A key consideration for anything in life is, “How much does it cost?” The answer to this question is often so much more than just a number. It is an indicator for quality, experience, latest technology, desired results plus much more. With hindsight, we’ve probably all experienced the disappointment of a poor quality product or service because the cheapest price has been the deciding factor. Some of us have even felt the sting of having to pay twice, the first time for an inferior or poor quality product or service, and the second to fix up or replace it.
We explain the main components that make up cost in a hair transplant so you can decide for yourself what a hair transplant is worth. At the end of this article we will give you examples of DHI hair transplants and the cost for each procedure.
Cost Components of a Hair Transplant
How much does a hair transplant cost? When it comes to hair transplants, many people assume that they should base cost on the number of grafts (hair follicles) to be extracted and implanted. The larger the number of grafts, the better value for money, right? Wrong. Older style hair transplant techniques require more of your precious donor hair follicles to be harvested. Using the correct technique allows for fewer follicles needed to achieve the desired result and caring for the donor area to allow for a future transplant if required is the priority. Too frequently, we have seen patients come to DHI Australia following a botched procedure with little to no option for a remedial procedure due to the damage inflicted or the “over harvesting” of the donor area.
Method of Follicle Extraction & Implantation
Traditionally, healthy hair (donor) follicles were extracted in two main ways: FUT and FUE. Both of these methods result with scarring to the donor site, impact follicle survival rate and can leave an unnatural “doll like” final appearance. Research and development, along with decades of expertise lead to the DHI extraction and implantation method that leaves no scarring and no visible trace of a hair transplant, just 100% natural results.
FUT or Follicular Unit Transplant, is referred to as “strip surgery” where the hair follicles are removed from the back of the head in a long thin strip of scalp and divided into single units under a microscope. This division of the follicles traumatises them, thereby reducing survival rate. The site where the scalp is removed is then sewn back together. This procedure is relatively cost effective, however it comes at a price, involving:
- Scarring that can be visible with shorter hair styles
- Longer recovery time
- Reduced follicle survival rate
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction involves the use of a punch to make a small circular cut in the skin around a hair follicle or group of follicles, removing them from the scalp, leaving a small open hole, which heals to a small scar. It is common to see multiple hairs in a follicle (2 - 4 hairs in one follicle for example) to be cut apart and manipulated to inflate the number of hairs implanted: a follicle containing three hairs becomes 3 poor quality grafts. This has a negative impact on the result of the transplant and the rate of regrowth, with some loss rates as high as 40%!
With both FUT and FUE methods, holes are created in the treatment area to receive the grafts by forceps. This allows minimum control over the depth, angle and direction of the hair, increasing the chances of an unnatural-looking result.
Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) is the most advanced and delicate technique, meaning no scalpels, no stitches, no detectable scarring and it is a very comfortable procedure. The follicles are extracted with a specialised tool, less than 1mm in diametre, designed to delicately extract the hair follicle so that the scalp heals with no detectable scarring.
DHI are the only hair transplant clinics in Australia to store the grafts in a growth solution called HypoThermosolTM which sustains the survival rate of the hairs by up to 100%. The grafts are implanted using another specialised tool, the DHI implanter, that allows the DHI Certified Doctor to precisely control the density, angle, depth and direction of each and every hair, ensuring you a completely natural result.
Experience and Qualifications
Hair transplants can be performed by technicians (skill and experience varies dramatically depending on what part of the world you are in), robots (extraction only), or doctors. Each and every patient is an individual and therefore every hair transplant must adapt and be customised for each patient.
DHI procedures are performed by a DHI Certified Surgeon from start to finish. DHI Certified Surgeons undergo stringent testing and certification through the London Hair Restoration Academy with ongoing training to ensure skills, knowledge and experience are cutting-edge. The first step to successful hair restoration is a hair loss diagnosis.
DHI use patented techniques and tools to ensure optimum results. Extensive research and development has been invested in to achieve the most delicate hair transplant method that delivers the most natural results.
DHI Australia are the only hair restoration clinic in Australia to GUARANTEE natural results.
Facilities and Patient Care
From the time you first contact DHI Australia, to the time that you have your last follow-up appointment, you will feel comfortable and in good hands. DHI facilities are second to none and patient care is our number one priority. The hair transplant process involves:
- An initial consultation and hair loss diagnosis
- Pre-surgery consultation
- Follow up appointments at 1 week, 1 month and then 3 months, 6 months and 12 months post-procedure. You will see the majority of the result by 12 weeks with the final result visible at 12 months post-procedure.
Length of Surgery
The actual procedure can take up to 10-12 hours in one sitting. We work efficiently, but we don’t rush it to ensure the precise implantation of every hair, guaranteeing natural results.
To see what to expect during a Direct Hair Implantation procedure, simply click below to watch a treatment video.
Questions You Need To Ask
A hair transplant is designed to give you life-long results. Your decision should not rely solely on price as that may be the cause of a decision you regret and may be a costly mistake in the long-term. When making the important decision between hair transplant clinics, you should ask the following questions.
- What is the total cost? Eg, Will I need another hair transplant? Are there any additional fees? Do you charge for follow up appointments?
- Do you guarantee natural results?
- Who will be performing the procedure (robot, technician, doctor) and what are their qualifications and experience, can I see before and after photos from the person who will be doing my procedure?
- What is the post-surgery procedure and how long will I need to take off work?
- Will I have a scar?
DHI are the hair restoration specialists and have over 47 years’ experience. All procedures are performed by a highly-skilled DHI Certified Doctor, certified through the London Hair Restoration Academy. You can contact a hair restoration specialist in any of our DHI clinics for hair transplant Sydney, hair transplant Melbourne, hair transplant Brisbane or a hair transplant Gold Coast.
To book an appointment for your hair loss diagnosis, simply click on one of the buttons below to book a consultation online now or ask a question. Alternatively, you can call DHI on 1300 787 563.