July 1, 2009 -- Question: What are some of the options I might consider for restoring lost hair?
Answer: There are several options for restoring lost hair. The first is an over-the-counter prescription called topical minoxidil and this is applied twice daily to the scalp. And this is better at preventing hair loss but it does restore hair to some extent as well.
The second medication is a pill called finasteride and this again is effective at preventing hair loss but also does get some degree of hair restoration as well.
Finally, there is hair transplantation and this is a surgical technique. You're awake during the procedure and hair follicles are taken from the back of your scalp and transplanted to the areas where there is hair loss, which tends to be the top of the scalp and the frontal areas of the scalp where you get male-patterned hair loss.
So, those are the three leading treatments for hair loss.