Cost of an ARTAS procedure
The cost of having a ARTAS robotic hair restoration procedure is going to be higher than a strip procedure, and usually higher than FUE using a hand-held device, such as the NeoGraft device. The ARTAS robot is a significant leap forward in technology, far ahead of any other FUE method available. The machine itself costs about as much as you think a cutting-edge surgical robot would cost, and as such, the cost for a procedure is higher than for a hand-held FUE device. Also, an actual physician must operate the ARTAS robot, whereas with other FUE devices, a technician can operate the device while the physician does a facelift or other cosmetic procedure in the next room, thus allowing him or her to lower the cost of the FUE procedure, because the physician his- or herself is not actually doing the procedure. That being said, even between two physicians with the ARTAS robot, there are large differences due to the steep learning curve associated with using the device. The cases were challenging at first, but after well over a year of using the ARTAS robotic system, the efficiency and results have improved dramatically. It is the experience and dedication to the field of hair restoration that will ultimately determine how happy you are with your results. Price should not be the sole deciding factor in choosing a method or surgeon for your procedure.
The cost can vary between each clinic. I generally see the Artas being advertised at about $12-$14 per graft. This can vary depending on location, and experience of the clinic. Although the Artas can be great at extracting grafts, those grafts still have to be transplanted and thus the experience of the team is extremely important to obtain excellent results.
The Artas robotic hair transplant system is a very advanced system that costs more than other techniques. The upkeep of the robot plus the per punch cost to your hair surgeon add to the cost of this procedure. In return, you get very high quality and consistent hair grafts.
ARTAS is a highly advanced technology that always will cost more than a simple strip procedure. However , the cost for the patients is dropping. I am one of the first doctors in the world to adopt ARTAS robotic surgery and the prices have dropped since 2012. This is because new docs are buying ARTAS machine - it works, so they want it. Still experience counts and with our center history performing hundreds of ARTAS procedures and have proven results (visit our before /after gallery) we have to maintain the price to pay for the top techs and performance. Still at the end the results is all that matters
Usually the cost per graft for FUE is more than FUT procedure. If the FUE is done using ARTAS, there is a cost that the manufacture charges the doctor per graft and that is added to the overall cost, which makes it more expensive.
Fees are not rising or falling
See Dr. Rassman's answer for his insight.
From a different perspective, hair transplant fees are relatively steady and ARTAS fees are not rising in 2014 or 2015. The fees actually vary depending on location. I believe Manhattan, New York and Los Angeles, California will always have higher fees in general due to the concentration of highly qualified doctors. This is true for other types of cosmetic surgery to the cost of living the city. Yet patients still travel from all over the country and the world to have surgery here accepting the higher fees.
Local competition or supply and demand may play a factor, but in general, the average cost is not going up or down in 2014 or 2015.
With respect to the ARTAS system (robotic FUE) most patients may not understand that the robot only cores out the grafts. Humans still have to pull the grafts out, examine them each under a microscope for quality control and the doctor (a human) has to create the hair line and the incisions for recipient sites.
The ARTAS hair transplant (in our hand $8.50/graft) is generally more expensive than a strip (which runs between $5-6 per graft). As the actual robot is very, very expensive and the doctor must pay for each attempt that the robot makes to core the grafts from the head, this is an added cost to the doctor which is always passed on to the patient in the basic fee per graft charge. IF the ARTAS is less than successful by missing some of the grafts, the doctor should not charge the patient but absorb the cost of the 'missed grafts'. At least that is what we do in our office. I can not tell you what the cost will be in the future, but I doubt that much change will occur in the short term. See ARTAS website below
ARTAS Hair Transplant Cost
The cost of ARTAS and other types of FUE hair transplants varies significantly from clinic to clinic. I don't think the cost has been increased but different practices may change their prices due to a variety of reasons. More importantly demand and supply. The doctors who are not as busy have to keep the prices lower to fill their operating schedule while others that have a long waiting list don't feel the need to lower their prices.
Artas cost per graft is from 4-15$ per graft and mostly depends on the region of the country as well as the comfort level of the clinic using the device. Do your research and ask lots of questions, especially if you can talk to the doctor directly.