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Hair-Care Shouldn’t Break The Bank – Transplant Surgery Should Be Accessible and Affordable For All Men

By Andrew Kashian, CEO and co-founder of Solve Clinics.  

One of the most common issues facing men is baldness, hair loss, and thinning.  According to a study by NYU Lagone Health, more than 80 percent of men and nearly half of women experience significant hair loss during their lifetime, and for many men, the thinning starts well before middle age.

Long hair is often viewed as a signifier of femininity, youth, and fertility in women. While the same association is not intrinsically tied to men, the common association still rings true; a full head of hair is, in many circles a sign of prestige, an indicator of good health, and often viewed as more attractive. Beyond the subjective perspective that a full head of hair looks good, it can impact how one is perceived in the world.

Hair or lack thereof can have grave impacts on one’s internal well-being. The International Journal of Trichology, states there is a considerable amount of negative psychosocial effects linked with male androgenetic alopecia, such as decreased self-esteem, dissatisfaction with body image or appearance, self-consciousness, perception of aging, and emotional stress.

Men are not taught to prioritize hair care at a young age; and consequently, hair care falls to the wayside with irregular trims, unhygienic practices, or avoiding maintenance. The absence of public discourse surrounding men’s hair care often leaves men with a lack of knowledge and resources to maintain, cultivate and preserve their hair. A full head of hair can inspire confidence, completely transforming a man’s demeanor and outlook on life.

Despite numerous studies documenting the lasting psychological effects of male hair loss, it is still a taboo subject in society. Many men feel embarrassed and ashamed of their hair loss and society reinforces the idea it is abnormal. This creates a cycle in which men are not encouraged to discuss and learn about their hair and then suffer the societal stigma surrounding the consequences.

Hair loss due to genetic predispositions often causes young men to accept their fate of going bald as they age. Although, despite the variety of effective preventive measures and permanent solutions for hair loss, such as a hair transplant, many men fly to Turkey, colloquially dubbed the “hair transplant capital of the world”, to undergo cheap, medically questionable procedures.

In addition to the lack of safe, evidenced based medical information, the medical and cosmetic industry is shrouded in dishonesty and rooted in monetary gain. With societal stigma, greedy medical practices, and lack of accurate information, it can be difficult for men to address their hair care needs, and rarely can they do so at an affordable price.

Here are three ways men can explore solutions for hair loss that boost their self-confidence at an affordable price.

Educate Yourself 

While the internet provides a wealth of information and a layer of anonymity for men seeking advice on how to deal with hair loss, it isn’t always the most credible source. Additionally, it can take hours to wade through the targeted advertisements and generic advice. It is important to speak with a licensed medical practitioner when seeking personalized, effective, and scientifically backed advice. However, hair transplants are typically considered a cosmetic procedure, a vertical in healthcare known for its high-profit margin. Solve Clinics, a Chicago-based hair transplant and skin restoration clinic, identified this ongoing issue in the industry. Many providers were simply performing routine hair transplant procedures, impetuously prescribing medication regardless whether the patient was an appropriate candidate or the procedure was warranted. The goal was to make money. Solve Clinics decided to take a new approach of radical transparency, patient over profit. They provide free consultation while encouraging prospective clients to shop around and weigh their options. It is important to find a certified provider like Solve Clinics that truly values the patient’s wellbeing. In finding a credible source of knowledge whose only goal is to provide their patients with a full head of hair, men will not waste their money on senseless products; instead, they will be guided and supported through a customized treatment plan. A far better investment option.

Select A Provider With Affordable Rates 

Hair transplant clinics across America are known to charge exorbitantly high prices and patients often pay upwards of $15,000-$25,000 per surgery. However, there are a variety of hair transplant clinics in America that are affordable, it is important to do research prior to a procedure because not all clinics offer the same price. For example, Solve Clinics charges only $5.00 per hair graft, on average men get $1,800- 2,000 grafts in a complete procedure, totaling around $10,000. While Turkey remains a popular destination for those looking to receive inexpensive hair transplants, the procedure itself may be inexpensive, but when flight and accommodations are factored in, not to mention the potential after-care or post-op damage control due to improper treatment, the total price adds up. In an effort to democratize access to affordable hair transplants in America, Solve Clinics offers free travel reimbursement and will pay for patients’ round-trip airfare to Chicago and hotel accommodations. It is important to consider outside costs when deciding to get a hair transplant, as well as the quality of care. As mentioned, it is critical to examine your clinic’s financing options. For example, Solve Clinics is the only medical clinic in the country that offers pre-approved interest-free financing to all patients. In comparison, many other clinics will send their patients to third-party lenders that will run your credit and charge you interest rates as high as 15 to 25 percent. Clinics who operate in that fashion facilitate a care environment focused on the ultra-wealthy. Make sure the provider prioritizes their patients – not the potential profit. Haircare doesn’t have to be expensive and finding an affordable treatment option customized to your own hair loss challenges may require additional research.

Invest in Permanent, Quality Solutions

There are a plethora of hair growth serums and pills marketed toward men that if used on a continual basis are extremely expensive and often fall short of the advertised outcome. Instead, men should explore the variety of permanent hair loss and thinning solutions out there. The two most common are FUE Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplants and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) hair treatments.  Both procedures are natural and utilize the patient’s own hair follicles and platelets. The best part – both treatments are relatively pain-free and are a one-stop shop solution. Instead of performing a daily time consuming and expensive hair care routine, it is far more advantageous to invest in a one-time procedure that provides a permanent solution.

A broken health care system paired with the societal stigma surrounding hair loss, has left many men unable to access proper hair care at an affordable price. Price should not be a barrier for men seeking permanent hair loss solutions like hair transplants; however, with personalized research, it is possible to find an affordable provider that values the patient over profit.

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