Hair Transplant Costs – Types of Procedures – Pros / Cons
and Getting The Best Final Results.
In the following article we will determine the average cost of a hair transplant in Canada utilizing data collected in 2018 from some of Canada’s major population centres including Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa & Montreal, in order to establish an average cost across a large metropolitan base.
We will also get into detail about the different types of hair transplant and their respective constituents in order to identify and explain what each of the main factors impacting the final cost of the procedure are?
And finally we’ll offer you our advice based on thousands of our own hair transplant patient cases to help you understand what’s most critical to your final results, what’s not, and what you should be focused on to effectively reduce the cost of your hair transplant while simultaneously improving your odds for achieving the very best results.
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Understanding That “Average Hair Transplant Cost” Can Be a “Relative Term”
The first thing to understand when attempting to establish an average or baseline price of hair transplant surgery in Canada is that a standard or average price is somewhat of a “relative term”. Prices can and do vary widely from country to country, city to city, and particularly clinic to clinic. For the purposes of our article, we are focusing on hair transplant costs from clinics in cities across Canada including Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Hamilton, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Surrey to get a good data sample.
Let’s consider two highly populated metropolitan centres; The Greater Toronto Area, and The Greater Vancouver area. In these two metropolitan areas alone there are approximately 24 different hair transplant clinics. Having these many clinics, each with their own relative pricing structures can make an average price difficult to establish, but more importantly, this highlights the importance of shopping around and visiting several clinics in order to get several quotes.
Being in a Major City Like Toronto, Vancouver or Ottawa Will Effect The Cost
Like most commodities supply and demand fundamentals factor into the determination of the cost of a hair transplant, therefore in larger metropolitan areas where you generally have a greater abundance of “supply”, ie: more hair transplant clinics and doctors, and of course because of the much higher population numbers more “demand” as well, but generally the supply tends to provide more then the demand requires, so with more hair transplant clinics in closer proximity competing with each other by offering better and more competitively priced services the consumer generally tends to benefit in this scenario by reaping better results at more competitive prices.
In addition to location, there are other factors that can influence prices such as the type of hair transplant procedure selected and the number of hair follicles harvested and transplanted. There are a few primary considerations to be noted when considering a hair transplant. These considerations, such as the type of hair transplant you choose can impact cost.
Will you have a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)?
Follicular unit transplantation or FUT for short is a hair transplant method where a long linear strip of hair bearing skin is surgically removed from the back of the head using a scalpel. The strip of hair is then dissected into individual follicular units under a high power microscope and transplanted to the recipient area of the scalp. This surgical option will create a linear scar at the back of the scalp.
How The FUT METHOD Works
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) on the other hand is a graft harvesting technique where the surgeon removes individual hair follicles from the donor region. In this method, donor hair is extracted using punches that make small circular incisions. When these circular extraction sites heal they create very small white dots. These scars are difficult to see and would require a close up inspection or a trained eye to locate them.
How The FUE METHOD Works
FUE is more labor intensive than an FUT. Thus the cost per graft for an FUE hair transplant can be more expensive as compared to an FUT hair transplant. In some clinics, FUE hair transplants can cost approximately 40% – 50% more than an FUT hair transplant. Caution is advised as an increase in price may not translate to better results. In fact, the final appearance of your hair transplant may not depend on what procedure you choose. In an experienced surgeon’s hands, the final results from both FUE and FUT hair transplants can look outstanding.
Both FUE and FUT have their respective strengths and weaknesses, however, the main benefit of using FUE is that you can avoid creating a long linear scar in the donor region located at the back of the head. For some people, not having to worry about concealing this long linear scar is a compelling enough reason to choose FUE over FUT. Avoiding linear scarring can be of particular interest to men who prefer hair styles where the back hair is very closely cropped or shaved. Conversely, for other hair transplant candidates, FUE may not be worth the additional cost as they may prefer medium to longer hair styles which generally conceal any linear scarring.
The main advantage of an FUT hair transplant over an FUE hair transplant is obviously cost, since it can be 40% – 50% less. However, the number of grafts that can be obtained from FUE vs FUT can be quite different. FUT will yield proportionally more hair grafts then FUE. Therefore, if you have relatively large areas of hair loss one FUT hair transplant might be the most cost-effective option as it will give you lots of grafts in one session, getting you closer to a full head of hair for less money. FUE hair transplants might be more cost-effective for smaller hair loss areas. Also, it may be of value to note that typically, the FUT method results in a somewhat higher density in the transplanted area (recipient site) compared to FUE.
Reducing Costs by Improving Outcomes
At Sure Hair International, we offer both FUT and FUE. Using our proprietary surgical protocols we can minimize the inherent weaknesses of FUT and FUE procedures to help improve outcomes while reducing patient costs.
Our FUT procedure utilizes a special type of surgical closure that we have pioneered in Canada. This closure is called the trichophytic closure which allows hair to grow right through the scar, camouflaging the recipient area. This can make the scar appear much smaller, lowering its visibility. This can allow patients to wear relatively short hairstyles without worry.
Our clinic, Sure Hair International is also a leading Canadian FUE hair transplant clinic. We have incorporated highly advanced techniques into our hair transplants to provide the best quality grafts for our patients. The use of these methods results in high quality standards and final results.
