Hair replacement options: hair replacement cost considerations and best options for various budgets
Depending on the treatment a physician recommends, most patients use more than one hair replacement option. For example, a patient can purchase and use a low level laser device ($300-$3,000) in conjunction with treatment drugs such as minoxidil ($10-$30 per month). A hair transplant may be completed in 1-2 sessions with an overall cost between $3K-$20K, but this is not an ongoing treatment cost. Patients that use treatment drugs must continue use on a maintenance plan otherwise the benefits begin to regress.
To compare the costs of various treatment plans, a patient needs to understand desired outcomes. When treatment drugs are used, they are generally slow acting and only regrow hair with variable success. The hair growth is often “vellus” hair, hair that is short, fine and light colored. This type of hair is generally hair that develops on most of a person’s body from childhood.
Hair transplantation is different and all but guaranteed. How is that possible you ask? The number of hairs removed from the donor site and transplanted have a 90+% success rate depending on the donor harvesting technique. Transplanted hairs are thicker, larger in diameter and darker pigmentation that create overall fullness. These are the “terminal” hairs which are optimal for transplantation.
Overall, it is difficult to say which hair loss treatment is the best investment however, hair restoration is a more predictable and safer investment. It requires only a few follow up visits after surgery. Hair loss treatment therapies require several visits per year to evaluate and review their personal maintenance plan. If a patient and physician feel a hair loss therapy is a good adjunct to stabilizing hair loss, then that could be the best route for you.