Question: At the age of 19 I began to rapidly lose my hair. I was really beside myself and needed to find a solution. One night while I was up late studying for exams I saw an informercial for Bosley Hair Transplants and decided right then and there that I was going to do something to help myself. I did not want to be bald by the age of 21 and according to the commercial there was now a “permanent solution’ to my hair loss.
Fast foreword to today, I am 25 years old and now have much less hair than when I started. my hair transplants look extremely unnatural and my parents are out more than $11,000.
I believe that my life has been stolen from me and all these Bosley people keep telling me is that “I look great”. They tell me with one more procedure that I’ll be good to go.
This has been a total nightmare! I have not been able to date, I am very uncomfortable at my job and I believe that they have stolen years of my life from me.
I read on your website that the American Hair Loss Association does not recommend the large chain clinics like Bosley. I only wish I found you people before I made the decision to have this done. I was so desperate to improve my situation at the time that put faith in these people. I feel so stupid and ashamed. I retrospect I was so ill-informed.
Is there anything that I can do now to help myself or am I destined to look like a freak for the rest of my life? This has taken a huge toll on my self-esteem. I can not even look at myself in the mirror without being reminded of the biggest mistake of my life. My parents are very supportive and actually feel guilty for financing the hair transplant without doing more research.
Please let me know if there is hope for me. Thank you in advance for your help.
It is important to understand that you are not alone. The American Hair Loss Association does not recommend large chain clinics for a reason. For the most part these are bottom line business that spend millions of dollars on advertising in order to SELL SURGERY. Unfortunately the quality control of many of these so called medical practices is sorely lacking. It is the opinion of the AHLA and most experts in the field that avoiding these clinics is your best bet. With the Said Bosley Medical has made significant improvements in their practice in the past few years, however they are still not recommended by the AHLA.
It is absolutely possible to greatly improve your situation. First and foremost you should consult with a qualified hair restoration surgeon. The only Hair Transplant surgeons recommended by the AHLA are accepted members of The International Alliance of Hair Restoration surgeons (IAHRS). a skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeon can correct the prior bad work to give you a more natural appearance and with the addition of more transplanted grafts, most casualties of these large chain groups can end up looking fantastic. So to answer your question you can be helped.
Hang in there.