair transplant. Shock loss could be prevented in most situations with the drug Propecia started before the transplant is done. Shock loss will usually subside up to 4 months or so after it starts (hopefully much less). It sounds like you need a second opinion before you blame the surgical team that worked on you.