This is the final Part 3 of our in-depth interview on hair transplants, hair loss and male pattern baldness with an expert on the subject. A must read for all men, whether balding or not!
INTERVIEW – PART 3
How has your life changed after going through this hair transplant journey? Was it worth it?
My hair restoration journey was a long one, but was well worth it and one I’d definitely repeat if I was forced back in time. Hair transplantation isn’t for everyone and realistically, some men are ok with going bald. For me however, like many men, I began to lose my self confidence and felt extremely self-conscious about the way I looked without a hat. How I interpreted my hair loss hindered my ability to interact normally in social situations and it really consumed my thoughts. Restoring my hair helped to give me back my confidence and enabled me to freely express myself without worrying that others were starring at and judging my balding scalp.
For those men considering the hair transplant option, what should they expect in terms of monetary involvement? I know this will vary according to many options, but how much does a hair transplant cost on average? What are the main factors affecting its cost?
Hair transplant surgery can be expensive. But let’s face it…those who choose to undergo surgical hair restoration often view it as a lifelong investment in their appearance and overall self-confidence. To many, an improved self esteem is truly priceless.
Hair transplant costs depend on the number of follicular units required for a single procedure, the type of procedure selected (FUT versus FUE), the varying costs charged by the physicians/clinic and the number of procedures required to meet the patients’ goals over a lifetime.
Many hair transplant clinics charge per follicular unit. For FUT, costs are approximately $3 to $5 per follicular unit and for FUE, costs are approximately $6 to $10 per follicular unit. The average FUT hair transplant patient may pay between $10,000 and $20,000 over the course of a lifetime to surgically restore their hair. Those with large areas of baldness to cover like I had may end up paying more.
Ultimately, whether or not the benefit of surgically restoring one’s hair and confidence is worth the higher costs is up to the individual. In my case, I was able to justify it with the following example. On average, Americans pay approximately $30,000 on a car every 5 years. I figured, if I simply keep my car for 10 years instead of 5 and spend the $30,000 I would have spent on a car on restoring my hair instead, I’ve spent no more than the average American. And that’s exactly what I did.
Looking back, I don’t regret spending my hard earned money on restoring my hair instead of replacing my car as fast as others do. Frankly, I feel much more confident in my appearance and no longer worry that others are staring at my scalp. This to me, was well worth the investment.
Bill’s before and after pictures
Money aside, what would be your advice for those men out there considering a hair transplant?
Take your time, research and explore all of your options before undergoing hair transplant surgery. Hair transplants can really be a great solution for the right candidates and those who’ve taken the time to educate themselves and explore all of their options. However, please don’t make a decision to undergo surgery strictly on emotion. While you may get lucky, the risks of proceeding with surgery without understanding the advantages, limitations and potential problems with hair transplant surgery and researching physicians could be disastrous.
For those interested in hair transplants, where could they reach you at?
For those interested in learning more about state of the art hair transplant surgery, researching non-surgical treatments and discussing hair loss related issues with others just like you, I recommend visiting our free hair loss resources below:
The Hair Transplant Network
The Hair Loss Learning Center
The Hair Loss Forum and Social Community
Many thanks for sharing your words with us Bill, it has been my pleasure.
I appreciate your interest in educating your readers about hair loss, its causes and non-surgical and surgical treatments. While hair doesn’t make the man (or woman), a good hairline and hairstyle can frame the face and provide men and women with a unique and attractive look. Thus, I suspect anyone who likes hair and is interested in their physical appearance will find the above information helpful in restoring their hair and finding a hairstyle that uniquely fits them :-).