Minoxidil: How This Medication Helps Combat Hair Loss

-By Kawkler Moo, Hair Technician

Hair loss is a concern for many individuals worldwide. While the reasons for hair loss can vary, many are intent on finding an effective solution for regaining confidence and self-esteem. Amid the many treatments available, Minoxidil has emerged as a popular and trusted option for combating hair loss.

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a medication that improves hair growth for both men and women. It is a vasodilator, which means it opens blood vessels to increase the flow of blood. Although it is not certain how minoxidil works for hair growth, this may help to increase blood flow to the scalp and in turn, allow for growth of new hair and an increase in hair density.

How is Minoxidil Used?

Minoxidil can be used orally or topically. The hair and scalp should be dry before directly applying the topical medication to the scalp, focusing on the areas of thinning or loss. It should not be used more than instructed. If you miss a dose, do not double the next one or use extra.

The scalp should not be cut, scraped or sunburn when applying the topical medication. This may result in scalp irritation. Apply twice a day for best results, and do not wash out for at least 4 hours. Regular and consistent application is key for best results. Patience is also essential, as visible improvements may take several months to become apparent. While results can vary among individuals, many users report a reduction in hair shedding and an increase in hair thickness and coverage.

How Long Do You Have to Use Minoxidil?

Once this medication is stopped, hair loss often resumes. Continued use is best for maintaining hair growth.

The pros of Minoxidil are that it does not have any downtime, and there is a minimum disruption to your daily life. Results show in 2-4 months, and it’s clinically proven to help prevent the shedding of hair. It’s important to note that for many, Minoxidil is recommended in combination with other treatments for optimal results.

Considerations and Possible Side Effects of Minoxidil

Like any medication, Minoxidil may have side effects, although they’re generally mild. Some individuals might experience scalp irritation, especially during the initial weeks of use. Rarely, individuals might encounter more severe reactions such as dizziness, chest pain, or rapid heartbeat. Consulting a healthcare professional before starting Minoxidil is crucial, especially for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or those using other medications.

If you are interested in learning more about the comprehensive approach the physicians at the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration take to combat hair thinning and loss, contact our office at 585.244.0323 to speak to a Patient Consultant.

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