The Costs

As I mentioned earlier, hair transplant surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and it’s unlikely that your health insurance covers it. This means that you have to do it with your own money. What is important here is that the doctor explains all the costs to you.

As you can probably imagine, the cost depends on how much of a balding area you have to cover, how much the surgeon is and whether you opt for FUE or FUT (strip method).

You are probably familiar with the term ‘graft’ but do you know what it actually is’

A graft is just another name for a follicular unit. On average, each follicular unit’ has between two and three hairs. That means 3,000 grafts, on average, will produce between 6000 and 9000 hairs and most UK surgeries charge between ‘2 and ‘5 per graft (FUT method) and between ‘4 and ’10 (FUE method). That means 3,000 grafts, on average, will produce between 6000 and 9000 hairs. Now multiply the cost per graft and the amount could be anywhere between ‘6,000 and ‘30,000. It is important that you understand what is happening here as some doctors will try different techniques to attract patients to surgery.Your surgeon will tell you the number of grafts that is required. You’ve probably worked this out for yourself but obviously the larger the balding area, the more grafts are required and the greater the overall cost for the procedure.

In my personnel case, I had 2000 follicular units transplanted using the FUT method (which yielded approximately 5000 hairs) at a cost of ‘4000.

Don’t let yourself be deceived concerning costs. One way is by making the cost appear less than the actual amount. Sometimes single-hair grafts are needed for the frontal hairline. What some doctors have done in the past is to split the two-hair grafts into two, single-hair grafts. They then also split a four-hair graft into two, two-hair grafts thereby raising the number of grafts required and the overall price. Question the doctor concerning this..

Another all-too-frequent technique is where they make the initial estimate low and increase the number of grafts afterwards and then end up charging you more.

It is vital that your doctor explains to you the number of grafts required and the actual counting process of the grafts. Then you are crystal clear about what is required and what the costs are.

Always remember, if the initial estimate he or she makes sounds too good to be true, then it probably is; find yourself another doctor.

The total cost of the transplant is a very important factor in determining whether or not to have the procedure: it’s your hard-earned money! To ensure you get the best, you need an honest, qualified, professional doctor who can be trusted to do this for you. Any surgical treatment is permanent and there isn’t any room for error; it is important that you choose the right doctor.