87 Comments

  1. Ian
    October 12, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    Chris,

    how can I get in touch with you ?

  2. Andrew Walter
    November 17, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    I had the procedure down over a month ago. Everything seemed fine with me. After reading these comments I hope most of my hair comes through. I’ll be pretty upset if most of them don’t. What are some other places to go to, beside Bosley? What are some other methods people would recommend?

  3. John
    January 26, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    I had a bosley procedure done on june 4, 2011. I went in and they kept telling me what my hairline was going to be before i said anything. We agreed that it would be around where i wanted it to be but he finalized it when i was doped up on drugs and of course i smiled and said YEEESSS~~~~. Now its 7 months later and im only seeing a couple hairs on the front of my head and thats it. I had 7,000 transplanted and im not happy bc not many has come in after the few that came in 3 months into it. the hair i do have is very very frizzy and the texture is like that of a brillo pad you use to wash dishes. they tell me to spend another 500$ on getting a hair comb but who the hell knows. all i know is i dont care how much i have on the top of my head bc my hairline looks stupid and its too damn high.

  4. Rashad
    February 1, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    I had a three separate procedures done by Bosley Medical in Boston on Boylston street. The first surgery was done at age 21, and the subsequent two surgeries at ages 23 and 25. My hair was considerably thinning at the front (at such a young age!) but I had very thick hair in the donor area (and still do).

    I am now 37 years old. My scalp is flexible, I have thankfully not had some of the issues which I’ve read about in some comments above, I do take Propecia, and I see that the hair remaining on the top of my head is that which has been transplanted when I was younger.

    I am thankful for having done the procedure, and I do believe it was a Dr. Johnson in Boston Bosley who did mine. I highly recommend you research the credentials of your doctor and do not get your surgery done in smaller cities with lesser known physicians. Above all, be realistic, and although I remain with a full head of hair, it is not full like that of a 16 year old, nor would I want it to be.

  5. Rashad
    February 1, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    And by the way, do not count on seeing much hair growth during the first year. The first couple of months what hair was transplanted (seen as shaved stubble) fell, my scalp itched considerably as my nerves regenerated, especially after showers, and the hair growth didn’t occur until 6-7 months later. Then you factor in normal/slow growth time, so it takes about 9-10 months before you see any hair at all. I would say give it a solid year, that is why I waited over a year between transplants–and it was a decision well made.

  6. Dan
    February 9, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    Wow,
    I just found this site tonight and am terrified because i have a set transplant with Bosely in Chicago. I am however meeting the surgeon the day before the surgey to ask some questions. Has anyone done this procedure in Chicago with Bosely? Any advice is appreciated!
    Thanks

  7. Athena
    February 11, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    For anyone considering this procedure, STAY AWAY FROM FINASTERIDE/PROPECIA!!! Bosley in Beverly Hills as of October, 2011 is still telling patients FALSELY that only 2% of patients have severe, and I do mean severe, sexual side effects and that stopping the medication reverses it…
    In a direct conversation with the FDA they said it happens to approximately 38% of patients who take it and MIGHT NOT BE REVERSIBLE…think about that, please…would you rather have hair or a sex life? Seriously. And not only could you have devastating sexual side effects, sometimes after only a few doses of finasteride, other side effects are terrible as well…right now this is being referred to as Post Finasteride Syndrome (go to PropeciaHelp.com)…I have a friend that this happened to and he can no longer work…he has horrible brain fog, never feels well, spends most of his time in bed…he can’t sleep…his skin has changed…he suffers emotional blunting…the list is extensive…EDUCATE YOURSELVES…DO NOT TAKE FINASTERIDE UNLESS YOU’RE WILLING TO SACRIFICE NOT ONLY YOUR SEX LIFE BUT YOUR LIFE AS YOU KNOW IT…

  8. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    February 15, 2012 @ 3:36 am

    While there has been a lot in the media lately regarding the side effects of finasteride, it’s important to note that Propecia has been used effectively by many thousands of men for the treatment of male pattern hair loss since it was first approved in 1997.

    Though many questions have arisen regarding its safety, based on years of real-world experience, most hair restoration physicians still recommend Propecia to their male hair loss patients.

