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Minoxidil Summed Up

Minoxidil 5% StatsMinoxidil is one of only two treatments proven to prevent and reverse hair loss and it can be used successfully by both men and women.

Minoxidil is a liquid or cream applied to the scalp once or twice a day and is a vasodilator which means it works by increasing the blood circulation to the areas of application. Although there are many other vasodilators out there, minoxidil is the only one that has been found to prevent hair loss and increase hair growth.

Following a large-scale clinical study carried out by a US pharmaceutical company, minoxidil is one of only two treatments that are licensed for the prevention of hair loss in both the UK and USA. In the UK it’s been licensed by the MHRA and in the US minoxidil has been ‘FDA approved’ – The MHRA and FDA are the government medical regulatory bodies in the UK and USA respectively so unlike with many of the supplemental hair loss products, you can be sure that minoxidil works.

In the clinical trials for minoxidil, 65% of men maintained or increased their hair count and 2 out of three women re-grew hair.

There are many other advertised treatments that claim to re-grow hair but the fact is minoxidil is one of only two that has been clinically proven to do so. The other is Propecia and it’s only available to men.

Unless a product has been licensed by the MHRA or approved by the FDA there is no way of knowing if the product actually works. Many make exaggerated claims about hair growth which they are not authorised to make so it’s easy to be misled. More information and reviews on most of the unlicensed products (and the licensed ones) can be found on our hair loss product reviews page.

The Belgravia Centre produces minoxidil in a 4% or 5% solution and also produces an extra-strength minoxidil 12.5% cream. They also add booster products that might help to block Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which is the fundamental cause of the most common form of hair loss – androgenetic alopecia, also known as genetic hair loss.

Side Effects

When a clinical study is carried out, any side effects must be recorded. Side effects from Minoxidil ranged from mild facial hair growth, headaches, rashes and palpitations. All were mild and needed no medical treatment and either diminished in a short time during use, or shortly after stopping Minoxidil.

Getting the best out of Minoxidil

Although minoxidil can be an effective treatment if used alone, Belgravia’s hair loss specialists have found after treating thousands of hair loss sufferers that there are ways of vastly improving its effects. As already mentioned, the Belgravia Centre combines its minoxidil with DHT blockers. These DHT blockers are unproven for hair loss but they may help to ensure the extra blood being delivered to the follicles is hair friendly blood.

Men can combine minoxidil with Propecia. This combination forms the most effective treatment basis for hair loss available.

Then there’s the HairMax LaserComb. The LaserComb is also acknowledged by the FDA – it’s the only device to have been FDA cleared for hair loss prevention.

And although there is no firm evidence to indicate that a hair loss supplement can individually aid in the prevention of hair loss, it’s useful to use one alongside the proven treatments in order to maximise results. Hair Vitalics is an example of a hair supplement that contains numerous ingredients that will help to maintain and improve the condition of the hair and aims give hair growth that extra push. Please note: We never recommend Hair Vitalics or any other supplement to be used individually for the treatment of hair loss as there is no significant evidence that any will be significantly effective.

Before after hair loss photo

Where’s the Evidence?

Hundreds of before after photos of actual combination treatment course users can be found on belgraviacentre.com. These will give you an idea of the results that can be expected from the use of the right combination of hair loss treatments to suit each individual. You will also find video diaries of treatment users, as well as more videos and a wealth of information regarding each of the proven hair loss treatments and most of the unproven treatments, and many other topics related to hair loss.

If you’re losing your hair there’s no need to be worried. As long as you seek the right advice and catch it early as possible, it’s most likely that your hair loss can be stopped.

To arrange a free consultation at The Belgravia Centre you can call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively you can complete and submit an online diagnostic form for an effective treatment course by mail.

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