Do you need to take finasteride after a hair transplant?
Medically reviewed by Dr. Sternberg
Finasteride is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments to manage hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. It can be used after hair transplants to preserve its results and maintain a desirable hair density. Read on to learn the pros & cons and usage methods of finasteride to determine whether it is the right choice for you.
In a Nutshell
|Two Main Forms||Oral Finasteride & Topical Finasteride|
|Use of Finasteride||Helps prevent future hair loss|
|Pros and Cons||Helps stabilize hair loss but maybe side effects|
|Side Effects||2 - 5% of users|
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|Helps stabilize hair loss and manage male pattern baldness. It can increase the longevity of your hair transplant results by preserving your existing hair.||Finasteride has some commonly reported side effects including sexual dysfunction and low libido. These effects may continue even when you are off the medication.|
|Easily available with a prescription.||Not advisable for patients with heart conditions.|
|The efficacy of finasteride is well-researched and backed by clinical trials.||It is not a cure but a way to manage and slow down hair loss. Only works as long as you are taking finasteride consistently.|
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if you don't use finasteride after a hair transplant?
Finasteride helps preserve your existing hair so the hair transplant results can last longer. Without finasteride, you may continue to lose hair in other areas. If you lose too much hair, your hair transplant can look patchy and you may end up needing a second transplant to regain your hair density.
Can Finasteride damage transplanted hair?
No, finasteride is not known to damage newly transplanted hair. It is safe to take finasteride after your hair transplant under the supervision of your doctor.
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