hard to figure out what i should pay for a hair transplant procedure. even price ranges would be helpful at this stage. I thank you for this information.
How Much Does Hair Transplant Cost?
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Price for hair restoration
This is a big deal to me. I think that per graft cost can be something quite misleading for a ton of reasons:
Cost of a Hair Transplant in Houston
In Houston, hair restoration costs 3-5$/graft for FUE.
In an FUE clinic this translates to 2,500 to 7,000 on the high end.
In this answer I will cover the variables of:
- Overhead issues to watch for
- Quality issues to watch for
- Evaluation quality to watch for
Hair Transplant cost varies by region and how busy the center is i.e how much overhead they have and what they need to do to cover that overhead.
Here are examples of overhead and you can decide if its worth the extra cost and/or improves your chances of a good transplant:
- -Marble/glass reception desk
- -Staff that use to be ex models
- -A Location that demands premium lease rates
- -An advertising campaign budget that gives Mcdonalds a run for its money
Remember, cost is not the only factor. Skill is key, as is a place that does restoration on a regular basis vs just a half dozen cases a month or less.
What other factors are important:
- Board Certification - yes some MD's do restoration without any certification at all.
- Specialty - Any specialty can do a hair transplant but its most incorporated into the training of Dermatologists and Plastic Surgery doctors. Having such a background would help.
- Training period- Hair Restoration has changed a lot in the past few years so its good to have someone trained in the most recent methods and who stays up to date.
- Full time vs outsourced staff. You would be surprised by how many places outsource staff which drives up costs AND reduced quality control. For us, quality control and long checklists are key to making sure everything goes smooth and does not delay the out of scalp time of the grafts.
- Tools used. In an FUE clinic, the procedure can be manual, can involve the use of Neograft/Alphagraft, or the ARTAS robot. A tool is only as good as the user so the cost shoudlnt vary much based on the tool and most tools available now mainly increase speed by 10-30% so you get home a few hours faster(at a premium cost). Some systems claim improved accuracy and this is probably true in the hands of someone that doesnt do a lot of FUE.
- Research - can you google your doctors name and the word research and find paper written by them and the procedure you are going for? does it matter? this is up to you to decide.
The Evaluation is key:
- Some places only have you meet a consultant that is trained in sales. This is the best way to get a transplant you do not need. For example, we often turn away poor candidates on whom other places had offered to do a restoration procedure.
- The area you want covered is key, many patients get to few grafts for the area needed and/or expect it all done in one visit which is rare in large cases
- Do your homework, rather then go in to a place to learn about transplants its best to learn as much as possible on your own about hair restoration and the place you are going. This way you can go in with the purpose of meeting the team and making a more focused decision without distractions .
Some places will say you get what you pay for and this can be true. However affordable doesnt always mean sacrifice of quality i.e Costco comes to mind. Some places cut costs by cutting corners, other cut cost by not driving up overhead as noted above. Finally some places are just well managed controlling issues with wasted/expired supplies and such that can become expensive quickly. You want to make sure your money goes into a quality transplant and not a quality office space that plays little/no role in the transplant. As noted by the Utah doctor's answer, costs can be kept down especially if your not on the coasts.
The short answer is $5-10/graft depending on many factors.
The cost of grafts depends on many factors. How good is the surgeon, number of grafts being done (cheaper when more grafts are done), etc. Don't focus on cost. We have been doing transplants and flaps for more than 30 years. The most common mistakes we see are:
1. Patient was not a good candidate for any surgical hair replacement to begin with.
2. "Corn-row" appearance.
3. Patient never realized how little hair is grown from 1000 grafts.
4. Patient never investigated the advantages of hair-flaps vs. grafts before starting. I think you can get the idea---DO MORE HOMEWORK--before you start.
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Dpendes on the type of the procedure FUE is more expensive but soooooo worth it!
