Hi there. If you are indeed 23 & suffering from androgenic alopecia
, yes you may use 5% or even 2% minoxidil
. Studies have shown no significant efficacy differences between the two strengths. Side effects are common irrespective of the strength but i do find more patients on 5% complaining of light headedness & dizziness
is another issue altogether. There is no such thing as 'completion' of therapy with minoxidil. Basically it acts as a topical vasodilator stimulating hair growth & when one stops its use, there is a chance that the hair grown will drop off. So the effect is in reality 'temporary' & good more as a morale booster. It is a wonderful medication in certain cases but in your case, would recommend Follicular Hair Unit transplantation
that is more permanent & natural. Dietary supplements containing trace elements likfe silica, magnesium
, zinc, biotin
are useful as adjuncts. Please feel free to stop by my clinic if in Bangalore or feel free to use our premium 'ask-a-specialist' forum on this portal to clarify your particular line of managment should you choose to. We do also perform this procedure at our centre in Bangalore as a team. This centre was a pioneer in being one of the first centres in the country that started it!
Good luck in your treatment & wish you a full head of hair!
Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD
Dermatologsit, Cosmetologist, Venreologist
Vikram Hospital & Asian Skin Institute