Losing hair for any reason can be disheartening. Whether you are among the estimated 66% of men over 35 who lose hair as they age, or you are of any gender and are struggling with illness- or hormone-related hair loss, bald patches or receding hairlines often take an immediate toll on self-confidence. You may be wondering about cosmetic treatment for hair restoration, but if you are unsure of the cost, you may not know if it is an option for you. If you are interested in hair restoration in San Francisco, experts like Corey S. Maas MDTM can help you navigate your choices and find a treatment plan that can fit your needs and budget. Several factors influence the cost of hair restoration treatments, and these procedures are completely customizable so you can choose which aspects matter to you and make the most of your time and money.

Type of Treatment

Just like most aesthetic treatments, there are two main categories of hair restoration: surgical and non-surgical. There are pros and cons to each of these. Notably, surgical options tend to be longer lasting and more comprehensive, but more expensive and with a greater time investment; while non-surgical options are more budget-friendly and simpler, but are not always right for every client.

Surgical hair restoration is also called a hair transplant or a hair graft. In this technique, your surgeon removes hair follicles from an area of your head with healthy hair and places them in the area you would like to restore. Most sources estimate that hair transplants in the United States cost between $5 and $10 per graft, and anywhere from $3,500 to $15,000 for a full procedure. Costs will fluctuate based on your provider’s experience and location; more experienced surgeon in a major city may charge more since they come with an extra assurance of safety, satisfaction and convenience.

Alternatively, non-surgical hair restoration can take the form of laser treatments, oral medications and topical creams and gels. These can be effective by rebalancing hormones or rejuvenating the health of your hair follicles. On average, these can cost between $30 and $70 per month, with many of them requiring long-term ongoing use to maximize and maintain results.

The most important consideration to make when looking at surgical or non-surgical hair restoration is deciding which one will really give you the right results. It is easy to assume a non-surgical option is the better choice because it is simpler and less expensive, but understanding these procedures’ limitations is equally important. At The Maas ClinicTM, we pride ourselves on our clients’ total satisfaction with their outcomes. If Dr. Maas believes you are a better candidate for a surgical procedure, it is often best to wait until you have the resources to pursue a hair transplant than it is to spend time and money on non-surgical options that won’t be as effective for you.

Scope of Treatment

Once you choose which type of treatment is right for you, the extent of the treatment will also factor into the total costs of your hair restoration. With hair grafting, for example, most surgeons will charge per graft; the larger the area you want to treat, the more grafts you will need. It is also common for surgeons to reduce the cost per graft if you choose a larger number of grafts, however, so it can often be worth your while to transplant a larger area. There are also surgical costs to consider with hair transplantation, including anesthesia and recovery supplies.

When it comes to non-surgical options, the cost per treatment might initially seem low. However, if your concerns are extensive, you will likely need multiple treatment sessions or several rounds of medications before you achieve the results you want. These costs can add up over time — be sure to talk to your surgeon about how many treatments they would recommend for your particular case.

Additionally, if you are hoping to treat specialty areas like the eyebrows, eyelashes or facial hair, you can expect to pay prices that are above average or at the higher end of average. These areas require more delicate treatment and a specially trained hand if you want to achieve natural results and minimize your risk of complications.

Personal Factors

The price point for any procedure, surgical or non-surgical, can also vary based on your particular situation. One of the most significant factors is your geographical location — countries, regions, states and cities all differ in cost of living; more expensive locales will have higher prices for hair restoration, too. Supply and demand for hair restoration procedures in your area can also impact the price of your treatment.

The other set of factors for price often has to do with your health. If you have other conditions that may impact your hair restoration procedure or recovery, your costs may increase as your provider adjusts your treatment plan to minimize your risks. Your options may also be more limited if your age or preexisting condition precludes you from receiving a particular type of treatment, which may mean you are unable to opt for less expensive choices.

While there are often ways to find approximate costs of hair restoration, the only way to know how much it really costs is by scheduling a consultation with a board-certified medical professional with experience providing hair restoration treatments. Your provider will be able to tell you which types of hair restoration will be right for you, and further explain any extra costs associated with surgery or repeated procedures. For expert hair restoration services in San Francisco, visit The Maas ClinicTM and learn about your options from Corey S. Maas MDTM. Call us today at 415-567-7000.

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