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What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is a procedure that transfers hair follicles from a safe donor zone, typically in the back or sides of the head, to the recipient site, which is the area of thinning or need. Hair transplantation surgery has improved remarkably in the past decade and reassuringly the days of “plugs” are gone. Instead, the physicians at HairCareMD create natural appearing results by moving single hair follicles. Hair transplant is an excellent, maintenance-free form of hair restoration for both men and women. Our results are natural, consistent, permanent, and virtually pain free. Transplants can lower the hairline, reinforce the hairline, and improve density on the scalp as well as the eyebrows, goatee, sideburns or other areas of hair loss.
Hair transplant surgery has attained new levels of excellence in the past decade. In our practice we embrace these advancements and now emphasize the importance of maintaining healthy hair density as part of sustaining a beautiful and vibrant face. It is the combination of our physicians’ artistic eye and superb surgical skill that restores thickness and natural appearing hair lines for both our men and women patients.
Hair transplant vs hair restoration?
Hair restoration is a general term that encompasses both the medical and surgical options to improve your hair. Hair transplant is a surgical term that involves transferring hair from a donor site to a recipient site. The result of a hair transplant is permanent. All other forms of hair restoration signal the hair follicles to grow, but the effect will only last so long as the treatment is continued. The options for non-surgical hair restoration include oral and topical medicines, vitamins, lasers, PRP, microneedling, mesotherapy among others.
Why does a hair transplant cost so much?
A hair transplant costs so much because it is a very meticulous process that requires an artistic eye and honed skill to perform well. Transplant is rarely performed optimally by an individual as there are many parts of the procedure where more than one person can work in tandem. This allows the hair follicle to be placed faster and thus spend less time out of the body. Efficiency is directly related to viability, or the chance of the hair follicle surviving the transplant. Our viability rate for hair transplant is over 90% in the vast majority of cases and often approaches 100%.
Each patient will enjoy their result for decades to come, and in that way, the cost of a transplant amortizes over time. Each patient only has so many donor hairs that can be transferred, and so it is very important to plan your transplant carefully with both a short-term improvement and a long-term plan in mind.
What are the types of hair transplant?
In terms of methodology, our surgeons are double board certified and perform all forms of hair transplant, allowing you to receive the best option for your hair restoration. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) are the two main technique categories for hair restoration. In FUE, a micropunch is used to extract the individual follicle from the donor site. In FUT, a surgical ellipse is taken from the donor site and sewn closed. The individual follicles are dissected by hand under magnification from the strip. Each approach creates aesthetically beautiful outcomes with the difference being how the donor hair is gathered.
Hair Transplant Case 1
This is our patient 1 year after hair transplant by Dr. Benjamin Paul. The artistry of the hairline design and exit angles can be appreciated.
Hair Transplant Case 2
Hairline hair transplant with follicular unit extraction performed by Dr. Benjamin Paul. The patient had an FUT, and the cost for the procedure was determined prior to the harvest. Th goal was to enrich the hairline. Care was taken to create a natural hairline that was not too straight or to low.
Hair Transplant Case 3
This patient had an FUE hair transplant to fill it the frontal core and reinforce the hairline by Dr. Benjamin Paul. The after photo was taken 1 year after hair transplant.
Hair Transplant Case 4
This female had a hair transplant to enrich her frontal core. She is 1 year after FUT and is thrilled with the new hair growth. She no longer sees scalp through her hair.
Hair Transplant Case 5
This patient had an FUE hair transplant to enrich his hair. The cost of the transplant was for the session and he was not charged by the graft. This work was all completed in one session. The patient is beyond thrilled with his result.
Hair Transplant Case 6
FUT hair transplant was performed by Dr. Ben Paul to help this female restore her central hair loss. She is 1 year after surgery and is thrilled with her result.
Hair Transplant Case 7
This is our patient 1 year after FUE hair transplant by Dr. Benjamin Paul. He is thrilled with the improvement in density of his hair.
What is the cost of an evaluation / consultation?
A consultation with Dr. Benjamin Paul is $300. This may be applied toward hair transplant or a different procedure (such as PRP) if you wish to move forward. During the consultation, you will have an opportunity to discuss your concerns and goals, review your hair history, have your hair examined, and review the treatment options.
Is my consultation cost able to be put toward my procedure?
Yes, you may apply your consultation. toward your procedure.
How much does a hair transplant cost?
The cost of a hair transplant varies depending on the size and complexity of the case. The cost may range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. In general, FUT and FUE are priced similarly in our office. We do not wish for you to make a permanent decision between techniques based on cost.
If you are interested in a hair transplant but are unsure of what this may cost you, you can e-mail us photos. We can review the photos and provide a range or estimate of cost. This is complementary.
Do you charge by the graft?
We do not charge by the graft. We will discuss what the goals of the session are and charge accordingly for scope of work. We have found that charging by the graft creates many complexities for both the patient and practice and does not lead to the best result. By understanding the cost before the procedure, we can assure you that you will not be asked to pay more during your procedure.
