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Is a Hair Transplant Worth the Cost?

If you have thinning hair or expanding bald spots, you may already have tried different remedies promising thicker and more voluminous hair. No one wants to be the bald guy, and what is there to lose anyway?

So you might have bought a special shampoo meant to stimulate hair growth.

You might have splurged on a new hair stylist who all of your friends swear by.

Perhaps you’ve also raided your kitchen to concoct hair thickening mixtures from eggs, olive oil, honey, avocados, and, if the Internet is to be believed, even onions. The list of surefire hair loss remedies seems to be as long as the human desire for lustrous thick hair is strong.

If any of the above have worked for you, great! You are now the proud owner of a thick mane of hair. Provided you’ve gotten the smell out, you may now begin your new life.

But if you’re still less than happy with your receding hairline, or if you find that you only deceive yourself with an elaborate comb-over routine, keep reading.

Hair Transplant Cost: How Much is it and Does it Work?

As in any other area of life, the simple answer is this: You get what you pay for. The cheaper and more “home-made” the proposed remedy, the less likely it is to work. But is the opposite true as well? If you pay for an expensive hair replacement treatment, will it work?

You might not trust our answer, as we are in the hair replacement business, and have been for many years. But seeing a steady stream of patients come and go has given us a great vantage point from which to observe hair replacement candidates.

This is what we’ve seen: During an initial consultation, many clients express shock at the proposed hair transplant cost. Paying $5,000 to $6,000, perhaps even more, to sit at a hair clinic for the better part of a day and have hair grafts extracted and reinserted in the vulnerable areas of your scalp seems like a big commitment. Especially when you think of other uses this money could go towards – a substantial down payment for a new car, or a vacation in Italy.

We’re not going to sugarcoat it – hair transplants aren’t cheap.

But this is what we’ve also seen: Once a patient has received a personal treatment plan and can imagine the results 3-6 month down the road, the excitement builds. The day of the procedure can’t come soon enough, and once the hair grafts are placed, watching the hair come in where it hasn’t grown in years is a special feeling only people who have struggled with hair loss can fully appreciate.

Can you Put a Price on Newfound Confidence?

This is what we’ve learned while watching countless patients submit to the magical hands of our hair replacement specialist: Gaining new confidence in your looks and loving again what you see in the mirror every morning isn’t something you can easily put a price on. Remember those credit card ads from the 90s? Here is how they might sound for hair replacement:

  • Highly praised hair thickening shampoo: $12.99
  • A fancy new hairstyle: $79.99
  • A new spring in your step with a confident swagger you haven’t felt in years: Priceless

Not all hair transplantation costs the same. There are differences between what’s called FUE (follicular unite extraction, also called grafting) and FUT (follicular unit transplantation, also called strip method). FUT tends to be a bit more cost-effective as the procedure itself is shorter, but it requires anesthesia and a longer recovery, which may not be ideal for some patients. FUE hair transplant cost is typically quoted in price per graft, with anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 grafts needed to restore a full head of hair.

Ways to Lower Your Hair Transplant Cost

If you find the upfront cost prohibitive, you might inquire about financing packages. Many hair treatment centers offer interest-free financing, allowing you to spread out the cost in installments of a few hundred dollars at a time.

You might also find that it pays to be flexible and shop around. Some hair replacement providers offer special discounts at certain times of the year, and if you can wait a little bit, such a special offer might lower your cost drastically.

The bottom line is this. While the pros of a hair transplant are evident – enough celebrities have had them that we know just by opening our eyes that they’re working – the downside is the relatively high price. For many people who have struggled with hair loss, the investment is worth it. Others may make peace with their receding hairline and rather buy a new car.

Only you can be the judge of what’s right for you.

About Hair Doctor

With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration and led by a double-board certified plastic surgeon, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Visit us at our Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor offices, or take advantage of our complimentary travel package for out-of-town patients. Read more>>