Why Hair Transplant Is Expensive: A Research on Hair Transplantation Prices

Hair transplantation prices vary according to the level of hair loss, the hospital where the transplantation is performed, the number of grafts to be transplanted, the technique used, the doctor performing the operation or the additional services provided. Hair transplantation prices are not standard, so it is not possible to express the answer to this question with a single figure without knowing your needs and wishes. To learn your hair transplantation cost, you need to know certain information.

In order to determine hair transplantation prices and costs, firstly you need to know how many grafts are needed for transplantation. The most important differences in hair transplantation prices, which are calculated according to the number of grafts, which represent the number of hair follicles to be transplanted, are especially visible in small-scale plantings such as beard planting, trimming planting or planting over 5000 grafts.

Hair transplantation fees also vary according to the method of planting. Your choice of method and additional applications (FUE, DHI, ROBOTIC, FUE with PRP, SAPPHIRE, etc.) affect the price of hair transplantation.

In his article named “The Future for Hair Transplantation“, William R. Rassman, MD (2003) explains the average price spent on hair transplant per person in the US as: “Using the $1 billion figure and the average number of surgeries performed on each patient as three, the number of hair transplant procedures performed in the United States is charted in Figure B, based upon the price of the procedure. I will leave it up to the reader to decide what the correct figure is. Our practice shows that the average patient spends $5,000 and usually has two procedures performed to complete their results.”

Hair Transplant Prices by Number of Grafts

Hair transplantation prices may vary according to the number of grafts to be transplanted. The higher the number of the hair follicle to be transplanted to the patient, the longer the operation time, and the lower the number of the graft to be transplanted and the less the operation time and effort. Some hair transplantation centers have a single price policy, while some hair transplantation centers calculate hair transplantation graft prices. The hair transplantation price list includes operations involving 500-1000 grafts such as beard and mustache transplantation, operations involving 2500 grafts such as regional transplants, or general hair transplantation operations performed over 3500 grafts and above.

The structure of the grafts affects hair transplantation fees as well as the number of grafts. The structure of the hair follicles in hair transplantation can directly affect the result. Transplantation with curly and/or fine hair follicles or gray grafts requires more mastery. As the quality of the grafts increases, the hair transplantation fees decrease.

There are two ways to learn hair transplantation prices and to understand how many grafts are needed for your hair transplantation.

  1. Norwood Scale: For this, you can make an approximate estimate by using the Norwood Scale which we explained in detail below. To understand this, use the Norwood Scale and the number of grafts according to the hair transplant price list below.
  2. Online Analysis: You can find out the number of grafts required for your hair transplantation by using the free analysis service of hair transplantation centers.

Hair Transplantation Prices by Norwood Scale

Type I: This is a period where the spill starts but is not easily noticed. Although there is no obvious change, the dilutions in the foreground can be understood by careful analysis. Hair transplantation at this level is not recommended.

Type 2 and Type 2a: Forehead enlargement and temple openings have begun. When the hair loss slows down, hair transplantation can be performed if appropriate under other conditions. The average number of grafts needed for type 2 hair loss is between 500 and 2500. Type 2 hair transplantation prices are between $750 and $2500.

Type 3 and Type 3a: It is the level where hair loss has also caused opening at the peak. At this level, the hairline regressed and the forehead was further opened. Dilutions at the top just start. The number of grafts is between 2500 and 3500. Hair transplantation prices are approximately between $3000 and $5000.

Type 4 and Type 4a: The appearance of hair loss is typical of male pattern hair loss (AGA). This type of hair transplantation operation requires between 3500 – 4500 grafts. The average price of Type 4 hair transplantation is between $3750 and $6750.

Type 5: The top of the head is connected to the front of the opening, baldness has shown itself thoroughly. In this type of spills, hair transplantation requires 4500 – 5500 grafts. The average hair transplantation price for this type of hair loss is between $6000 and $10000.

  • 3000 Graft Hair Transplantation Price

In an average hair transplant center that calculates the price per graft and uses the FUE method, the average 3000 graft hair transplantation prices range from $4,000 to $6,000. Hair transplantation centers determine hair transplantation prices for 3000 grafts and customize hair transplantation prices by adding additional fees for hospital location, doctor’s difference, additional applications or other expenses.

  • 4000 Graft Hair Transplantation Price

The price of 4000 graft hair transplantation varies according to the hair transplantation center, doctor and transplantation method you choose. As of 2019, the price of 4000 graft hair transplantation performed by the FUE method is between $6,000 – $8,000. 3000 – 4000 graft hair transplantation operations are among the most common operations. 4000 graft hair transplantation can be performed by different methods and these methods affect the price at a certain rate.

  • 5000 Graft Hair Transplantation Price

5000 graft hair transplantation corresponds to the type-5 and type-6 ranges on the Norwood scale. 5000 grafts are an important limit for risk-free hair transplantation. Many physicians find it necessary to perform these operations with more than 5000 grafts in 2 sessions to avoid consuming the donor site. Therefore, 5000 graft hair transplantation to be performed in a single session should be performed with care and donor area should be used more carefully to avoid a non-aesthetic appearance. As of 2019, the price of 5000 graft hair transplantation performed by the FUE method is generally more than $10,000.

Hair Transplantation Prices According to Methods Used

The main factor affecting hair transplantation prices is the method of hair transplantation. The cost of each method varies. FUE hair transplantation prices are different from the DHI hair transplantation price range. With the FUE method, hair transplantation prices start at an average of $4500, but fees may increase due to additional applications such as PRP and differences between doctors/centers.

In addition, the average price of unshaved hair transplantation with the DHI method or FUE requires an extra $2000. The cost of robotic hair transplantation, which enables the FUE technique to be carried out by a computer, is considerably higher than other methods. Robotic plantation prices can reach $20,000 – $25,000.

