What is the cost of a FUE hair transplant?

Alopecia exists in many forms. The most common is the well-known genetic condition called androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. This affects more than seventy percent of men in their late twenties to early thirties. It most often begins with a receding hairline in the temporal regions, followed by loss of hair in the vertex area of the scalp. The hair loss in these two areas will progress to eventually meet leaving the top of the scalp fully exposed. There are also the types of autoimmune alopecia: areata, areata totalis and areata universalis. Alopecia areata will result in round bald patches all over one’s scalp. This could advance to alopecia areata totalis or the total loss of hair on one’s head. Alopecia areata universalis on the other hand is the loss of hair all over one’s body.

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Treatment is available for alopecia and it would depend on the degree of its progression as to which one is most appropriate to use. For those advanced cases however, surgery might be the best option.

There are two well-known forms of invasive procedures to treat hair loss. The first is the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) method. It is where the surgeon basically creates an incision on the back of one’s head to harvest a strip of healthy hair to be used on the balding area of the scalp. This would however leave a long horizontal scar from where the strip of skin was taken from. The next procedure is known as the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method. It is also known as the “direct extraction” method because instead of taking a whole strip of skin, this actually calls for harvesting each hair follicle one by one and implanting them directly unto the balding regions of the scalp. There could be some scarring that can result but it will not be as evident as that from an FUT operation. This procedure however, might not have the same quality of grafts as an FUT because it is more difficult to extract a hair follicle containing complete protective dermis and fat. It could lead to a failed transplantation for those parts that are damaged. This method is also more tedious to perform and more expensive.

It would be helpful to discuss the cost of FUT to appreciate the cost of an FUE. The former would be priced at a range from $5000 to around $8000. It would usually take just one session to complete a treatment and would depend on how much hair is necessary to be harvested. FUE on the other hand could begin anywhere from $10,000 and has been known to go as high as $50,000. This is of course a very high price to pay for such an operation. It could also take more tries before the procedure is complete. This is one of the limitations of an FUE as compared to an FUT. The FUE surgeon cannot extract as much healthy hairs as an FUT surgeon can in one session.

A scalp micropigmentation procedure can be an alternative to these hair transplant operations. The cost of scalp micropigmentation is also much more reasonable. It is proven to work and will not involve any scarring. The results are immediate as opposed to both the FUE and FUT methods where the transplanted hair is expected to be lost after about two weeks. The hair follicles however, will survive and the regrowth of new hair strands will only be apparent after about six months. SMP will provide the client a semblance of “just shaven” hair right a few days after treatment. It is also easier to maintain. One just has to remember to keep the scalp clean and moisturize.