The hair transplant is a single option to sort out the problem of baldness permanently. The procedure of restoration applies the method of donor roots extraction, either by the FUT or FUE technique. The hair transplant cost is a variable factor that depends on number factors that are both externally and internally influenced. The hair loss patients are very much concerned about the procedure cost and they always given priority to the factors that internally influenced the procedure. Generally, the hair transplant cost in India depends on the number of grafts extracted during the procedure and typically ranges anywhere between Rs. 20-120 INR/ per graft. The cost range of the procedure in India is around one-fourth of the cost applicable in the Western world countries and that is why a number of patients across the globe used to visit India to get the restoration procedure.
The Internal Factors that influence the Cost of the Hair Transplant Procedure is described below:
- The Number of Grafts: The graft is what that is extracted from the donor part and finally implanted into the receiving bald area. The graft or follicular units are extracted to cover the bald area, which regrows with the original character of the color, caliber, and texture. The extent of loss decides the number of usable grafts and that number ultimately decides the cost of the procedure. If a patient wants to cover the large area of baldness, the need for grafts’ number will increase. On the other hand, if a person wants to cover small bald patches definitely the cost significantly reduces.
- The Practiced Technique of the Procedure: The technique of the procedure decides the cost of the procedure to a large extent. There are two scientifically proven techniques of the procedure, namely, the FUT hair transplant and the FUE hair transplant. Generally, the cost of FUT technique is lesser than the FUE as it is the traditional method of harvesting with the plus benefit of the greater output in terms of a greater number of hair root extractions. The FUE is an expensive option as it involves the application of modern machinery and technology. But, the outcomes received by the FUE technique are lesser because the extraction of roots is decided by the forecasting or the speculation ability of the surgeon that may go wrong in most of the cases.
- The Extent of Baldness: The more area is bald, the more numbers of grafts you need to cover the baldness. And the cost of the procedure is directly decided by these numbers. The extent of the loss is decided by the grade of baldness that is rated on the scale known as the NW classification. The NW grade of baldness ranges between grades I to grade VII. The Norwood classification is firstly introduced by the O’Tar Norwood in 1975 that later accepted in the hair transplant world and taken as a well-known rating method for measuring the extent of hair loss.
- The Skill of your Surgeon: The last, but not least, the cost of hair transplant procedure is wholly and solely dependent on surgeon’s skills, expertise, and their recognition in the hair transplant world. Your performing surgeon must have plastic & cosmetic surgery degree that is a token of their expertise in the particular field. The recognition and accreditations that earned from the reputed hair restoration societies, i.e., the ISHRS, ISAPS, and IAHRS play a pivotal role while choosing the best hair transplant Surgeon.
On the whole, we can say that the procedure cost of hair restoration is a dynamic factor that changes according to the case of hair loss, patient’s condition, the practiced restoration technique as well as the performing surgeon and the location of the clinic and also that varies from person to person.