The method of hair restoration is usually hair transplantation to scarred areas of the scalp.
Hair loss due to normal anagen-catagen-telogen cycling activity is usually recognized as normal by the individual man or woman; it is the amount of lost hair he or she is accustomed to seeing. Substantially more than 100 hairs lost per day is unusual and may indicate an abnormal shift in cycling activity.
Minoxidil is moderately effective and can be helpful for some people with hair loss. A 5% solution of minoxidil is now available and clinical investigators report it to be considerably more effective than the 2% solution in halting hair loss and stimulating new hair growth.
Finasteride (brand name Propecia®) is an orally administered medication for male pattern hair loss (MPHL) and it's effects in slowing hair loss and stimulating new hair growth work best for early to moderate degrees of hair loss.
Minoxidil is reported to be effective in halting hair loss and stimulating new hair growth in both men and women.
Finasteride is not approved the use in women, and particularly in women who are pregnant or who become pregnant.
Older men with hair loss can be confident that age, in itself, does not exclude them from having hair transplantation. Men are seldom "too old" to consider hair transplantation as a treatment for hair loss.
Physician hair restoration specialists understand that hair restoration must be as individualized to the patient on the basis of (1) cause, pattern, rapidity and extent of hair loss, and (2) the wishes of the patient regarding desired result, cost, investment of time, and potential complications and side effects.