Many patients, both men and women experiencing genetic hair loss (pattern baldness) turn to alternative treatments when seeking other options besides hair restoration. One option that many men and women are aware of is Rogaine, which contains the chemical minoxidil. Rogaine can be used by both men and women – unlike the drug Propecia which is only FDA-approved for men. Although the mechanism by which minoxidil stimulates hair growth is not completely known, it has been determined that it works by prolonging the hair follicle growth cycle (increases the length of anagen). The effect of the medication is to increase the quality of the hair by increasing the diameter and length of miniaturized (fine) hair. It does not grow hair in areas that are bald or for those in the more advanced stages of genetic hair loss.
With any hair loss prevention treatment, the sooner you start the treatment the more effective it will be for the hair loss sufferer. If a man or woman gets to the more advanced stages of hair loss – hair loss prevention can sometimes become a less effective option or not effective at all (and a hair restoration procedure may be the only solution for hair regrowth.) Rogaine will not regrow hair for someone who is completely bald. The importance of hair loss treatments is to begin the treatment as soon as possible to prevent hair loss in the future.
Rogaine is only for the treatment of pattern baldness (genetic hair loss). It is important to first determine what is causing the hair loss before determining what are the best treatment options. If the cause of the hair loss is not pattern baldness, Rogaine will likely not be the best option. We encourage you to visit with a hair loss specialist to determine what is causing your hair loss first and then exploring hair loss prevention treatments. Book a consultation with us here.