We try to keep you updated with interesting blog posts and answer as many of your queries as possible. One of the things we are often asked about is Rogaine – the first FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved treatment that is clinically proven to regrow hair.
Our medical director, Dr James McKelvie, gives us a little insight into the benefits of using Minoxidil.
Dr McKelvie said: “Rogaine contains the active ingredient Minoxidil, the only over-the-counter treatment clinically proven to help prevent further hair loss.
“Minoxidil works by helping the blood flow to the hair follicles. It increases follicular size and hair shaft diameter stimulating, and prolonging hair growth.
“It was discovered during clinical trials for high blood pressure treatment. During the trials it showed signs of being able to regrow hair.
“Minoxidil promotes hair regrowth in four different ways. It reverses miniaturisation of follicles and increases blood flow around the follicles. It also stimulates follicle movement from resting to hair growth phase and extends each follicle’s growth phase.”
There is a benefit to using minoxidil six months prior to your FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant. Why is it a benefit? Potentially it can reduce the amount of shedding and it can encourage early regrowth after a hair transplant.
Dr McKelvie said: “In our experience here at the Glasgow Clinic, the active ingredient within the product nourish and stimulate the hair follicles.
“A hair transplant will not stop you losing more natural hair but for eighty percent of males who use minoxodil it could stop further hair loss or significantly slow down hair loss.
“For patients, holding on to any percentage of their existing hair can notably improve the cosmetic result from the hair transplant.
“Sixty percent of our patients will take minoxidil post-op because they’ve spent a lot of effort on their hair and not because the implanted hairs are dependent on it.
“If they can prevent further thinning of the natural hair for a small outlay then it should be considered.”
To purchase Rogaine in the Glasgow Clinic online shop visit: http://www.theglasgowclinicshop.co.uk