Male hair restoration Surgery Costs*
Each hair transplant case is individual, and hair restoration costs vary widely depending on factors such as the surgeons experience, the techniques used, and the number of hairs grafted. The surgical hair restoration procedure usually comprises three costs: local or general anesthesia fees, facility fees, and physician fees.
Hair restoration clinics typically provide free no obligation consultations, with surgical sessions priced either per graft or by the session. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for Male hair restoration at approximately $4,265. Some clinics charge per graft, with each graft costing $3 - $8. You must also be aware that you may need three or more hair transplant procedures overall to achieve optimal results.
It is normal for the price per graft to go down as the size of the surgical hair transplant session increases. Many clinics will offer a reduced rate per graft once a certain surgical session size (i.e. 1,000 or 2,000 grafts) is exceeded.
Most cosmetic surgeons and surgical clinics offer flexible hair restoration financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.
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Am I a candidate for a male hair restoration Procedure?
Men typically seek hair transplantation surgery to correct hair loss resulting from genetics, aging, a traumatic injury, or certain medical conditions. The ideal hair transplantation candidate must have healthy existing hair on the back or sides of the head. The candidate must also be prepared to undergo treatment in multiple sessions that can take several hours.
The most important thing to consider when thinking about having hair restoration surgery is that you must have enough hair to be transplanted. Your hair transplant doctor will analyse the texture, density and color of your donor hair, future hair loss projections and your skin type to evaluate if there is enough hair to transplant and if so, the number of grafts needed to meet your expectations.
Patients over 30 normally make good hair transplant candidates, because people in their twenties have not yet developed a fixed pattern of hair loss that doctor can use to evaluate future hair loss and customize the surgery. However, people in their early twenties who are starting to lose their hair and who have a family history of male pattern baldness can choose to have the procedure.
Hair loss affects individuals in different ways, but if you feel that your hair loss is negatively impacting on your self-esteem, your social life, your confidence and/or performance at work and your self-assurance with the opposite sex, you may be a good candidate for hair restoration.
Before you consider undergoing hair restoration surgery, as with any cosmetic surgery, you must:
- Be physically and emotionally healthy
- Have realistic goals and expectations for the results of your hair transplant surgery.
What is a male hair restoration Procedure?
Male hair loss (also known as male pattern baldness/androgenic alopecia) is the most common type of hair loss. It is caused by increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens) in certain parts of the scalp, and is a hereditary condition. The hormones make the hair follicles shrink until gradually they become so small that they cannot replace lost hairs.
Hair restoration or hair transplant is a surgical procedure where hairs are taken from an area of the scalp resistant to baldness (usually the sides and the back of the head) and grafted to the bald area of the scalp.
With half the men in the United States suffering from hair loss by age 50, hair transplants have become the number one cosmetic procedure for men in the United States. Many women also suffer from thinning hair or patterns of baldness. Each year there are more than 20,000 consultations and five million transplant procedures.
Although hair loss treatment doesn't work for everyone, hair transplants do offer permanent hair restoration for most patients. The goal is to give you the natural-looking appearance of healthy hair.
Hair transplant surgery is a method of hair distribution. A hair transplant procedure always begins with your own healthy donor hair, located on the sides and back of the head. This hair is naturally resistant to balding, allowing it to continue to grow throughout your lifetime. This is male pattern baldness. Most men with standard male pattern baldness will have a healthy donor area with plenty of viable hairs for the hair transplant surgery. However, if your hair loss is not hereditary and is caused by other conditions such as stress or medication, you will need to consult a dermatologist before considering a hair restoration procedure.
For virtually all hair loss sufferers, even those with severe baldness, there is typically hair that grows for life on the sides and back of the head. This is because the hair in this "donor area" is genetically different from the hair on the top of the head in people who go bald.
The hair follicles in the donor area are genetically resistant to the effects of baldness causing hormones such as (DHT) dihydrotestosterone. That's why they continue to grow, while the hair in the male pattern baldness area thins and goes bald over time.
Different hair transplant clinics use different methods and technology to achieve results, and it is an intricate procedure that requires a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon. In follicular unit hair transplantations, a small section of tissue with hairs is removed from the donor area and prepared for surgery under intense magnification. Follicular units grow in groups of 1-4 hairs. The hair transplant surgeon can use different types of graft to graft different numbers of hairs and follicles including micro-grafts (1-2 hairs; slit grafts (4-10 hairs) and strip grafts (30-40 hairs).
The hair transplant surgeon places these follicular units at precise but varied angles in the frontal hair zone to create a soft, natural looking hairline. Larger follicular units are placed behind the hairline, giving density and volume to the larger balding areas. Hair restoration surgeons reproduce with micro-grafts exactly how hair grows in nature and the hairs are transplanted in suitable areas, i.e. certain groups of hair and tissue are best suited to the hairline, others to the crown of the head. These tissue and hair groupings become embedded into the recipient site and will grow again in its natural pattern as normal hair, blending with the hair you already have.
A successful hair transplant surgery will make the whole new head of hair appear natural, while maximising hair growth and minimizing scalp trauma with minimal scarring.
Finely tuned understandings of hair growth patterns and advancements in follicular unit grafting can produce remarkably natural results with hair transplant surgery. Surgical hair restoration begins with an evaluation of the donor area, located at the back and sides of the head. The hair restoration surgeon will select donor hairs from this area that are genetically programmed not to shed and the most resistant to balding, making them the ideal hair for hair restoration. Only a trained specialist can judge whether you have the sufficient hair density needed for successful hair transplantation surgery.
