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There is no argument about the cost of hair transplant procedures: they are indeed costlier, making many of us believe that it is affordable to celebrities alone. The U.S and Europe are costlier than the rest of the world. For example, the most popular Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure will cost $7-9 per graft and $3-7 per graft for Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT or strip method) in the U.S and Europe. On an average, a typical hair transplant session can cost between $6,000 and $15,000 in these countries.

Despite its huge costs, hair transplants are gaining popularity thanks to the advancement of technology and the awareness created by celebrities who flaunt their new thick hairline following successful hair transplants. Hair transplant procedures like the FUE are highly complex as it involves removal of individual hair follicles from the donor area and transplanting it to the recipient area. Modern robots-assisted technologies like ARTAS System have helped reduce the time and efforts associated with such procedures.

ARTAS system uses an FDA-cleared technology that was developed with several leading hair restoration physicians. The advantage of this computer-assisted and image-guided hair restoration technique is that it offers a minimally invasive solution for permanent, natural-looking results. Hair transplant using ARTAS system involves transplanting healthy follicles to the patient's scalp most affected by baldness. ARTAS hair restoration procedure is the right hair restoration solution because the implanted hairs develop their blood supply, so they grow naturally like other hairs. Results are visible in a few months' time.

The growing popularity of these technologies has helped reduce the efforts of surgeons and hence reduced the costs associated with hair transplants.

Individuals looking for cost-effective hair transplant surgeries can also get the process done from other countries. Argentina, Colombia and India are offering cheaper hair transplants to patients all over the world. Some of these countries are offering these plans under "health tourism" package, which also comprises air fare, accommodation and other facilities. The entire package, including the surgery, may come under $5,000 in these countries.

For example, in India the cost of hair transplant is only about 25 percent of that done in the United States. The average cost of FUT (strip) in a good center in India is $1 approx per follicle. The standard cost of FUE in India at a world class center would be $1.5 approx per follicle. Some of the well-known hair transplant centers in India offer advanced treatments like tricophytic closure designed to minimize the scars and make them invisible or small.

Hair transplant costs can vary slightly among different clinics in different countries. There are several factors that determine the cost of hair transplants: the location of the clinic, the technology used in the procedure, the qualification and experience of the surgeon, among others. Some clinics may offer discounts as part of a promotional offer. Some other clinics offer discounts depending on the area of transplant-- the larger the area, the cheaper it costs. The price differential can be as much as 50 percent or more depending on the doctor and the technology you choose.

While making a choice for hair transplant do not base your decision on price alone. You may not always get the best results from the most expensive treatment or vice versa. Always judge the quality of treatment by indulging in a detailed discussion with the clinic and analyzing the professional history of the surgeon. A pre-consultation is always good.

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