25 January 2021
If you’re thinking about getting your hair back, you need to consider the financial damage. We break down how much it costs to get hair transplants done.
So you’ve decided to recapture your youth, take the plunge and start treatment on a new set of hair. It sounds great in theory: instant results and locks fit for a rockstar. But a solution that promises perfect, permanent hair will surely cause some damage to the back account, right?
Before you dive head first into the process of getting a hair transplant, it’s important to understand the true cost of the procedure. From consultations to treatment to after care, we’ve investigated how much a new mop will set you back.
(Meanwhile, you can head to Mosh today for a simpler hair loss treatment.)
While there isn’t a standard rate across the board, expect to pay in the four to five-figure range.
For starters, most clinics will charge you a consultation fee. Typically, this will cost in the $150-200 range, with some centres refunding the amount depending on whether you proceed with the full treatment.
There are two types of procedures for getting your hair back: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Although slightly different processes, both are in the similar price bracket, with FUE slightly more expensive.
FUT involves removing a 6 to 10 inch piece from your scalp and extracting hair follicles from your head. After sealing the area, the surgeon divides the piece they removed into tiny fragments, called grafts.
They then create tiny holes where they insert those grafts back into your head, each containing as little as one hair, before bandaging up the site.
On average the price per graft is between $5 and $10 ( depending on where you get your work done). Further, surgeons will usually insert 2-4000 grafts for a full head of hair. This means for an entirely bald man, you’re looking at around $20,000.
FUE is the process of extracting hair follicles from your head without needing to remove a piece of scalp. Similar to FUT, a surgeon would then create tiny holes where they insert grafts back into your head.
Although more expensive, there are several benefits of choosing this method: heals quicker, less pain and doesn’t cause significant scarring. You can also choose to take hair from other parts of the body.
Cost wise, you’re looking at closer to $10 per graft, meaning you would be set back over $20,000 to have your entire head of hair restored.
After the main part of the treatment is finished, you also have to consider the cost of aftercare, from medication to time spent off work if you don’t have any sick leave.
Like any surgery, you’ll likely experience soreness and uncomfortableness. Many surgeons will prescribe medication to help deal with any side effects.
In total, for a full head of hair, you’re looking at roughly $25,000. However, if you just plan on covering up a bald patch or treating a receding hairline, the amount will be in the vicinity of $5,000 to $15,000 depending on the size of the area.
Further, health insurers won’t cover the cost of the procedure. Although, it’s worth checking in with your provider to see if you’re entitled to any rebates.
Remember, there’s no universal rate, with different clinics charging different prices. Some will even reduce the price of the graft if you’re getting over a certain amount done.
Looking for a cheaper, more convenient and less painful alternative to regrowing your hair? Head to Mosh today to get started on getting your confidence back.