What are the Real Costs of Hair Replacement?
According to the Hair Transplant Network, the cost of a hair transplant procedure depends on three things:
- The clinic where you have the transplant performed. Each clinic has different rates.
The type of hair transplant procedure: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
- The number of grafts and sessions necessary to transplant your hair successfully
The Hair Transplant Network gives an estimate of $4 to $8 per graft for a FUT procedure and $6 to $10 per graft for a FUE procedure. For example, if you need 6,800 grafts, you can spend between $27,200 to $54,400 for a FUT procedure and $40,800 to $68,000 for a FUE procedure.
If you choose scalp reduction, your real costs of hair replacement still vary by clinic. Scalp reduction is a surgical procedure in which the bald scalp is removed and the hair-bearing scalp is stretched over the area the bald scalp once covered. According to Cosmeticprocedureinfo.org, scalp reduction can cost between $1,500 and $4,000 per procedure. Scalp reduction can only be performed on the middle to back of the head and follow-up procedures may be needed further increasing your real costs of hair replacement.
Flap surgery involves cutting away a section of the bald scalp and sewing a section of hair-bearing scalp in its place. Flap surgery is often lumped into the same category as scalp reduction. Therefore, the prices may be similar for both procedures.
Another hair replacement procedure is scalp or tissue expansion. Tissue expansion involves the use of a tissue expander (a balloon-like device) that is inserted beneath the scalp. Saline is slowly added to the balloon to inflate it over a period of weeks or sometimes months. As the tension from the balloon increased, the scalp relaxes as new, hair-bearing scalp grows as a result. After enough hair-bearing scalp grows, a second procedure to remove the balloon and stretch the new, hair-bearing scalp over the balding scalp must be performed. The real costs of this hair replacement procedure can exceed $10,000.