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What is the Cost of FUE Hair Surgery?

Published 11 June 2024

FUE hair surgery is the most popular cosmetic procedures for men aged 26 – 45 years old.

It is very popular for its effectiveness in restoring natural hairlines, filling temples, adding density to the top and back. FUE is permanent and lasts a lifetime, so it needs to be performed by experts to ensure it looks natural and  improves to your appearance and confidence.

The cost of FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant surgery is intricately tied to the degree of hair loss you are experiencing. The extent of hair loss directly influences the number of grafts required for transplantation, thereby impacting the overall cost of the procedure.

For males with minor or early-stage hair loss, requiring a smaller number of grafts to restore density or fill in thinning areas, the cost of FUE surgery tends to be comparatively lower.  In these cases, a lesser number of grafts translates to reduced surgical time and fewer resources, contributing to a more cost-effective procedure.

Conversely, individuals with advanced or extensive hair loss patterns necessitate a larger number of grafts to achieve satisfactory results. As the required graft count increases, so does the cost.

Beware of clinics that charge by hairs!

  • The international standard is to quote by grafts not hairs!
  • You need to be able to compare ‘apples with apples’!
  • Quoting by hairs is a sales trick!
  • Our hairs naturally grow out of follicle tubes that exit our scalp.
  • Each follicle tube can have 1 – 4 hairs inside.
  • One follicle always equals one graft.
  • Your quote needs to be by grafts to know how many hairs you will receive, so you can compare accurately.

Comparing Clinics based on Cost

The cost of FUE surgery varies significantly, influenced by multiple factors beyond the straightforward cost aspect. Understanding these determinants can provide insight into what contributes to the overall expense of the procedure.

Clinic Reputation and Expertise

The reputation and expertise of the clinic or surgeon performing the FUE procedure will play a pivotal role in determining the cost. Clinics known for their excellence, experienced surgeons, and a track record of successful surgeries might be more expensive due to their credibility and expertise.

Surgeon’s Experience and Skill

The skill, expertise, and experience of the surgeon directly impact the cost of FUE surgery. Highly skilled surgeons who specialise in FUE techniques and have a significant level of expertise in hair restoration may charge higher fees for their services. Beware of cheap clinics where the Nurses perform the procedure not an expert hair surgeon. Ensure your hair surgeon carries insurance to perform hair surgery and is certified.


Number of Grafts Required

The number of grafts needed for the FUE procedure significantly influences the overall cost. Patients with extensive hair loss or larger areas requiring transplantation will require a higher number of grafts, leading to increased costs compared to procedures with fewer grafts.

Procedure Complexity

The complexity of the hair restoration procedure also affects the cost. Some cases might involve intricate details, such as repairing donor damage, repairing unnatural hairline’s, body hair transplant which can increase the complexity and consequently, the overall cost of the procedure.

Customisation and Technology

The utilisation of AI, Robots, and specialised machines can affect the cost. Some clinics invest in cutting-edge technology when they are beginners to the field of hair surgery and may need to pay the robotics company a royalty for every graft they extract or have a very expensive lease on their machine, which may result in higher costs to you.

Geographic Location

The geographic location of the clinic or surgeon’s practice can influence the cost of FUE surgery.

Clinics situated overseas in a country that is unregulated and/or with a low cost of living might charge less for their services compared to those in your home country.

There are many disadvantages to travelling overseas and having surgery so you should do your homework to ensure you are in safe hands.

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), have an extensive database of qualified international hair surgeons on their website and they also have a website warning against poor clinics  and

Pre- and Post-Operative Care

Comprehensive pre-operative consultations, post-operative care, possible medications, and follow-up appointments are integral parts of the overall FUE surgery process. Clinics that offer extensive care packages or additional services may include these in their pricing structures.

The cost of FUE hair surgery is determined by many factors and understanding these factors such as clinic reputation, surgeon expertise, procedure complexity, and the number of grafts require provides insight into why prices for FUE surgery vary among different clinics and doctors.

When considering FUE hair surgery, it’s essential to weigh these factors and prioritise the quality of care and expertise rather than focusing solely on cost. Choosing a reputable clinic or surgeon with a proven track record and expertise in FUE techniques can significantly impact the success of your new hair and your happiness.

At Medihair we provide affordable procedures with the highest level of care in Australia.

Click here to book a no charge consultation with one of our award winning doctors and take the step to improving your hair and confidence today.


Bianca Shaw

A well-respected surgical stylist, Bianca Shaw has worked in the hair loss industry for 28 years, educating and supporting patients, and working alongside many of Australia’s leading surgeons. Qualified in Trichology and Hairdressing, Bianca was initially trained by a leading hair transplant surgeon and can perform a range of procedures including hair line design, placement of grafts for maximum density, and the dissection and implantation of hair follicles.

Having worked for leading hair loss companies, and managing a number of successful hair transplant practices, Bianca is committed to helping patients understand the treatment options available, ensuring they make the best decision and get the best results to improve their appearance and quality of life.