It is widely believed by people that hair implantation is a fairly expensive procedure. However, that is not the case. The cost of hair transplantation is influenced by various factors and varies from person to person. Keep reading this article to learn more about the factors influencing the cost of hair implantation.
Here’s a list of 8 factors that determine the hair transplantation cost –
- Number of grafts required
In India, the cost of a graft typically ranges from 25 to 120 INR. Thus the overall cost of your treatment is determined by the number of grafts required. It is not possible to determine this without actually consulting the surgeon. Thus to determine the cost of hair transplantation based on the number of grafts required, do consult your surgeon first.
However, do not fall prey to treatments that offer you more grafts at a cheaper price. Many clinics offer more grafts by splitting them into two or three grafts. This increases the density of grafts, but the overall quality of your hair transplant gets hampered.
- The technique of hair implantation
Nowadays, different hair transplantation techniques are used, which highly influence the cost of hair transplantation, like Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), and Direct Hair Implantation (DHI).
To extract hair follicles during follicular unit transplantation, a strip of skin is peeled away from the side or back of the hair. Later, these follicles are implanted in the area that is balding. This method’s drawback is that because the donor area is later sewn, it leaves scars after the procedure.
Another widely used procedure is Follicular Unit Extraction. Here, the hair follicles are directly extracted from the donor site and implanted in the balding area with the help of a pen-micrometer drill punch. However, one of the cons of this technique is that it takes a longer time to complete and needs to be done with precision. Thus, more sessions will cost you more.
Among all these techniques, Direct Hair Implantation is the best procedure. In this technique, the hair follicles are carefully extracted one by one and preserved in a solution for around 4 hours, maintained at a specific temperature. This increases the chances of survival of the hair grafts and gives you better results.
- Degree of baldness
The degree of baldness has an immediate impact on how much a hair transplant treatment costs. The number of grafts required increases along with the grade or stage of hair loss, which has an impact on the procedure’s cost. Small bald spots can be easily treated with less effort and time.
However, treatment of bigger bald spots will cost you more money. You can determine your degree of baldness with the help of Norwood classification. You can use it as a guide, but be sure to consult your doctor for accurate information.
- Surgeon’s experience and qualification
The success of the hair transplantation technique is directly proportional to the experience and knowledge of the doctor/surgeon performing it. Thus you need to consult a doctor who is well-experienced in this field. Consequently, a surgeon with more experience and knowledge can charge you higher for the services.
Here, you should not go for cheap alternatives as there have been instances where hair transplants turned out to be fatal due to the inefficiency of the staff and surgeon. A well-experienced surgeon may charge you higher, but they have better knowledge and know how to deal with emergency situations.
- Number of donor grafts available
During the hair transplant treatment, the hair follicles are extracted from the back and side of the head. However, if you lack a number of healthy grafts, the surgeon might have to extract hair follicles from various parts of the body including arms, legs, chest and face. This requires it to be carried out with great care and precision. As a result, this can increase the overall cost of hair implantation.
- Number of sessions required
The majority of hair transplant surgeries are performed in a single session. However, if you have a large area of baldness, the procedure might be repeated twice or more. Roughly 3000 to 4000 grafts are implanted during a single session which lasts for 5 to 8 hours. However, you might require more sessions if there is a requirement for the implantation of more grafts. The grafting of hair follicles takes time, and it can affect the cost of your overall treatment.
- Consultation charges
Prior to your treatment, you will have to visit the hair transplant clinic for consultation. Now some of the clinics might offer free-of-cost consultation, whereas some of them have a nominal charge. Make sure that you consider this before proceeding with your treatment.
These are some of the things that affect the overall cost of hair implantation. Make sure that you consider all these aspects and plan your budget accordingly. Hopefully, this article has provided you with some insight on what are the different factors that affect the overall cost of hair transplantation treatment.