Will the Minoxidil solution help me overcome the problem of male pattern baldness?

Q. Is it safe for a 28-year-old patient with male pattern baldness to apply the Minoxidil solution?

Answered by
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 30, 2022 and last reviewed on: Sep 21, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 28-year-old male. In the last three to four months, I have noticed that my hair fall has increased drastically. I have consulted a doctor nearby, and she said that I am suffering from male pattern baldness, and the only way to reverse this is to start a topical application of Minoxidil. However, she also said it should be applied for the long term, like three to four years. There have been a lot of negative remarks on the internet about the usage of Minoxidil, and I am really confused. Is it safe to use Minoxidil? Can it reverse my condition?



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Male pattern baldness is mostly a genetically transmitted trait from the maternal side, including from the mother's siblings, uncles, relatives, and so on, rather than from the paternal end. It starts as hair loss, most often from both sides of the temple, caused by a receding hairline and eventually the crown area, which is the top portion of the scalp. Although Minoxidil solution is one of the treatments to help with hair growth, there are other treatments that may help with hair growth depending on the severity and stage of hair loss and pattern of hair loss. Minoxidil solution, when used with Finasteride, gives a better result. Minoxidil works by increasing the blood flow on your scalp leading to hair growth from the roots. Minoxidil solution has to be used at least for a year to start showing results and is advised to be continued for years because abrupt and sudden stoppage of its usage may lead to shedding of the new hair. For example, if it is used once daily for seven days, after one year, it may be reduced to six days per week, following which it may be used five days per week, and so on. This way, the blood circulation to the roots can be constantly maintained, and your scalp will get accustomed to the blood supply. Minoxidil does not have any major side effects. However, it is not advised to be used among individuals with migraine, hypertension, seizures, and any serious medical conditions that mostly affect the brain as it may lead to an increased blood supply and trigger the existing condition. Minoxidil is not the only treatment for hair loss. There are other treatments and methods to help with hair loss and reverse the same depending on the stage and pattern of hair loss. For a detailed treatment plan, I suggest you provide an image showing your scalp and pattern of hair loss to assess the extent of hair loss. I may be able to provide an appropriate treatment plan for the same.

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