We are ready to spend endless hours and money on our hair care routine. The money we spend on shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, hair serums, volumizers, shine serums, and other hair care products is known only to our bank statements and mobile payment services. No matter what we try, our hair growth rate depends on genetics, age, and health. But when our body’s natural system fails to do so, modern technology in the healthcare industry can regrow hair. In this blog, I have covered everything about hair transplant surgeries, their procedures, and their costs. So, just keep reading!

Let’s Talk about the Hair

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Our whole body is covered with hair except lips, palms, and soles. Beneath the skin is a network of nerves, blood vessels, sweat glands, and hair follicles – where individual hairs gradually grow. As part of their natural cycle, hair stops growing and falls out of the follicles which is to be replaced by new ones. The problem comes when hair stops growing for some reason. And it can be caused by many factors, from scars to trauma. Sometimes, hair follicles look like perfect hair-making machines, but the hormone dihydro-testosterone turns them off. So there will be continued hair fall but no regrowth thereby resulting in hair loss. Although both men and women suffer from hair loss – alopecia – it is most often noticeable in men on the top of the head, around the hairline, and back to the crown. When this problem affects the individual’s self-esteem hair transplant surgery came into practice to find a permanent solution to this problem.

This data represents the estimated number of hair transplant procedures performed globally each year from 2013 to 2022. We see an increase in the number of hair transplants year by year so, let’s understand more about it. 

Year Hair Transplants (in thousands)
2013 290
2014 320
2015 350
2016 380
2017 410
2018 440
2019 470
2020 500
2021 530
2022 560

Origin of Hair Transplants

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Hair transplants began in the 1950s when doctors were first able to successfully remove hair follicles from one part of the head and implant them in another. However, early transplanting efforts gave less than ideal results. Surgeons remove small 3-4 mm patches of skin, which contain about 20 hair-growing follicles, which are called plugs. These plugs are inserted into small holes made in the hairless area in a sort of grid pattern. But the problem is that the follicles grow properly, but where they are implanted, not where they are not. So, the transplanted hair looks more or less like a doll’s hair. But medical science has progressed very rapidly in the last few decades and hair transplant surgery is now an unimaginable delicate and thorough procedure. Instead of moving more than twenty follicles together, most modern transplants move 1 or 2 at a time, called follicular units.

Hair Transplantation Techniques

Just look at your hair in the mirror. You can see how dense they are. Imagine plucking each hair and pinning it one by one. You can realize how laborious and time-consuming it is. So, how do they divide all those follicular units? Let’s see the techniques used in hair transplantation procedures.

1. Follicular Unit Transplantation

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This involves removing the thin skin from the protective zone at the back of the head and cutting it into individual follicles. The follicular units are then inserted into small incisions in the skin of the balding area and the wound at the back of the head is closed with sutures or staples. This method allows surgeons to obtain thousands of follicles simultaneously. The average cost for this technique is around $4000 to $10000 per graft. The success rate of the FUT technique is around 95-98%. However, the only disadvantage of this strip method is the scar on the patient’s head due to the sutures.

2. Follicular Unit Extraction

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In this technique, instead of cutting out a large section of skin at once, it uses a punch tool like a small drill to cut out individual follicular units, leaving the rest of the skin intact. Follicular units are then implanted into the bald area in the same manner as the strip method. The average cost for this technique is around $6000 to $12000 per graft. FUE hair transplants have one of the highest success rates of 95% – 100%. And the added advantage is that there is no scar here.

3. ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplants

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The robotic device uses its advanced imaging and mapping technology to extract follicles based on the quality of the hair. This technique does about a thousand grafts an hour. This procedure is minimally invasive and gives a rapid healing. Right now this technique is used only on men and not on women. Their success rate is around 98% and The average cost for this technique is around $7000 to $18000 per graft.

Whatever the technique may be, it can take up to 18 months to see the results of a hair transplant. After surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain relievers for several days. Nowadays follicles are taken not only from the head but also from other parts of the body like the chest. 

How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?

A hair transplant is not something you buy on a whim. They are an investment that requires careful research. Before undergoing a hair transplant you should have answers to the following questions: Which hair transplant method should I choose? How much downtime is required? And, most importantly: How much does a hair transplant cost? You may already have an idea for the first two questions. The average cost of hair transplantation is between $4,000 to $15,000. As there are many variations in the cost of hair transplant surgery, it is very important to consult with a hair restoration specialist before booking the surgery. However, several factors greatly affect the cost of the procedure, mainly:

1. The Extent of Hair Loss or Baldness

If your hair loss or baldness is mild and you are already undergoing medications and treatments for your hair, the cost will be affordable.

2. Area Requiring Hair Transplant Surgery

The cost of hair transplant depends on the area where the procedure is performed. For example hairline, crown, beard, or eyebrows.

Total Number of Hair Grafts Required

The number of grafts needed depends on the extent of your hair loss. Prices are usually charged per graft – so the more grafts you need, the more expensive the hair transplant will be. 

3. The Type of Hair Transplant Procedure Chosen

The time, equipment, and the surgeon will significantly affect the cost of your hair transplant surgery. Generally, FUE is more expensive than FUT because it is more time-consuming and requires more skill. Robotic surgical procedures are even more expensive as the technology is more advanced.

4. Experience of the Cosmetic Surgeon

A surgeon with specialised training in hair transplantation or who has a proven track record of success can charge more than someone who does not specialise in the procedure.

5. Medications & Additional Treatments

Medications to help with hair transplant recovery and the total number of additional treatments are factors to consider when trying to answer the question: “How much does a hair transplant cost?”

6. Infrastructure in the Hospital

Advanced technology and facilities in hospitals also affect the cost of hair transplants. The more comfortable and cared for you in hospitals, the higher the cost would be.

“How much does a hair transplant cost?” When you think about it, these factors help explain why finding a definitive answer can be tricky.

Hair Transplant Cost Trends for the Past Two Decades

Decade Average Cost per Graft (USD) Factors Affecting Cost
Early 2000s $2 – $8 Location, Clinic/Surgeon Reputation, Technique (Limited Options), Number of Grafts
Mid-2000s $1.5 – $5 Technological Advancements (FUE), Increased Competition
Late 2000s – Early 2010s $1 – $4 Medical Tourism, Increased Competition
Mid-2010s – Present $1 – $3 Stabilized/Slightly Decreased Cost (Regional Variations)

Final Thoughts

Hair transplant surgery has evolved significantly, offering a viable solution to those struggling with hair loss. As many factors influence the answer to the question: “How much does a hair transplant cost?”, there is no exact price that everyone pays for hair transplant surgery. Whether traditional FUT, precision FUE, or the advanced ARTAS robotic method it is very important to thoroughly research and consult with a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon to make a decision that best suits your needs and budget.