This question was posed directly to Dr. Ken Siporin of Beverly Hills, CA who is one of our recommended hair restoration physicians by a hair loss sufferer seeking hair transplantation as a means to regrow hair. His professional answer is below.
What is the cost for hair transplantation treatment?
You have asked a very important question regarding hair transplantation, and a question that is very important to most hair transplant patients. However, I hope it is not the only criteria by which you choose a hair restoration surgeon.
First of all, any quote that I give you by e mail is just an estimate, as there is no way to properly diagnose you and make a plan, without meeting you in person, in order to perform a detailed examination and discussion of all the alternatives, and of your personal goals. Achieving your hair restoration goals is first and foremost our aim. It is impossible to give you an accurate cost without having a detailed discussion with you to determine your goals.
Within the hair transplant industry, hair transplant costs are typically charged per follicular unit graft. In other words, the cost of the hair transplant procedure is dependent upon the number of follicular unit grafts placed. I do not like to charge this way for a couple of reasons: First of all, the number of grafts determined before the procedure is not an exact number, it is just an estimate. Although I am fairly accurate in determining the number of grafts preoperatively, it is still just an estimate, and the number can change during the hair transplant procedure. There are many variables which can affect the number of grafts to be placed, so suffice it to say, that I do not like to give an estimate for the procedure, and then have to change the cost after surgery, based on changing the number of grafts. Second, I think charging per follicular unit graft motivates many hair transplant physicians to tell patients they need more grafts than they actually need, or at least it can be the perception of the patient that this is true.
I like to perform the hair transplant procedure by doing as many follicular unit grafts as I can safely harvest and place for each individual patient, and that number varies from patient to patient, and can only be estimated during the initial consultation. It has been my practice to charge a minimum of $5,000.00 for a small case, and then more for increasingly large cases. I do not charge patients more if I harvest more grafts and place more grafts than we anticipated. I have many hair transplant patients who were pleasantly surprised when I gave them, at no extra charge, additional grafts, because I thought that they needed it.
It is not my goal to charge as much as I can for each case. It is my goal to treat each hair transplant patient the best that I can, to help achieve their hair restoration goals. Many of my patients would attest to that, and I would invite you talk to many of my patients. Having said all that, I will tell you, I am neither the most expensive, nor the cheapest hair transplant physician in town, when you figure our the charge per graft. However, I am always available to my patients. You will have my cell phone number, and you will have the comfort of knowing that not only will I do the right thing in the operating room, but that I will be available when questions arise.
I know I did not give you an exact answer to your question, but I hope you call to schedule an appointment, so that we can get closer to the true answer to your original question, which was: “how much does hair transplantation cost”.
Good luck, and I hope to see you soon,
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