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‘‘Bosley isn't the company it pretends to be’’
‘‘It sells surgery like an ordinary product or service’’
‘‘Bosley's medical advice can be based on its own needs’’
DOES IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
Beyond the advertising claims and gimmicks
Many Bosley patients end up shaving their heads or having SMP
What to Expect...
BEHIND THE SCENES
Avoid wasted time or an unexpected outcome
10 Ad Myths:
MISINFORMATION ABOUT BOSLEY AND ITS TREATMENTS
Study finds 90% of patients have thinning hair transplants
also FUE VS. FUT: The Differences
IS IT FOR YOU?
Hair restoration may not solve your problem and can lead to further hassles and expenses.
Bosley recommends patients wear wigs or "hair systems" to make up for the limited results of its surgery.
Getting a hair transplant could be a big mistake (if you believe Bosley's medical director)
STEM CELL TREATMENTS:
"washenik suspects that they’ll be available in the UK and Japan by 2022 or 2023"
stem cell HAIR REPLICATION could make traditional ht surgery at bosley and other clinics a thing of the past (see below)
3 Things to know about HT surgery
Hair restoration still suffers from the same problem it's always had: the limited supply of donor hair
The procedures are invasive, painful, cause scarring, and limit the patient's options for future treatments
Take Your Time
Waiting can offer a better diagnosis, chance for non-invasive options, and the benefits of scientific advances
While it's sometimes marketed as non or minimally invasive FUE can cause damage and scarring to a widespread area.
3 Things to know about Bosley
Bosley puts a high emphasis on sales and marketing and uses salespeople for consulations
NOT BOSLEY DOCTORS
The term "Bosley Physician" is confusing because doctors work for themselves and are not part of Bosley
A guarantee of results misleads the
public and may violate state and federal laws (ISHRS red flag alert)
Surgery can come with negative side effects such as tissue loss, nerve damage, scarring, accelerated hair loss, and pain.
WHAT ADS DON'T TELL YOU
FUE is marketed as a better alternative to invasive FUT surgery but results can be worse. Grafts may only have a 60-70 percent survival rate and can be more prone to die in the long run.
BOSLEY HANDHELD MOTORIZED FUE
Wrong Type of Clinic?
you may want a dermatologist
A hair transplant clinic is not the best place to learn about your hair loss. Dermatologists are specialists in hair and skin and can test, diagnose, and objectively recommend treatments.
A recent study found that 9 out of 10 patients had significant loss of transplanted hair after four years.
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Bosley accounts for about one percent of HT surgeries performed in the world.
WHAT A HAIR TRANSPLANT LOOKS LIKE
"Before and afters" are staged and edited and don't fully disclose the types and numbers of treatments or hair products used.
After results of a 2000+ follicular unit hair transplant using FUE and FUT methods.
HAIR TRANSPLANT FORUM INTL
HTs Could Become Obsolete
Stem cell treatments are called the future of hair restoration although opinions vary on when they might be available. They would avoid much of the pain, destruction and limitations of current methods.
Patients may want to consider if they're willing to commit to a conventional hair transplant that comes with large-scale damage and could harm their chances of benefitting from new science.
Bosley Myths & Misconceptions
It has a permanent solution for hair loss
2 Bosley is special
("The Bosley Difference")
3 Bosley is known for medical advancements
Women make good hair restoration candidates
5 The surgery is minimally invasive
A comprehensive solution for hair loss does not exist. For most HT surgery is a gamble on a partial result and patients must continue using other treatments and drugs.
Bosley does the same type of surgery as many clinics and most of the less invasive treatments and drugs are widely available elsewhere and online.
Bosley copies methods invented by other doctors
and has been slow to adapt to new techniques.
Most doctors acknowledge that the vast majority of female hair loss is not suitable for surgery.
The surgery always comes with side effects and scarring and can harm your potential to benefit from other treatments.
The Bottom Line:
BOSLEY ISN'T THE COMPANY IT PRETENDS TO BE
or the one portrayed in ads.
This conclusion is based on the following:
From a medical aspect Bosley is an emulator not an innovator and offers the same type of surgery and non-invasive treatments as many places.
Despite making vague inferences to medical advancements it uses methods developed by other physicians.
Doesn't Stand Behind Patients
Bosley says it's not responsible for patient outcomes because it isn't in charge of the doctors, who work independently without any control or supervision.
While it spends large amounts on maintaining its marketing facade and charges high fees it pays the workers who carry out the procedures fast food wages.
The high turnover of these medical assistants counters the notion of a stable and experienced team.
Since doctors are separate from Bosley they may be unaware of the promotions and promises that brought patients to them.
IT SELLS SURGERY like an ordinary product or service
Making the numbers and hitting sales targets is the driving force behind Bosley's business and what it propagates to consumers.
The corporate structure reflects this as 2 of 3 offices employ only salespeople and no medical staff.
Counselors are hired based on their sales track records and are paid on commission as are the doctors.
Bosley encourages impulse buying and making rash decisions about surgery thru simplistic ads, ‘‘limited time’’ offers and in-office sales presentations.
Patients are discouraged from backing out by non-refundable room deposits and may not see a doctor or consent forms until right before surgery.
Bosley is owned by a Japanese wig company called Aderans
Bosley's medical advice can be based on its own needs rather than patients'.
It has often failed to inform patients about new and better treatments so it could keep selling its own offerings.
Bosley publicly denounced Finasteride and hair transplants for women but now agressively markets them.
Advice given by non-medical salespeople (dubbed Counselors) is dangerous and can contradict the doctors.
Ads exaggerate and embellish the potential benefits of treatments while minimizing or not revealing the downsides.
Common Bosley complaints are excessive scarring (L) and inadequate density (R)
Consumers are encouraged to seek out information from many different sources