Hair Transplant Cost

by Shaun Damon

Hair transplants have gained popularity amongst men and women with male and female pattern baldness. Major improvements in this field and reduced costs have gone on to allow more and more people benefit from hair transplants.

So what exactly is a hair transplant?

A hair transplant involves relocating or transplanting hair follicles from the back of the head to the top of the head where there are bald patches. The technique works because hair at the back of the head is genetically resistant to baldness. That much is evident from the fact that men suffering from male pattern baldness usually have hair on the back of their heads. The resistance to baldness remains even when hair is transplanted to another location.

Transplant sessions are usually performed in a clinic and can involve anywhere between 1,500 to 3,000 grafts depending on the extent of baldness. Most patients begin their sessions in the morning and are done by late afternoon. The number of sessions required will depend on the extent of baldness. The end result is a completely natural look that even your hair stylist will have difficulty in distinguishing it from normal hair. Of course, the skill of the transplant surgeon as well as the type of transplant chosen will play an important role in the end, which is why it is essential to chose both the type of transplant and the clinic wisely.

And how much is a hair transplant going to cost?

The answer to that question will depend on a variety of factors. These include the type of hair transplant and the extent of baldness as well as the clinic where the transplant is done.

The best results are said to come from a technique known as “Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation”. This method involves the removal of groups of follicles from the “donor region” at the back of the head by means of an elliptical incision. The donor follicles are separated into follicular units and are then transplanted into sites in the “recipient region” that have been created using special gauge needles. The sites are created very carefully between thinning hairs so that the end result looks completely natural rather than clumpy and will last for many years.

Follicular unit transplantation can also be used to rectify the results of unnatural clumping that may have occurred during previous transplants and to repair eyebrows.

Different clinics will also have different rates when it comes to hair transplant. The larger clinics, having achieved economics of scale, can offer to transplant treatments at a lower price than the smaller, lesser known clinics. In addition to this, competition has driven the cost down to much more affordable levels.

Only a few years ago, clinics would charge as much as $15 per graft. When you consider the fact that a typical session involves 1,500 to 3,000 grafts, the costs seem unaffordable to most.

Today the cost of performing follicular unit hair transplantation will range from $3 to $8 per graft with an average cost of $5 per graft. This translates into a cost ranging from approximately $7,500 to $15,000 per session. The average cost per graft may also come down further in the case of lengthier sessions. Many clinics offer easy financing options that can put the high cost within the reach of most people.

In most clinics, consultation is provided free with no obligation on your part to use their service. The high cost of this type of transplant is offset by the fact that it does not need any further treatment and can last for years unlike other cheaper transplant options.

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