    We are keeping abreast of the latest developments and, until such tame as the FDA reverses its approval of Propecia, we have seen no evidence to contradict their original finding.

    For more recent Propecia news, see the following articles:

    Federal Consolidation of Lawsuits Against Hair Loss Drug Propecia (Finasteride)

    Can Treating Hair Loss with Propecia (Finasteride) Lead to Permanent Sexual Side Effects?

    Japanese Study Finds Propecia (Finasteride) Safe and Effective for Treating Male Hair Loss

    David

  9. Steve
    February 23, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    I had a consultation with one of the Bosley counslers in Chicago and it felt like i was pressured to have the procedure for “only” $12000.I wanted to be given options but NO this was the only one for me.When i ask them about the shampoo they sell,i was told that it would help the top of my head and not the front which i needed.My hair is getting thin on the front.Not too noticeble but i want to take a step in preventing it from falling off.During the consultation she kept repeating how my hair is gonna go away and how uncomforatble i will feel and i shouldn’t wait i MUST do the procedure!

  10. Brian
    March 5, 2012 @ 12:40 am

    I recently had the hair transplant procedure performed at the Bosley Denver Office on 3/1/12. The Dr.,technicians and nurse all worked very professionally in my opinion. The procedure did take the entire day and 2600 grafts were used. After reviewing other options for correcting my hair loss problem, I concluded that this procedure made the most sense and would generate the best possible results. I can’t say at this time how the results will be because it takes one year for complete results to be achieved. So, it is my sincere hope that the procedure works as well as the Dr. and patient testimonials have stated. For those concerned about the actual pain involved during the procedure, the procedure to numb the scalp caused the most discomfort, but was certainly tolerable, on a 1-10 scale, I’d give it a 5-6 rating and it lasted for approximaately 30 minutes.

  11. G. Robert
    March 17, 2012 @ 2:37 am

    I have had the procedure done at a Bosley facility in San Diego County that was at the time a company called Medical Hair Restoration. The surgeon was Dr. Melvin Mayer.
    I am pleased with my hair transplant, I had shopped Bosley and I will say nothing written above is a surprise.
    Dr. Mayer is very artistic, but in consultation encouraged a very aggressive hairline, day of procedure spoke of a change in his approach to conservative hairline enhancement, but I told him I wanted the more aggressive approach, which he took.
    I have a beautiful hairline, can’t detect surgery and filled nicely where I noticed it most. I can’t say the same about the top/back (crown), the doctor felt that some of the shock caused some extra loss back there. Had the procedure in August 2008 and after consultations, began to insist on getting copies of the surgeons CV (resume). Since Bosley wouldn’t let me choose my doctor and I read some of the background on their lawsuits, I decided to go with a company that would allow me to choose the doctor I wanted. I also insisted on meeting the doctor prior to the procedure. I am 55 now, and have a much younger head of hair and a lot more confidence. It is absolutely NOT all that I was hoping for, and if I could afford it would have another procedure.
    I paid by the graft $3.60. $10,500. total, over 2800 grafts.
    Dr. Mayer was incredibly personable, knowledgeable, capable. His front office girl was a bitch. Tried Propecia and have never had less interest in sex, quit that in a hurry, gave it away. It hurt my soul to lose my interest in sex, that was one of the reasons for the procedure, to be more confident and feel more attractive to enhance my sex life. And that has worked.
    The consultant did exhibit the car salesman approach, I have recommended this to a much younger friend who had the procedure with the same doctor. I did not like the hustle that the consultant put my friend through, however he made it clear he was ready to go right away which is, well…young. He looks better, takes Propecia, uses Rogaine, but needs more hair. His sex life is nil.
    I will continue to shop while saving for additional grafts, look up your doctor on websites, read and study every thing you can on this, it is extremely important. I advise you to know who your doctor is and insist on speaking with him prior to the surgery. It is foolish to go to Bosley and never even know the background of your surgeon. I began to read about the Bosley doctors and some of them were not specialized in this field. Dr. Mayer is considered an artist and has prestigious awards, he also has a great head of hair and was voted most bald at his ten year high school reunion.
    Best of luck.

