Mens Rogaine Extra Strength Hair Regrowth Treatment (5% minoxidil)
Mens Rogaine Extra Strength Hair Regrowth Treatment (5% minoxidil)

Best topical treatment for hair loss

Reviewers consistently point to Men's Rogaine Extra Strength Hair Regrowth Treatment as the first line of defense against androgenetic alopecia (AGA), commonly referred to as male- and female-pattern baldness or genetic hair loss. It contains five-percent minoxidil, which is also available generically. Rogaine must be applied twice a day, and any hair grown will be lost shortly after it is discontinued. It takes between four and nine months to notice results. Possible side effects include excess hair growth on the face and body, but only a small percentage or users are affected (when treatments stops, so do any side effects). Experts say that Men's Rogaine Extra Strength Hair Regrowth Treatment is even more effective for women, but it is not FDA approved for that purpose. Woman's Rogaine Extra Strength Hair Regrowth Treatment (*est. $22 for a one-month supply) has two-percent minoxidil.
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Propecia (finasteride)
Propecia (finasteride)

Best oral treatment for hair loss

According to clinical studies, doctor-prescribed Propecia is more effective at growing back hair than minoxidil, and it works for the majority of men who use it. Doctors generally recommend that patients use both Propecia and minoxidil for the best results. Studies show that Propecia at least stops the progression of hair loss in most men. It has not been approved for women and carries the risk of serious birth defects for the women who so much as handle the tablet while pregnant. Some sexual side effects are noted in a small percentage of users, but those disappear if Propecia is discontinued. Propecia must be taken daily or its effects will disappear. It can take up to a year for results to be seen.
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*Est. $70 per 30-day supply Estimated Price
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair Transplant Surgery

Permanent results, but expensive

Hair transplant surgery is the most effective treatment for pattern baldness, but it is expensive. It is most effective for those whose balding pattern is well established; it is not recommended for most women because of the differences between male and female balding patterns. Experts say that if done properly, the results look very natural, but choosing the right surgeon is critical. Some may require multiple surgeries, adding even more to the cost, in order to achieve the desired results. Every expert we consulted recommends trying Rogaine or Propecia first before considering surgery.
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*Est. $3,000 and up per session Estimated Price
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