How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?

by Annie Jangam

Have you tried everything from home remedies to expensive and time-consuming medications to revert hair loss, but in vain? Dealing with hair loss can cause social anxiety, frustration, and –in a few cases –depression. Most products offer short-term solutions and often fall short of expectations. Hair transplantation is one of the most reliable methods to increase hair growth. However, it comes at a pretty hefty price. Most people agree that this procedure helps in restoring not just hair but confidence. In this article, we discuss the cost of getting a hair transplant, the different techniques available, and alternative options.

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How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?

The cost of a hair transplant can range from $5000 to $20,000, depending on the type of procedure. The two most popular procedures for hair transplant are FUE (follicular unit extraction) or FUT (follicular unit transplantation). FUT may be cheaper than FUE. However, the surgeon determines which procedure is best suited for you.

There are different factors that influence the cost of hair transplants:

  • Surgeon: Since it is a highly skill- based procedure, the cost is definitely controlled by the surgeon, their experience, and their client testimonials. Brand name clinics offer standard rates and may offer discounts from time to time. It is important to look at the client diaries and read up on the recovery procedures before you finalize on the surgeon.
  • Quantity: The amount of hair you want to transplant will play a major role in the cost. If you want to just add in a few patches, the cost will substantially reduce.
  • Location: The place (whether it is in a specific country or even a high-end area) will also influence the mark up prices of the procedure. This differs from place to place, and it is important to research the local rates and average price range before going for hair transplantation.

Since hair transplantation is a cosmetic surgery, it does not qualify for insurance unless it is caused by burns or trauma. Consult with your health insurance agent and surgeon to understand the expenses involved. This will depend on the insurance coverage and other factors.

Now, let’s take a look at the different types of hair transplant procedures available.

Different Types Of Hair Transplants

Depending on your hair growth pattern, the extent of your hair loss, and your hair loss history, you will be recommended either of the procedures described below. The doctor will evaluate your medical history, physical health, and risks to determine which technique is best suited for you.

  1. FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation or Strip Method): Once the scalp is thoroughly cleansed, the surgeon removes hair from the hairier sections of your scalp and implant them to the balding patches. Thus, they transplant “strips” of your hair follicles. It helps in achieving a fuller and more natural look. This procedure requires incisions and is closed up with stitches. The stitches are usually removed after 7-10 days post surgery. This technique is done under local an aesthesia. It is cheaper in comparison to FUE but has a longer recovery time.
  2. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction or Grafting): In this technique, individual hair follicles are grafted by making tiny incisions throughout the scalp using a needle. It is time-consuming and takes skill to place several hundred thousand follicles on the scalp with precision. Generally, this type of hair transplant takes 4-5 hours, depending on the number of follicles extracted and grafted. Depending on the client’s requirement, it might take multiple sessions to transplant hair this way.

Regardless of the technique you choose, there will be recovery time that you will require after surgery. Scroll down to find out more.

What Is The Recovery Time?

The recovery time for hair transplantation varies from person to person, depending on the type of transplant technique used, number of grafts, and area of transplantation. It can take up to nine months before the hair takes root and begins to fill in. You might experience hair loss initially, but the hair will start to regrow slowly. Regular visits to the doctor might be required for any touch-ups to get the best results. It takes patience to recover from a hair transplant surgery. The scars heal in a few months and get covered by hair, thus becoming hard to see.

The recovery time is important to recuperate from the surgery. Find out the hidden costs you might need to prepare for post surgery.

Possible Costs After A Transplant Surgery

You might experience pain, swelling, and a tight feeling on the scalp. The cost of dressing and bandages, along with post-surgery medication such as anti-inflammatory or pain medication, needs to be taken into account.

Since bleeding and infections are a common occurrence after this surgery, antibiotics may also add to your expenses.

Several touch-up sessions may be required to achieve the final look. This can be a possible cost you can incur after surgery, apart from all the travel expenses.

Every surgical procedure comes with risks and complications. This is true for hair transplantation as well. Keep reading to find out more.

Risks And Complications

The risks involved in getting a hair transplant include the following:

  • The most common risk associated with such procedures is infections. In such cases, antibiotics are prescribed post surgery.
  • Hair transplants can cause inflammation. The signs of inflammation include redness, itchiness, and irritation on the scalp. Use of anti-inflammatory drugs can relieve itchiness and soothe the scalp.
  • Post-transplantation pain medication is prescribed once the effects of anesthesia wear off. The risks involved in the use of anesthesia include nausea, vomiting, chills, confusion, and a sore throat.
  • A serious complication that can arise from a hair transplant is nerve damage resulting in permanent loss of sensation. Thus, it is important to choose an experienced and skilled surgeon.
  • Allergic reactions due to anesthesia are rare but can be fatal. You must discuss this with the doctor before the procedure and ensure that they have a trained anesthesiologist on board.
  • Smokers may be at an increased risk of complications from this surgery. It is recommended to quit smoking if you are planning to undergo a hair transplant.

Not everyone can afford surgery immediately. There are some non-surgical interventions that you can opt for in the meantime. Find out more about them in the next section!

Other Options

  1. You can try using a wigs, hair piece, or extensions. This gives you the added advantage of changing up your style whenever you want!
  2. Medications such as minoxidil (rogaine) and finasteride (propecia) are popular for treating hair loss.
  3. Hair growth can be stimulated by low-level laser therapy as well.

These might not be as effective as a hair transplant, but they can help to some extent.

Conclusion

Hair transplants are important procedures to manage hair loss. Different factors such as the procedure used, the experience of the surgeon, and location will determine the cost of a hair transplant. It can range from $5000 to $20,000. Despite the cost, the recovery time, and the risks involved, many people prefer this permanent solution over alternatives such as medication and hair wigs.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long does a hair transplant last?

A hair transplant can last a lifetime. A well-done hair transplant can last for many years as the new hair grows like your natural hair. Proper diet and hygiene practices can help you maintain your hair transplant.

Are hair transplants successful?

Yes, hair transplants have a high success rate, especially FUE transplants. Hair transplants are effective in treating thinning hair, bald patches, and severe hair loss.

Which type of hair transplant costs more – FUE or FUT?

Typically, FUE will cost you more than a FUT since it involves doing individual grafts. Thus, the price range will depend on the number of grafts needed.

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Annie Jangam

Annie Jangam is a Molecular Biologist with 7 years of research experience in Rice Functional Genomics and Nutrient Signalling with International Publications in Abiotic stress, Nitrogen, and G-protein signaling. She specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has been an avid reader since childhood and is passionate about stories that help decipher life and its meaning. She believes in Human Rights for all and that one should "love others like we love ourselves."
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