Clinics fight over thinning hair market – Chosun Ilbo : Daily News from Korea

More and more young Koreans seek hair loss treatments each year, and with inflation soaring, there is a race between clinics to offer cheaper treatments.

According to the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service, the number of people in their 20s and 30s undergoing hair thinning treatments increased from 95,469 in 2017 to 104,104 last year, accounting for a whopping 43% of all patients. increase.

Clinics in Jongno and Gangnam, Seoul, and Bundang, Gyeonggi Province, are busy every weekend, and online chat rooms are full of first-hand information about the cheapest treatments and where you can find them.

Medications must be taken daily, which can be expensive for college students and young job seekers.

Dermatology clinics usually prescribe original or generic drugs for 1-3 months. However, some clinics for young alopecia patients offer prescriptions for as long as six months or even a year. The special offer allows patients to choose what fits their budget, ranging from W500 to W1,600 per tablet (US$1=W1,304).

A salaried worker in his 30s who visited a clinic in Jongno was prescribed half a year’s worth of medicine worth about 100,000 won.

“As soon as I sat down, the dermatologist asked me about my pill choice without even looking at my balding scalp.” I did, and it only took me five minutes.”

However, doctors do not recommend prescribing large amounts of pills for long-term treatment. “Patients should be aware of possible side effects,” said Kwon Oh-sang, a professor at Seoul National University Hospital.

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