However, there are also more extensive kinds of hair replacement surgery that can produce dramatic results in much shorter time. A flap is an example of such surgery. This involve removing an area of scalp to be stitched to a balding spot yet maintaining the blood supply from the original donor site.
Before committing to undergo hair replacement surgery, it is important to weigh up the benefits and risks of the procedure. Thanks to modern techniques, the benefits of hair replacement surgery are becoming greater and the risks fewer. During your consultation, your hair transplant surgeon will discuss the hair restoration procedure in detail with you, and talk to you about the side effects, risks and possible complications so that you can make an informed decision about the hair transplant surgery.
Hair replacement surgery don't require hospitalization and is usually carried out in the hair replacement doctor's office. A typical hair restoration session of between 1,500 to 3,000 grafts normally involves a full day of surgery on an out patient basis. Most patients will arrive in the morning and will have their procedure completed by late afternoon. The procedure can require several hours and multiple treatment sessions over the course of up to two years. Anesthesia options should be discussed with your surgeon and the anesthesiologist. The hair restoration procedure is often performed under local anesthesia, though general anesthesia may be used for more extensive surgery.
You may gently wash your hair 48 hours after surgery and stitches can be removed 10 days later.
The skills, techniques and results of hair transplant surgeons vary widely. It is very important to choose the right doctor, procedure and clinic to ensure that you obtain completely natural results.
See Questions to ask a surgeon about a male hair restoration procedure for more information on choosing a good hair transplant surgeon.
Male hair restoration surgery Procedure Steps
This is an overview of how the hair transplant procedure is performed, though individual surgical practice may vary.
Step 1 - Anesthesia
Step 2 - The grafts
- Local anesthesia is administered in the donor and recipient areas of the scalp, and once this takes effect you should feel no pain or discomfort during the hair restoration surgery. (The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, though general anesthesia may be used for more extensive hair transplant surgery. Anesthesia options should be discussed with your surgeon and the anaesthesiologist prior to undergoing the surgical hair restoration procedure.)
Step 3 - The sutures
- Segments of the scalp (grafts) which contain hair from the denser donor area are removed using a sharp carbon steel tube puncher or a scalpel and then attached to the recipient balding or thinning area. These grafts vary in size - mini-grafts contain up to four hairs; slit grafts that are inserted into slits in the scalp have up to ten hairs; round-shaped punch grafts have up to ten hairs and strip grafts contain up to 40 hairs. Your doctor will have determined which graft treatment is best for you.
Step 4 - The results
- The donor skin site is then stitched back together. There will be some scarring but it will be covered with hair. You wont feel will not feel pain but may experience the discomfort of tugging and pulling sensations on the scalp area.
- Immediately following hair transplant surgery a patients recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions where the grafts were taken. These hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within a week to ten days. The hair restoration doctor may prescribe oral and topical medications to manage minimal discomfort, bruising, and swelling. The transplanted hair will often fall out within six weeks, but re-growth is expected to occur within three months.
Male hair restoration Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps
You should feel well a day or two after your surgical hair restoration, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery.
Normally it takes between three to five months following hair restoration surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patients transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow and the results should look entirely natural, even under close examination. This hair will continue to grow over your lifetime.
Approximately 24 hours after the hair transplant surgery, small scabs will have formed on each of the grafts. This is normal, and they will usually be shed in about seven to ten days following hair replacement surgery. You should be able to gently wash your hair after 48 hours, and can go back to work and resume normal light activities in five to seven days.
Approximately six to fifteen weeks after the hair transplant procedure, the grafted hair should begin to grow at the normal hair growth rate of 1 cm per month.
Hair replacement surgery is a complicated procedure that may require several hair transplant sessions over a period of one to two years before the desired result is achieved. However, this intricate process should produce new, natural looking hair growth that will last a lifetime.
Male hair restoration Surgery Side Effects and Surgery Risks
As with any surgery, there are side effects and risks involved with hair replacement surgery, mostly during the healing process.
Hair restoration surgery side effects include:
- Small scabs which form over the graft areas
- Temporary thinning of pre-existing hair
- Mild pain and discomfort
Complications after hair transplant surgery are rare, and the chance of risks and complications can be minimized by choosing a skilled, highly experienced, qualified hair transplant surgeon and ensuring that you thoroughly understand the procedure and follow their advice pre- and post-surgery.
Possible hair restoration surgery risks and complications include:
- Numbness of the scalp this is usually temporary and resolves in several months but can be permanent.
- Transplanted hair may not survive the procedure
If you do experience any of these complications following your hair transplantation procedure, call your doctor immediately.
Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a Male hair restoration procedure
Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about male hair restoration surgery. Here is an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.
- Am I a good candidate for male hair restoration surgery?
- Are my described expectations realistic?
- Where is the surgery performed?
- How long will the procedure take?
- What kind of anesthesia is used?
- What is your experience in performing male hair restoration surgery?
- Can I see your qualifications?
- Ask to see any before and after male hair restoration photographs of recent surgeries
- What percentages of your male hair restoration surgery patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
- Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
- How much will my male hair restoration surgery cost?
- Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
- Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
- Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
- What is the recovery and healing period for male hair restoration surgery? When can I resume full normal activity?
- Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended
- Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)