One of the largest barriers that prevents people from getting hair transplant surgery is the price. They see it, realize that they have to pay for it in full since their insurance won’t cover it, and then never think about it again.
These people go back to using any of a plethora of other methods in order to restore their hairlines. They don’t stop to think about the general cost of those other methods over time.
Yes, all of that can add up quickly. When you break that down, as we’re going to do here, you’ll realize that, in general, the medical hair restoration cost is not as bad as you think.
How much does a hair transplant cost?
There are many factors involved in the general price of a hair transplant. Depending on where you’re located, this can be anywhere from $5 to $6 per graft, if not more, plus additional procedure costs, like the fee for the surgeon, their assistants, the surgical suite, and any aftercare medications.
$5 to $6 per graft sounds low, but a hair transplant surgery generally includes transplanting around 1,500 different grafts. This makes it add up quickly.
However, these results are permanent, and once you pay for the surgery, you won’t have to cover any other costs besides your usual hair maintenance. And you’d pay that anyway.
What about other treatments?
In order to put this into perspective, let’s look at how much these other hair loss treatments cost. Rogaine, for example, is a treatment that’s applied directly to the scalp.
It stimulates the follicles and makes them begin producing hair again. Each bottle of Rogaine that you purchase will cost you somewhere in the range of $30 and $50.
Depending on how often you apply Rogaine, a bottle will last you close to a month. That means that you’re paying for it every single month for the rest of your life, which can add up quickly.
If you stop using Rogaine, then you’ll start to lose your hair again. You have to keep it up. The same is true of herbal supplements that are designed to prevent hair loss and help promote hair growth.
One is called Provillus for women, which is somewhere in the range of $40 to $50 per bottle. You need to buy a new bottle of this supplement every month.
It will take some time to work, and again, like Rogaine, if you stop taking it, you’ll lose all of that forward progress. There are additional supplements that can help as well, although they all cost around the same amount at Provillus.
Hairpieces and Weaves
Both of these are interesting ways to hide your hair loss. Depending on which you choose, you’ll pay anywhere from $100 to $400 for a good hairpiece or upwards of $700 for a professional-looking weave.
These need maintenance as well, so you’ll have to pay for that. It really does add up quickly. The clear winner here is hair transplant surgery.