The following is a post contributed by Hair Loss Studio and touches on the subject I discussed earlier regarding the cost of hair transplant surgery.
There are a great many different factors that come into play when considering the overall cost of hair transplant surgery, both in the UK and in the US.
A hair transplant will typically be costed according to the number of grafts that the patient will require. 'Graft' is the term used to describe a natural grouping or cluster of hairs, which is normally between one and four hairs in total. Another term for a graft is 'follicular unit'. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) transplant surgery involves the individual removal of the follicular units from the scalp one by one using a special surgical instrument. A second method −follicular unit transplantation (FUT) −involves the removal of a whole strip of hair-containing tissue, with the individual follicular units subsequently removed from the strip as required. The FUE method of hair transplantation tends to be more expensive, as this process is more time consuming.
The cost of a hair transplant can vary dramatically depending on location. Even within one country, such as the US or UK, the cost will differ −sometimes substantially. In London, for example, you will pay a higher price than in Manchester; however, it could be argued that there is a concentration of some of the most highly-skilled surgeons in the world in the capital, which could make you consider this a premium worth paying. The same goes in the US, where you will find higher prices in LA and New York. In the UK, you are looking at a price of between £3,000 and £10,000 for a FUE session (single) and you need to bear in mind that you will usually require several treatments. FUT will generally cost between £5,000 and £8,000, which will fluctuate from region to region. While you may find treatment is available in the US for as little $4,000 (just under £2,800) in LA and NY, you will need to budget for between $10,000 and $15,000 depending on your treatment plan.
Weighing up your options
When considering the price of a hair transplant, it is really important to remember that you are paying for expert surgery and should not scrimp on the cost. A good practice will offer a thorough consultation and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about any aspect of the procedure. As with any form of surgery, it is important to shop around to get an idea of what is available, ask for personal recommendations from family and friends, and read testimonials from satisfied clients on the relevant practice website. A bad transplant will end up costing you far more to correct over the long term than getting your surgeon choice right the first time, even if this does mean paying a higher price.
Hair transplant surgery really can add to your confidence and quality of life, but do make sure that you do your research to ensure the best possible experience.
Article by Hair Loss Studio