How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost in Australia? Sydney Hair Transplant

How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost in Australia?

Last updated on May 28th, 2019 at 9:00 am

Male pattern baldness is very common. So common in fact that it accounts for over 95 percent of hair loss in men. To that end, many of them have tried to manage it by trying everything from restorative shampoos and herbal remedies to preventative creams and nanofiber sprays. Some interventions work to a certain degree; but in a lot of cases, none offer a lasting solution.

This is where hair transplants come in.

The procedure has come a long way since it was first introduced and is now recognized as a more lasting solution to hair loss. However, this option usually comes with a price—literally. Cost is a major consideration for this procedure. And anyone considering it has to always start by asking themselves: exactly much would a hair transplant cost in Australia?

To give you a better idea of how much you have to spend to get this procedure, it’s important to look at the different factors that contribute to its cost–

Consultation

Like all medical procedures, the hair transplant process begins with a consultation, which costs about $150 in Australia.

Most assume that hair transplant consultations are simple. However, it’s not as straightforward as setting an appointment for your surgery. Even when you’re prepared to shoulder the full hair transplant cost, you can’t just walk in and say you’re interested in a procedure and get a schedule. Why? For starters, not everyone is a good candidate for hair transplant surgery. Criteria such as whether or not you have enough donor hair and what kind of hair loss does you have to be checked and considered. And these are factors that only reliable and reputable doctor will be able to provide accurately. In any case, numerous clinics may refund this amount if you do decide to proceed with the surgery.

You may also come across clinics that offer free consultations. Take note however that your appointment may not necessarily be with a doctor or surgeon and you will be talking to the clinic’s hair transplant specialist instead. This means you may not receive an in-depth clinical assessment of your condition and your appropriate way forward.

Aside from word of mouth and personal research, a personal consultation is really the best way to determine whether hair transplant surgery is for you and if you’re potentially going to be working with a good doctor. You would want someone who fully understands your aesthetics and goals, especially since this is going to be quite a significant financial investment. If that means you have to shell out a consultation fee to start with, it’s bound to be money well spent.

Area

The size of the area that requires treatment is also a significant factor in your hair transplant cost. Quite simply, larger hairless patches will require more work; which raises the total expense of the procedure.

If you’re in the early stages of hair loss, you might assume that it’s better to go through surgery now and keep the hair transplant cost low. However, most surgeons will usually advise you to check out non-invasive alternatives first.

Technique

There are two techniques for hair transplant procedures– the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). Each procedure varies in terms of technique and difficulty—and to that end, has differences when it comes to exposure to risks, time to complete the procedure, and skill. All these are factors that contribute to the cost of each technique.

FUT, which is known as the traditional technique involves making a long incision across the back of your head to remove a piece of your scalp, which contains hair grafts. Each graft runs around $7, usually for the first 500 grafts. Anything more and the price goes down to an average of $5.50 per graft since more coverage is needed.

How many grafts will you need?

The cost of your FUT hair transplant depends solely on the number of follicles/grafts ( average follicle has 1.6 hairs) you need.

The 1st 500 grafts @$7.70
The 2nd 500 grafts @ $6.60
The next 1000 grafts @ 5.50
The next 500 grafts @4.40
Thereafter $3.30 per graft

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GraftsInc. GST
500$3,273
1,000$6,078
1,500$8,415
2,000$10,753
2,500$11,880
3,000$13,200

Note: The total cost will vary accordingly based on the patient’s aesthetic goals, and the amount of work, or grafts, needed to achieve it. This is why a personal consultation is necessary to ensure that extensive evaluation is made on a certain case.

FUE, on the other hand is a relatively new approach that is less invasive, which entails donor grafts being removed directly from its original location using a special tool that acts like a punch. This results in a more natural aesthetic because you don’t have to worry about scarring at the back of your head. This also means the healing process is much faster. However, this technique commands a higher price as it requires more skill to perform it successfully. In Australia, this would be around $12 to $18 per graft.

How many grafts will you need?

The cost of your FUE hair transplant depends solely on the number of follicles/grafts ( average follicle has 1.6 hairs) you need.

The 1st 1000 grafts @ $9.90
The next 500 grafts @ $8.80
The next 500 grafts @ $7.70
The next 500 grafts @ $6.60
Thereafter $5.50 per graft

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GraftsInc. GST
500$4,208
1,000$8,415
1,500$12,155
2,000$15,428
2,500$17,160
3,000$19,360

Note: The total cost will vary accordingly based on the patient’s aesthetic goals, and the amount of work, or grafts, needed to achieve it. This is why a personal consultation is necessary to ensure that extensive evaluation is made on a certain case.

Eyebrow Hair Transplant

Hair transplants aren’t exclusively for the scalp. Sparse brows can also be remedied by surgical intervention. This will involve taking hair from another part of your body and placing it on your brow area to create your desired brow shape. The cost for this procedure can run anywhere from $4,000 – $6,000. Partial eyebrow repairs may also be done, but the cost will be determined during consultation because this will depend on the amount the surgeon decides is necessary.

Scalp Hair Restoration

There are some clinics who provide scalp hair restoration procedures, also known as a scalp reduction or alopecia reduction. Done under local anaesthetics, the bald area of the scalp at the top or crown area of the head is removed and the edges of the hair-bearing skin from both sides are sewn together. This procedure usually costs around $2,000 – $3,000. While it’s considered a viable restoration option,this procedure is often considered high risk because of its potential for scarring.

GST

If you are not from Australia, you should take note that GST (Goods and Services Tax) are added to the listed price of certain goods and services. This is a broad-based tax that applies an additional 10% to most foods, services, and other items that are sold or consumed in the country. You can see this in most Australian businesses, including hair transplants.

Keep this in mind when you inquire prices at hair transplant clinics. Always ask if the listed price is before or after GST. This way, you get an accurate amount and can prepare your budget accordingly.

Can You Afford the Full Hair Transplant Cost?

While hair transplants are not covered by insurance companies, there are other options available if you want to pursue it. Most opt to take out personal and more flexible loan options to finance the procedure. However, it should be noted that these will require you to pass stringent eligibility criteria set by finance companies.

If you’re considering hair transplant surgery, contact us to map out your plan today.  Book a private consultation with Dr. Daood today.