Does Rogaine or Minoxidil Really Work?
If you are experiencing thinning hair, hair loss or pattern baldness, you have probably already heard of minoxidil. Rogaine is the commercial or brand name for minoxidil, a medicine initially created by scientists to treat high blood pressure. However, during studies and clinical trials, people also noticed that it seemed to be promoting hair growth.
Scientists later developed a topical application of minoxidil, which is now called “Rogaine” by the manufacturers. Rogaine is approved by the NHS and is available over the counter as a foam or liquid to treat both male and female baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia).
- How does it work ?
- Can you regrow hair with Rogaine ?
- What are the side effects of using this product ?
- Rogaine Vs. hair transplant
How does it work?
Rogaine is classed as a vasodilator – it boosts blood circulation to the scalp and face. While the precise mechanism of action of Rogaine is not yet clear.
It is therefore assumed that minoxidil (the active ingredient in it) works by partially expanding hair follicles and lengthening the growth phase of hair. More follicles in the growth phase mean you will see more hair density on your scalp.
You can use Rogaine in both foam and liquid forms. There are no studies that confirm whether one form is better than the other. However, what has been suggested so far is that liquid Rogaine is cheaper and has better hair penetration. This can, however, increase the chances of scalp irritation and redness.
Does Rogaine work for thinning hair?
According to studies and clinical trials, Rogaine does reduce the thinning of hair and makes them thicker and healthier. However, it works for 3 out of 4 men. Further, it’s most effective if you are under age 40 and have only recently started to experience thinning of your hair.
Does it work on your face?
Minoxidil is safe to use on the facial hair, eyebrows, and scalp, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Scientists in Thailand conducted a study to determine the safety and efficacy of a 3-per cent minoxidil lotion for beard growth.
The lotion was applied twice a day by 46 participants. This treatment, based on the doctor’s evaluation and the self-assessment of the participants, resulted in a noticeably thicker, fuller beard – however, after a period of 6 months to 1 year. It has been reported that the side effects are mild and not statistically significant.
Can you regrow hair with Rogaine?
Minoxidil can delay hair loss and works by stimulating follicles that still have hair growing from them. It does so by increasing blood flow to the scalp and also in other ways that are not fully understood. Many people who use Rogaine note significant differences, but the results are rarely dramatic.
Effectiveness of Minoxidil
The product works to some extent, as shown by clinical studies, but only for some forms of baldness and only if it is applied regularly. But it won’t work for everyone. Furthermore, you are not likely to grow all of the hair you have lost, and it may take up to a minimum of four months to see initial results.
Rogaine is most useful for people under the age of 40, with recent hair loss. New growth of hair follicles usually lost when you stop using the drug.
What are the side effects of using this product?
Rogaine is considered safe and effective for every two out of three persons. However, it does have mild to moderate side effects.
Common side effects
- Changes in hair texture or colour
- Scalp irritation and redness
- Hair growth in adjacent scalp and facial areas, such as your forehead
Unwanted side effects
While this is rare, Rogaine can lead to more severe issues. See your physician or dermatologist right away if you experience any of those.
- Chest pain
- Sudden, unexplained weight gain
- Swelling of your hands or feet
- Faintness or dizziness
When you first start using Rogaine liquid or foam, you may notice an increase in hair fall for the first few weeks as your hair follicles force out the old hair to make room for new hair strands. Be careful not to get any in your eyes when applying Rogaine. If you accidentally do, rinse your eyes with plenty of cold water.
Does hair fall out when you stop using Rogaine?
Minoxidil fails to treat pattern baldness if you stop using the treatment. Another issue is that your hair could fall out even more quickly than before.
Rogaine Vs. hair transplant
A hair transplant is the only viable alternative that can ensure permanent and lasting hair regrowth. Through a minor surgical procedure, hair from the donor area (usually on the back of the scalp) is removed and artfully arranged by experienced plastic surgeons or other hair transplant specialists.
A hair transplant is a minor surgical intervention in which healthy hair is removed from the area of thick growth and transplanted into thin or hairless areas. The follicles which experience hair loss are sensitive to DHT hormone.
However, the hair around the back of the head generally tends to grow stronger and thicker because these follicles are DHT resistant. This is the location the donor’s hair is taken from. You will be able to grow your own (DHT-resistant) hair in the receiver area – and ensure natural-looking results.
New hair will visibly grow by six months after the hair transplant surgery. Your hair will grow in by 12 months, and will not fall out. Although the initial investment is higher, the results are permanent and do not usually require additional corrections or treatments.
Rogaine is moderately effective in stopping hair loss, reducing the thinning of hair, and promoting new hair growth in both males and females. It takes time (4 to 6 months), depending on your genetic and environmental factors.
However, it is not a cure for pattern baldness or alopecia, and you have to regularly apply this drug to continue enjoying its benefits.
Of note, if you stop using Rogaine, any hair growth benefits from it will gradually disappear. Hair transplant, on the other hand, offers a permanent hair loss solution and rarely requires follow-up procedures.
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