Many treatments have been advocated for hair loss. These include prescription medications, over the counter medications, herbal treatments and many shampoos, creams and ointments. The only medications proven to have some benefit are minoxidil
(Rogaine™) and finasteride (Proscar™, Propecia™).

In studies where hundreds of men used minoxidil, not everyone with male pattern baldness responded by growing hair. However, some did grow hair, and in others the balding process was delayed with growth of new hair equaling loss of old hair, whereas some had no change at all.

Finasteride has helped many men slow down their hair loss significantly, and some men do experience significant hair growth on this medication. We have found finasteride to be a useful adjunct to hair transplantation patients as it at least helps men retain the hair they have.

Hair pieces are an effective treatment for covering hair loss. Many people, however, find that maintenance of these hair pieces is greater than anticipated, and that their lifestyle must be curtailed, especially if they are physically active. Most importantly, many men relate a constant feeling of anxiety that it will be discovered that they do wear a hair piece.

Both medications and hair pieces involve significant costs over the lifetime of an individual. This should be borne in mind when considering the alternative of surgical restoration, which, once complete, involves no further costs and lasts a lifetime.