First, let me say THANK GOD FOR THIS WEBSITE!
Yesterday I visited HCM for the first time. I have to say, other than the receptionist, they were all very nice. They went over the various treatments they offer...
Maxxam Hair Products
I was actually impressed with the Bio-Matrix. Their consultant eventually admitted he was wearing one. I kept looking at his head to see if I could figure out if he was a patient at HCM or not. I think he noticed and finally said, "Hey, I'm wearing one. Feel it!"
Then he broke down the pricing for each. The Hair Products would cost approximately $1800 US (plus tax) for a full year. The Bio-Matrix was going to cost $1800 US (plus tax), plus $250 per month for maintenance. That included a new wig every 3 months, included haircuts, etc. The Hair Transplant was going to cost approximately $5 US per Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT).
I've noticed my hair slightly thinning for just over a year now. It's not bad at all, but I wanted to get a head start with my options to minimize losing more hair. During the consultation with HCM, they guy suggested I should transfer 1500 to restore my full head of hair. I guess that's not so bad considering everything I've read on this site. So, $7500 doesn't sound so bad right? But neither did $1800 for the Bio-Matrix... but then there were monthly fees associated with that option. I was leaning towards Bio-Matrix because it looked damn good on my consultants head, and it looked good on the TV infomercial, and it looked good in all the 'before and after' pics. I didn't sign a contract (thank god), but I scheduled a doctor consultation.
I left there feeling pretty good. I put the top down in my car and headed home to double-check my finances. I logged into my online banking to see if I needed to shuffle some money around. For some reason, I did an online search for 'Bio-Matrix'. I weeded through the BS sites, and found this site (amongst others with similar opinions). And so I read and read for a few hours... eventually coming to the realization that my money could better be used by buying my own wig and learning the procedure to secure it on my head myself. But I also quickly learned that it will most likely look like a WIG !!!!! Screw that !!!!!
So I kept browsing this site and read more about the surgical options. I eventually found that doctor in Vancouver, Canada. Someone on this site had great things to say about him. I figured if I'm going to spend the money, I might as well get the best guy out there. I'll go to Vancouver eventually to meet up with him for an initial consultation and schedule my procedure.
I was about to go into contract with HCM, and then I saw this site. I wanted to thank everyone for contributing to the dialogue. I don't have much to offer in these conversations (yet), but I promise to add where I can. HCM has a good sales pitch, but after doing some research, I think they're a bunch of hacks. I did learn from them that minoxidil should still be applied to the front of my head regardless of what is suggested on the bottle (only works for the back of the head, crown area). I also learned from HCM that I should get on Finasteride to stop more loss. Oh well, at least I learned something from them. Then again, I would have learned all that from this site too! ;-)