Are hair-loss treatments expensive?
Ask anyone concerned about thinning hair or baldness what they’d be willing to pay to make the issue go away and the numbers will be large, but do they need to be? With medicine and medical procedures becoming more refined and specialist every day, can those suffering from reduced hairlines access cost-effective treatments yet? Let’s find out.
Possibly the most popular, effective and long-lasting options for reversing hair loss, grafts have previously been seen as a cosmetic procedure only open to the likes of wealthy celebrities but how much does a hair transplant cost?
The short answer appears to be anything between £1,000-£30,000, with a number of factors contributing to the final price. Sizes and numbers of bald areas to be rectified are key, but the actual technique used is the most impactful when it comes to price. Comparing the costs, recovery times and success rates of FUT and FUE methods shows that the latter is considered more favorably and is the choice for discerning transplant patients.
With most patients not even needing an overnight stay at their chosen clinic, FUE transplants result in no scarring, far more natural resulting hairlines and a return to normal much sooner. Those with an active lifestyle, for example, are able to get back to the sports they love after just a few days.
Less invasive than a transplant but also considered far less effective, topical treatments for hair loss are often a first attempt at stopping the progression of a newly noticed issue. Solutions on the market are usually offered in a variety of strengths and seem to focus around the idea of stimulating shrinking hair follicles, to encourage them to start producing new hair again.
Consumers should expect to pay less than £100 a month for treatments such as this, but there is no guarantee of success. Although some people have reported excellent results, others have seen absolutely no difference and there is no way of predicting who will be left disappointed.
Similar to topical lotions, medications for hair loss have not proven effective for everybody. They usually target the same issue as topical ointments, in that they are designed to stimulate follicles to open up and grow new hairs by blocking the creation of certain hormones.
Again, medications should not cost more than £100 a month and prepaid NHS prescription certificates will not cover them, as these are for not for cosmetic medications. Medical insurance is also unlikely to cover the cost.
Finally, there are a number of shampoos on the market that claim to help with thinning hair. These are largely unproven and although they might clean the hair well, it is unlikely that they will help new hair to grow. Some seem to focus on thickening existing hair instead, but this is usually through the depositing of silicones that you’ll want to cleanse semi-regularly.
All in all, the most reliable and verifiable way to enjoy a thicker head of hair is to commit to a transplant. It might be the most expensive option in the short term, but a transplant offers better results and can be surprisingly non-invasive, not to mention a secret if you don’t want to tell people about it.
As with any cosmetic remedies, preventing further hair loss and tackling baldness can be a costly affair. It’s down to you to make a choice between one large cost for a procedure that has been proven to work or subscribing long-term to products that may never deliver the results you really want.