How Much Does Bosley Really Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

You’re probably familiar with the name Bosley, seeing they heavily advertise on multiple media outlets.

Not known to be your ordinary hair loss product, Bosley is an actual hair transplant procedure which takes hair from the sides and back of your scalps and moves it to the areas where you’re lacking and losing your natural hair.

Being in the business of helping men and women restore their natural look, this company has been in business since 1974 after being founded by L. Lee Bosley.

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How much does Bosley hair restoration cost?

The cost of Bosley hair restoration is going to greatly depend on each client as every patient will experience a certain amount of hair loss, meaning someone could pay three times more than another, simply based on the amount of hair that needs to be transplanted.  The factors, as per their FAQ, will depend on the amount of hair loss you have experienced so far, the amount of donor hair that is available, the donor hair characteristics and your goals.  From what we researched, however, it would depend a lot of your geographical region as some people had the same amount of grafts but paid much more than another.

According to their official website, the average patient at one of their centers pay anywhere between $4,000 to $16,000 and is based on the unique treatment recommendation referred by their physician.  To get the most accurate quote, the company highly recommends you take advantage of one of their free consultations to learn about the benefits of the restoration, the associated cost and payment plans available if you wanted to take advantage of one.  It’s important to note that while the quotes may be higher than what you imagine, they do assure you that these costs are high because their process is a surgical procedure, not a temporary wig or hair system.

Online, we were able to find quite a few people who shared their costs online, with the prices varying all over the place based on the number of grafts needed.  To make things easier to skim, we included the quotes we had found in the table below:

Prices reported online...
Someone in Atlanta paid $8,000 for the first 1,000 grafts, $5,000 for the second 1,000 grafts for total of $13,000

Source: https://www.realself.com/review/bosley-hair-loss
In Beverly Hills, CA, a man paid $23,000 for 3,640 grafts.

Source: https://www.realself.com/review/fue-hair-transplant-640-crafts-bosley-beverly-hills-ca
A member on DoesItReallyWork.org claimed he paid $6,500 for 2,000 grafts.

Source: https://doesitreallywork.org/bosley-review/
On the same website mentioned prior, another member said he paid $8,950 for 1,900 grafts.
Shannon, a commenter on DoesItReallyWork.org, paid $6,000 on 1,458 grafts.
Mike, a reviewer on a Yelp thread, paid $8,950 for 1,900 grafts.

Source: https://www.yelp.com/biz/bosley-hair-restoration-beverly-hills?start=20
In Philadelphia, a member of PissedConsumer.com paid $10,300 for 1,000 grafts.

Source: https://bosley.pissedconsumer.com/experience-was-poor-201801161170433.html

Highya.com notes the average transplantation ranges anywhere from $4,000 and $12,000, but one of their sources said the average cost is closer to $10,000 and $20,000, and this fee would include a $500 to $1,000 “room reservation fee.”  Also, if you live more than 100 miles from a clinic, you may qualify for free grafts in order to make up for your travel expenses.

The procedure

In most cases, the center will recommend setting aside most of your day as the procedure will start early in the morning and can take up to eight hours to complete, depending on the number of grafts needed.  Like any doctor’s appointment, you will be asked to fill out all of the necessary medical paperwork ahead of time before the process can start.

Before the procedure even begins, the Bosley team will first want to create a personalized plan to help meet your desired result by identifying the areas they will work with to create the most natural look possible.  Next, trimming your donor area hair, they will remove the necessary number of strong, healthy donor hairs in order to move it into the desired spot.

Using the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) procedure, this proven, minimally invasive outpatient procedure will remove a number of hair follicles from your “donor” areas, restoring it in your thinning areas.  According to the official website, the Bosley FUE procedure is performed by and under the supervision of a Bosley physician.  No stitches are required, it offers a natural look and most patients recover fast, often in as little as going to work the next day.

During the procedure, a tiny instrument, often less than one-millimeter in diameter, will be used to remove individual hair follicles from the donor area on your scalp.  While the device is doing so, it will create an incision around the follicle in order to isolate the graft.  Then, the graft is extracted from the scalp using a tweezer-like instrument and is prepared for placement in the affected area.  Working with microscopes, a technician will arrange the desired amount of follicles to create a natural-looking result.

The grafts will be strategically placed in order to match your hair growth pattern, one by one, in order to maximize the naturalness, coverage and density look.  The incisions, once created, will heal in less than a few days and about 90 days after the procedure was performed, most clients will see new hair growth.  At the six month mark, the transplanted hair should start to appear thicker and will continue, from there, to grow naturally.

Tips to know

Bosley Medical will offer a free consultation for all first-time customers and in some cases, you may be able to take advantage of a free gift such as a gift card you can apply to your final total.

Don’t worry about the high costs as the clinic has ties with financing groups, such as Care Credit.  Many online have reported being able to take advantage of zero percent interest, 24-month financing options.

The average patient will need anywhere from a few hundred to more than a few thousand grafts, again, all depending on your expectations.  Most people will need at least two procedures to see desired results.

Bosley reviews – does it work?

We didn’t find too much in terms of reviews online, but we did find one clinic located in Beverly Hills, California, which had a 4 out 5 star rating on Yelp, with more than 38 reviews.   On PissedConsumer, even though most people go here to complain, close to 50 reviewers gave the company a 1.9 out of five-star rating.

On this BBB rating for the Beverly Hills, California, location, it had a B+ rating, with 15 total closed complaints mostly related to either sales/advertising issues or problems with the service.

A lot of the negative reviews, from what we read, was due to either the extensive scarring after the procedure was done or the intense procedure.


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