The only two medications that have been FDA approved for male pattern hair loss are topical Rogaine (minoxidil) and oral Propecia (finasteride 1mg). The only FDA approved medication for female pattern hair loss is topical Rogaine (minoxidil). A medical device for both men and women known as the Hair Max Laser Comb received FDA approval in January 2007 for its ability to strengthen and thicken existing native hair and potentially re-grow some of the miniaturized hairs that are below the surface of the skin.
We at Ziering Medical are huge advocates of the above mentioned FDA approved medical therapies. The patient has to be educated that a surgical hair transplant can only replace the hair follicles that have permanently become non-functioning. The surgical hair transplant procedure does nothing to stop the further progression of hair loss of the native hairs surrounding the transplanted follicles- that is where medical therapy comes in. For men, we encourage the combination use of Rogaine plus Propecia and light therapy as adjunctive therapies along with surgery (if you are deemed a surgical candidate). For women, we encourage the use of Rogaine plus light therapy as adjuncts to surgery (again, if you are deemed a surgical candidate).
The best way to determine which medical and or surgical therapies are right for you is to schedule an in-person consultation. One of our hair restoration physicians will give you a thorough examination and together you can individualize a treatment plan that would best suit your needs- whether that be medical, surgical or both.