Although Minoxidil is well known as a medication for successfully treating hair loss, not so many people are aware of its history. Previously marketed as ‘Loniten’, Minoxidil is a medication that was originally prescribed to treat high blood pressure conditions.
However, after doctors had begun dispensing Loniten, they noticed a very interesting side-effect – hair began growing naturally on the heads of men and women who had experienced hair loss as a result of Androgenic Alopecia (pattern baldness). It was also discovered that fine hairs became darker after use of Minoxidil, giving the impression of additional hair growth.
After extended drugs trials, Minoxidil received official approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the US and the MHRA (Medicines and Health Regulatory Authority) in the UK, for treating hair loss in men and women. Minoxidil also remains the only hair regrowth medication approved for use by women.
How does it work?
To understand how Minoxidil works, it also helps to know how pattern baldness occurs. Men and women affected by Androgenic Alopecia are genetically predisposed to a condition whereby the male hormone testosterone is converted into a secondary substance called ‘DHT’ (or dihydrotestosterone). DHT then attacks the hair follicles, causing them to shrink and prevent further growth. Eventually the attached hairs fall out and are not replaced, leading to a receding hair line and/or thinning crown.
Unlike Propecia, the other main medication for treating Androgenic Alopecia, Minoxidil does not target the production of DHT, which is responsible for the hair loss. Instead, Minoxidil stimulates the hair follicles themselves, encouraging natural hair regrowth.
Exclusive Extra-Strength Minoxidil
Belgravia’s medical team including doctors, pharmacists and nurses, mean we are able to formulate and prescribe exclusive extra-strength minoxidil products within our in-house pharmaceutical laboratory. These formulations include Minoxidil 8% + MPG + Caffeine and Minoxidil 10% + Azelaic Acid Cream. Results, especially for a receding hairline and particularly stubborn areas of hair loss have been exceptional for many patients.
More than Minoxidil
A balanced hair loss treatment plan should cover more than just the use of medications. Here at The Belgravia Centre, patients receive a fully-customised treatment plan tailored to their specific circumstances to offer the best chance of promoting natural hair regrowth.
These treatment plans may or may not involve the use of Minoxidil and will also potentially include the use of other medically proven treatments, our Hair Growth Boosters and lifestyle advice. The use of our dietary supplement Hair Vitalics ensures you receive all the nutritional building blocks required for strong, healthy hair whilst the FDA-cleared Laser Comb will further stimulate your scalp and hair follicles.
To find out more about Belgravia’s comprehensive hair loss treatment programmes, why not give us a call today on 0800 077 6666 or contact us online to book a free, no obligation consultation with one of our hair loss experts at our London clinic? Alternatively, you can fill in our online diagnostic form, which enables us to send you a home use treatment plan no matter where you are in the world.