How Long Does Minoxidil 5 Take to Work? (photo)

Hi may i know how long does minoxidil take to work to fully regrow all my hair?

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Minoxidil - how long to work?

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Minoxidil takes 4-6 months before an individual should assess whether or not it helps. 

Minoxidil is FDA approved for genetic hair loss - it does not help other conditions quite so much. However, minoxidil is used "off-label" for treating telogen effluvium, scarring alopecia and alopecia areata. 

The main use is androgenetic alopecia in men and women. It helps roughly 30 percent either maintain or achieve a slight improvement in scalp coverage. A full six months of use is recommended before deciding if it is helpful or not. 


Vancouver Dermatologist

How long does it take Rogaine to work?

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Typically here in my Cincinnati Ohio office,  if a patient were to ask me this question, I would respond by asking them "what is your definition of work"
First of all Rogaine has been proven to help in the crown area if used properly BUT most people do not use the product as prescribed due to the fact it needs to be rubbed into the scalp when you wake up and before you go to bed. Because of the labor involved, most people only use it 1 x per day and when they don't see results they tend to move on to the next thing.
The fact is, if it's not easy to use, people are not going to do it!
I don't want to sound like a broken record, but we have found that the Capillus272 is an exceptional product because it works and people can follow the protocol because it is easy to use. If you can put on a baseball cap for 30 minutes 3 x per week than you can have success!

Jon E. Mendelsohn, MD
Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 128 reviews

About 6 Months

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There’s no medication that will stop hair loss forever. I don’t have any polling data that shows what percentage of Rogaine users actually have perceptible or worth while results.  It does generally take about 6 months to see some results. 

Note that there is NOTHING that will "fully regrow" all of your hair.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

Effectiveness of Minoxidil

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It takes at least four to six months to see any results with minoxidil 5% (Rogaine). Some doctors recommend giving it a full year before stopping use. However, minoxidil is a marginally effective vasodilator drug with no effect on the hormonal influence of hair loss—which is the main cause. So, while it will prevent further hair loss, the odds are not likely that it will regrow all your hair.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Minoxidil will work much better if you add Biotin supplementation

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Minoxidil takes 6-8 weeks to facilitate hair growth and needs to be used every night. If you add Biotin supplementation (Hair, Nail, Skin supplements from reputable source) you will see a more robust response. 

Kimberly Cockerham, MD, FACS
Stockton Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Approximate 4 months

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Hello, Sadone.

Minoxidil, just like many other non-surgical treatments for hair loss, takes about 4 months to start showing results. If you have the opportunity, you can maximize your hair loss treatment with others such as PRP or Laser Therapy. The non-surgical treatments usually work best in combination and give you a better outcome.

Best of lucks!

William Yates, MD
Chicago Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

How long does minoxidil take to work

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The short answer is that minoxidil is not going to "fully regrow" all hair in any patient. Minoxidil can be a helpful treatment for maintenance of the hair, slowing hair loss, and possibly thickening the hair somewhat.  Patience is key, as most any hair loss treatment needs to be used for at least 6 months to see a result, and preferably at least 12 months before deciding to stop.

Matthew Richardson, MD
Frisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

How long for minoxidil to work

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Unfortunately, the answer is never, as minoxidil will not "fully regrow" all your hair. That would be wonderful, but no medicine can do that. Minoxidil can reduce your shedding within 2-4 months, and regrow some hair in that same period. However, please remember that reducing shedding is very important long term, and that should be considered a treatment success.

Robert Haber, MD
Cleveland Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

How Long Does it Take Minoxidil to Work?

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Minoxidil usually takes between 4 and 6 months to begin working. If you dont notice a change within this time frame it would be best to check back with your dermatologist, or hair restoration specialist, to see if this treatment really is right for you. 

Robert Jones, MD, FISHRS
Mississauga Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

How Long Does Minoxidil 5 Take to Work?

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Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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