  12. Edward
    April 12, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I went to Bosley in Boca Raton and got 800 grafts. The Dr. was supposed to be one of the “best ” in his field but now have two HUGE scars still five years later where they took the 800 grafts from “donor area”. I have gone back to show them and they said they needed to do a complete scar revision. I asked if when I do it can I get maybe some transplants done for a cheaper rate because of their mistake. Instantlly they saw $$$$ signs and had a salesman in taking to me about a new $11000 surgury! They couldnt care less about their patients. I have since found a great surgeon charging me less than half and they arent about salesmen! I think the Bosley Dr. is now in Los Angeles so WATCH OUT! Unless U r planning to have your hairloss not noticed because instead everyone is now staring at your as my friend calls it “BUTCHERED SCARS”!!!

  13. John N
    May 9, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    I had a procedure done in October 2011 by Dr. Alpeter in the NY office. 8 months later my hair looks basically the same as it did before the procedure. I called Bosley yesterday (May 8th 2012) to ask if I could make an appointment to see if this was normal or not. I immediately received the pat answer that it takes six months and to be patient. I had to to the guy that October to May is 8 months. He then agreed to make an appointment for me, telling me that the first available appointment was May 31. I said that it should take no more than 5 minutes for somebody to tell me whether or not this is normal. Still they would not budge, saying that 5/31 is the soonest appointment. I took a picture of my scalp and emailed it to the salesman Ali Afsharpour as well as to the main address (bosley@bosley.com) and have not heard back.

    At the moment I think this is the biggest ripoff I have ever been duped into in my life. I have been reading about the laser comb and it seems like people are getting good results with it, without drugs or surgery. At first the laser comb seems expensive at about $500 but it certainly does not compare to the $8,000 that I paid to Bosley for basically zero results. I wish I would have at least tried the laser comb before believing that surgery was the answer.

    Another concern I have is that I have been reading that taking Propecia can increase my chances of getting prostate cancer. Dr. Alpeter never mentioned this to me. I have been taking it since the surgery and just found this out this past week as I began to search the internet for answers.

    I am still waiting to find out what the people at Bosley will eventually tell me. When asked if I had any questions about the procedure I said that I had one question: “What if it doesn’t work?” I was assured that it was “guaranteed”. Let’s see what they mean by that. I certainly don’t want to undergo another pointless, unnecessary surgery. What I really want is my money back.

  14. John N
    May 9, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    p.s. “I had to to the guy that October to May is 8 months.” Should read: I had to tell the guy that October to May is 8 months.

    Thank you

  15. Jason
    June 13, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    I have the problem of a receeding hairline, and my hair in the front is thin not thick.
    It was reccomended to use Propecia, or Rogaine. Has Propecia proven to be successful restoring thinning hair, and a receeding hairline?
    Are there any reccomended places for Hair Transplants that aren’t Bosley?

  16. Laylas
    June 29, 2012 @ 2:10 am

    There are several problems with this article. First of all, Bosley is most definitely not still using the old techniques the author is referring to. Secondly, as a medical professional, I can tell you that for any procedure you ever have you want the person who does it to do it EXCLUSIVELY ALL THE TIME, not some random doc in a box down the street who picked it up and has no colleagues to confirm with. Plus, you can always research the Bosley doc that is within Bosley. And I personally think it is AMAZING that the man who started Bosley continues to work with his patients at his age, if it was about the money HE WOULD BE IN BORA BORA having a drink!! And for the price, lets not forget-you pay for what you get. The doc down the street may be cheaper, and for good reason. Graft placement is an art and a science that is developed over time and experience. My husband just had this procedure done in California and the care, detail, follow up, patient education and support were top notch. So they advertise, who cares? That money gets spread around into research and is ultimately beneficial to the patients. The article is correct in one thing, do your research on the topic–then you will be able to see that the rationale by this author is not based in anything other than ignorant opinion.

  17. JT
    July 8, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    Gien the fact I just got spammed by an ad for Bosley, I would say away from ANY company that uses that form of promotion!!!!!

