One of the first things people interested in surgical hair restoration wonder is: How much does hair restoration cost?
The answer to this varies widely, depending on a variety of factors:
- Where you seek treatment
- What type of hair transplant you get
- The extent of your hair loss
- Who will be performing the procedure, whether a surgical tech or surgeon
- Expertise and skill of the person performing the hair transplant
- How well you respond to the procedure
- How many sessions you need
Additional expenses may include travel costs, including lodging, and time taken off from work.
Is Hair Restoration Worth the Cost?
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo of North Atlanta Hair Restoration spends a lot of time talking to people who want to know more about hair transplantation.
His hair restoration podcast touches on questions you might have about transplants including the cost of Shave-Less FUE in a recent episode.
Dr. Danyo compares paying for hair restoration to buying a new car — the return on your investment is measured by your enjoyment and how it makes you feel, not in strictly monetary terms.
And while a new car will depreciate and look worse over time, hair restoration is fairly permanent and does not significantly diminish as time wears on.
While people may see some thinning in the decades after a transplant, for most, it’s a permanent hair loss solution with a high payoff in the way you look and feel.
Compared to other popular cosmetic procedures people have, say Botox and fillers – which go away over time and, some would say, are not nearly as transformative – the price of hair restoration can seem very reasonable, indeed.
The Per Graft Cost of Hair Transplantation
We’ve all seen those billboards advertising $2 a graft at chain hair transplant clinics, but Dr. Danyo wants everyone to know that those can be very misleading.
There’s usually fine print that says it’s more after, say, 1000 grafts, or there will be add-ons and upcharges they don’t mention.
These unmentioned details often drive the true cost of hair transplant procedures way above the advertised price.
What’s more, you want to make sure the price you’re paying is for grafts harvested and placed correctly, so they’ll have high viability.
You’ll pay a whole lot more than $2 a graft if a lot of the grafts don’t take and you have to get repeat procedures to fix failed or only partially successful transplants.
So be sure to ask who will be performing your hair transplant, whether a medically certified surgeon or a tech, before you decide – and don’t choose solely on price.
Board certified surgeon Dr. Danyo harvests and places every individual hair follicle himself, aided by the latest tools and his veteran surgical team.
How Many Grafts Will I Need?
You should expect around 1500+ grafts to fill up about three quarters to an inch across the hairline.
For hair in the crown area, it often takes 2,000 grafts or even more to get good coverage.
Dr. Danyo will talk to you about your short and long-term hair restoration goals and may encourage you to start small and see how you like each gradual improvement.
This approach can help you budget for hair restorations better and understand how much of a difference even a smaller hair transplant can make.
Of course, Dr. Danyo also works with patients who want full head of hair restorations for advanced hair loss – procedures that may take 8000 or more grafts with donor hair sites from the chest, beard, back of the head and more.
Your Return on Investment for Hair Restoration
What price would you put on looking younger, feeling more confident, and not having to wear a hat or specific hairstyle to hide your thinning hair?
Dr. Danyo notes that research has shown people feel better, healthier and more confident after hair restoration.
He’s seen it firsthand with his patients, how there can be a life transformation that’s evident to others, too.
“I’ve had patients that didn’t work out, who weren’t really conscientious of their diet, they come back at six months and they’re lean and mean, and there’s an attitude change. And really the hair, they’ve said, was kind of a fulcrum for them to get going in life and to make some important changes.”
The positive results of hair restoration can be seen in one’s professional life, personally and in terms of overall mental health.
It’s hard to put a price tag on how much that is worth.
Considering Hair Restoration?
Schedule a private and personalized consultation with Dr. Danyo right now.
He and his team at North Atlanta Hair Restoration can walk you through all your options, let you know what to expect and help you take the next steps. They can also talk to you about financing options and figure out the right treatment plan for your goals.