FUE Hair Transplantation Prices

Hair transplantation prices made by the FUE method start from $4,000 – $4,500 on average. The FUE method is a procedure that involves collecting and transplanting hair follicles from the donor area individually by means of a micromotor device. It is the most commonly used basic hair transplantation method today. FUE hair transplantation prices are more favorable compared to other methods. Although FUE hair transplantation prices may vary according to the number of grafts, the average FUE method for planting below 3500 grafts is approximately $4,500, while for more intense plantations this number may be more than $5,000.

FUE is the most widely used hair transplantation method today. The FUE method is carried out with a manual punch or a newer method, the micromotor device. FUE, which is based on picking and transplanting hair follicles with tiny tipped punches, is both more common and more suitable than other techniques. When calculating hair transplantation prices with the FUE method, it should be known that the use of a manual punch can change the prices. Furthermore, hair transplantation prices with the FUE method may vary due to additional applications such as PRP, sapphire or pen method (DHI).

DHI Hair Transplantation Prices

In the DHI method, also known as the Choi pen or Pen technique, grooving and root placement are performed simultaneously with medical pens. The DHI method has several advantages compared with the FUE method, but this does not mean that the DHI method is the ideal method for every hair transplantation operation. DHI hair transplantation price range is higher than other methods because of the medical items used in hair transplantation. Disposable medical pens can be seen as more advantageous as they reduce operating time while increasing costs.

The DHI hair transplant price range can range from about $6,000 to $8,000 for a planting that requires an average of 3,500 grafts. Hair transplantation fees with the DHI technique also vary according to the service policy of the hair transplantation center.

Unshaved Hair Transplantation Prices

Prices of hair transplantation operations made without haircuts with an average graft number of 3500 can vary between $5.500 and $15.000. These operations can be performed by DHI or FUE method. Unshaved hair transplantations are very popular among women and men who do not want to shorten the length of their hair.

Prices have increased in hair transplantation without haircutting. The reason for this is the prolongation of the time in hair transplantation (unshaved hair transplantation) and limiting the mobility of the doctor in the operation. Planting between the long hair makes the process a bit tedious and this situation is reflected in the prices.

Hair Densification Transplant Prices

Hair densification prices are lower than hair transplantation prices. It is much more suitable than conventional hair transplantation because it uses fewer grafts and shorter operation time than normal hair transplantation. Hair densification is performed by FUE or DHI method. In hair densification, hair follicles to be transplanted have a much smaller number than 3000 grafts.

This planting between the existing hair is an ideal method for people with rare hair problems. Transplantation for hair densification can also include operations with fewer grafts, such as mustache densification, regional cavity filling or forehead width reduction. Approximately 500 to 2000 grafts are used in these and similar operations. Hair densification prices range from $2,000 to $4,500 (Hair densification is not recommended for a person with intensive hair loss).

Robotic Hair Transplantation Prices

In robotic hair transplantation, which is based on the FUE method, graft collection is performed by a doctor controlled computer. Then, in the stage of transplanting the collected hair follicles, the robot is deactivated. Hair follicles are placed in channels opened by doctors and nurses.

Robotic hair transplantation prices are about twice as high as FUE because it requires high infrastructure technology. Robotic hair transplantation prices are rising due to the high cost of the computerized robotic device and for the time being, it is only produced in several countries. Nevertheless, robotic hair transplantation prices start at approximately $20,000, even if the cost of having hair transplantation performed by a doctor-operated hair transplantation robot varies according to the hair transplantation center.

Other Factors Affecting the Price of Hair Transplantation

Factors affecting the price of hair transplantation are known to all of us, but before the hair transplant operation, it will make it easier to choose the method closest to your needs in order not to overrun your budget. Hair transplantation prices are affected by different factors besides the number of grafts and the method.

The location of the hair transplantation center and the services provided, the expectations of the patient and the choice of a doctor are among the factors that affect the hair transplantation prices. It is known that there are no doctors in some places that do hair transplantation and that they perform planting in inappropriate conditions. Since the necessary conditions are not provided, the cheapest hair transplantation prices can be obtained from these and similar places.

  • Doctor Factor in Hair Transplant Prices

The skill, experience or popularity of the doctor affects the price of hair transplantation. Hair transplantation prices of physicians who have made a name for themselves in the hair transplantation process, have made a technical innovation to the literature or have positive references to various workshops and seminars are more expensive than usual. Besides, the price of popular doctors who have used the media and advertising channels is higher as well.

The price of the procedure performed by a normal physician ranges from $4,000 to $5,000, but as the popularity, quality of education or experience increases, it may increase to $10,000 to $30,000. In addition to this, unfortunately, it is known that the operation might sometimes be performed by people who are not physicians. Hair transplantation that is carried out by people who have not been trained in medicine carries various risk factors even if it costs less.

  • Hair Transplantation Factor in Hair Transplant Prices

Hair transplantation centers are the price determinants in hair transplantation operations. Your choice of hair transplantation center can reduce or raise the price you have to pay beyond the requirements of the operation. If the right conditions are not provided, companies with low expenses can perform hair transplantation at very cheap prices. The most important point to check when you get a cheap price below the general average from hair transplant centers is whether or not they have approval from the Ministry of Health. In addition, the hair transplantation team should involve at least one medical doctor.

Savaş Ateş

I'm a hair loss expert. The picture was taken 10 years ago :) I have been losing my hair. So I started to learn everything about hair loss and hair transplants. I contacted a lot of hair transplant doctors. We shared our experiences. I'm writing blog posts for people who have the potential of losing their hair. I give some tips about hair transplants and medical issues too.

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