Surgical Hair Transplant FAQ:

How Much Will It Cost?

Cost will vary with the individual’s degree of hair loss and the individual physician. Cost can vary from $4,000.00 for a lesser degree of hair loss to over $20,000.00 for more extensive hair loss.

Whom Do I Consult with Prior to Hair Transplantation?

Although there are knowledgeable consultants, the AHLC recommends that you do not start any type of surgery without consulting with the physician who will be performing the surgery.

Preferably the surgeon should be a resident of the community. It is normally beneficial to continue sessions with the same surgeon and to have him or her available throughout the entire period of surgical procedures.


Many men and women do not qualify for hair transplantation because of unrealistic expectations given their amount of available donor hair. Increasing in numbers are those who opt for partial transplantation and a partial hair addition.

For example, an individual with extensive baldness who wants to wear his hair straight back. He may opt for a transplanted front hairline only (due to lack of donor hair available). Behind the newly transplanted front hairline, the individual might have a hair addition designed so that he can now comb his own hair straight back into the hair addition.

Coverage of Surgical Defects:

Have you ever seen the results of a bad hair transplant? An individual who had a poor hair transplant may find his only choice is a hair addition.

Other Uses for Hair Additions:

Full Hair Additions/Prostheses: chemotherapy, alopecia totalis, alopecia universalis, ectodermal dysplasia, lupus, trichotillomania, telogen effluvium, monilethrix, bums, radiation and other abnormalities of the hair and scalp.

Partial Hair Additions:

Male pattern hair loss, female pattern hair loss, bums, radiation, stabilized alopecia areata, surgery defects, traction alopecia, lupus and other abnormalities of the hair and scalp.


  1. THE PATIENT: Qualified in respect to age; degree of hair loss, type and color of hair, cause of hair loss, his expectations as well as the ability to afford and endure the multi-sessions often required to obtain excellent results.
  2. THE PHYSICIAN: Credentials, experience, aesthetic vision, honesty and the ability to educate you BEFORE surgery are all important elements necessary for successful hair transplantation.
  3. The experienced, qualified physician will be able to inform you as to being properly qualified for hair replacement surgery. It is best to consult with several physicians offering hair replacement surgery before choosing one. Prepare your questions prior to the consultation.

To insure the that the physician is capable of offering the results you desire, ask to meet a patient or two that he/she has recently completed. Seeing the results firsthand helps to insure you are in capable hands. This is far superior to photos or advertising.

Check the Following for References

  1. Your city, county and state medical societies.
  2. Your family physician or any physician you see professionally or socially.
  3. Your local medical library
  4. Your hairstylist
  5. The Better Business Bureau
Surgical Hair Transplants FAQ


Although the American Hair Loss Council does not endorse or recommend any individual firm, we can supply you with a list of AHLC specialists in or near your specific area.

All AHLC members sign a statement that they will honor our Code of Ethics which is centered around the protection of you, the consumer. Request the American Hair Loss Council Source Book.