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What Are the Costs and Potential Side Effects of Hair Transplant Surgery?

6/7/2011 5:43:49 AM

Question:

Can you please tell me how much time is involved in a hair transplant, how much it costs and are there any side effects?

Answer:

A typical follicular unit transplant (FUT) can take between 5 and 8 hours depending upon the number of grafts being placed. As with any surgical procedure, hair transplants present the risk of infection and scarring. In addition, patients will often experience temporary swelling, shock loss of existing hair, mild discomfort and a discoloration of the scalp. However, in the hands of a skilled and experienced hair restoration physician like those recommended on the Hair Transplant Network, many of these risks can be minimized or avoided altogether.

New hair growth will begin between 3 and 4 months after hair restoration surgery. One year after surgery all your grafts should have grown but continued thickening and maturation may continue up to 18 months post-op.

Currently, the fee for follicular unit transplantation in the United States is between $4 and $6 per graft.

David (TakingThePlunge) - Forum Co-Moderator and Editorial Assistant  


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