A key question for anything in life is, “How much does it cost?” Often the answer to this question is much more than just a number. Cost can be a gauge for quality, experience, latest technology, desired results and much more. With hindsight and experience, we have probably all experienced the disappointment of a poor quality product or service because the cheapest price was the deciding factor. Some of us have even felt the hurt of having to pay twice, the first time for an inferior or poor quality product or service, and the second to fix up or replace it.
In this article wWe explain the main components that make up cost for hair transplant surgery so you can decide for yourself what a hair transplant is worth. At the end of this article we will give you examples of Gro hair transplants and the cost for each hair restoration procedure.
What makes up the cost of a hair transplant?
When it comes to hair transplant surgery, many assume the cost is based on on the number of hair grafts (hair follicles) to be extracted and implanted. The larger the number of grafts, the better value for money, right? Wrong, that is a marketing trick used by some older style hair transplant techniques. Older or outdated hair restoration techniques require more of your precious donor hair follicles to be harvested or extracted. Using the correct technique allows for fewer follicles needed to achieve the desired result and caring for the donor area to allow for a future transplant if required. Too frequently, we have seen patients come to Gro UK following a botched procedure with little to no option to fix the procedure due to either the damage inflicted by an overseas procedure or the “over harvesting” of the donor site (they took too many hairs out, because they knew many would not survive).
Examples for how much does a hair transplant cost:
Method of Follicle Extraction & Implantation
Traditionally, healthy hair (donor) follicles may also be extracted in two main ways: FUT (follicular unit transplantation) and FUE (follicular unit extraction). Both of these methods result with scarring to the donor area, impact follicle survival rate and can leave an unnatural “doll like” final appearance. Research and development, along with decades of hair transplant expertise lead to the Gro microsurgery extraction and implantation method that leaves no scarring and no visible trace of a hair transplant, just 100% natural results.
FUT or Follicular Unit Transplant
FUT or Follicular Unit Transplant, is referred to as “strip surgery” where the hairs are removed from the back of the head in a long thin strip of scalp and divided into single units under a microscope. This division of the follicles traumatises them, thereby reducing survival rate. The site where the scalp is removed is then sewn back together. This procedure is relatively cost effective, however it comes at a price, involving:
- Scarring that can be visible with shorter hair styles
- Longer recovery time
- Reduced follicle survival rate
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction involves the use of a punch to make a small circular cut in the skin around a hair follicle or group of follicles, removing them from the scalp, leaving a small open hole, which heals to a small scar. It is common to see multiple hairs in a follicle (2 - 4 hairs in one follicle for example) to be cut apart and manipulated to inflate the number of hairs implanted: a follicle containing three hairs becomes 3 poor quality grafts. This has a negative impact on the result of the transplant and the rate of regrowth, with some loss rates as high as 40%!
With both FUT and FUE hair transplant surgery methods, holes are created in the treatment area to receive the grafts by forceps. This allows minimum control over the depth, angle and direction of the hair, increasing the chances of an unnatural-looking result.
The micro-FUE and direct implantation method is the most advanced and delicate technique, meaning no scalpels, no stitches, no detectable scarring and it is a very comfortable procedure. The follicles are extracted with a specialised tool, less than 1mm in diameter, designed to delicately extract the hairs so that the scalp heals with no detectable scarring.
Gro are one of the only hair transplant clinics in the UK to store the grafts in a growth solution called HypoThermosolTM which sustains the survival rate of the hairs by up to 100%. The grafts are implanted using another specialised tool, the specialised implanter, that allows the Gro hair transplant doctor to precisely control the density, angle, depth and direction of each and every hair, ensuring you a completely natural result.
Experience and Qualifications
Hair transplants can be performed by technicians (skill and experience varies dramatically depending on what part of the world you are in), robots (extraction only), or doctors. Each and every hair transplant or hair loss patient is an individual and therefore every hair transplant must adapt and be customised for each patient.
Gro UK hair transplant procedures are performed by a hair transplant doctor from start to finish. The first step to successful hair transplantation is a hair loss diagnosis to establish suitability including donor area and to answer any question you might have. If you would like further information call us on 0161 839 3769. or see more information on the hair transplant Manchester page.
Hair Transplant Technology
Gro use the latest hair transplant tools to ensure optimum results. Extensive research and development has been invested in to achieve the most delicate hair transplant method that delivers the most natural results.
Hair Transplantation Results
GRO UK are one of the only hair transplant & hair loss clinics in the UK to GUARANTEE natural results for all hair loss concerns including male pattern baldness, thinning, receding hair line and so on.
Facilities and Patient Care
From the time you first contact Gro UK, to the time that you have your last hair transplant follow-up appointment, you will feel comfortable and in good hands. Gro's hair transplant facilities are second to none and patient care is our number one priority. The hair transplant process involves:
- An initial consultation and hair loss diagnosis
- Pre-surgery consultation
- Follow up appointments at 1 week, 1 month and then 3 months, 6 months and 12 months post-procedure. You will see the majority of the result by 12 weeks with the final result visible at 12 months post-procedure.
Length of Surgery
The actual hair transplant procedure can take up to 8-12 hours in one sitting. We work efficiently, but we don’t rush it to ensure the precise implantation of every hair, guaranteeing natural results.
Questions You Need To Ask
A hair transplant surgery is designed to give you life-long results. Your decision should not rely solely on price as that may be the cause of a decision you regret and may be a costly mistake in the long-term. When making the important decision between hair transplant clinics, you should ask the following questions.
- What is the total hair transplant costs? Eg, Will I need another hair transplant? Are there any additional fees? Do you charge for follow up appointments?
- Do you guarantee natural results?
- Who will be performing the procedure (robot, technician, doctor) and what are their qualifications and experience, can I see before and after photos from the person who will be doing my procedure?
- What is the post-surgery procedure and how long will I need to take off work?
- Will I have a scar?
Gro are the hair restoration specialists. All hair transplant procedures are performed by a highly-skilled Doctors. You can contact a hair restoration specialist in any of our Gro clinics for
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