This question, from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums, was answered by Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Carlos Wesley:

I’ve read that applying Rogaine (minoxidil) to the transplanted area may help speed the hair growth of the transplanted grafts.¬† Once you reach a certain point, say 6 months, is there any point in continuing to apply minoxidil to the transplanted hairs?

Dr_Wesley_photoMany hair clinics ask their¬†hair transplant patients to use minoxidil around their surgery because it shifts a higher percentage of hairs (pre-existing and transplanted) into the anagen (growth) phase. Anagen hairs are more “sturdy”, if you will, as their root is more deeply embedded than follicles in the telogen phase.

The real benefit of minoxidil, therefore, is minimizing shock loss during the first few months after hair restoration surgery.

Dr. Carlos Wesley

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David (TakingThePlunge)
Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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