Does Bosley Really Work?

Does Bosley Really Work?
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Does Bosley really work?You might be familiar with the Bosley company as they’re no strangers to running advertisements on TV. This is not your ordinary hair loss product, this is actually hair transplants in which they take hair from the sides and back of your scalp and move them to the places where you need them. But everyone knows a botched hair transplant is often worse than being bald. So does Bosley produce quality results?

Bosley Medical has been in the business of helping men restore the look of their hair for over three decades now. Safe to say that this is no fly-by-night business and they must be doing something right in order to stay afloat for so long. Most people are familiar with the Hair Club for Men, their main competitor because of the commercials with the guy that cities not only the president but also a client. Bosley offers similar services and products.

The Claim
The claim made by Bosley is that they’ll be able to restore your hair to its original condition by transporting follicles that are known to grow your whole life to the top of your head where your hair is thinning. The procedure can be rather extensive, with anywhere from 600 to 3000 grafts taking place depending on how bad your condition is.

The Hype
There is not much hype involved with Bosley, because many people write it off as being too expensive and not something they can justify. It does seem that this procedure is geared towards men that have tried everything else and are willing to spend a small fortune on restoring their hairline to its original place. The commercials provide some hype, but they do well to avoid over exaggerating the kind of results you’ll see. They have gotten into some trouble by understating exactly what the procedure entails in regards to pain and suffering.

The Cost
This is one of those products where the saying “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” comes into play. Although they have a payment plan that can put you in the $150-$250 ballpark per month, the overall treatment can cost over $10,000. If your hair is very important to you, like it is with most men, this might seem worth it if it provides the results promised by the before-and-after pictures in the ads.

The Commitment
Aside from the financial commitment you’ll also have to show up to receive the treatments. This is not a one-shot deal where you just walked in and they replace everything in one day. Is done in phases so that your hair has time to heal between visits. If you are a busy guy you might find it rather inconvenient to go to the office so many times. However with the price you’re paying, most men find the time to have it done.

When a product has to justify a $10,000 price tag it had better deliver. Being in business well over 30 years there really isn’t a possibility that Bosley doesn’t work. There’d be a large uprising of disgruntled customers demanding their money back for a lousy job done on their heads. Of course, there will be those patients that could not be helped by the Bosley method, but overall it must be effective.

It’s easy to find negative reviews for something like this because results will vary from person to person and from surgeon to surgeon. There is no one surgeon that is doing every single operation, and not every man has the same scalp condition and overall health.

As technology improves the method can get more and more streamlined and work on a smaller scale. As long as Bosley stays current with the new technologies that emerge the results should get better and better. They also combine their transplants with products that contain minoxidil and scalp cleansers to make sure that the newly grafted hair follicles take root and stay put for years to come.

Complaints and Controversy
It is important to note that Bosley Medical is not without its fair share of criticism and court cases. Any company that has been in the business world as long as they have is bound to have people saying they were taken advantage of or that they’re not conducting business properly. Many of the complaints were with the type of advertising they do, and the kind of claims they make which some say misrepresents the actual procedure.

Final Bosley Review

There’s no way to say with any definitive proof whether or not Bosley works. This is a rather expensive coin flip that could go either way. It can’t hurt to get a consultation to see what kind of information you can gather about your own personal situation. Of course they will try to sell you on getting the procedure done, but they can’t force you to do it, and at least you’ll know where you stand in relation to how many grafts you’ll need.

Our Recommendation
We would recommend going with Bosley only if you tried other hair loss treatments with no success, and have a rather large bankroll. This is the closest thing you’ll ever get to turning back the clock in regards to your hair. When you use hair growth treatments like Rogaine you have to keep using them indefinitely to maintain whatever results they provide. With something like Bosley your hair should continue to grow like natural and match her hair color exactly for the rest of your life.

What do you think? Does Bosley work or not?


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Robert Wolfe April 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

Real Men Go Bald – Shaving your head is an act of boldness.

Men With Shaved Heads Appear More Dominant, Study Finds:

Men shaved bald perceived to be better leaders:

It’s funny that both these articles use Bruce Willis as there main photo for these articles… There are so many other bald actors they could have used.


