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Can you use Minoxidil for weak eyebrows to improve eyebrow growth?

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Can Minoxidil be used for weak eyebrows to improve eyebrow follicle growth?

Minoxidil is not currently FDA-approved for enhancing eyebrow growth, but in our experience it certainly can work... with a few caveats.  The main issue is that minoxidil, like other hair growth medications and treatments require the hair follicle to be present.  If the hair follicles (the mini-organs which produce hair) are dead and gone, like from scarring/injury or overplucking for example, minoxidil is unlikely to have an effect. 

Which is better, over-the-counter minoxidil solution or compounded prescription Formula 82M minoxidil?

Over the counter minoxidl solution contains propylene glycol, a common irrritant, and does not have any extra ingredients than can help with hair follicle improvement.  Prescription compounded minoxidil, like Formula 82M might be a little bit more expensive to use, but has major benefits like quick absorbtion, non-greasy, extra hair growth ingredients (like retinoic acid), etc. 

Therefore, at Bauman Medical Group, we absolutely recommend Formula 82M minoxidil instead of the over-the-counter versions because there are fewer side effects and more powerful effects on hair follicles.  By the way, Latisse/bimatoprost can also work too, including PRP!

Will topical Formula 82m minoxidil, Latisse/bimatoprost or PRP eyebrows work for me?

The key for eyebrow enhancement success is determining if you have hair follicles that are still alive. If the brow is low density or sparse, these treatments are not likely to help a patient reach their goal.  Keep in mind it takes months of treatment twice a day with a topical medication to judge results.

The best way to determine if you have hair follicles is by having a consultation with a full-time, board-certified Hair Transplant Surgeon or Hair Restoration Physician who is experienced in eyebrow enhancement, including medications, PRP, nutrition, as well as transplants. Remember that eyebrow loss can be a sign of certain medical conditions like thryoid imbalace... so seeking a doctor's advice is always a good idea if you are seeing thinning eyebrows.

Remember, thinning brows get worse with time without treatment, so sometimes in severe cases where eyebrow loss is continuing, the medication simply keeps the brows stable... a very good thing (although not very exciting)!

In cases of severe eyebrow loss, of course, you will need eyebrow transplantation using no-linear-scar NeoGraft FUE to restore a complete and beautiful brow.

Where can I get an online or in-person medical evaluation of my eyebrows?

You can ask an eyebrow (or eyelash) question or request a consultation with Eyebrow Loss Expert, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, M.D. at http://hai.rs/BaumanConsult 

Dr. Alan J. Bauman, M.D. is a full-time, ABHRS-certified Hair Restoration Physician who has extensive experience in treating hair loss medically (topicals, PRP, etc.) and surgically (minimally-invasive NeoGraft FUE). He is a renowned pioneer and author in the field of eyelash transplantation and eyebrow transplantation. http://www.baumanmedical.com

 


FDA-approved arthritis drug Tofacitinib grows full head of hair on a Alopecia patient

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Amazing discovery! FDA-approved arthritis drug, tofacitinib, grows a full head of hair on a patient suffering from Alopecia Universalis during a study at Yale.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/06/19/hairless-man-grows-full-head-of-hair-in-yale-arthritis-drug-trial/

BOSTON (CBS) – Scientists at Yale may have discovered quite the off-label use for an FDA-approved arthritis drug.

During a trial which stretched for eight months, a 25-year-old man with almost no hair on his body grew a full head following treatment with the drug. He reported no noticeable side effects.

The patient was suffering from a rare, highly visible disease known as alopecia universalis, which has no cure or approved long term treatment.

The disease causes the loss of almost all body hair.

According to scientists involved in the trial, the patient also grew eyebrows, eyelashes, and facial, armpit, and other hair.

“The results are exactly what we hoped for,” said Brett A. King, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine and senior author of a paper reporting the results online June 18 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. “This is a huge step forward in the treatment of patients with this condition. While it’s one case, we anticipated the successful treatment of this man based on our current understanding of the disease and the drug. We believe the same results will be duplicated in other patients, and we plan to try.”

The drug, called tofacitinib citrate has also been used successfully for treating psoriasis...

 

It will be interesting to see if this result can be duplicated in other patients suffering from Alopecia Univeralis! -Dr Bauman