Dissecting the Cost of FUE Hair Restoration

by | May 29, 2022 | Bang For Your Buck

Understanding the Cost of FUE

Interested in hair transplantation but concerned about the cost of FUE? Best Hair Transplant in Redondo Beach has the best prices on FUE transplants, as well as the best quality of service. We have over 16 years of experience in the hair restoration industry. Our patients love us because we deliver great results coupled with the highest commitment to safety as well as respectful care.

In this article, we discuss the details of what an FUE procedure entails, as well as how the cost of FUE is calculated.

The Cost of FUE (Follicular Unit Transplant) Surgical Procedures

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is one of two methods that are employed to harvest hair follicles for the purpose of transplantation. The other method is called FUT, sometimes referred to as strip harvesting. FUT involves cutting away a thin horizontal strip of the scalp in order to remove the follicular grafts for transplanting. FUE is less invasive than FUT, instead of cutting an incision, the surgeon uses small micro punch tools to extract the grafts individually.

This is a very delicate process that should only be performed by a skilled surgeon who specializes in this type of transplant. It requires a steady hand and tremendous attention to detail. The most important variable that ensures the success of this surgery is the viability of the follicular units. They must be treated with the utmost care throughout the extraction and transplantation process. An unskilled surgeon could risk transecting the grafts during the extraction process, increasing the likelihood that the transplant will fail.

FUE is an In-patient Procedure 

FUE is an inpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. This means you will be awake for the entirety of the procedure. We recommend that our patients bring earbuds with them so that they can listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks to help pass the time during surgery. Depending on the extent of the patient’s hair loss and the number of grafts required, the procedure can last many hours. The donor hair is typically extracted from the back and sides of the head. The hair must be shaved close to the scalp before the extraction process can begin.

The Surgical Steps of the FUE Process

During the first step of the procedure, the surgeon uses a specialized tool to make small micro incisions in order to extract the follicular grafts. Instead of removing a single horizontal strip, the donor grafts are removed in a diffused pattern throughout the donor area. This reduces the risk of any visible scarring, once the hair at the donor site has grown out any sign that the grafts were taken will not be visible to the eye. 

After graft extraction, they are cleaned and sorted according to their quality. The donor grafts are submerged in an active plasma solution. This maximizes their viability. This is a very delicate process that requires great care on the part of the surgical team to prevent any damage to the grafts. 

Once the donor grafts have been prepared, the surgeon begins the delicate process of transplanting them into the recipient area. The surgeon makes small incisions in the scalp before implanting the grafts, one by one. During this step, the surgeon must pay careful attention to the direction and angle that the grafts are placed so that they grow in such a way as to achieve a natural appearance once the transplant is healed. The surgeon will also place the grafts to create a dense appearance so that your transplants never appear unnatural or plug-like.

Are You an Ideal Candidate for FUE?

Ideal candidates for this procedure are individuals who prefer to wear their hair short. Patients that prefer to wear their hair long, particularly women, often opt for FUT because they do not have to shave the remaining hair that they have at the donor site. FUE is also a good option for patients that lack the scalp elasticity needed for a FUT procedure, or if they simply want to avoid having a linear scar. Because this procedure is less invasive than FUT the recovery period is less arduous. Most patients feel comfortable enough to resume their normal activities within just a few days after the procedure. 

Your doctor will still require you to follow careful after-care instructions to avoid any damage to your new transplant. You will be instructed to avoid certain activities such as swimming or vigorous exercise. Additionally, you will also need to avoid visiting the barber or having your hair cut with buzz cutters. You will not be able to smoke as this can cause infection during the healing phase. Furthermore, you will not be able to wear items such as hats, helmets, or wigs as these can also cause damage. Direct sun exposure can cause damage too, because of the UV rays.

During this initial healing phase it is crucial that you follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter. It takes about a year for your new hair to grow. After this, the results will be permanent and you can enjoy the fullness of your own natural hair.

Your Choice of Clinic Will Determine the Cost of FUE Procedures 

The cost of FUE varies widely depending on the clinic you choose. Ultimately the final cost depends on several factors. These include the severity of the patient’s hair loss, and how many grafts are to be transplanted. Most clinics charge between $6-18 per graft. Some hair clinics are not transparent about their pricing structures at all. Clinics like these tend to use vague terms such as “graft splitting” or pricing by the square inch. These are big red flags that the final cost of FUE at these clinics will most likely give you sticker shock.

At Best Hair Transplant we value transparency, first and foremost. We charge a flat rate of $5 per graft for FUE transplants. We are proud of being able to offer the best rates on FUE in the country. Times are tough for a lot of folks right now. We make it our mission to make hair restoration accessible to the everyday person. From the very beginning, we set out to create a business model that would allow us to pass on the maximum amount of savings possible to our clients. But that’s not all. We even offer additional discounts for cash payments!

Furthermore, we respect and value what a big sacrifice it can be for our patients to be able to afford FUE. At Best Hair, we believe in educating our patients on the in and outs of hair restoration. That way they make the best decisions possible. We never take a one-size-fits-all approach and we’ll never pressure you into a quick sale. That’s because we want you to have results that you are proud of that last for a lifetime.

We Take Pride in Our Work and Offer Fantastic Prices

During your complimentary consultation, we are happy to answer all your questions, provide references and discuss your desired goals. If we decide that Follicular Unit Extraction is the best option, we give you an accurate estimate of the final cost of FUE. Our consultations can be conducted either virtually via video or in person. So if you’re curious to learn more, book your consultation today!

Are you one of the millions of Americans suffering from hair loss? Best Hair Transplant suggests you learn as much as possible about hair restoration. Not every procedure is right for everyone. Determining the best course of action will yield the best hair restoration results. That’s why at Best Hair Transplant in Redondo Beach, help patients choose the best procedure for them.

Thoroughly research your hair restoration clinic before you decide on a hair transplant procedure. Not all doctors are equal and not all are as skilled, focused, or dedicated to performing hair transplant procedures. View our stellar Yelp reviews here.

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