Alexander marquez October 10, 2016 at 5:25 pm

I paid $6500 for 2000 graphs and was told it would solve the minor thining spiral problem. I also purchased the laser comb. I saw no change, not even a little ever. 1yr after surgery I tried to resolve this & went to the office and was turned away. Tried to sell me something else.. Now ontop of the hair thinning problem that hasn’t changed, I now have a huge scar that draws the wrong attention. I get questioned a lot, it’s embarrassing. The money loss paying for a scar and not getting any results….the recovery… all the looks I get… bosley not only did not have a good service that works. The robbery seeing the procedure did not work. Bosley did not improve my life style. They damaged my appearance and affected my entire physical life so negatively I wrote this and will be looking to take this further… do I really need a lawyer for people to do right? Just shows the respect and trust you can have for this company..


sloan January 10, 2016 at 10:27 pm

just some info you may or may not want to elude to or advise of:
I had hair transplants 30 years ago, when I had them , it was mostly for the front hairline, they worked fine in restoring the hairline, 30 years later, that hair loss has progressed mid scalp. yes the hairline is still there but real thin hair behind it, I comb it and stick it in place so it covers fairly well, but lots of people never think about what will happen to their hair loss 10,20 or 30 years down the road. also, as you age, your hair doesn’t stay healthy and luxurious , it gets dry and brittle. hair transplants do not fix that. I’m not bald but I don’t have a youthful head of hair either. just some insights from a guy who spent 10 grand 30 years ago with the expectation that I would have youthful hair for the rest of my life.


unhappy camper February 17, 2016 at 2:05 am

(For those reading: feel free to post this elsewhere to warn others.)
I had a hair transplant procedure done at Bosley over two years ago. I waited until now to write this, because everywhere I looked I found that most people who were not seeing results from their procedure were told to practice patience, that with time the results will come. Needless to say, I practiced patience, but the results never came.
I went in thinking I was making an informed decision. I had done a bit of research prior to my consultation. Every time I came across a review or complaint by a dissatisfied client, I read responses to such reviews and complaints. The responses always indicated that this customer’s experience was unusual and not typical and that the majority of transplants were very successful with a high yield of results. I searched various sources for information and felt confident in my decision. In hindsight I realize that maybe desperation played a role in the weight I placed on the responses I read. But I realize now, that the places where I thought I was reading reliable information, I was merely stepping into trap after trap that convinced me to act with such a terrible decision.
A decision that has cost me both a lot of money, and a lot of hair. The area where they remove the hair to be transplanted to thinning/balding areas, becomes scarred and that hair never returns. They don’t just remove the hairs, they remove a chunk of your scalp.
The people they have speaking to customers during consultations are not physicians. Yet, they do what only physicians are supposed to do including examining patients, making a diagnosis, and recommending the next course of action.
If you decide to go forth with your procedure despite the warnings, be prepared to say goodbye to a good chunk of change, and a good chunk of your hair and scalp.
If Bosley is good at one thing, it is MARKETING. I wish it was hair transplants that they were good at, but it’s not. Good advertizing does not equal to good results.
They also told me to continuously apply minoxidil 5% even after the procedure. That should have been enough of a red flag for me but it wasn’t. I could have bypassed the entire procedure altogether and simply applied minoxidil, but my judgment was clearly clouded at the time.
I’ve complained to Bosley, and they’ve offered me a second procedure for free, but I will not make the same mistake twice.


joseph rodridrguez June 17, 2016 at 8:18 am

So I jus this done yesterday (June 16, 2016) this is my 2nd my first was back in 2009 and yes it did make “huge” difference the first time.

Since then I have lost my native (hair that was not replaced), well most of it on the top leaving behind approximately 95% of the 1792 hair follicles so i say it worked great that is why i decided to go back. What I learned this time around is stay proactive on the maintenance. You have several choices.

Here is the website:

No yesterday they put in about 1600 grafts and I am excited once again that I will get my hair back. I am happy and yes their will be people who will complain, but keep in mind if Bosley was not the real deal, after 30 years they would be been out of business by now or they would have not opened new locations over this time.

