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What’s The Difference Between Finasteride And Minoxidil?



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Hair loss is a common concern, and for those seeking solutions, finasteride and minoxidil are two frequently encountered options. But what’s the difference between finasteride and minoxidil? Understanding their distinct approaches can empower you to choose the right path for your hair restoration journey.

Finasteride, available by prescription, tackles hair loss at its root cause. It works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that contributes to hair follicle miniaturization in genetically predisposed individuals. By inhibiting DHT, finasteride helps slow down hair loss progression and may even promote some regrowth. However, it’s important to note that results can take several months to become visible, and consistent use is crucial for maintaining benefits.

Minoxidil, on the other hand, is a topical treatment available over the counter. Minoxidil is believed to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, potentially lengthening the hair growth phase and promoting the growth of thicker, healthier hair. While minoxidil can slow down hair loss to some extent, its primary function lies in stimulating hair regrowth. Much like finasteride, consistent use is essential for maintaining results, and stopping treatment can lead to hair loss reversal.

Ultimately, the best choice for you depends on your specific needs and goals. If you’re aiming to prevent further hair loss, finasteride might be a good option. If your primary concern is stimulating hair regrowth, minoxidil could be a suitable choice. However, consulting with Dr. Sharma is the best way to get a course of action for achieving your desired outcome.

If you’re ready to begin your hair restoration journey, we’d love to see you for a consultation in-person or virtually. You can book your consultation Here.

Dr Anil Sharma

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