Why Hair Replacement Surgery?
It’s extremely common for men to lose a significant amount of hair as they grow older. For some men, it may begin as early as their 20s. Whether you lose your hair and at what age are largely genetically determined; it doesn’t matter how healthy and fit you are. Many men experience a drop in self-esteem as they lose their hair. They simply want their youthful confidence back.
While a variety of topical shampoos, creams, and liquid solutions are available to treat androgenic alopecia (the technical term for male pattern baldness), many men find the results disappointing. Furthermore, they’re shocked to find out that they’ll have to keep paying the price, in time and money, to apply the products regularly for the rest of their lives, or risk losing the hair that has regrown. For this reason, many men choose hair transplant surgery for a more permanent hair regrowth solution.
Although men are by far the most common hair transplant candidates, it’s important to note that baldness can happen to women, too. If a woman is unlucky genetically — which is absolutely out of her control — then she may experience “male pattern baldness” as she gets older. For most women, hair loss during aging occurs in a different pattern than with men, with a more general thinning over the whole scalp rather than large bald patches like men get. Women who’ve lost their hair may also choose hair transplantation surgery to regain their youthful confidence.
While the prospect of not having to buy any more over-the-counter products that overpromise and underdeliver might sound enticing, you may wonder about the cost of hair transplant surgery. Can you really afford it?
Average Cost for Hair Transplant Surgery
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for hair transplant surgery in 2013 was $5,163. This is a national average, provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. Costs may also vary by region and by individual surgeon. Please check with the surgeon(s) you are considering to determine the exact cost of the procedure.
What About Your Face?
If you’re having hair transplant surgery, then you’ve experienced the effects of aging on your scalp. While you may be among those who experience hair loss at a relatively young age and still have smooth skin, there’s also a good chance that you’ve experienced the effects of aging on your face as well. Having hair transplant surgery will go a long way toward making you look younger, but to better restore your youthful, vibrant appearance, you may also want to consider cosmetic dermatology or facial plastic surgery. With your thick hair and smooth skin, you’ll look decades younger!
Will Insurance Cover It?
Hair transplant surgery is almost never covered by medical insurance. There could be a possible exception if your hair loss is due to a disease, rather than to aging. If this is the case, you should call your insurance company to see whether there’s a possibility of having the procedure covered. For the vast majority of people, however, you’ll need to cover the cost of your hair transplant surgery yourself. Any facial procedure that you choose to have will almost certainly not be covered by insurance either; see the cosmetic dermatology and facial plastic surgery cost pages for more information.
What Are the Financing Options?
If you don’t already have the money saved, you have many options available for financing. Many physicians offer financing plans for their patients. You can also get a medical credit card or other credit card, often with an attractive introductory interest rate; a medical loan, personal loan, or home equity loan from your bank; a loan from your 401(k); or loans or gifts from family and friends. Even if your credit isn’t great, you’d be surprised how many options you have, so talk with your bank about the possibilities.