A common question people ask about baldness in men and women is if it can be solved through hair transplant surgery and how much does it cost? In this article, we will provide a quick guide about hair restoration surgery cost/price that will help you understand what to expect when you choose this type of procedure to help you achieve natural full hair and take care of your hair loss.
In the modern world we live in, a hair transplant surgical procedure can be done in any country all over the globe, but the price differs from one country to another. Here are the factors that help to determine hair transplant costs:
One of the most important factors that affect the price of any hair transplant surgery is the number of follicular units needed for the hair transplant procedure. Each person is unique and requires variant amounts of hair replacement. During your initial consultation, your restoration specialist will examine the extent of your hair loss while setting realistic expectations.
Making an estimate of the follicle requirements for the grafting region is the most important part of the hair transplant surge process. The number of grafting required is the key factor in determining how much work you will need. Generally speaking, pricing is dependent upon the Norwood classification or Stage of Baldness which generally ranges between Type I to VII. You will also be given the opportunity to discuss your goals and what look you’re going for, which will help determine the most effective procedural path to the fullness you desire.
The two most commonly known hair transplant procedures are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), also known as the strip technique, and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), also known as the no-stitch, no linear scar procedure. A hair transplant is a procedure that will be performed by a highly experienced clinician, which is a safer and more successful alternative to foreign travel or robotic transplants.. A doctor is required to perform a FUT, but there are incredibly talented and experienced Doctors of Nursing Practice and Physicians Assistants who have tailor-made skill sets that are perfect for performing high-level FUE’s. While hiring the best clinical artist comes at a cost, regardless of whether they are a doctor, PA, or NP, there are still top-notch talents at affordable prices. That said, always remember that you get what you pay for, thus it is important that you carefully select your clinician. It wise to get to know their work by viewing their portfolio and that you choose a clinic that is reputable and well-known in the industry. The procedure gives permanent results, so you will want to be careful and select a team you know has the necessary experience to provide you with the results you desire, in a safe and effective manner.
The cost of a hair transplant surgery procedure also varies by geography. A doctor in Beverly Hills will be much more expensive than one in Mexico City. You should not select a cliniciannot based on price or their professional title, but on the relative experience,skill, and portfolio that the clinician possesses. Also, you will want to choose a location that is fairly accessible in case you need to go back for follow-ups due to any unlikely complications.
Location is a big topic when speaking of price points. Many people may desire to go to Turkey or Greece due to the promise of MEGA graft sessions. So it’s important to understand what a graft and follicular unit are and why international options are not as attractive as they appear. A graft is any piece of tissue that is surgically relocated from one area to another. A follicular unit is a grouping of hair that comes most commonly as 2-4 hair per unit. Standard practice in international countries is to separate each unit into single or 2-hair units prior to implantation of the graft. This means that the price for a 4,000 graft hair transplant at $1 per graft (plus the expenses of international travel) in a country like Turkey is likely to yield a result of 4,000-6,000 hair follicles. While the photos look great online, up close you will see the hair has a weak and wispy appearance and the grafts are cobbled closely together, failing to provide the same clean appearance of natural density and increasing the risk of shock loss. In the U.S., a hair transplant around 1,500 grafts at $4 per graft is likely to yield the same number of hair, at a comparable unit cost with higher quality density. The benefits are that you won’t have to travel internationally, licensed medical professionals will perform your procedure, as opposed to unlicensed “techs”, and you have an accountable local team that you can follow-up with to monitor results or any post-operative concerns. That said, if your heart is set on Turkey, try to find an American group such as MAXIM that operates there or a clinic with a U.S. affiliation that can accommodate your post-operative visits.
Moreover, there are also other hair restoration procedures such as Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) and regenerative procedures. These vary in price, you will have to compare the pros and cons and determine what is right for your budget and lifestyle. On average, in the United States, hair transplant procedures cost anywhere between $6,000 to $15,000. In other countries, however, the cost could range anywhere between $2,500 and $10,000. However, you need to factor in travel and other costs associated with choosing a clinic outside of the country you live in. Keep in mind that you have to have an initial consultation before you even have the procedure, and you may also have a follow-up visit, especially if there’s something out of the ordinary. It is desirable to have your follow-up care, if any, done in the same location where you received your hair transplant.
Your health and the results are of the utmost importance, therefore, price should be a consideration but not the determining factor in where you get the procedure and with whom. There are many cases of people choosing doctors in countries where the procedure cost is cheaper, only to find out the doctor rarely enters the surgical room and may not participate in anything but the initial consultation. Consequently, the patient may run into countless challenges that put their health and aesthetic at risk. Not to mention the stress of how inconvenient it is to travel when you are having a medical procedure done. This is a procedure that most patients only get only once in their lifetime, thus it makes sense to arrange your finances and pick the best option.
Most surgeons that specialize in hair loss offer the conventional FUT technique for hair transplantation. A specialized clinic, such as MAXIM Hair Restoration, is dedicated to hair restoration and will offer patients any number of singular or combined procedures necessary to tailor care to the needs of a patient. MAXIM has experience with a diverse population that have different requirements and needs. FUE is currently increasingly in demand since the procedure is less invasive and doesn’t leave a linear-scar in the donor area on the back of the head.
In the past, the scar was a bit of a setback for some people, fortunately now there are methods and better sutures that allow better aesthetic results. The FUE is a great alternative to FUT, especially for those that wear their hair in a short style, where the scar would be noticeable. Although the scar is located on the back of the head, it is large enough to notice and become a conversation topic. Some centers also offer robotic hair transplants and biofibre hair transplants. However, the outcome depends upon the quality of the surgeon and team that performs the procedure, and these interesting technologies have a plethora of shortcomings. For example, MAXIM Hair Restoration uses a combination of unique technologies to take the best of each individual task and combine them intraoperatively. Do your research to determine the pros and cons of each and figure out the best solution for you. Your clinician should be able to provide guidance and help you determine what option would get you closest to your personal goal.
One very important consideration when determining where to get your hair transplant surgery is the quality of the medical clinic. Especially if located in a developing country. Some factors to consider when choosing the clinic is the caliber of their amenities, the tools and equipment they use, and the kind of technologies at the clinic where the hair transplant surgery is done. All of these will affect the cost of the procedure, your safety, and the quality of the results.
The patient should consider the benefits of going to a high-quality medical clinic and compare it to the possible expenses he or she will incur for the treatment. Your health is a priority and a clinic should be well equipped to handle any medical procedure with the latest technology and the best environment. The quality of the clinic will also indicate the quality of the staff and surgeon. The results will certainly be impacted by this factor. Without a doubt, as the saying goes “you get what you pay for.” Patients have to be sure to do their research and keep their eyes open to all details during the initial consultation when visiting a clinic.
MAXIM Hair Restoration recommends clients choose a center or surgeon that is dedicated to hair transplants and choose quality over cost as the determining factor. This is a team that prides themselves on providing the latest technology in a safe and modern environment. Our clinics are some of the best in the industry and are well revered by patients and our medical peers.
Since cosmetic procedures are not covered under a health insurance plan, the patient will have to pay for the total cost of the hair transplant surgery. Most clinics accept credit cards. Financing options are available from lenders that specialize in healthcare expenses.
MAXIM Hair Restoration specializes in mega hair transplants of up to 4,500 grafts per session. Our plastic surgeons are experienced with hair transplant procedures and we attract clients from all over the world. We have international locations in Dubai, Istanbul, Manila, and Cebu, in addition to our stateside offices in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Dallas, Houston, Northern Virginia, D.C. Area, Maryland, Indianapolis (Indiana), Chicago, Illinois, and California.
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