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Hair Transplant Cost- What You Need To Know About Hair Transplant Costs, Procedures, and Financing

Updated on August 8, 2012

Getting a Hair Transplant - Cost Effective?

Do you want a more permanent solution to hair loss but are concerned with the hair transplant cost? Truth be told, hair restoration surgery is not cheap. However, when compared to spending hundreds to thousands of dollars annually on topical hair loss treatments, pills, wigs, extensions, and miracle potions, getting a hair transplant may prove to actually be cost effective. Furthermore, hair transplantation provides the only permanent solution; with today’s technology it may be the most natural looking.

Read on to learn not only the cost of hair transplants, but also what to expect at a hair transplant clinic, how a procedure is priced, and insurance coverage and financing.

Contents At A Glance

How Clinics Determine Hair Transplant Price

Most hair transplant facilities offer free, no obligation consultations, with prices quoted based per graft or per session.  Today most hair transplant clinics offer free no obligation consultations, with surgical sessions priced either per follicular unit grafts or by the session.

In follicular unit transplantation, small section of tissue is removed from the donor area and is then dissected into individual hair follicle pieces follicular units and microscopic grafts.

Once the detailed preparation of the grafts is complete, they are placed into the thinning or balding areas, with the smaller units placed to build the hair line, and the larger units used to fill larger areas in the back of the head.  Since every client is different in terms of how many units are needed, it’s impossible to know exactly how many individual follicular units will be used prior to surgery.

Obviously, determining the exact costs of transplantation based on the number of follicular units placed prior to surgery is difficult. Because of this, some clinics price the procedure by the session with an estimate of how many follicle units needed.

Average Cost Of Hair Transplants

The costs of a hair transplants may vary greatly from clinic to clinic, and is mainly dependent on each patient’s specific hair loss situation and expectation of results. The average cost for a hair transplant can range from $2,500 to $12,000. Hair grafts on average are typically in the $3-$12 price range, with $5-$6 being the average cost. For extreme cases and needs, a hair transplant procedure can cost upwards of $13,000- $20,000.

Several factors determine the hair transplant costs, including the number of grafts and sessions needed to complete the procedure. Location may also contribute to the costs. For instance, the hair transplant price may be more expensive if the operation is performed at a facility that part of a large hair restoration clinic franchise, because of the advertising costs and overhead to run the clinics. However, if the surgery is performed at a private physician’s office, the overhead may be considerably less, and those saving may be passed on to the patient.

You can also consider travelling to a clinic outside of your local area to reduce costs. Some people even go overseas to get a cheaper hair transplant. In any case, make sure you thoroughly research your surgeon’s reputation and quality of work.

Female Hair Transplant Cost

Hair transplants are the most expensive and time consuming treatment for female hair loss, at about $5,000 to $10,000 for a series of transplants over several months.

Having a single transplant performed and supplementing it with other hair loss treatments such as Rogaine can reduce the cost of the surgery. Choosing to have multiple transplants can spread the cost of the surgery over a longer period of time.

Hair Transplant Procedure and Cost

Insurance, Financing, and Tax Deductions

Since hair restoration procedures are considered cosmetic surgeries, hair transplantation is not usually covered by health insurance.  However, hair loss caused by burns, diseases or trauma such may be considered as reconstructive, and very well may be covered by your health insurance.  If you are seriously considering the procedure, you should contact your insurance company regarding your policy to determine the availability and degree of coverage.  Be sure to also ask if your policy covers the cost of surgery, the anesthesia, revisions, and any other related expenses. Also be sure to ask your carrier if future coverage will be affected in any way and if your insurance premium will be increased.

Most hair restoration companies do offer financing programs.  Financing options are typically discussed during the consultation, in which you would complete a credit application process for approval.  If you have a weak credit rating and are unable to secure a credit loan, some physicians may offer in-house financing.  You may also opt to secure a personal loan through a bank or credit union.

If you are employed in an occupation that depends on your physical appearance (such as modeling, acting, etc.), and you can demonstrate that hair transplants are important to your livelihood, you could possibly claim the hair replacement surgeon's fees as an income tax deduction. You should consult your personal accountant to research this issue for you.


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