Hair Transplant Surgery – What Are The Risks?

before and afterA hair transplant is generally a low risk procedure, but as with any other surgery, there is always a small risk that there can be some kind of complication. The likeliness of any small problems is highly dependent on many different factors, such as the exact method chosen and the skill of the doctor who will be performing the procedure. The reason why the method chosen makes a difference is because the two major hair transplant methods, the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method and the Strip surgery, have clear differences, for instance, one involves the removal of a strip of skin which will add a few additional risks.

Overall, a hair transplant is a safe procedure, especially if being treated by an experienced doctor but there is always a small possibility that something can go wrong or that the surgery will not lead to the best possible outcome. Most hair transplant procedures requires local anesthesia, which carries only a very small risk, but in healthy people there is nothing to be concerned about. Another small risk is Continue reading

FUE or Strip Hair Transplant: Which Method Takes Longer?

A hair transplant is a complex and time consuming process that will require the client to stay patient for a long time, up to one year, before final results can be seen. But when it comes to the hair transplant surgery itself, it can be done in one day, unless the client needs several sessions. The exact time it will take to transplant the hair is impossible to predict, because it relies on so many different factors, but it can take anywhere from a couple of hours up to an entire day.

One of the most important factors when trying to estimate how long the hair transplant surgery will take is the choice of method. It is mainly the extraction process, the manner in which the hairs are harvested, that differs between the two major techniques. The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method almost always takes longer than the Strip, unless there is a very small area that is receiving the hair transplant. The reason why the FUE takes longer is because Continue reading

Hair Transplant Financing

A hair transplant is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures of our time, but is also one of the more costly ones, with fees running as high as many thousands of dollars. Given that not everyone who needs or wants a hair transplant has loads of money, there are ways in which this procedure can be afforded and financed.

Someone who may not be able to pay for the hair transplant in full should first raise this concern to the hair transplant doctor. This is because hair transplant clinics often have special arrangements with 3rd party financing companies. They might be able to offer a better deal than one would otherwise find, and that is why it is important to ask. And while interest rates with these 3rd party financing companies can be high, it is possible to find a reasonable option. Continue reading

Are Hair Transplants Expensive?

Considering that a hair transplant is a complex procedure requiring a skilled doctor and his team to operate for several hours, it only makes sense that it does not come cheap. And even though some hair transplants can certainly be pricey, the cost can be justified by all means. With a larger amount of clinics offering hair transplant procedures, competition is increasing and a hair transplant is becoming more affordable than ever.

Though hair transplants fees are often quoted per graft, they can also be quoted by hair or for the entire surgery (flat fee). Regardless of pricing method, prospective hair transplant clients are encouraged to compare different hair transplant clinics in order to explore all their options and find an affordable solution. Continue reading

Hair Transplant Costs: Why is an FUE More Expensive?

Those who consider a hair transplant usually compares different methods to see which one might be right for them. As people compare different hair transplant methods they often notice that an FUE is considerably more expensive than other hair transplant methods, such as the Strip procedure. There are several reasons why an FUE is more expensive.

An FUE procedure means that each hair will be individually removed from the scalp. The doctor will extract hair follicles one by one from the donor area. This means that FUE grafts take a long time to harvest. The follicular units are removed in a difficult process called “direct extraction”. This procedure is technically demanding, requires an exceptional level of caution, and thereby becomes very time consuming. After the hair follicles have been separately removed from the donor area, they are placed directly into the recipient area. This makes an FUE much more labor intensive and thereby more expensive than other methods. In comparison, a Strip procedure can harvest a large number of hair follicles by simply removing a strip of skin from where after hair follicles will be dissected. Strip grafts are not individually removed from the scalp, which saves time and makes it less expensive. An FUE is not as time efficient, takes longer and is therefore more expensive than a Strip.

Overall, an FUE procedure is very labor intensive and requires a highly skilled team who specializes in FUE’s. A typical strip surgery takes about 3 to 4 hours, while a typical FUE procedure takes much longer, up to 8 to 12 hours, and the doctor and his staff must be compensated for this extra labor.

The cost of an FUE hair transplant procedure varies from one clinic to another, though an FUE can often be twice as expensive as a Strip. Though each clinic has their own fees, it is not uncommon for an FUE to run close to $10 dollars per graft, while the cost for a Strip procedure is about $5 dollars per graft. The price per graft sometimes reduces if the client chooses to transplant a large number of grafts. Due to time constraints, there is often a limit to how many hairs can be transplanted with an FUE procedure. Price is also determined by the total number of grafts needed. The exact price of an FUE is unique to each doctor who performs it, which means the price changes depending on the doctor you choose, as some doctors are more expensive then others. That being said, FUE prices are more expensive in the US and Europe than the rest of the world.

Though an FUE hair transplant procedure is more expensive than other methods, and often requires more sessions, clients who choose this method are usually very satisfied with their choice.

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