Is Minoxidil for Short-term or Long-term Use?

should i use Minoxidil temporary or all my life?

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A thorough consultation with a hair restoration expert will determine if minoxidil is a good choice for you. Minoxidil is used long term as a preventative medication, to slow the progression of hair loss. It should be used daily and consistently to get the maximum benefit. 

Chicago Physician

Minoxidil can stop shedding

Minoxidil is helpful in increasing the caliber of individual hair follicles as well as increasing the time that each follicle is in the actively growing (anagen) phase. However it only works as long as you use it. This it can help address short term hair loss from having a baby or general anesthesia, in which you can stop when your hair grows back to normal (minoxidil just speeds the process) or for long term inherited pattern thinning (which is progressive and requires continued use of the minoxidil).

Nicole E. Rogers, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
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Minoxidil Use

Minoxidil, like all hair loss treatments, must be continued indefinitely in order to maintain its benefits. Stopping minoxidil may result in the loss of hairs as soon as several weeks. This is also true for finasteride, light based treatments, and PRP. Hopefully someday a permanent cure will be developed, but so far that has been elusive.

Robert Haber, MD
Cleveland Dermatologic Surgeon
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Should i use Minoxidil temporary or all my life?

Minoxidil only works while you are using it- if you stop you will lose whatever gains you have made.  It is meant for long-term use.  A consultation with a local hair restoration expert would be helpful to discuss this and other options.

Karl Hekimian, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Is Minooxidil Temporary?

Its best to consult a hair loss expert or dermatologist to find out if minoxidil is a good choice for you. Its the only hair loss solution that is approved for both men and women, used to prevent further hair loss. If you stop using Minoxidil you will have adverse effects and will, within a few months time, begin losing your hair again. Minoxidil is a long term solution. 

Robert Jones, MD
Mississauga Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Minoxidil For Long-Term Use

Minoxidil is for long term use, if you stop using Minoxidil, previous hair loss will occur.

Hope this helps & best of luck,
Dr. Broadway

David R. Broadway, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Minoxidil for Long-term Use

Minoxidil is for long-term use, and will only be effective for as long as you’re using it. Though many people find their results with Minoxidil to be disappointing (it is most effective when application begins at the early onset of hair loss and does not work on the hairline, only the vertex), physicians recommend a person use it for at least one year before deciding whether or not it is the right treatment.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Length of time for Minoxidil use.

When used topically to promote hair growth, it can be likely used indefinitely in the doses prescribed. In fact, if it is stopped, the hair growth will likely cease.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Minoxidil : Long Term Commitment

If an individual decides to use minoxidil for treating androgenetic alopecia, it's a commitment for long term use.

If you get an improvement with minoxidil (which 30 % do) and you decide to stop the medication.... the hair falls out and you return back to the original look in 6-9 months. 

Minoxidil is a long term treatment. Take your time learning about the risks and benefits. Minoxidil was the first FDA approved treatment for hair loss and continues to be the only FDA approved topical treatment for hair loss. 

30 years of clinical use have shown it to be effective for many individuals with hair loss.

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

Minoxidil Instructions

The improvement that you may get with Minoxidil is only temporary and its effects will reverse when the treatment has stopped.  I do put patients on it before transplant because it seems to protect any native hair that the patient has while the transplant is put in.  It has few side effects and generally thought to be helpful.  The down side-- you have to remember to use it.  Some patients are complient with the regimine and some are not.  Good Luck!

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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