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Does Minoxidil Work?

Does Minoxidil Work?
25 September 2023
2-minute read

Along with Finasteride, Minoxidil is one of the most prescribed medications on the market to treat mild to moderate hair loss and has been for many years.

Halting hair loss and starting the process of regrowth is possible, but how is that possible? Does Minoxidil work? If there are any doubts over whether the treatment works, let us put your mind at rest.

This article will look at whether Minoxidil works and all there is to know about the medication.

The effectiveness of Minoxidil

Minoxidil is routinely given to patients experiencing hair loss issues - and for good reason. 5% Minoxidil Spray is often a popular choice as it works in over 60% of men, slowing their hair loss and instigating regrowth. Early evidence suggests that Oral Minoxidil could be as effective as the topical application.

One of the main reasons behind hair loss in men is genetics, but stress and other medical conditions can play a part. Minoxidil is an FDA-approved medication and is therefore considered to be a safe and effective method of treatment, having been independently researched.

 It is thought to work by increasing the blood flow to the hair follicles on your scalp so that new and healthy strands have better conditions. Explore our FAQs on the subject for more. Whilst most evidence exists to use in the crown rather than the temples, it can be applied to any area of hair loss on the scalp. 

Like any medication, there is a chance that you may not see progress with Minoxidil. This could be because your hair loss has occurred for other reasons (like the presence of DHT on your scalp) or simply because you may not have regained hair, but your hair loss may have stabilised your prescriber could suggest the Duo Plan on offer from Sons, which is a combination of Minoxidil and Finasteride to attack the problem from different angles so hair loss can be hopefully stopped and healthy hair will be promoted.

How long does Minoxidil take to work?

You won’t notice the effects of the medication straight away as it needs to enter your body’s system and get to work. It will be around 3 months before you can start noticing the first positive signs of change - your temples and crown being the most likely areas to spot.

6 months into your treatment, you should start seeing more significant changes. Your hair loss should have slowed or stopped and regrowth might have commenced, giving you promising signs to come.

Then, between 9 and 12 months after you first started, the full effects of the treatment should be on display. Remember to keep taking the medication, however, as you would likely see a reversal of your progress if you ceased taking the Minoxidil.

Side effects include skin irritation, redness, and swelling, but these are unlikely to occur. Stop taking the treatment if you experience these and speak to a doctor.

For any other Minoxidil-related queries, contact the team at Sons and do something about your hair loss.

All of our blog articles are reviewed by our Medical Director before publication.