When you consult family, friends, library and the Web about hair loss treatments, you will find a host of "do-it-yourself" hair loss products such as creams, ointments, lotions, nutrition supplements, scalp stimulants and other "miracle cures", all promising to stop hair loss and regrow hair.
Among all the options for nonsurgical treatment of androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness), you will find only two that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and are recommended by physician hair restoration specialists. Hair restoration products not approved by the FDA are often a waste of money and can be harmful.
Using Rogaine For Hair Loss
Minoxidil (Rogaine®) is applied topically to the scalp in 2% or 5% solution. Minoxidil is available over-the-counter in 2% solution, but is best and most effectively used in a treatment program planned and supervised by a physician hair restoration specialist. Rogaine tends to be more effective in women than in men.
Using Propecia for Hair Loss
Finasteride (Propecia®) is an orally-administered medication that influences the response of scalp hair follicles to androgenic hormones. Finasteride is available only by prescription to men.
About Hairpieces & Extensions
When custom-made under the supervision of a hair specialist, hairpieces and hair additions can meet the needs of selected patients who may not be suitable candidates for hair restoration surgery.
Determining which medicine or combination of medicines is right for you will depend on your age, degree of hair loss, and budget. For many people, the best results will be achieved by combining Rogaine or Propecia treatments with hair restoration surgery.