In some male or female, hair loss may be slowed or even new hair growth stimulated by medical hair loss treatments. The two such treatments approved by "the U.S. Food and Drug Administration" are finasteride (Propecia®) and minoxidil (Rogaine®).
Minoxidil Restoration is topically applied and is available with out a prescription. Finasteride is a prescribed drug taken orally in pills form. The medical treatments may be used separately or in combination, as recommended by the physician or hair restoration specialist.
Medical treatment may retard the rate of hair loss and preserve an acceptable appearance until the physician determines hair transplantation can be undertaken. Medical treatment is sometimes continued as a complement to Scalp hair transplantation. It is likely that, once started, hair transplantation procedures will have to be continued for some years to keep pace with progressive hair loss.