  18. Nissan
    July 15, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    Thanks for the article! I’m about to do it in NY with Dr. Alpeter. John N, how can I get in touch with you? Thanks!

  19. Dan
    September 22, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    I am considering doing it next month at a Bosley in Chicago. I am curious to know how the other Dan in Chicago fared at Bosley for his hair transplant?

  20. Jack
    September 24, 2012 @ 3:00 am

    I come from a respected family of MD’S
    Iam not a doctor as my family tree. I am a musician, my point is DO NOT GO THREW A HT ESPECIALLY WiTH BOSLEY
    THIS ADVICE FROM MY MD FAMILY..Like your self and enjoy life. You will die someday, your hair is not what makes who you are. P.S I am thin on top but my hot looking gf is my gf.

  21. Stephen
    November 16, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    Pretty good read on whether Bosley (or any hair transplant surgery for that matter) is right for you.

    If you scroll down about half-way you’ll find something a bit concerning though:

    “The nice thing about the hair afterwards is that in the vast majority of cases, it is going to be there for the rest of your life. While there have been some cases of people losing a little bit of their transplanted hair many years down the road, for the most part, this isn’t a problem.”

    That’s sort of troubling, “in the vast majority of cases”. When you spend that sort of money, you really shouldn’t wonder whether or not it’s going to last…

  22. Caroline
    November 22, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    I used the Bosley system ( shampoo, conditioner and after cleansing foam)
    My sister and I both used it for a number of weeks
    And we both found the the product actually made
    Our hair fall out. Would not recommend this product.

  23. Samson
    December 1, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    I had a Bosley HT about 10 yrs ago in ATL and just today had my 2nd HT at the Bosley clinic in Chicago. 800 grafts then and almost twice that today. I was very pleased fir years then and will probably be pleased again. The surgeon today was conscientious and confident (a trained plastic surgeon). Sure, the grafts were placed by techs, but at his direction. I asked how long they had been doing this and the 3 techs had almost 30 years combined experience. This wasn’t their first rodeo. There is NO ONE stopping you from asking questions about experience, complications, outcomes, etc. Remember, it is YOUR responsibility to ask questions. Time will tell about the final results of this procedure but I’m confident it will be fine. I am also a physician BTW. To everyone out there thinking about doing this….remember your mileage will vary depending on multiple factors. If you aren’t comfortable with a sales pitch or somehow feel the doc isn’t on his game, YOU can abort. Give them a chance to allay your fears/concerns, but if something’s not right then don’t go through with it or it will haunt you forever, especially if your results are suboptimal. In my experience you want someone who is EXPERIENCED and has a SURGICAL background. These are absolutes in my book and should be in yours too. Best of luck to those who research options and elect to proceed with HT, whether it is with Bosley or elsewhere.

  24. Thomas
    December 24, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    I went to Bosely in Seattle and had the transplant procedure done on 01/02/2012. I paid $10,000 for 2200 grafts. It’s now December, and after nearly a year I can only say that it has been totally and completely worth it. I’m 55 years old and I now have more hair, and a lower hairline than I ever had before. The people who know that I had the procedure done are amazed at the results. I would highly recomend Bosely to anyone. They were very proffesional, had a modern facility, excelent staff, and the results have been really really good. Fantastic actually. And that’s no BS.

  25. Lee
    December 30, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    I had two treatments at Bosley and the first one didn’t really take so they did another one – charged me both times. The second one didn’t work right either and they haven’t returned my call or email! Interested in knowing a lawyer who is handling class action requests?

  26. James
    January 25, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    I was first introduced to hair transplant by a friend who had seen the Bosley infomercials but I went on the internet and did more research about the different hair transplantation techniques and the results. I found that patients from other clinics actually had much better results. I found the following clinics to be very reliable from my research.

    – Dr. Rahal – Ottawa, Canada
    – Hasson & Wong – Vancouver, Canada
    – Dr. Alan Feller – New York

  27. lane
    April 1, 2013 @ 4:28 am

    Dub.ia
    Anyone recently have hair a transplant at the Chicago Bosley office? I have an appt schexuled and was curious about their doctor and techs

  28. Shiv
    April 12, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    I did it there just last week with Dr. Terence O’Hare. It was a professional team, the techs that did the transplants were nice. They allow you to watch video while they work on you, and give you lunch and are pretty kind and decent and VERY considerate. They were competent and hardworking folk…

    I did not get a discount due to an office error, but they offered to redo the charge, so that was fair. Make sure that you communicate what you have paid for to reserve a room [$500 should do it] VERY clearly and at the start…before they process the financing.

