Bimatoprost for Androgenetic Alopecia: An intensely researched area

Bimatoprost for Male Balding

Bimatoprost is a prostaglandin F2 alpha analogue that stimulates hair growth. Bimatoprost at 0.03 % is a well known eyelash growth stimulatory compound and marketed under the name Latisse. 


Bimatoprost has been studied for use in androgenetic alopecia. At low concentrations, it is not particularly effective. Allergan is currently studying higher concentrations (1 and 3%). Data released by Allergan and available to the public online suggest that these higher concentrations may be beneficial in treating hair loss. This is an exciting area to watch out for in the near future.

The graph shows how bimatoprost compares to minoxidil in these Allergan led studies. In their preliminary results, higher concentrations of bimatoprost was similarly or even slightly more effective that minoxidil (the gold standard FDA approved topical treatment for androgenetic alopecia).

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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