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Can Rogaine Revive Completely Dead Follicles Cause by Hair Loss? - Monday, August 18, 2008

Question:

If i am the typical 50 year old male with the top of my scalp and crown starting to become bald and also thinning, how does Rogaine (minoxidil) work on activating dead follicles? I was told once the hair follicles are dead, that's it and nothing can make hair grow. Is this true, or will the minoxidil actually regrow hair? Also do people apply Rogaine in areas of thick hair or only in areas of hair loss.

Answer:

Rogaine (minoxidil) is one of the two non-surgical FDA approved hair regrowth solutions for hair loss.

As female and male pattern baldness progresses, hair follicles shrink as they are damaged by DHT. Hair growth cycle rates increase leaving the hair in the catagen (resting) phase longer than the anagen (hair growth) phase. Rogaine is typically more effective in areas of thinning hair and seldom stimulates hair regrowth of follicles so badly damaged that hair can no longer grow through the scalp. This is why using non-surgical hair loss treatments like minoxidil found in Rogaine and finasteride (men only) found in Propecia are typically more effective when used in the early stages of hair loss.

Like Propecia, Rogaine can be used preventatively by applying it to areas not yet affected by female or male pattern baldness. Only hair transplant surgery has been proven to grow hair in completely bald areas.

Bill - Associate Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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