Is Long-Term Minoxidil Use Counterproductive?

Is Long-Term Minoxidil Use Counterproductive?

Minoxidil was originally believed to be a cure for ulcers and was introduced to the market in the late 1950’s. It turned out that it wasn’t particularly useful for this use, but it was useful to treat high blood pressure and began to be used for this in the late 1970’s.  It was noted that it also had some useful effects in treating baldness and was licenced for over the counter sales in the USA in 1988


How does Minoxidil work?

Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator, no one is really that sure of how Minoxidil works, but there are two current theories.  The first states that Minoxidil dilates the blood vessels around the hair follicles, allowing for more nutrients to be supplied to the follicle and thus stimulating them to prompt hair growth.

The second possible mechanism is that Minoxidil enhances the synthesis of follicular DNA by boosting the production of sulfonyl transfers. In turn, this boosts the activity of potassium in cells and thus hair growth.


How long do I have to take Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a regular hair regimen. If you stop using the product for more than a few days, you will start to see your hair loss resuming. It’s not a miracle cure, it will only remain effective during the time you continue to take it. As such it’s worth considering the cost of minoxidil over the long term against the cost of surgery, which is pretty much guaranteed to last a lifetime under normal circumstances. Minoxidil typically costs around £250 to £300 per year


Does the human body become used to Minoxidil?

It should also be noted that the human body seems to become tolerant of minoxidil after around 15 years of use.  After that time, the product will become less effective with each passing day. Once the tolerance limit is reached, then hair loss will resume regardless of the amount of minoxidil you continue to use.

At this point you may feel that the minoxidil has bought you sufficient time, and you may now be happier to lose your hair as an older man, alternatively, at Private Cosmetic we are able to put you in touch with great independent hair transplant surgeons who can guide you through a more permanent procedure to protect your hair. Use the form below to book a free, no-obligation consultation with an independent hair transplant surgeon near you.

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