    If you are going to the N. Michigan street office, I suggest that you understand where the place is, because it was not intuitive [on Huron street from a luxury hotel entrance]. So go there at least an hour in advance [2 hours if it is rush hour] because I had to find it… They do validate the car park ticket, so make sure to have it validated at the front office to save yourself good $$ in parking fees.

    Overall, it was a decent level of service with knowledgeable folk. The doctor was kind and appeared to be experienced and answered questions, though not necessarily as much as I would have liked. But he was direct and appeared honest, and has a lot of experience in this field…

    I do recommend that you get a prescription from your doctor for Propecia, and also request him to double the strong pain killer dosage [from 12 to 24 tablets], because the Ibuprofen that they also supply did not work. The first 2 days do require the medication, but be careful about overdosing because the medicine can cause drowsiness and may make you throw up.

    I had my sutures removed two days early [after 7 days] and this time there was another doctor who checked my healing before the nurse undid the sutures. That doctor was simply great: warm, knowledgeable and articulate. He gave great information and was encouraging.

    Now of course…we have to see the end results. But the old hair may fall off and the follicles need a long time to heal – like 3 to 5 months before they grow new hair.

    The whole deal is professionally handled. They give it all in a nicely packaged form, so it is convenient. They also do listen to a survey that they send in after the procedure.

    Overall…a good experience, but hair transplants are not a particularly easy thing. You have to follow a lot of procedures after the surgery to maintain wounds and the scalp. After the sutures are removed, you ought to be a whole lot better.

    Be prepared to pay past $10,000 for 2000 grafts. They do finance but may need 20% down, and the cost can be closer to $400 per month for 2 years. Cheaper deals are also there – depends on your credit report of course. Once they approve, the approval stays for 3 months.

  29. Frankie S.
    April 28, 2013 @ 3:51 am

    This is my first time on this site, I’m seriously considering Bosley, but since I’m a college student, I’m hesitating on even making the call because I’m still paying for tuition, books, etc. and that’s pricey as it is. Looking at the cost of Bosley kind of freaks me out. $10,000 is not doable for this poor college student. How do payment plans work? I’m considering doing this in Salt Lake City, Utah. It really is a huge insecurity I have. Everyday I look in the mirror and become a little more depressed. It seems like every time I wash my hair a bigger portion of my scalp is showing. I’ve been masking the hair loss with a spray (like those halloween sprays) to keep it from looking so bald, it’s been working in masking it but it’s causing everything in my bathroom to have a film of spray. I think it may also be contributing to the speed at which my hair is being lost. I tried another product that masks the loss (a powder), it worked well too, but it was a little expensive to purchase as much as I was, for as little as the bottle contained, that’s why I went to the spray which is like $2 a bottle. It smells terrible and I hate using it, but paying $2 per can is more appealing than $10,000. So if there’s anyone that’s been to the Salt Lake City center, could you tell me your results/experience and if you’re happy or not? Also how long do the restorations last and is the cost the same every time? I’m a little nervous about the scaring and all that.

  30. Liza
    June 13, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that moves individual hair follicles from a part of the body called the ‘donor site’ to bald or balding part of the body known as the ‘recipient site’. It is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness. Thus modern hair transplantation can achieve a natural appearance by mimicking nature hair.

  31. Dilip Singh
    June 21, 2013 @ 6:30 am

    I was just thinking about the tranplant but it costs a lot and surgical methods are so scary for me and was just searching over the internet and found a product Minoxidil. I tried it as I tried so many products but found it really so useful. In just 4-5 days I saw that new hair were growing in the bald area and finally in just 6 months my head was full of hair. I advise everyone to try it once before other treatments at the above mentioned site as they are so helpful and will give a better advise as the type of your problem.

