Top 50 Hair Loss Treatments: #9 Bimatoprost

#9 Bimatoprost

Bimatoprost, by Allergan, was pretty big news back in 2015, when it was shown to work well in lengthening and thickening eyelashes in women. Now they're looking to develop this formula for the regrowth of hair on the scalp.

How effective will this be?  It is difficult to find any recent news on the status of the trials and testing that has gone into this product, therefore it is hard to judge. Eye lashes and hair follicles are two separate growth patterns, therefore it is likely that the scientists have hit a stumbling block.

Can Bimatoprost Stop Balding?

Early stage trials seemed promising: when living scalp tissue was treated with the drug, hair follicles grew a third more than ones without the treatment in a space of just nine days. At the time Dr Elena Koleva, Dermatologist at The Belgravia Centre commented: “If this particular study is accurate then we could have a new effective treatment available in the next few years, but this depends on a number of things including dose and user tolerance when the product is applied topically. I do however wonder if this product would be more effective than the treatments that are already available such as minoxidil or finasteride, which are themselves very effective hair loss treatments.”

Even if Bimatoprost does consistently produce superior results to Minoxidil with no significant side effects, we are still at least 2-3 years away from an actual medically approved product release as a hair loss treatment.  However, lower dose versions of Bimatoprost have already been in use for eyelash growth for a few years now, so this drug is available, should hair loss sufferers wish to try it, at their own discretion. 

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