When Can I Use Minoxidil After A Hair Transplant?

When Can I Use Minoxidil After A Hair Transplant

When Can I Use Minoxidil After A Hair Transplant?

When Can I Use Minoxidil After A Hair Transplant
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.


Minoxidil, also known as Rogaine, is a topical treatment that is applied directly to the scalp to promote hair growth. It works by increasing blood flow to the hair follicles, which can help to promote hair growth.

It’s generally recommended to wait for at least one week to one month after a hair transplant before using minoxidil. This is because the hair follicles are in a delicate state immediately after a transplant and using minoxidil too soon may cause irritation and even damage to the newly transplanted hair.

During the first month post-surgery, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care, as the specific instructions may vary depending on the type of transplant you have received.

It’s important to use Minoxidil as directed by your surgeon, and to avoid using it too often or leaving it on the hair for too long. If you experience any irritation or adverse effects after using Minoxidil, it’s recommended to stop using the product and consult with your surgeon.

It’s also worth noting that Minoxidil is not a cure for hair loss, and it’s important to use it continuously to maintain the hair growth. It’s also important to keep in mind that results may vary depending on the individual, and it may not work for everyone.

Can you use minoxidil after FUE?

Yes. However, you will need to wait a week before using Minoxidil to allow the healing process to get well underway.

Minoxidil has a proven track record of speeding up hair growth, and in some circumstances, hair growth can be seen within one month of surgery.

Minoxidil can reduce the risk of shock after hair transplant surgery; a shock to the scalp mainly affects the original hairs on your head, causing them to fall.

The hair that falls from shock can be permanent or temporary. Minoxidil can skip the entire episode of shock, which is beneficial to the patient and the overall appearance after hair transplant surgery.

Can you use Minoxidil after FUE? Due to the nature of FUE, it is likely your surgeon will recommend Minoxidil as part of the recovery protocol.

Do you need to use minoxidil after a hair transplant?

Minoxidil is not a compulsory treatment, but it does have some distinct benefits in extending the growth cycle of the hair follicles.

If Minoxidil can prevent scalp shock causing hair loss, then it is worth taking for this reason in isolation.

When can I use hair products after a hair transplant?

You will need to keep your scalp clean. After a few days, you will be able to shower and use a shampoo that has been prescribed. Do not be tempted to use an off the shelf shampoo.

Shampoos and conditioners can have chemicals that irritate your scalp and newly grafted hairs.

You should wait for your doctor’s advice before using hair products for styling, but a period of up to six months to allow complete healing should be allowed before considering using styling hair products.

How long after the hair transplant can you use Finasteride?

If you were using Finasteride before hair transplant surgery, you should not stop taking the drug. Your surgeon will recommend you start taking Finasteride immediately after surgery or within 7 days.

Finasteride will block DHT, testosterone hormone, to prevent further hair loss.

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

Do you want to keep your hair without surgery? I get it … surgery can be expensive and frightening. Although it’s the most effective solution when things go bad and it helped me, you still experience some discomfort and have to take some time off from work.

Fortunately, researchers in Norway succeeded in stopping hair loss and promoting regrowth in 63.9% of test participants by using fish proteins!

Although not flawless … fish proteins, minerals, and antioxidants have a positive effect on strengthening hair.

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