We often focus on the price of a procedure. Weighing the value of an investment is critical, but have you asked yourself how much ineffective options are costing you?
Before committing to a cosmetic procedure, the best starting point is to assess your current expenditure in this area and what you predict it will cost to maintain your appearance in years ahead.
For example, many people try prescription medications such as finasteride and minoxidil to stave off the progression of balding. Some hair transplant patients even combine these products with surgical results and continue using them, but there’s a catch: medication doesn’t work for everyone. Unfortunately, for a high number of clients, these topical or oral medications will not stop hair loss. For some people, these products will effectively slow down the fallout, but they do not grow back the hair. That means they can suffice as a preventative approach, but not a restorative approach.
The cost of medication taken daily, monthly, and yearly adds up. Also, hair growth supplements, specialized shampoos, and topical hair loss solutions come with a premium price tag. Many people willingly pay incredible markups for products that promise to grow hair because the emotional toll of going bald is so impactful. For both sexes, facing the prospect of losing hair can be devastating. Unfortunately, product manufacturers capitalize on that fear and make a multi-billion-dollar profit from selling “cures”. Do they all work? No, sadly, many of them have no benefits and even carry side effects.
Next come hair pieces. They have been marketed as “hair systems” and appeal to folks who have an aversion to invasive procedures. They cost less than FUE, but aren’t cheap. A quality setup with well-made wigs may cost thousands and require expensive maintenance. If you’re a low-maintenance man, don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll want to fuss with fake hair at this point in your life. This solution isn’t the best fit for everyone, and there are obvious drawbacks to the fact that they don’t grow your real hair or replace follicles.
Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is an alternative that typically costs a few thousand dollars with long-term maintenance costs. It’s a fantastic option for people who want a no-fuss, semi-permanent, and super easy solution to hair loss. The effect is a buzzed or freshly shaved scalp. It’s a popular style that translates well in professional environments and works even for women. Semi-permanent tattoo ink meticulously marks realistic-looking hair stubble throughout the scalp. Visiting a pro SMP artist will ensure that you have this done correctly and don’t waste your money. This solution will carry a lower cost than FUE in Toronto, but of course, it doesn’t restore real hair. For people who simply want to increase the density and fullness of their actual hair, there’s only one way to safely and effectively pull it off.