Pricing Your Hair Transplant
If you battle with hair loss, you are not the only one by a long stretch. And you’re also not the only one who has arrived at the decision to have a hair transplant after exhausting all other options. The reason is simple: Hair transplants aren’t something you purchase on a whim. Much like a new car, they are an investment that requires careful research. Which hair transplant method should I choose? How much downtime is required? Will my new hair growth look natural? And if it wasn’t your first question, then certainly your second or your third: How much does a hair transplant cost?
Broad Range of Hair Transplant Cost
Google this question, and the answer is that a hair transplant costs anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000. There are outliers on either end, but this is the broad range most hair transplants will fall into.
So how do you know whether you should shop for a $4,000 transplant or a $15,000 one?
The best way to look at the cost of a hair transplant is to compare the cost per graft for different methods and providers. To understand what this means, let’s briefly review how hair restoration with a hair transplant works.
Transplanting hair means that hair follicles are taken from areas of your scalp with healthy growth and implanted into the balding area(s) where they eventually take root and resume growth. They are inserted into these areas in so-called follicular units, which are groupings of 1-4 individual hair follicles. No matter which hair transplant method you choose, the process of implanting these follicular units into the recipient area of your scalp is essentially the same.
Hair Transplant Cost Depends on Hair Transplant Type
Where hair transplant methods differ is at the source: How do you extract the healthy hair follicles later used for transplantation?
a) Surgically remove an entire strip of scalp and subsequently cut it up into literally thousands of follicular units. This is called the Strip Method.
b) Manually remove the follicular units with a machine that uses pneumatic pressure. This is called Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE, and the commercial name is NeoGraft.
c) Automatically remove the follicular units with a robot guided by a computer algorithm. This is called the ARTAS Robotic method.
Calculating Hair Transplant Cost per Graft
No matter which of those methods you choose for your hair restoration, most providers will base their price on a certain cost/graft. One provider might quote you $9,225 for 1,500 grafts – approximately the national average for a NeoGraft hair transplant – and another might quote you $5,925 for the same number of grafts. The cost per graft in the first case is $6.15, and in the second case it is $3.95.
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Of the three methods described above, traditional Strip Harvest Transplants are typically the lowest priced because of the lower demand on the surgeon’s time. You may find it advertised for as little as $2 per graft. This might explain why it is still one of the most popular hair restoration techniques. However, be aware that it comes with the significant downside of resulting in a linear scar on the back of your head, and significantly longer downtime to allow for the incision to heal.
ARTAS Robotic is typically the most expensive hair transplant method because of the high cost of the equipment needed.
Neograft hair transplants are typically priced somewhere in between. In many ways, they are the Goldilocks of hair transplants – not too expensive, and the best results. Very broadly, a generic NeoGraft hair transplant has a national average cost of $9,225. We invite you to upload your photo to us at Nashville Hair Doctor for a quote to learn how we can save you $5,000 or more off the national average of NeoGraft:
Other Factors to Consider Besides Cost
But only comparing cost/graft should not be your only consideration when choosing a hair restoration provider. It’s a good tool to let you compare apples to apples when it comes to pricing. But it’s even more important to find out how many grafts you actually need to fully restore your hairline and fill in your crown so that you get the desired results. In the cases described above, do you actually need 1,500 grafts? How will the technician restore your missing hairline? Will it look completely natural afterwards?
It comes down to which provider you are comfortable with and whose judgment you trust. Ask a lot of questions during your consultation so that you better understand the scope of your procedure. You may have already had a hair transplant that needs to be “improved,” and one provider may be more experienced with such a revision than the other. You may have a better rapport with one hair technician over another, or certain hair doctors may assist you with a travel package and overnight hotel stay if your commute is too far, while others don’t.
As with all plastic surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations about your hair transplant. If a provider promises a full head of hair within a week, they are not being truthful with you, and you best look for another one who gives you an honest assessment. Hair restoration is a lengthy process, because your hair can only grow so fast, and anyone promising quick miracle solutions is not a serious hair restoration professional.
Investing in Your Self-Confidence
We hope we have given you a better understanding about the cost of a hair transplant. To be sure, hair transplants aren’t cheap, but they also provide a very real long-term value for your personal well-being. You may not be able to buy happiness, but with a hair transplant you can buy a close second, self-confidence. Perhaps a one-time $5,000 investment to feel great about yourself is a pretty good bargain.
Of course we can’t guarantee you won’t love your hair so much afterwards that you end up spending more on styling products than ever before!