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What Is the Best Age for Hair Transplant Surgery and What Does It Cost?

12/2/2014 2:50:14 AM

Question:

What is the cost of hair transplant surgery and what is the best age? I am bald on the front side of my head.

Answer:

Hair transplant fees vary widely from country to country and clinic to clinic. Having said that, it’s never a good idea to choose your hair restoration physician based primarily on cost or even proximity. We suggest that prospective hair transplant patients spend time on our hair loss forum carefully researching a number of doctors before making the decision to proceed with surgery. After all, you only get one chance at a first hair transplant.

Some clinics post their fees online while others require you to contact them. In the United States, the average cost of follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) is between $4 and $6 per graft. The cost for follicular follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE) is between $6 and $10 per graft. The number of grafts required varies based on the patient’s degree of hair loss, hair restoration goals and donor supply. You can use our online graft calculator to get a ballpark figure.
 
In order to make choosing a doctor easier, The Hair Transplant Network pre-screens and recommends hair transplant surgeons based on our rigid recommendation criteria. You can use our interactive map to locate recommended doctors in and around your area.

Generally speaking, young men in their early twenties are not typically good candidates due to their desire for a youthful appearance and the progressive nature of androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). This combination can result in shortage of donor hair to address future balding. However, this is no “right age” when it comes to surgical hair restoration. The best course of action is to consult with a few skilled and ethical surgeons like those recommended by our community.

All Articles by David Contributing author and hair transplant patient.