What is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil is an FDA-approved drug that promotes future hair loss and possible hair growth. It is the brand name for the topical application Minoxidil. By applying Minoxidil to areas where people experience hair loss, they may experience hair growth over time.
This topical application can be applied directly to the scalp and offers excellent results that can be seen with continued use over the course of 4 months. It works best in people who are under 40 years of age and experiencing hair loss.
How Does it Work?
Minoxidil targets the blood vessels in the scalp and opens them up. As a vasodilator, it helps the vessels more efficiently transport nutrients and blood to the follicles, thereby promoting new hair growth. Minoxidil is safe to use but alcohol, which is an ingredient, could be an irritant. It is available in liquid and foam form.
What to Expect When Using Minoxidil
Minoxidil may result in minor side effects like sun sensitivity, dry scalp, and itching in some people. Those experiencing sun sensitivity should take steps to avoid over-exposure.
Minoxidil works for both men and women and is effective for male and female pattern baldness. If your hair is thinning on the top and the crown of the head, regular application will stimulate and promote hair growth. While using Minoxidil, be careful not to get it in your eyes. If it does enter your eyes, rinse them out well with cool water to reduce irritation.
Candidates for Minoxidil
There are a myriad of factors that may contribute to your hair loss. Our goal is to determine the underlying cause and help provide solutions to your problem. We will perform an initial assessment of your hair and ask you about your medical history to determine if Minoxidil is right for you. If you are 40 or under, are in good physical health, and experiencing hair loss, you are a good candidate for Minoxidil.
If you are dealing with significant hair loss suddenly, it could be due to thyroid issues, alopecia, or nutritional issues. In such cases, consulting a doctor can help address your concerns.
Expected Long-Term Results
Clinical studies have proven that Minoxidil is very effective in hair regrowth. It is a safe-to-use product that does not require extensive surgical techniques or downtime. Though it is an effective product, there are a few things to note.
It works mostly for people with hereditary hair loss. It may not help in restoring the same volume of hair, but there may be a noticeable improvement in overall volume. Once you start using Minoxidil, you will have to keep using it to maintain results. It is also best to apply it twice daily.