Role of Medicine

Role of Medicine

The reason behind the hair loss problems can be anything from heredity to hormonal change but the amount of stress it gives to a person cannot be described in words alone. Even after the best hair transplant method your existing hair can thin out. But transplanted hairs take longer time to thin out as compared to existing ones. So, to alleviate the hair issues, medicines come to play a crucial role.

There are 3 time tested medications that are used in hair loss treatment.

  • Topical Minoxidil
  • Oral Finasteride
  • Biotin

Why do you need medicines like Minoxidil or finasteride after hair transplant? Oral Minoxidil helps in making your anagen phase or growth phase longer than usual. Also, it helps in increasing the blood circulation in your scalp to make the thinner hair thicker and stronger than usual. Amongst them, finasteride is the strongest and the most consistent medicine. It works by reducing the amount of a naturally occurring body hormone i.e., dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Reduced DHT levels result in increased hair regrowth and slower hair loss particularly in patients of androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. It has no effect on hair growth on other parts of the body.
One thing that one should keep in mind before taking finasteride and Minoxidil is that these medicines take some time to show visible effects. You have to consistently take them to sustain these results. Whenever someone prescribes you these medicines, the first question you should ask them is that how long you would need to take them, what are their side effects, and what will happen if in future you decide to stop them.

There are many studies which have proved the potential side effects of these medicines, in particular finasteride like erectile dysfunction, impotency etc. So it becomes the duty of the doctor to explain in depth about the drug, its
duration of use and potential side effects. Also, its well within your right as a patient to get a choice in making this decision. So one needs to understand all pros and cons, before starting this medicine, as it might become a life long liability for you.

“All that glitters is not gold”
The lusturous growth after hair transplant as boosted by many clinics is, in most of the cases just the result of this wonder drug – FINASTERIDE. Even though it is a common belief that finasteride has no direct effect on the transplanted hairs, it can still help in increasing or sustaining the thickness of transplanted hair. Besides that, it causes the growth of the miniaturised hairs giving you a much softer looking and natural hairline with a much increased hair density through out your scalp. Additionally finasteride might be exaggerating
the results of your hair transplant (or shall we say FAKE results of transplant) and sometimes even masking the incorrectly placed poor no of grafts as well!
So Finasteride acts on all the three aspects of hair transplant

  1. Area coverage
  2. Density
  3. Hairline aesthetics

People can have unrealistic expectations from the results & the patient may end up paying more for the low quality work & misjudging & misusing the resources because of lack of proper information.

So always confirm from your surgeon if they will be giving you the results with or without finasteride.

A surgeon who can give you results without finasteride will have to do the actual hard work of placing the grafts densely even in the thinning zones for merging the bald area with the thinning zone. Thats the real test of calibre of the surgeon, his skills & art.

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