How much is an FUT hair transplant?
An FUT hair transplant will include a surgeon fee and a facility fee. The cost of the procedure will depend on the nature of work. If you are interested in a hair transplant but are unsure of what this may cost you, you can e-mail us photos. We can review the photos and provide a range or estimate of cost. There is no fee for this service.
How much is an FUE hair transplant?
An FUE hair transplant cost is determined after your consultation. The fee will split between a surgeon and facility fee. The cost will be determined based on the scope of the work. If you are interested in an FUE hair transplant but are unsure of what this may cost you, you can e-mail us photos. We can review the photos and provide a range or estimate of cost. There is no fee for this service.
Is surgical hair restoration cost effective?
Surgical hair results last for life. In this way, the upfront cost is spread over a lifetime of enjoyment. The vast majority of our patients feel the decision to have a hair transplant was one of the best decisions they could have made.
Do you have payment options?
At this time, we do not participate in payment plans (such as carecredit).
Can I submit my hair transplant to insurance?
The most common cause of hair loss is androgenic alopecia, and at this time, insurance will not cover your hair transplant. There is one insurance, Amiadacare, that covers hair transplant for transgender hair transplant. We can assist you with the necessary paperwork if you believe this applies. At this time, we are not “in-network” with any insurance.
From meeting to hair transplant:
What happens during the first visit consultation?
- During your first visit, you will meet with the physician to discuss your hair concerns and your goals. Your hair will be examined. The underlying cause and pattern of your hair loss will be reviewed. The options for treatment will be discussed. You will be presented with appropriate surgical and non-surgical options.
- After meeting with the doctor, you will meet with one of our patient care coordinators to review the costs and availability should you wish to move forward with a procedure.
- The cost for your consultation is $300
- The cost may be applied to the cost of the procedure.
How do I prepare for a hair transplant?
- If you are a candidate for hair transplant, the team will provide you with thorough instructions before your procedure.
- For most patients, no medical clearance is required as the procedure is performed under local anesthesia. If you are required to obtain this clearance, we will let you know in advance and support you with this process.
The procedure – what to expect on the day of the hair follicle extraction transplant surgery
- The morning of the procedure, you will meet with your physician. The artistry of the recipient site will be drawn. You will have time to review the plan and markings.
- For a transplant, you will be face-down for the harvest. Local anesthesia is injected. There are patients who ask for a deeper level of anesthesia, and we are happy to be able to provide this upon advanced request. The harvest takes about 45 minutes-3 hours depending on amount of hair harvested and the technique. FUT universally provides a faster harvest.
- For the rest of the procedure, you will be resting on your back.
- Next, “sites” or pockets are made by the physician. This sets the artistry of the result and is a key reason to choose our office. Artistry varies significantly between clinicians. The sites do not just determine the distribution and spread of the hair follicles, but also controls the exit angulation, which is crucial to creating a gorgeous result that blends in naturally.
- The final step of a hair transplant is placement of the follicles into the sites. This process will be performed with multiple skilled team members working simultaneously. Your physician will be guiding the team and adjusting the aesthetic as needed.
- At the conclusion of the hair transplant, most patients have a wrap placed on their head.
- The instructions for after care will be reviewed prior to discharge.
What is the recovery from hair transplant surgery
- Patients have minimal discomfort and are able to work from home the next day.
- The head wrap is easily removed at home the next day. If you feel uneasy removing your wrap, you will be given an option to have one our skilled team members visit your home or hotel to remove the wrap if you are local.
- Most patients can wear a baseball cap the next day.
- Using a modification in technique which you will be taught, patients are encouraged to gently wash the hair two days after the procedure. We ask that patients take great care to avoid displacing the grafts as they are delicate in the early healing period.
- Activity that produces sweating or rubbing on the grafts is limited for two weeks.
- It is normal to see small scabs on the implanted hairs. These fall off between 7-14 days.
- Most can return to workplace after once week.
What is the follow up after a hair transplant
- Patients return to the office 7-14 days after the procedure for a check in
- Sutures are removed on day 10 (only if placed)
- We next see patients 6-12 months after the procedure, or sooner if any questions or concerns arise.
When can I expect to see results
- The hairs that are moved in an hair transplant will grow for 3 weeks to 3 months then shed. At 3-6 months, the follicle has “taken” and is resting under the skin. At 6-18 months, the hairs grow in and then grow for life. Classically, patients see 80% of the result at 8 months.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant varies greatly depending on the amount of work to be done. A very small hair transplant may cost only a few thousand dollars. Most hair transplants in NYC cost over $12,500 when the surgical and facility fee are combined.
Why do you not charge by the graft?
We have found that charging by the session *(rather than the graft) improves our understanding and communication with patients while maximizing results.
