Medically reviewed by Dr. Michael Reed – Written by Sine Thieme
We are excited to offer female hair restoration as a new service at our NuBody Concepts Nashville practice. Female hair loss is different from male hair loss and typically needs a different treatment approach. This means that the cost of an effective female hair loss treatment is composed differently than the typical “one-and-done” approach of a hair transplant that works so well for male patients.
Here are the factors to consider when calculating female hair restoration cost, and to to help you understand what is included in the price of your first consultation.
How Much Does Female Hair Restoration Cost?
The cost of female hair loss treatment is typically composed of office visit fees for the initial screening evaluation, the full consultation and treatment plan, and follow-up visits with the doctor. Topical and oral prescriptions, bloodwork, biopsy charges, and procedures such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, and hair transplantation are additional.
Initial Evaluation by Physician
At NuBody Concepts, your hair loss treatment starts with an initial consultation with Michael L. Reed, MD, board-certified dermatologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Reed has joined NuBody Concepts after 40 years in private practice focused specifically on the medical and surgical treatment of hair and scalp disorders.
In your first visit, you will meet face-to-face with Dr. Reed to receive a 15 minute scalp exam. He will examine your scalp and measure your hair loss to create a baseline diagram. This will help determine whether a consultation is necessary for further diagnosis and treatment. The cost of the scalp exam and screening is $50.
Based on the outcome of the screening exam, you can decide whether to go forward with a full consultation to share your hair loss history in detail, to have a more thorough, quantitative scalp measurement and to confirm a clinical diagnosis. This would also include a treatment plan offering the spectrum of available treatments such as non-medical (lifestyle) treatments, topical and systemic medical therapies, and procedures such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections and/or hair transplantation. Dr. Reed may also order additional tests, such as blood tests, hair analysis and/or a scalp biopsy to complete the evaluation.
You will also be given a complimentary copy of “Women’s Hair Loss: The Hidden Epidemic” by Dr. Reed. Many women find the information in this book extremely valuable to better understand the reasons of their hair loss and the range of available treatment options.
What is Included in the Consultation Fee?
Once you have received your scalp exam which is covered by the $50 consultation fee, you have the option to add on a full evaluation with Dr. Reed for $550. Please note that this evaluation is optional.
What do I get out of a full female hair loss evaluation?
- During a lengthy consultation, you will give a detailed hair loss history, receive a more quantitative scalp exam, and clinical diagnosis with a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan for the next twelve months.
- Dr. Reed is one of the leading authorities on the successful treatment of hair and scalp disorders. Unlike many hair restoration specialists, he focuses primarily on female patients.
- In his 40-year experience in private practice, Dr. Reed has helped thousands of women regain confidence and overcome the shame and stigma that women struggling with hair loss often face.
- The success rate of Dr. Reed’s systemic treatment of female hair loss is remarkable. 95% of his female patients have been able to halt their hair loss to successfully keep their hair, with 65%-75% seeing a 12-month improvement in both quality and quantity of hair growth.
- A medical treatment regimen is often sufficient for women to achieve this kind of success, without the need for surgical treatment. By comparison, a male hair transplant ranges from $4,900 to $9,900.
- After the scalp exam, we expect virtually all patients to likely be candidates for a full consultation.
- Many women who are severely hampered by their hair loss are relieved at being able to enter treatment at a relatively modest cost.
- Consultation includes FREE copy of Women’s Hair Loss: The Hidden Epidemic.
- After your consultation, Dr. Reed is available by phone between follow-up visits for questions or concerns.
Follow-up visits occur at 4-month intervals at a cost of $250 each. Many patients see a marked improvement as early as four months. This puts the baseline cost for one year (recommended) of female hair loss treatment at $1,350 ($600 + 3x$250).
Should further treatment be necessary after 12 months, additional follow-up visits are spaced 6 months apart.
As the patient’s primary hair care physician, Dr. Reed takes and returns phone calls between visits to discuss questions and concerns as needed.
Additional Expenses to Treat Hair Loss
Not included in the above costs are any expenses for labs, biopsies, medicines, topical formulations, or platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. Hair transplant surgery, if indicated, is also a separate expense.
What is Covered by Insurance?
Labs and biopsies are typically covered by health insurance. We will provide the patient with a form to file their own claim with insurance. Doctors fees and prescription drugs for hair loss may or may not be covered by health insurance plans.
Cost of Female vs Male Hair Restoration
When adding doctor fees for consultations, a typical 1-year hair loss treatment at NuBody Concepts has a baseline cost of $1,350. With labs and biopsies typically covered by insurance, this leaves all medication (oral and topical) as well as possible PRP injections and hair transplant surgery as an extra expense about the baseline. Dr. Reed will discuss the scope of these expenses during your evaluation.
Our male patients on average pay $7,900 for a hair transplant, or anywhere from $4,900 to $9,900 depending on the number of grafts. Not all female hair loss treatments require surgery, which means that on average most women have a lower out of pocket expense for their treatment. It is also spaced out over the course of a year, which helps with financing.
Larger one-time expenses as needed, such as for PRP or FUE hair restoration, are eligible for zero interest medical financing plans through one of our lenders.
We hope that we have given you a better understanding of how to budget for your female hair loss treatment. If you have any further questions, please contact our office so that a consultant can give you additional information.
If you have tried other options and nothing has worked, you are in the right place. Dr. Michael Reed and the rest of our Nashville team would love to get to know you and help you regain confidence in your appearance.