Helps with hair growth
Minoxidil is a medicine used to treat hair loss in men and women. Used in lotion or capsule form, Minoxidil promotes hair growth for people suffering from gradual hair loss on the top of the head.
It is not known exactly how Minoxidil works to stimulate hair growth, but it is most likely that being a blood vessel dilator it causes dilation of the blood vessels in the scalp due to the administration or application of the solution and improves the function of the hair follicles and promotes the growth of new hair.
Minoxidil is usually used for at least four months before hair growth can be observed, por lo que los resultados no son inmediatos. This is because it takes time for the hair to grow back. Each person has their own rate of hair growth and treatment must be used consistently to have the best chance of seeing results.
Currently, several studies have been carried out around the world that support the efficacy and safety of Minoxidil treatment. It is used orally at a very low dose for both male and female baldness.
At Clinica Rigo in Tarragona we use very low doses for the production of magistral formulas both in solution for daily application and orally in vegetable capsules in combination with finasteride and dutasteride, depending on each case, to treat hair loss and, in general, it is considered a safe treatment.
Minoxidil treatment is safe and effective in treating alopecia in men and women and stimulates the flow of oxygen and blood to the hair follicles. This treatment provides the necessary benefits directly to the hair follicles. These include:
No, although it is advisable to wash your hair, if not once a day, then once every two days, to avoid the accumulation of Minoxidil residues on the scalp. You should allow at least one hour after applying Minoxidil before washing your hair.
Firstly, we understand that this may be disconcerting, but it is nothing to worry about – in fact, it is a good sign. When our patients start using Minoxidil treatment, a small number of them may notice that for a short period of time their hair starts to fall out in slightly greater amounts than before.
This can occur in both men and women and is temporary. The hair that falls out will be replaced by stronger hair. The first hair to grow back is likely to be fine and soft, but should become as fine and thick as the rest of the hair as treatment continues.
Depending on how long you stop using the product before starting again, and the condition you have, your hair will most likely fall out again.
For women, although there is no risk with the use of this medicine under general conditions, they should not use any Minoxidil product during pregnancy. Therefore, as soon as pregnancy is confirmed, treatment should be discontinued. Due to increased hormones during pregnancy, the active phase of the hair growth cycle is prolonged, which means thicker hair.
It usually sheds once the baby is born due to the temporary hair loss condition postpartum alopecia, but treatment can be resumed once the baby is born and breastfeeding is stopped, so it can be monitored again with the help of a specialist doctor.
It is prudent to seek professional advice before resuming previous treatment, as it may be necessary to adjust the components to ensure that they are appropriate for your level and pattern of shedding at the time of resumption.
And in the case of men, as long as he and his partner are trying to conceive, they can in principle continue to use Minoxidil, but it is advisable to consult your doctor before making a decision in this regard.
Hair loss is a common problem that affects both men and women. Some individuals begin to experience hair loss as early as adolescence, while others experience the signs with increasing age. Minoxidil treatment significantly helps to reactivate hair growth.
Minoxidil has been shown to be most effective in the early stages of hair loss. A combined treatment, including Minoxidil and other treatments, will regrow hair in most cases.
If you are concerned about hair loss and would like to discuss this treatment option further, or want to see what other alternative treatments are available, book a consultation at Clinica Rigo in Tarragona. .
Dra. Rigo specialises in the hair growth and prevention of hair loss. In addition, we have the latest high quality equipment to provide you with the best results in your treatment.
Rambla President Francesc Macià, 6, local 5, 43005 Tarragona
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Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00-18:00
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