Cost is among the major considerations behind your decision on hair transplant surgery. In Australia, the procedure does not come cheap, but for a valid reason. It has been a reliable treatment with results to show for it. This is reflected in an ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) data which showed that hair restoration surgeries jumped 60% worldwide from 2014 to 2016.
If you are willing to shell out the money, don’t you want to know what are the specifics involved?
Hair Transplant Cost Components
You must understand that there are several factors that affect the cost of hair transplant surgery. We’ve broken down the relevant expenses for you to know where your budget is going.
Hair Transplant Consultation
A hair transplant consultation is an indispensable step to any surgical hair restoration journey. In your search for a hair transplant surgeon, it is possible that you approach different surgeons. Some offer it for free, but most of the time this comes at a fee.
The usual cost of these consultations is around $150. The cost is often waived if you decide to get your surgery done at the clinic.
Donor Graft Extraction and Implantation Process
The type of hair transplant surgery is defined by the extraction process for the donor graft. There are two different methods, the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).
FUT, or the “strip method” is the traditional approach in hair transplant surgery. It is a more invasive technique as it involves the removal of a piece of skin at the back of the scalp. It is a good source of donor grafts because it is the least susceptible to androgenetic alopecia.
In a FUT procedure, the cost is counted by individual grafts, and it costs approximately $4-$7 per graft. Furthermore, prices vary depending on the number of grafts needed for your case.
The FUE is an alternative to the traditional method where the donor grafts are removed directly from the scalp. It is a more tedious process and it takes more time to complete. This explains why this procedure is more expensive compared to FUT.
The same with FUT, the price is counted by graft. It ranges around $6-$10 per graft. The overall cost will also depend on the extent of the work required for your case.
Your surgeon’s experience and expertise are contributing factors to the amount you pay for their professional fee (PF). Also, expect that a surgeon’s PF will also vary for each region in Australia.
In this regard, you must not let a surgeon’s fee be a primary factor in your decision. This might push you to easily fall for the cheapest price, but without much to show for quality.
Hair Transplant Surgery Coverage
The extent of work that needs to be done will also factor in with the total cost of surgery. The coverage will mainly depend on the aesthetic goal you aim to achieve while maintaining realistic expectations.
For example, a 50-year-old’s hairline after surgery should not be as low as that of a 30-year-old. That creates a domino effect because that would define the number of grafts needed, the extent of work, the length of time, and ultimately the cost.
A good hair transplant not only restores hair volume, but it should also be done with the intent of creating natural-looking results. Therefore, the number of grafts will vary accordingly.
Hair Transplant Patient Care
Hair restoration comes with several steps, outside of the actual surgery, to achieve the desired result. These steps should also be accounted for when estimating your budget. Patient care will include the following:
- Pre-surgical consultation
Aside from the initial consultation mentioned earlier, a pre-surgical consultation may also take place. This will be scheduled once you finally decided to get the surgery done. It may involve taking baseline photos, pre-surgical instructions, and physical examination.
- Return visits
After the surgery, you will be advised to return for follow-up checkups. These appointments are usually scheduled after the first week, months 1,3, and 6, and right after the first year. They are necessary for the surgeon to assess you are progressing across post-surgical milestones.
This will include your anesthetics and post-operative medications. If you have been taking hair loss medications before the surgery, you will be advised to continue them even after the procedure. Pain medications and antibiotics will also be prescribed to promote a safe, comfortable, and a timely healing process.
Hair Transplant Revision
In surgical hair restoration, a revision can cost you more than the first surgery. It takes certain skills and more time to correct a botched outcome than finishing a primary procedure. That is why hair surgeons charge more for corrections. Furthermore, the rate would also depend on the extent of the remedy needed.
There is no set price for hair transplant revisions because this is determined only after the surgeon has assessed your case. Therefore, you must invest in a good practitioner from the get-go to avoid corrective procedures in the future.
In cases where the same surgeon deems it necessary to make corrective work, sometimes they do this free of charge. For patients who may need additional work done, appropriate charges will also apply, but this would relatively be cheaper than the first procedure. If a secondary surgery has always been in the plan, the expected cost can already be determined and prepared for after your initial consult.
Hair transplant surgery is not covered by insurance because it is an elective procedure. Your only option would be out-of-pocket payment or through personal loans.
There is no exact price for hair transplant surgery. The only way to get a specific quotation is through a personal consultation. Each patient comes with varying cases and the approach to care will also be customised based on your needs. Therefore, be wary if you come across hair transplant packages that promise X number of grafts for a certain amount.
Be properly advised today. If you have more questions, or if you want to get a quotation, you may book your consultation, here.