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Minoxidil vs Latisse for the Eyebrows: How do they compare?

Latisse vs Minoxidil: Which is better for promoting eyebrow growth?

There are several possible options for promoting and improvement in eyebrow density in individuals with thin eyebrows. Minoxidil (Rogaine and generics) and Bimatoprost (Latisse) are the first line options. How do they compare? Is one better?

Minoxidil   and Latisse are similarly effective

To date, it appears minoxidil and Latisse are equally effective. A small 16 week study from 2012 compared results in 27 patients who were applying Latisse to one brow and minoxidil to the other.   In the minoxidil group, the eyebrow hair of 51.85% of patients (14 ⁄ 27) was evaluated to be slightly increased. In the bimatoprost group, the eyebrow hair of 59.26% of patients (16 ⁄ 27) was found to be slightly increased.  At the end off the 16 week study, patient satisfaction was assessed by use of questionnaires. In the minoxidil group, 44.44% (12 ⁄ 27) reported much improvement. In the bimatoprost group, 40.74% (11 of 27) reported moderate improvement.

 

Conclusion:

Minoxidil and Bimatoprost (Latisse) are good options for the eyebrows and appear similar in effectiveness. 

 

REFERENCE 

Suwanchatchai W, et al. Efficacy and safety of bimatoprost 0.03% versus minoxidil 3% in enhancement of eyebrows: a randomized, double-blind, split-face comparative study. J Dermatol. 2012.

 

 


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299
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Hair Loss Training

For Hairdresser & Hair Stylists

One of my long term goals is to improve the delivery of educational materials as they relate to hair loss. This not only includes the training of physicians and trichologists, but also hair stylists, hairdressers, barbers... and the general public.

I'm very pleased to join my colleagues Dr. Mwamba from Belgium and Dr. Marie Andree Schambach from Guatemala to offer an overview of hair loss and hair disorders for hair stylists and hairdressers. This course is being offered as part of the IHRP meeting in Vancouver next month. The good news: it's free!

If you are hair stylist, hairdresser or barber and interested in attending this course, simply email the course directors at info@hairrestorationplatform.com

Hope to see you there!


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299
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Egg hair mask

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Egg hair mask


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299
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Pili Annulati (Ringed Hair)

Pili annulati, also referred to as "ringed hair", is a genetically inherited condition (autosomal dominant) characterized by alternating dark and light bands in hairs especially in reflected light. It is caused by air filled cavities in a region of the hair known as the cortex. Increased hair fragility, leading to breakage, is reported in some patients. 20-80% of the hairs may be affected by the bands.


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299
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Cherry Angiomas of the Scalp

Cherry angiomas are benign growths of blood vessels. They are common on the trunk and limbs especially with advancing age. They are less common on the scalp.

75 % of people over age 70 have cherry angiomas on their body. A recent study of 171 patients age 18 to 75 (average age 40) showed that 72 % had cherry angiomas on the scalp making them common lesions.

The cause is not clear although risk factors include chemicals, use of drugs such as cyclosporine, pregnancy, and heat.

These lesions are harmless and therefore they are rarely biopsied. But a biopsy shows the formation of new capillaries surrounded by walls made of collagen (which gives it a whitish appearance - see photo). If treatment is desired for cosmetic purposes, curretage, laser and electrosurgery can be used.

Reference
Pereira. Cherry hemangioma in the scalp. Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia. 2004


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299
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LPP- An Autoimmune Disease

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LPP- An autoimmune disease


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299
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