  32. The Victim
    February 7, 2014 @ 11:27 pm

    Hi,
    I do not know Bosely and I had some good feedback about them. However, I know very well ALI AFSHARPOUR working at Bosely. I just can tell you to avoid him.
    My experience with Afsharpour was a DISASTER.
    As I know he is not from any MEDCIAL or Para-medical education. Just be careful with Ali Afsharpour. I can not mention here what I know about that person due to “personal reasons” but JUST AVOID ALI AFSHARPOUR.

  33. Bob
    March 18, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

    Hello. I had my first procedure done at the Bosley SF office in 2006 and was very pleased with the results. I recently had a second procedure done at the same office with the same physician. Dr. Terrence Aragoni was both professional and kind. I had great experiences with them both times and would highly recommend them. The staff was friendly at all times and the procedure itself was not a big deal. The worst part about it was the administering of the local anesthetics. Other than that I couldn’t feel a thing.

  34. vla1
    August 11, 2014 @ 6:13 am

    Only two weeks ago I had a follicular transplantation surgery performed by Dr. Angela Phipps of Bosley in Raleigh, NC. I felt comfortable with her, and am following carefully her instructions for post-operative care and healing. All is going well in these first two weeks, and it does not seem I will have any scarring at all in the donor area. Surprisingly good results for now.I am hopeful that Dr. Phipps’ 8th month review will reveal great results.

  35. Richard
    September 18, 2014 @ 12:04 am

    I visited the office of Bosley in Austin Tx. I informed them of a medical procedure i had on my head that was not hair related. Consultant did not inquire or research the procedure and told me i was a good candidate for the surgery and we scheduled an operation date. 2 weeks went by and i was really excited at the possibility of getting my hair back. I get to Houston for the procedure, check in to a hotel, miss 2 days of work, only to have the doctor inform me he couldnt perform the procedure due to my other operation. A lot of time , hope and lost money could have been saved if Casey Miller at the Austin Tx Bosley consultation center had just called the doctor in Houston and dove a little deeper into my previous surgery or mabye used google or asked me more details. My point is, a lot of hassle could have been avoided if people had done their job. Some would get fired in other fields for making a mistake that cost someone that amount of trouble. I have nothing negative to say about Bosley. I do however have plenty of negative things to say about their consultant Casey Miller at the Austin Tx facility.

  36. Vivek
    June 3, 2015 @ 8:24 am

    There is no working solution of hair loss except hair transplant that costs too much. Only Minoxidil is FDA aproved drug that helps a little. Just got to know it at minoxidil15express.com that helped me a lot to know about the drug.

  37. Max
    November 10, 2015 @ 3:20 pm

    I had my H/T-FUT done in Aug-2015. I am in my late 40’s and I was not happy with my hair big time. I stay in shape and I have a young face. Personally some guys look good bald, I wouldn’t look good period. The hardest thing for me was the phone call. I actually hated looking in the mirror.. What the heck is happening to my looks and hair :(??? I made an apt. with the NYC office. Met with Ken B. I did some homework on h/t’s and doctors blah-blah.. Bosely was running a special/rebate. After consulting with Ken I took the leap of faith. Ken wasn’t pushy or abrasive. He answered my questions etc..etc. He said I was a norwood class 5+- Not good and I think I was in denial how bad it was. I met with Dr. D Alpeter. I liked his demeanor and character immediately. Had the H/T done the following week. I needed over 2200 grafts and some. Cost $10,100. Surgery went well-great staff. Dr. A made me comfortable at all times during the surgery. A true professional in my book. Surgery in morning, finishing 3-30pm. For me, the first month 1/2 was a little painful and discomfort. On FIN and 5% Rogaine at night. Have some shedding here and there, But after 2 months I see new hairs and my old hair is coming back:)))). I AM VERY PLEASED FOR NOW. I suggest do not use hair cover ups topics. I’ve tried the powder version and dermmatch. YOU WILL LOOSE MORE HAIR USING THIS PRODUCTS IN TIME. Ask me how do I know. :(((( Let me repeat what I said earlier, I am currently happy with my early/results with Bosely. I actually like looking in the mirror now:))). GL

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