Online Hair Loss Subscriptions: Facts from Myths
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine has become more popular than ever. Even if you can’t make it to the doctor, telemedicine allows you to video chat with a healthcare provider using your laptop, tablet, or phone, giving you quick access to medical guidance.
But while telemedicine has traditionally been associated with providing access to primary care physicians or specialists, the format has also recently been adopted by the hair loss industry, offering a way for patients to meet with hair loss professionals from the comfort of their own home to provide guidance on how to preserve or regrow their hair.
Telemedicine and Hair Loss Subscription Plans
Telemedicine is covered by most health insurance companies. But since hair loss is not a covered condition in most health plans, many companies have created their own solutions to provide direction and products via telemedicine.
These subscription plans allow you to consult with a licensed healthcare provider who will collect information regarding your health, medical history, and lifestyle. Typically, online hair loss subscription services operate as follows:
- Answer a questionnaire regarding your health, medical, and lifestyle history
- Based on your responses, the service generates a number of plans to fit your needs and/or budget. The plan will consist of what product/medicine the service has deemed appropriate and the frequency at which it will be delivered to you (usually offered either monthly or quarterly)
- Once you select a plan, your order is put in front of a licensed healthcare provider for approval
- Your subscription begins
The Pros and Cons of Buying Hair Loss Products Online
Online hair loss subscription services are attractive for a number of reasons.
Patients are seeking guidance. If you’ve ever done your own research on hair loss, you know that hair loss is complex and professional guidance, like most medical conditions, is a necessity for proper and effective treatment. Telemedicine offers an easier way to get in front of a healthcare provider.
The stigma associated with hair loss and cosmetic procedures, especially amongst men, often prevents patients from seeking in-person help. The telemedicine approach offers a greater deal of anonymity with no in-person visits and unbranded delivery boxes.
There’s no doubt that people love online shopping. And with subscription services in particular, product is reliably delivered to your door, on a date chosen by you. Pair this level of convenience with a competitive pricing structure and it’s no surprise that these online hair loss subscription services have done so well.
We’re living in the COVID-19 era, and after this we will be living in the post-COVID-19 era. It’s safe to say they world will probably never go back to the way we once did things. Contactless services will be sought after by consumers, if not preferred, even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
But before you rush out and sign up for hair loss treatments online, there are a few myths and misconceptions that need to be addressed.
These services can help you grow hair in places where you’re no longer growing hair.
Only a hair transplant can “bring back” hair to places where it no longer naturally grows.
Each one of these subscription plans has its own proprietary formula for their products, so you need to select one carefully.
While you do need to select a plan carefully, there is nothing proprietary about the majority of these services. Most online hair loss subscriptions send you products that contain the same active ingredient in Propecia or Finasteride. Bosley has established itself as a proven leader in the hair restoration and hair health category. Bosley products have sustained the test of time and originate in science and research that Bosley has instrumentally contributed to.
These services will allow you to completely reverse your hair loss from home without ever having to see a doctor.
Your hair loss situation is unique, there is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment plan for hair loss. In order to get an effective analysis and diagnosis of your hair loss, there is no substitute for meeting with an experienced hair loss doctor. A face-to-face consultation allows for more informed decision making which ultimately leads to better results.
Should You Subscribe?
At the end of the day, everybody’s hair loss journey is different and should be treated as such. If you’re interested in learning about ALL of your options for treating your hair loss, we recommend scheduling a free video consultation with one of our experienced counselors or downloading our free guide to hair restoration to learn more about how Bosley can help you develop a personalized hair restoration plan.