Look at the end of the day, if you want to improve your hair and the things you tried does not work then this is a great option. My son told me before had the 2nd procedure “Dad this is like a boob job for men”. He’s 20 and a thick head of hair and has a way with words. The best of luck to whatever you do but just research ask all the questions you have. It’s your money and your hair.


mike moran July 22, 2016 at 11:00 pm

In December of 2013, I had 1900 grafts and paid $8950 for my hair graft procedure at Bosley.
I met with Dr Lorenz and he walked me through the procedure that he would perform. To my surprise, Dr Lorenz of Bosley allowed technicians to perform the grafts instead himself. I would have utilized a different company instead of Bosley if I thought the board certified Doctor would not even perform the hair transplant. The cut in
the back of my head was very long and remained numb for a year and one half. To my complete disappointment very few of the grafts took hold and my hairline is much the same prior to the surgery. Obviously the procedure performed by the Bosley technicians was a disaster for me with such a minimal improvement to the thickness of my hair. I reviewed all the pictures that Bosley provided on their website and unfortunately based on my experience I must assume that all the pictures are false. I have friends that have had a hair transplant with other companies with great success.

I would highly recommend that if you are considering a hair procedure that you steer clear of Bosley so you can avoid my terrible experience. I feel as though Bosley simply stole $8950 for me.

Mike Moran


Adam September 4, 2016 at 12:15 am

Why would you even bother with this sort of shit? Maybe its an american vanity thing… Ive had blading thin hair since I was about 22. Im 31 now. Obviously id like to know what id look like with hair and trying different styles would be cool, but shaved properly a balding head can look fine. Its part of being a man, it doesn’t bother me at all, but then I have a decent face, if I was butt ugly maybe id feel different.

London UK


Smart money December 11, 2016 at 8:37 am

Thank you men and women above.
I will not be investing in bosley. I will listen and not give my money.
I will continue with my accepted hairline and ask god to make me look younger and fuller in heaven.

Bless you all.
Smart money in my pocket.


Muliner NYC January 31, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Hey Everybody!!

So i just turned 44 and I’ve been contemplating some sort of hair replacement for 15 years. I used to have a decent head of hair til i was about 25. I used that spray on hair that basically spray paints your hair for over 5 years. Crazy, right? I feel like I’ve always felt more confident when ive had hair or some sort of cover up. Anyway, i have a bald spot in the back of my head and a little bit of thinning in the front. I usually just shave my head. I guess i want to know if Bosley or Hair Club for Men really truly has any chance of working? My hair isnt going to fall out anymore. Whats gone is gone. I’d just really like to get that bald spot to regrow or have hair. Is there any way or is it a lost cause? I’m completely ok w being bald, but if there was a shot of getting that hair back, gosh, that would be sweet! Any comments or ideas? Thank you.


J Gray May 19, 2017 at 5:45 am

I am very frustrated by how stupid I was for going to Dr. Bosley, I knew the Asian man on their commercial’s, Roger completely let me down, I work with him at a company in Van Nuys. He only talked about his looks when he was young, he should have let me know that he had gone through several procedure’s, he never clued me into this part. You look at him, he is fairly bald, then he has a full head of hair as do the other’s on their commercial’s, the sad thing is it never dawned on me that there was more to what had to be done, I have more hair than him, that is the sad and frustrating thing here. The other disturbing thing is they put a person’s hair line at a point that will never be in the realm of restoring a person’s hair to a natural look, you pull it back, you have a high forehead and see it looks bad, so why spend thousands on their procedures ? I wish I had gone to someone who was honest and would not lie about what they were after, milking me for more money, that still would not give me the look Roger got, he is also not reachable and out of state, I let them know he was my contact, big mistake as Rachel who worked there is also gone, I wish my 13 thousand was back in my pocket, at least I did not have them sucker me into a second procedure – Good Luck if you give them a try, wasted money to me.


Jim Meil July 4, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Bosley are the biggest crooks out there. My self and 3 other people I know got the same results. No results, they are the biggest con artist. They’re just good sales people. In other words, biggest bullshitters. Don’t believe anything they tell you. You only pay for a huge scar and a bunch of rude arrogant doctors to tell you lies. Bosley has to be the most immoral and disgusting company I’ve ever dealt with.


Army August 21, 2017 at 11:50 pm

Wow. After reading Yelp reviews, one might think Bosley is great!. Obviously Yelp is compromised. It’s all in the genes folks.


Jolee August 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Thank you people I will not spend a penny there.


Shannon November 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm

It’s been a year since I conducted my treatment in San Diego with Bosley. 1458 grafts for 6,000. Best money I ever spent. Full restored hairline in one treatment. I was told all results are not this good but for me it was a great experience. No more sunglasses on the head to hide my receding hairline. I continue to take the finistride daily. One tiny pill. Highly recommend. I was so nervous after reading all of the negative views and though it was not real. It’s great. Would’ve spent triple to be more confident. Great team at dr Mayer’s office.


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