Charging by the graft incentivizes the practice to create more grafts. This is not good for density or viability. Since a graft is the same as a follicle, it is very important understand more about the follicle itself. A follicle is the fundamental unit of hair growth and on average, there are 2-3 hairs (average is 2.3) per follicle. A follicle (ie a graft) can be sub-divided on a side tablet to become two individual follicles. If a practice charges $10/graft, then they just turned $10 into $20 without moving more hair. This is not good practice as it may damage the follicle (reducing viability). Additionally, a two hair follicle is advantageous when placed internally as it will produce more density than two single hair follicles as they will need to be spread further apart. Subdivision, will artificially elevate the graft count, but will reduce the result. We routinely avoid subdividing follicles, and we never charge more during a procedure because we harvested extra grafts.
Is there a risk to moving too many grafts?
Yes. Moving too many grafts has many levels of risk. We do not want to take too many hairs from the donor as it may appear “overharvested” or “scalpy”. We do not want to disrupt the blood supply by making too many holes at one time. This can lead to transplant failure, which we have NEVER had in our office in over two decades of practice. Moving too many hairs also may cause long term issues in that you do not have any more hair to move if future loss occurs. It is good to save some hair in reserve for future adjustment. Lastly, there is a concern that a gigantic mega-hair transplant takes a very long time and the hair will spend too much time out of the body – reducing viability. We are very aware of each of these concerns and want to reassure you we will plan for your procedure with utmost care to avoid these issues. The best way to avoid a problem is to be aware of the dangers and risks, so they can be avoided.
Is a hair transplant even worth it?
We perform roughly 200 hair transplants a year. We have an amazingly high rate of satisfaction. Our patients routinely feel their result is worth it, and many feel there is no better investment because the result is lasting and brings joy every day.
Do hair transplants really work?
Yes. Hair transplants work. Please visit our gallery to see what a hair transplant might do to help you.
Do hair transplants fail?
Hair transplants rarely out-right fail. The donor hair is incredible in its ability to grow. Failure from a loss of blood supply or infection is reported, but not something we have seen in over two decades of practice. The “failed” transplant you may hear about is someone’s expectation not being met. The hair that was transferred moved but did not create the result the patient wished to have. We spend a lot of time evaluating what is possible and doing our best to set appropriate expectations. With honest communication, our patients have been very satisfied.
Why do people get second hair transplants?
Around 50% of patients who get one transplant go on to get a second hair transplant. This is most commonly because the patient wanted more density or there is a new area that needs help as time has progressed. Most patients do not view a second transplant as a failure, but understand that with the passage of time, more work may be necessary.
Since a hair transplant moves hair but does not stop hair loss, many patients are able to take medicines to stop or significantly slow the progression of their hair loss which often can eliminate the need or significantly widen the interval between transplants.
Am I a candidate for hair restoration surgery?
A hair transplant is an amazing procedure for the right patient, but unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for hair transplant.
If you are interested in a hair transplant but are unsure if this is right for you, you can visit us for a consultation. Alternatively, you can e-mail us photos. We can review the photos and provide basic feedback. There is no cost for this service.
Why is a consult with the hair loss doctor important?
A consult with the doctor is important to understand why hair loss has happened and what treatment options are best. Each patient’s treatment plan is customized and depends on many medical and physical variables.
A hair transplant is a life-long decision. We want to have a perfect plan for the short-term but also have a long-term vision for your result.
How long till my hair starts to grow?
It is well understood that after a hair transplant, the transplanted hairs will cycle. At first, the hairs will grow. They often shed in the first 3 weeks to 3 months. Then there is a period of rest and regrowth. Most people (80%) see about 80% of the result at 8 months after the transplant. The results continue to improve and mature until 2 years.
Can women get hair transplants?
Yes. Women can get hair transplants and see amazing results. You encouraged to view our gallery focused just on female hair transplant results (LINK TO FEMALE GALLERY).
Is female hair transplant more expensive?
No. Female hair transplant is NOT more expensive.
Will there be scarring?
The scarring and evidence from a hair transplant differs depending on technique. In FUT (strip), there is a line scar that may be hidden in the donor (back of head) by hair above. In FUE (dots), there are small white dots in the donor. These allow the patient to wear a shorter haircut without visible scars.
Is there financing?
At this time, we do not participate with any financing companies.
How long is the procedure?
The length of a hair transplant depends on the amount of work being done. In general, the work is performed in one day. The procedure may take a few hours but could be as long as 8-10 hours. This will be discussed with you during your consultation and planning.
Is PRP combined with a transplant
PRP is a procedure to extract your blood, specifically the platelet rich plasma. The platelets have growth factors that can help reduce inflammation and hair growth. Your physician may recommend PRP alongside your hair transplant, though this is not always necessary.
Does the procedure hurt
Hair transplant is generally mild on the pain scale. Patients report that the injection of the local anesthetic (lidocaine) can hurt for a moment, then there is no pain experienced. There is often throbbing in the first evening controlled with Tylenol, related to the numbing medicine wearing off. The next day, patients are surprised to feel really well and are able to work from home.
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