Cost: Up to $15,000
About 60% of men have significant balding by age 50. About 2% of women also suffer major hair loss. Medications work, but only so well.
Transplants offer better results. Doctors take small tufts of hair from the back of the head and move them to the front or top of the scalp. New techniques make the plugs less painfully obvious.
Cost: $3,000 per procedure. Typically, three to five are needed.
Downside: The surgery - and the bill - still hurt plenty. Plus, restored hair still looks thin.