Minoxidil is a topical treatment that can help regrow hair and slow down male and female pattern hair loss. It is available in two strengths (2% and 5%). Patients who use Minoxidil can expect to see results within a few months.
Is Minoxidil Effective as a Hair Loss Treatment?
Yes. Minoxidil has been shown to prevent hair loss in two out of every three men and is currently the only FDA-approved treatment. Minoxidil’s primary function is to prevent and slow hair loss hair regrowth is a byproduct.
Minoxidil does not stimulate the formation of new hair follicles, so it cannot be used to regrow hair that has already been lost. As a result, Minoxidil will be most effective when hair loss is detected early on, as it can prevent and slow future loss
According to one study, 5% Minoxidil was more effective at preventing hair loss and encouraging hair growth than its 2% solution counterpart. Furthermore, the 5% Minoxidil was superior in terms of achieving hair growth both earlier and faster.
How long will it take to see a difference?
Minoxidil has been proved to work, but noticeable results take time. In 4 to 6 months, many people notice less hair loss and some new growth. This medication should be taken twice daily for best results. Because discontinuing Minoxidil will halt treatment progress, it is most effective when used as part of a daily routine.
How Does Minoxidil Function?
Minoxidil works as a vasodilator. This means that when Minoxidil is applied, it increases blood flow to the hair follicles. The increased blood flow to the hair follicles stimulates them to move from the resting to the growing phase. Increasing blood flow expands the diameter of the follicles, resulting in thicker hair.
Are there any adverse effects?
Minoxidil is a very safe topical treatment in general. There are some possible side effects, as with any drug, though these are uncommon.
The following side effects may occur at the application site:
Rashes on the skin
The majority of the time, these side effects are transient and resolve on their own. If side effects persist, discontinue use of Minoxidil and consult your dermatologist.
Can it aggravate hair loss?
Some people may notice that their hair loss is worsening during the first few weeks of treatment. Need not worry, this is simply a sign that the treatment is working. In other words, the hair that sheds first is actually the hair that was already shedding.
The resulting new growth will be thicker and healthier. Minoxidil will then prolong the growth cycle of the new hair that emerges, resulting in hair growth and decreased overall hair loss.
Is Minoxidil only effective on men?
No, Minoxidil is effective in treating both male and female pattern baldness. Minoxidil was originally developed to treat male pattern baldness, but due to its efficacy, it was later researched and expanded to treat female pattern baldness as well.
Minoxidil solution available at partha dental, skin and hair clinics:
Pacome Minoxidil Topical Solution USP 5%
PACOME MINOXIDIL 5% contains an active ingredient known as ‘Minoxidil’ which is USFDA approved treatment for male and female pattern hair loss, Minoxidil directly acts on the hair follicle and stimulates growth through the cell proliferation phase, it stimulates the hair follicle in the active phase, therefore stops hair fall effectively, it also increases the scalp bloodflow.
PACOME MINOXIDIL 5% must only be applied when hair and scalp are completely dry.
Open the bottle and remove the inner seal.
Apply with a spray pump or dropper
Dosage: The recommended dose is 1ml (6 to 7 Sprays) solution applied to the affected areas of the scalp twice daily. (Maximum total daily dose is 2ml)
Duration: Till adequate response.
Shake well before use.
Results may vary from individual to individual.