It’s important to keep in mind that there is no fixed cost for hair transplants; the average cost can vary widely depending on the individual patient’s case of hair loss.
When ascertaining the price for a hair transplant procedure, the cost is dependent on a few different factors. Generally, the price of your procedure is determined by:
The Extent of Hair Loss
Pricing for a hair transplant does vary according to the severity and pattern of hair loss because the cost is applied per graft. The more grafts required to complete the procedure successfully, the higher the cost.
However, here at Contour Clinics, we reduce the price per graft when more grafts are purchased. So, although the overall cost is higher for a larger procedure, the value is increased too.
The cost of most hair transplant surgeries is calculated by the quantity of grafts needed for coverage of the area of hair loss.
The Hair Transplant Method
The cost of a hair transplant can vary according to the surgical method used for the procedure. It comes down to two methods: FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Excision).
FUT involves removing a 6-to-10-inch piece from your scalp and extracting hair follicles from your head. After sealing the area, the surgeon divides the piece of scalp that they removed into tiny fragments called grafts. They then create tiny holes in the area requiring hair, where they can insert those grafts back into your head (each containing as little as one hair) before bandaging up the site.
Meanwhile, FUE hair transplant surgery is a procedure that involves extracting individual hair follicles from the back and sides of your head and transplanting them to a part of the scalp that suffers from thinning or balding.
FUE is the process of extracting hair follicles from your head without needing to remove a piece of scalp. Like FUT, the surgeon then creates tiny holes where they insert the grafts back into your head, placed into the area requiring hair.
There are several benefits to choosing the FUE method: healing is faster, there is less pain, and it doesn’t cause significant scarring. You can also choose to harvest hairs from other parts of the body.
This can make FUE a more expensive method of hair transplant surgery compared to FUT but with good reason; it’s by far the most attractive and preferable option for efficacy, comfort, results and recovery.
Clinic Location and Surgeon Expertise
While you may have heard of procedures being wildly cheaper overseas, it’s important to know that not only the quality but also the safety of these procedures is alarmingly compromised.
Having a hair transplant is an invasive surgical procedure and should be treated as an investment. It may be tempting to seek a bargain, but money saved on these shortcuts can come at a greater cost down the line.
This is precisely why you shouldn’t get a hair transplant in Turkey or other dubiously cheap options overseas, as they are commonly performed by under-trained, entirely unqualified staff in unsanitary conditions without proper healthcare regulations or protocols in place.
If any complication occurs with your procedure overseas, you are not covered by your health insurance, nor are you within safe reach of family, friends, or possibly even a reputable and safe medical centre or hospital.
These overseas practices promising hair transplants for low prices can do so because they do not employ qualified doctors, and their overheads are very low due to performing procedures in unregulated premises.
Here in Australia, we are very fortunate to boast a wealth of highly experienced, reputable, skilled and fully qualified medical professionals who are dedicated doctors in the specific field of hair transplant surgery.
Opting to invest in your appearance should not come at the cost of your health and wellbeing. Invest in your aesthetic results AND your safety by choosing a local and trustworthy hair restoration clinic. That way, you can ensure your hard-earned money is wisely spent on optimum results and safe recovery with full ongoing support from your hair transplant surgeon and their clinic.