finasteride or minoxidil

The decision to take finasteride or minoxidil after a hair transplant depends on various factors, and it is typically a subject of discussion between the patient and the hair transplant surgeon.

Here are some considerations regarding the use of these medications after a hair transplant:


  • Purpose: Finasteride is an oral medication that helps inhibit the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is associated with male pattern baldness. It is commonly prescribed to slow down hair loss and promote the growth of existing hair.
  • Considerations: Some surgeons recommend finasteride for male patients after a hair transplant to help maintain the non-transplanted hair and prevent further hair loss. However, the decision to use finasteride is a personal one, and individuals should be aware of potential side effects.
  • Side Effects: Potential side effects of finasteride may include sexual side effects, and not everyone is comfortable with or willing to tolerate these side effects. It’s important to discuss any concerns with the prescribing physician.


  • Purpose: Minoxidil is a topical solution that is applied directly to the scalp. It is known to promote blood flow to the hair follicles, potentially stimulating hair growth.
  • Considerations: Minoxidil can be used after a hair transplant to promote healing in the recipient area and potentially enhance the growth of transplanted hair. It is often recommended as part of the postoperative care routine.
  • Application: The application of minoxidil usually begins a few days after the hair transplant once the recipient sites have healed. Surgeons may provide specific instructions on when and how to apply minoxidil.

It’s important to note that the use of finasteride and minoxidil is not mandatory after a hair transplant, and not everyone chooses to use these medications. The decision depends on individual preferences, concerns about potential side effects, and the specific recommendations of the Hair Restoration Center Surgeon.

Before making a decision, individuals should have a thorough discussion with your HRC surgeon, addressing questions about postoperative care, potential benefits of medications, and any concerns they may have. Additionally, it’s crucial to follow the surgeon’s postoperative care instructions to optimize the results of the hair transplant.

For more information, call (888) 589-3064, or schedule a consultation with an HRC Patient Advisor.