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Hair Transplant Costs in Australia and a Caution to Young Patients

9/22/2009 12:55:56 PM

Question:

I was told by an Australian hair restoration clinic that 1000 grafts are required and it will cost $7200. The amount is in Australian dollars. Is this too much for 1000 grafts? That's like $7.2 per graft. Or is this the normal price? Below I've posted a picture of my hair.

Answer:

$7.20 in Australian money would be the current equivalent of approximately $6.26 per graft in US dollars. $6.26 for follicular unit transplantation (FUT) via microscopic dissection would be considered above average cost in most places around the world. However, it's my overall understanding that most clinics charge a bit more in Australia. Why that is however, I couldn't tell you.

In my opinion, you are young and should hold off on getting a hair transplant. At 23 years old and a receding hairline, you are still at high risk for aggressive hair loss. Thus, if you acquire 1000 grafts today (which frankly won't do a whole lot for you), there's a high probability that you will need several subsequent hair restoration procedures in the future. After all, if you lower your hairline with surgical hair replacement and your natural hairline recedes further, you'll end up with an unnatural looking line of hair with a balding pattern behind it.

In my opinion, consider getting on Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) for a couple years and re-evaluate the need for a hair transplant in a couple of years. In the meantime, take your time and research this community about the hair transplant procedure and develop realistic long term goals.


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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.