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Is Treating Hair Loss Costly?

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There is a handful of products that promise to increase the volume and thickness of your hair. But wait...are all of them legit?

While there are products that are more reliable than others, the good news is that there are many other ways to treat hair loss. You no longer have to rely on a single, specific type of treatment. So, are these treatments costly? Let’s find out!

Hair transplant

If you are looking to move hair so as to fill an area that has thin or no hair, then a hair transplant procedure is your best bet. It involves cleaning your scalp, injecting medicine to numb the back of your head, and adding or transferring hair onto the chosen place.

You will pay different prices depending on the complexity of the treatment. The price largely depends on the amount of hair that you are moving.

Typically, it ranges from $4,000 to $15,000. A majority of insurance plans do not cover this hair treatment procedure. It is important to talk to your doctor about the different pricing options so as to determine the one you will afford.

Wig and extensions

The least investive way to deal with hair loss is by wearing a wig. Granted, high-quality wigs can be pricey but are affordable compared with other types of hair loss treatments.

Even better is the fact that they do not come with any side effects. The approximate cost of wigs and extensions is $50 to an upward of $2,000.

Being that there are different wigs to suit different styles and personalities, you are bound to find something that suits you. Wigs and extensions are versatile, giving you the natural look that you desire.

Hair loss medications

For an approximate of $141 to $420 a year, over the counter hair loss medications like minoxidil work to combat hair loss.

This FDA- approved medication for men causes the hyperpolirization of cells which open up and allows the growth of hair cells.

Apart from minoxidil, there are many other over-the-counter drugs that can be purchased for as low a $47 for a three-month supply.

PRP Injections

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections involve drawing blood into special collection tubes and are spun inside a centrifuge so that the blood can separate into various components.

For an approximate total of $5,600 a year, this procedure poses a high concentration of hair growth factors and stem cells.

Thus, it stimulates hair growth as a whole. Of course, you will need maintenance every four months but other than this, you will also need consultations with your dermatologist.

Supplements

For an approximate total of $65 to $1,000 a year, depending on your supplement of choice, this method of hair loss treatment is one that many consider. Usually, hair growth supplements contain nutrients like zinc, vitamins A, D, and E as well as folic acid.

Even better is the fact that supplements are easily accessible and can be found on any legitimate seller’s website in Canada.

As they do not need a prescription to attain, supplements have proven effective in hair regrowth. The two most common supplements include Viviscal and Nutrafol. As they contain ingredients that support blood flow, they equally promote hair growth and fight inhibitors.

Topical oils

Coconut oil, castor, and rosemary oils among others, are age-old remedies that are used to treat hair loss. For as low as $600, you can enjoy their hair-growing effects.

Topical oils work as well as supplements and medications such as minodoxil. This could be due to the enhancement of microcapillary perfusion.

Topical oils come with 5-alpha reductase, a testosterone-converting enzyme. While topical oils are a common and affordable treatment solution, research studies on their combination of ingredients and effectiveness are underway.

The Intangible Cost of Hair Loss Treatment

Apart from when you buy hair loss treatment in Canada, there are also intangible treatments that you will face.

For a total of $2,000 to $13,000 on a yealy basis (could be under $50 per session), you may just need to see a therapist due to the negative mental effects that hair loss can bring.

It is catastrophic to go take a shower and watch all your hair go down the drain. You will start feeling self-conscious and the much-needed sessions with your therapist can help in boosting your confidence.

Remember, it is never just about losing hair, it is the deeper component of getting older or losing a certain aspect of your youth that may be hard to tolerate.

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