Hair is the crown that you never take off.
Most people place a premium on keeping their head of hair thick and flourishing. Bill Gates even lamented that we invest more to cure baldness than lethal diseases like malaria.
The attention we pour onto our hair has driven the hair loss treatment industry to an estimate of $2.8 billion dollars. The lion’s share goes to males–85% of patients are getting hair loss treatment for men.
But as usual, where the money goes, trouble follows. A lot of clinics promise to win customers the fight against a receding hairline. However, hair transplant prices are usually high, because bringing back healthy hair is a meticulous process. A hair transplant is a surgical procedure. Surgeons make numerous incisions on the head and literally uproot and reposition hair follicles. This delicate process should only be performed by doctors who are experienced in surgery and hair loss treatment.
Expertise and specialization come at a price. Customers need to be wary of clinics that promise the moon and stars for cheap. Bad hair transplants are not only a waste of money but can also harm the patient. At best, hair can grow in unnatural directions. At worst, patients can contract infections and become badly, permanently scarred.
Still having second thoughts on that “great deal”? Here are 3 fast reasons why you should go to a reputable clinic instead:
You’ll end up looking terrible—forever
You would not get a tattoo from a subpar artist, because the permanence of inked skin is already ingrained in the minds of most people. So why would you risk irreversible damage and scarring to your scalp to save a couple of dollars?
Pain management doesn’t come cheap
Administered properly, local anesthesia numbs the scalp, saving patients from any discomfort or pain during the whole procedure. Cheap clinics may hire substandard anesthesiologists to cut costs. Hair transplant patients stay awake throughout the process, so going to a cheap clinic may mean signing up for a grueling 7-8 hour exercise in discomfort.
Save today, bills tomorrow
A “great deal” may just be code for doubling your costs. A botched operation may mean having to go to a second clinic that can do the procedure correctly, or paying for additional treatment to cure infections and correct bad scars.
The price of legitimate hair transplants can cause quite the sticker shock for some. However, it’s easier to reconcile figures when you see a breakdown of the benefits that you will be getting in return:
Trained teams and equipment Hair Transplant
Legitimate clinics take a lot of money to run. Hair clinics have high overhead costs, which cover everything from basic utilities to expensive hair restoration equipment. The cost also ensures that you get a team of professionals that are focused on giving you quality customer service, from the moment you walk through the door of the clinic.
Credibility and accountability
Not just any medical professional can perform hair transplant surgery. Doctors spend hours and money on transplant training and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) workshops. In the US, some surgeons even choose to get board-certified as proof of their medical expertise and knowledge.
It’s not uncommon to find cheap clinics that hire professionals on a part-time basis to save costs. While perfectly fine for jobs like consultancy, hair loss and transplant procedures require the focus of a full-time employee. Doctors transplant an average of 1,800 to 3,000 grafts per procedure, which can take around 7 hours or more. Part-timers might rush the procedure, resulting in work that looks like less than a thousand grafts.
Hair transplants are a costly procedure, but for good reason. A legitimate hair transplant clinic provides value for money, and places your safety, health, and satisfaction above cost-cutting and just making a sale.
If you’re looking for one such clinic, we invite you to visit us at the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration. Our resident hair restoration doctor, Dr. Andrew Kim, is trained in hair transplant procedures such as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and has a long history of satisfied clients. He is also a member of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and a fellow of the Korean College of Cosmetic Surgery.
Call us now, or simply fill out our inquiry form to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kim today!