We have two robots that can be used to extract grafts; however robotic technology has not yet reached a level that exceeds the capabilities of our hand held motorized drills. Additionally, robotic extraction is much more expensive as compared to the hand held methodology. After a lot of thought, we have decided to stay with the hand held technology until such time that the robotics have improved in their ability to extract consistently high quality grafts with minimal damage at a cost effective rate.
#2 How many grafts do you need?
The second significant factor that will affect the cost of your hair transplant is how many grafts you will need. If you are like most patients you probably don’t know how many grafts it takes to fill a given area on the scalp. To help you estimate how many grafts you may need use the following trick to get a rough estimate.
Hair loss regions that are about the size of your fist usually take about 1,500 grafts to fill. Using this trick you should be able to estimate how many grafts you may need. Do you have a balding area of one fist, two fists, or more?
Cost Per Grafts Do Vary Significantly from Clinic to Clinic
Most clinics charge based on the number of grafts transplanted. For an FUT hair transplant, the average cost per graft can range from $2.50 to $6.00 per graft. For an FUE hair transplant, the average cost per graft can be 40% – 50% higher, ranging from $6.00 to $12.00 per graft. So as you can see, the type of hair transplant you have directly affects the cost per graft.
#3 How many sessions will be required?
The last main factor that can affect the cost of your hair transplant is the amount of sessions required. In some cases, particularly those in the more advanced stages of hair loss, more than one session is required to completely cover all hair loss regions.
Due to the amount of grafts that may be required some clinics may prefer more than one session because you may require more grafts than they can extract or produce in one session. Breaking up the hair transplantation into sessions can also help you financially. As with all surgical procedures, there may be additional costs associated such as medical costs (e.g., cost of medications), and administrative costs. Breaking up the procedure with several months between intervals may make the cost of the hair transplant more manageable. However with the addition of more sessions could easily multiply your final cost by 100% – 200%. Thus the number of sessions is perhaps one of the biggest factors affecting the final cost of a hair transplant.
If you are in the later stages of hair loss, typically anything higher than a four on the Norwood scale, then it is important to consider how many grafts a given clinic can transplant per session as this significantly impact your hair transplant costs. The number of grafts per session is very much dependent on the clinic you choose. Many clinics routinely transplant 1,500 – 3,000 grafts per session. Three thousand grafts can be suitable for most patients who are a four or less on the Norwood scale. The clinics that can produce higher grafts per session are usually more established and experience as they have access to greater resources and a larger staff. Larger graft sessions could lead to wider scarring in the donor area.
To summarize, harvesting technique chosen, number of grafts required and number of sessions needed will impact your hair transplant cost significantly. Ultimately you should not focus solely on finding the lowest cost hair transplant, but instead on getting the best results for the best price. The goal is to obtain a great hair transplant that you are happy with.
Obtaining a Final Cost Estimate
Before your surgery, our hair transplant doctor will provide you with an estimate of the number of hair transplant graft units required to achieve the results you desire and the number of sessions required, usually only one session is needed. Our hair transplant sessions usually cost between $6750 – $8750 + HST. Our free consultation is designed to help you achieve your hair restoration goals and provide you with a precise cost estimate for your specific case.
Where To Apply For Appropriate Medical Financing?
How to Obtain Medical Financing for Hair Transplant Surgery
We’ve been at this for about 25 years now, and we know that obtaining the financing required for a hair
If you need or choose to finance your hair transplant here at Sure Hair International we do not offer direct in-house financing to our clients. However, we have aligned ourselves with financial institutions that specialize in the finance of medical procedures to assist you with funding your hair transplant surgery at very reasonable and affordable rates. See below for a financing payment examples.
Apply for Hair Transplant Financing in Canada With Medicard
Medicard has been proudly helping Canadians turn their hair restoration dreams into reality by offering simple and affordable financing solutions since 1996. They offer loans with no down payments, no prepayment penalties and industry leading interest and approval rates. With flexible terms, from 6 months up to 72 months, and fixed low monthly payment options, they can provide you the finances you need to start your hair restoration process. Applying is quick, confidential and easy, just pick up the phone and call 1-888-689-9876 or visit www.medicard.com
Insurance Coverage for Hair Transplants
For most candidates, a hair transplant surgery is a cosmetic, elective surgery, which means the costs are usually not covered by medical or health insurance. Hair transplants that are a part of a reconstructive surgery or a result of an injury or disfigurement could be covered under insurance. The initial upfront cost can feel a bit daunting to patients at first, but the value of the operation is often life-changing.
Seeking a Discount?
When you are shopping for a qualified hair transplant surgeon or clinic, discounted prices do not come with any quality assurance. There can be a very significant difference between the final results achieved at any two clinics so we encourage you to seek the highest quality and the most experienced hair transplant surgeon you can find.
How do you shop for a hair transplant surgeon?
Former patients are the best way to see the capabilities of a hair transplant clinic or doctor. Obtaining former patients’ before and after photos or videos or talking to former patients in person can provide you with an accurate idea of the quality of work produced by a given doctor.
Here at Sure Hair International we utilize proven medical protocols and use the most advanced equipment and technology available. We employ some of the most experienced and professional surgeons and technicians in the industry. This enables us to ensure that every patient experience will be excellent and their final results outstanding.
A Small Sample Of Our Work and Client Results
Please feel free to watch a few of our client videos below or visit our Reviews page Sure Hair International Reviews page to read what a few of our past clients have said about our services.
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