Hair replacement costs to be aware of

If you have been considering hair replacement surgery to correct male pattern baldness or any other condition involving the loss or thinning of hair, then you will want to be aware of the costs involved with any replacement procedure that you choose.  The costs of any surgical hair replacement procedure are determined by a number of different factors.  These costs include:

  • the number of follicles that are grafted and then transplanted
  • if there is enough healthy donor hair to effect a successful procedure
  • what the hair replacement or the clinic charges for the procedure (this oftentimes varies from one surgeon to the next)
  • how many times the procedure needs to be performed in order to complete the process

Here are some more considerations to be aware of anytime that you are contemplating having a surgical hair replacement procedure done.

Currently, there are two types of surgery that surgeons perform today and one is more costly than the other.  However, the more costly one typically offers a higher level of success because of how advanced the procedure is.  What you want to keep in mind is that the costs of hair replacement surgery can vary from as little as $4,000 to as much as $20,000, depending on how extensively your condition has progressed.

Yes, these procedures can be costly, but over time, the benefits of having the surgery performed far outweigh the costs of it.  One option is a procedure referred to as “strip harvesting” which has been around for a long time.  Although it involves about half the cost of the second type of hair replacement procedure, it is not recommended for those individuals who prefer to keep their hair at a shorter length.  This is due to the fact that there are scars on the scalp that will always be visible when the hair is closely cropped.

The other procedure is referred to as FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction.  Granted, this hair replacement procedure is more costly than strip harvesting, it typically results in little or no scarring and a more natural looking hairline once the process is completed.  Instead of removing and then transplanting scalp tissue, FUE grafts smaller amounts of hair follicles and transplants them to the balding area using a punch to imbed them in the scalp tissue.  When you take the lack of scarring and a shorter healing period into consideration, this method is by far the better surgery of the two.

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