Hair Transplant Cost in NYC
Graft Count and the ultimate result are directly related to the cost of a hair transplant procedure*. The cost of a hair transplant surgery in New York City will vary based on several factors including technique: ARTAS Robotic, FUE or Strip (FUT).
Many patients ask us, “how much per graft?” This is even before having a hair loss consultation. They have a set number in their minds that they believe will answer their hair loss problems.
Some have not even seen a physician, but a non-medical consultant. With no diagnosis, no comprehensive plan to address their hair loss, these patients call and ask us how much does a certain number of grafts cost?
Factors that impact cost include:
The experience of the surgeon.
The patients’ degree of hair loss.
The ultimate cosmetic goal.
The quantity and quality of the donor area hair.
The general costs to practice in a region.
In NYC hair graft costs can range from $4 to $10 per graft. Some practices no longer even use a per hair graft price as that can be confusing and doesn’t address the amount of hair needed and therefore they charge per hair transplant surgery session. Depending on the amount of area to be covered and the desired density by the patient it can sometimes require more than one session to accomplish the patients’ goals.
A hair transplant procedure is not inexpensive. It involves detailed microscopic surgery with our without robot assistance. Dr. Stoller is a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and works with a highly skilled and specialized team of technicians to assure that every graft is preserved and grows as intended. Most procedures involve a full day to complete. As a result hair transplant costs can range from $5000 to over $20,000.
In order to help make this live changing surgery available to as many patients as possible our practice offers payment with all major credit cards and we offer patient financing.
Patients find graft pricing and how much hair transplant cost very misleading. For instance some patients’ grafts are wider than others, so less grafts will fit into an area. Others have multiple hairs per graft, so the density goal will be met with a lesser number.
Also, the angle and placement of grafts can maximize the desired effect.
Since the way grafts are cut, placed, as well as the percentage of survival vary, the number of grafts needed to achieve aesthetic density will be different from one clinic to another. Clinics have been known to increase graft counts by dividing grafts into smaller units. This does not result in more hair being transplanted, just more grafts with each graft containing a lessor number of hairs. A graft with three hairs, becomes three grafts with one hair each. Charging patients per graft, results in the patient paying 300% more.
Aesthetic density is defined as 30- 35 hair units (grafts) per square centimeter. The Fitzpatrick Scale, developed in 1975 by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, correlates well to collagen content of different people’s skin. It the gold standard for the effect of UV light on skin tanning. Since hair grafts contain skin, the thickness of a person’s skin will determine how wide a hair graft will ultimately be. Since grafts can fit into slits sometimes as small as .7mm in width, these microscopic considerations of collagen content will ultimately affect how many hair units can be placed and will vary from patient to patient.
When surgery is the answer using follicular unit transplantation, we have found it more effective to plan by filing in the zones of the head needing restoration. It is only during the actual surgery can a physician determine any exact number of grafts that will be needed. We use the following zone map to plan our surgeries. This yields the best results, and ultimately, the “best graft price.”
Centers Using Non-Physicians to Perform Surgery
Centers have been known to cut hair transplant costs by pushing limits. I do not believe that a hair restoration is a minor procedure. Even though topical anesthesia is used as the main stay of keeping patients comfortable, the dosages used are very high. Only very trained physicians should be making these decisions, not unsupervised physician assistants or nurses. There are some centers that use physician assistants or technicians to harvest FUE grafts. It is illegal in many states. Sometimes centers get around the law because it is not spelled out, but it is unethical. Two thousand (2,000) 1.0mm FUE grafts are equivalent to over 6 feet of an incision. Only physicians with highly trained surgical skills should be performing such procedures. These practices do cut hair transplant costs so patients have to be very careful when prices seem too low. The most important part of any surgery is the safety of the patient. See ISHRS Warning
Choosing the Right Center
There are many good hair restoration centers. When patients use only the variable of price, how much a hair transplant costs, they are reducing the procedure to any commodity, like buying a washing machine. The technique of how these grafts are obtained, handled, and planted will effect the result. The care by the nursing, technical and the doctor can be rated by this variable. If a center only performs one type of hair restoration procedure, a patient needs to be suspect. Many new centers only do FUE procedures. See FUT- The Strip Method Some patients are not good candidates for FUE. The proven “strip” method is the mainstay for any good hair transplant surgeon. See FUT- Follicular Unit Transplant If a physician has not performed many, then that physician can not possibly understand the physiology, anatomy and artistry of the procedure. At my center, all our patients are followed closely and have planned post op visits to monitor their success and help assure a good result. Many of my out of town patients send me periodic photos taken on their cell phone.
*Individual results may vary.