Does minoxidil work for the temple area?

note: im not asking for whether or not it's FDA indicated for that area. i know it isn't. i mean in practice does it work? after all instruction say to put it on ALL my hair also does it reverse or merely stop hair loss??(assuming it works on that area)

Doctor Answers 8

Minoxidil is not generally used for the temples. If you are concerned see your doctor for an exam.

Minoxidil is not generally used for the temples. You would need an examination to understand why you are losing hair in the first place.   It may or may not work.  If you are concerned see your doctor for an exam.

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Minoxidil for hair loss in temple area

Yes, Minoxidil works in the temple area to help slow the progression of hair loss.  However, if it is discontinued you could lose the hair you have gained.

There are many additional procedures that could be done to help with hair loss including platelet-rich plasma injections to the scalp, using laser light therapy to stimulate hair growth, and also hair transplantation procedures.

Depending on your age and hair loss history, some interventions may be better than others at this time. We recommend an evaluation with a hair restoration expert in your area for further consultation.

Vito C. Quatela, MD
Rochester Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Minoxidil work for the temple

we cant "assume " in medicine ..if you have a AGA type hair loss minoxidil may work and thicken the hair... but it does not work on temple area that is receeding that is seen almost every young boys almost between 16-21 

Ilhan Serdaroglu, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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Minoxidil in temple area

Yes Minoxidil will work in the temple area (as in any other area) to halt the progression of hair loss.Other useful adjuncts are Low Level Laser Light and PRP(Platelet Rich Plasma) .Sometimes these methods can thicken some of the hair that has become thinner(miniaturized) thus giving the appearance of increased density,but the major effect is stopping hair loss.You may also be a candidate for Hair Restoration as it is very effective in the temples.

David Deutsch, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Minoxidil Facts--Hair Loss Treatments

Yes, this will work on the temples as well. Keep in mind, you will need to continue using Minoxidil to keep your results. I suggest seeing a hair loss expert to evaluate and go over your condition and provide you information about your best treatment options. There are great non-invasive options like PRP/progesterone and/or hair transplantation. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Minoxidil will help to slow down the process of miniaturization in the hair strands and therefore hair loss. This will work on hair on the temples as well as the crown. 

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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minoxidil can grow hair on any skin surface, your nose, chin, forehead, etc... That is a side effect of this drug

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Does minoxidil help the temples in men?

Does minoxidil help the temples?

You are right- Minoxidil is FDA approved for treating genetic hair loss in men in the crown. But Minoxidil can also help the frontal hairline. Keep in mind it only helps a low proportion of those that use it and overall does a better job of stopping loss than growing more hair. But it can.

It may not restore it to the 'original' density. But it certainly can help. Two studies in the last few years really helped answer your question.


STUDY 1: Drs Hillman and colleagues

Hillman K et al reported a study in 2015 looking at the benefits of twice daily 5% minoxidil foam in the temples of male patients with male baliding. They looked at results after 24 weeks of treatment compared to placebo treatment and to the vertex region.  Final study data showed that hair counts and hair caliber increased significantly compared to baseline in both the temples and crown scalp.   Furthermore, patients actually using 5% minoxidil foam rated a significant improvement in scalp coverage for both the front  and top areas.

STUDY 2 - Drs Mirmirani and colleagues

In a second research study, Mirmirani et al  performed a double-blinded, placebo controlled research study of minoxidil topical foam 5% (MTF) vs placebo in sixteen healthy men ages 18-49 years with genetic hair loss. Study participants applied treatment (active drug or placebo) to the scalp twice daily for eight weeks. Again, similar to the previous study, results showed that minoxidil improved frontal and vertex scalp hair growth of AGA patients.


There is little doubt now that minoxidil can help some men with hair loss in the temples It does not help everyone, and doesn't return the hair back to the original density. But it certainly can help.


Hillman K et al. A Single-Centre, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial to Investigate the Efficacy and Safety of Minoxidil Topical Foam in Frontotemporal and Vertex Androgenetic Alopecia in Men. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2015;28:236-244.  

Mirmirani et al. Similar Response Patterns to 5%Topical Minoxidil Foam in Frontal and Vertex Scalp of Men with Androgenetic Alopecia: A Microarray Analysis. Br J Dermatol. 2014 Sep 10. 

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

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