There’s hope for baldness if Rogaine doesn’t work.
Question: I have been using Rogaine in hopes of stopping my scalp from balding any more than it has any more than it has and to regrow what has been lost. If it turns out not to work for me, is there anything else I can use? – A.G.
Answer: Minoxidil, under the brand name Rogaine, is a godsend to those for whom it works, but it works for less than 25% of the population, and generally does not aid in the growth of strong healthy hair. Peach fuzz or baby find hair in sporadic amounts is more like it, according to Dr. Adam Lewenberg, a New York physician. And with more than three-fourths the number of patients using it with no visible results, minoxidil alone is no solution to stop hair loss.
Dr. Lewenberg has been treating men and women experiencing hair loss with a formula that combines 2% minoxidil with precisely .025% tretinion and claims his patients have impressive success. This hair loss formula is contained in a spray bottle. No massaging, rubbing, messy oils or creams are used. Dr. Lewenberg’s patients simply apply the spray three to four times a day to promote hair growth.
Why does it appear to work so well? For several reasons, according to Dr. Lewenberg. First, tretinion rejuvenates the skin, improving the absorption of minoxidil This system seems to work for a great majority of patients, including those suffering from frontal baldness (an area troublesome for minoxidil alone). And, secondly, tretinion imitates anti-testosterone action, enabling minoxidil to grow strong, normal-looking hair, as well as improve the quality of existing hair.
“This makes maintenance easy because strong hair is not as delicate and can survive for months,” says Dr. Lewenberg, “without formula re-application. Minoxidil is not a well-absorbed medication. If a patient’s skin is not receptive, the minoxidil is not fully absorbed into the scalp and no hair regrowth will result. We learned that when we added tretinion to the minoxidil, the medication could then permeate the skin. Patients demonstrate a much higher success rate with hair regrowth and much lower hair loss.
“Among male patients losing hair for seven years or less, 90% experience significant hair growth after one to two years of treatment with our formula,” says Dr. Lewenberg. Similarly 90% of our female patients achieve major growth within one to two years, regardless as to when the problem began.”
According to Dr. Lewenberg, most patients don’t have to wait a year to see results. Existing hair usually becomes thicker and stronger as soon as two to three months after beginning treatment. New hair growth typically begins a few months later, and after one to two years, most patients regrow normal, strong and healthy hair. Then they’re switched to a maintenance program. Many women do not require any maintenance at all.