Are you considering hair transplant surgery but concerned about the possibility of side effects connected with hair loss drugs? Is taking non-surgical hair loss treatments a requirement for undergoing hair transplant surgery?
To date, there are only 2 FDA approved non-surgical treatments proven to stop hair loss. This includes Propecia (finasteride), the only FDA approved pill for treating hair loss by inhibiting the production of the male androgen hormone DHT and Rogaine (minoxidil), the only topical formula proven to stimulate hair regrowth. While both drugs come with a small possibility of side effects, many men have expressed concerns about the rare but very real possibility of experiencing low libido and other sexual issues connected with taking Propecia. Thus, the thought of being forced to take these drugs in conjunction with hair transplant surgery is concerning to some men. But are they a requirement for hair surgery?
Hair transplant surgery is an out-patient procedure involving moving healthy hair follicles from the sides and back of the head to balding areas. Because of a principle called "donor dominance", this hair is resitant to DHT and is permanent, making surgical hair restoration an attractive and popular cosmetic procedure for men and women with hair loss. However, cosmetic hair surgery does nothing to stop the progression of genetic pattern baldness. As a result, non-surgical treatments are said to "complement" hair restoration surgery since they may slow down, stop or even reverse the effects of male or female pattern baldness.
While surgeons may not require their patients to take non-surgical treatments, men and women undergoing hair transplantation run a greater risk of losing more hair and thus, may require a greater number of procedures to meet their long term hair restoration goals.
Hair loss sufferers concerned about the possibility of side effects associated with Propecia and Rogaine may want to consider "natural" alternative andiandrogens and growth stimulators to compliment their hair transplant. These include products like topical ketoconazole treatments such as Nizoral shampoo, Revita shampoo, Extina foam (requires a prescription); Crinagen, Tricomin and Revivogen. While none of these products are clinically proven or FDA approved, these solutions are conjectured to reduce the amount of DHT in the scalp and/or stimulate follicles and promote potential hair regrowth.
Some hair restoration physicians are willing to work with patients that aren't taking medical treatments for their thinning hair. However, men and women proceeding with surgery should be fully aware of the risks and limitations associated with hair transplant surgery.
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Bill - Managing Publisher for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, the Hair Loss Q & A Blog and the Hair Restoration Forum and Social Community