A hair transplant is a nice hair restoration option for many men and women. But non-surgical options may be right for you, either as an adjunct treatment to a hair transplant or in lieu of one. In either case, the cost of non-surgical hair loss treatment options may be of interest to you.
To that end I am presenting a clear, concise list of different non-surgical hair loss treatments, and what you might expect to pay for each.
- Minoxidil foam can be used once a day and minoxidil liquid is used twice a day. The price either way is approximately $11-$12 month. When sold under the name brand Rogaine® it is about double that. Minoxidil/Rogaine is a very effective treatment option suitable for both men and women, and is both an adjunct treatment to a hair transplant and a stand-alone non-surgical treatment that can be used at the first sign of hair loss to prevent further loss.
- Finasteride is usually taken orally in pill form, and is available only by prescription for men. Generic 5mg tablets manually cut into quarters costs about $3/month. Generic 1mg tablets are about $20-$30 a month. When sold under the brand name Propecia® expect to pay about $85/month. Finasteride/Propecia® is not suitable for women. There are some preparations of a topical finasteride available at some compounding pharmacies. This may cost $50-60 for a month’s supply.
- Platelet rich plasma for hair loss treatment is suitable for both men and women. It involves drawing blood from your arm and spinning it in a special centrifuge to create plasma that has about 5-6 times the normal concentration of platelets. Platelets contain approximately 35 growth factors that can potentially promote hair growth in cases of male and female pattern hair loss. The procedure is performed in-office under local anesthesia, and takes approximately one hour. The cost is $700-$2000 per treatment, and usually one to two treatments are needed per year.
- Laser Hair Therapy is a low-level laser light treatment that in some studies seems to promote hair growth, slow hair loss and give hair a healthier appearance for both men and women. At-home therapy utilizing the the different devices is usually done for 20 minutes 2-3 times/week, and results in a slowing down of hair loss. These laser devices can be purchased for $500-$3000 depending on the number of lasers and the overall look (some look like a hair brush, some like a bicycle helmet, and others like a baseball cap).
- 2% Nizoral® shampoo is available only by prescription and is applied topically. If covered by insurance it is usually costs $8-10/month. Out-of-pocket costs are about $55 for a 4-6 week supply. It is also possible to online and buy Nizoral from a Canadian pharmacy (for example www.canadapharmacy.com) for about $15/bottle.
I have created the Hair Survival Program to help men and women of all ages keep the hair you have. Beginning from the point of view that you will never have more hair on your head than you do today, by employing this multi-faceted approach you can slow, stop or even reverse hair loss. In short, the Hair Survival Program:
- Helps you keep the hair you have for as long as possible and gives you the best chance of re-growing hair.
- Preserves donor hair if needed for a hair transplant in the future. Over time donor hair can thin, but the medications included in this program help preserve the donor hair.
- Includes substantial savings of up to 30% on the medications and procedures listed above.
- Includes ongoing support from me via email and phone to answer questions and offer suggestions.