Neograft FUE is more expensive than Strip method but has a tremendous advantage - no scar! (also faster healing and less pain and swelling) typically it runs from $5-7-per graft Robotic ARTAS hair transplantation i s more expensive $ 7-10 per FUE graft
Prices vary depending on number of grafts
At my practice cost can vary from patient to patiend, depending on the number of grafts needed. During the consultation process we will determine how many grafts you need and what price your particular needs wil cost.
It is important to be wary of physicians offering huge discounts on hair transplants because you do not want to lose the quality treatment that an experienced doctor provides (at a higher price).
How Much Does Hair Transplant Cost?
Over the years I have witnessed first hand the clinics that charge very little, and I have witnessed the clinics that charge more. And my conclusion has always been, you get what you pay for.
In most instances you will find clinics that charge as little as 1 to 3 dollars per graft on the low end and over 12 on the high end. Some clinics charge per hair and some charge by the session.
For example, one clinic that comes to mind, was charging so little, they were trying to perform 4 and 5 hair transplants per day because of the reduced fees. It was absolutely Fast Food Hair. The only way you can perform that many procedures in one day, for that price, was to cut corners in the dissection of grafts department. (BIG NO NO!)
The upper end of the price scale will allow the technicians to take the time and cut the grafts properly by using stereo microscopes.
Another important aspect of the procedure that can't be done properly if you are in a rush, is taking a 3 hair graft, for example, and cutting it down to a single hair graft for the hairline. Most of the lower end clinics will just take that 3 hair graft and pop it in the hairline.
Bottom line is, you have a limited number of donor hairs, you can't afford to take a chance and waist them. You will have a higher degree of success rate if you choose a clinic that is doing things the right way:)
Remember, you are not buying a piece of stereo equipment that you can take back if you are not happy with it. These results, good or bad, will last a lifetime.
Good luck in your research!
Hair transplant costs depend on multiple factors
Costs for hair transplantation range from $3500-$20,000 per session, depending on the experience of the surgeon, the complexity of the problem (primary vs. secondary or tertiary transplant) and the number of grafts involved. Some patients like to hear per graft costs, because then they can compare different quotes they've received and pick the "best deal". Charging by the graft can be confusing too because the number of grafts does not correlate to the number of hairs - i.e., one graft in the crown can have 4 hairs in it as opposed to a graft with a single hair in it for the frontal hairline. Also, the more grafts placed doesn't necessarily mean that they'll all survive.
You should focus on realistic results. The key is to understand how many hairs and sessions it would take to create a fuller, natural hairline. Our average sessions involve ~1500-2300 grafts in men and ~1500 grafts in women.
Hair Transplant Cost
While most centers charge the patient by the graft, I think this is a big mistake. When charging this way, the doctor may be have financial incentive to make bad decisions that are not in the best interest of the patient. The so-called mega sessions (>3000 grafts) have several pitfalls.
- The donor incision needs to be overly long (extend too far in the temple area) so it is visible, or overly wide. A wide excision produces excess strain on the incision itself and eventual widening of the scar. Again, it will be visible.
- You have a time (~4-6 hours) that the grafts are optimally viable. If you drag the session out all day, the grafts have been out of the body for too long and survival goes down.
- You can only pack the hairs in so tight. When transplanting single follicular units, if you try to get the hairs in too tight or dense, they just start popping out and graft survival goes down. It's better to come back and thicken the area up with a second session.
Remember, what good is a 4000 graft session if survival is 50% and the scar is visible. For these reasons, I charge by the session. I guarantee we will get more than 1500 grafts in a session or I will refund some of your money. In a typical session we transplant somewhere between 1750 and 2250 grafts. My fee is $4900 per session. Personel and overhead in Utah is fortuately far lower than other parts of the country. Though cost is a major concern for patients, don't skimp a few hundred dollars for someone who makes you uncomfortable.
Hair Transplant cost
The cost of hair transplant varies from $4-7 per follicular unit or graft placed. Today's hair transplants are remarkable and provide a very natural result when performed by an experienced surgeon. One should be careful though when searching for your surgeon as some hair transplant surgeons have no true surgical experience and have just added this to their family practice or dermatology practice without true surgical experience or training in sterile technique. Just make sure to check the credentials of your surgeon.