How much does scalp micropigmentation cost?
Scalp Micropigmentation, also known as a scalp tattoo, is a cost effective solution for all types of hair loss including:
- Androgenetic Alopecia (also known as male/female pattern hair loss)
- Telogen Effluvium
- Anagen Effluvium (rapid hair loss resulting from medical treatment)
- Alopecia Areata (autoimmune condition)
- Tinea Capitis (also known as scalp ringworm)
- Cicatricial alopecia (also known as scalp alopecia)
- Loose Anagen Syndrome
- Traction Alopecia
Depending on your personal degree of hair loss and your desired results, an effective scalp tattoo, or hair tattoo, can cost between $1,800 to $4,000 for a typical treatment.
When addressing scar treatment, scalp micropigmentation is typically less than when addressing balding. Scalp Micropigmentation for scar treatment can cost you between $1,200 to $2,500.
Providing an average quote can be a challenge due to the variation that is possible as each service is tailored to the individual and their needs. The difference between scar treatment and hair loss is just one example of price differentiation for scalp micropigmentation. Regardless of the extent of your scalp micropigmentation service it remains an affordable solution in comparison to other hair loss solutions.
Hair transplants are a well-known solution for balding. However, they come with a high price tag and are not 100% successful. Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE, along with providers, estimate that a hair transplant could cost you up to $30,000 AUD. While this price is quoted for extensive application, costs are more likely to come in at around $11,000 AUD to $18,000 AUD.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a type of hair transplant that involves taking individual hair follicles out of your skin at one site on your body and transplanting it on another sit on your body. This is a medical procedure and carries the cost of one. Typically, follicular unit extraction can cost approximately $9,000. However, this price will vary case by case and could be even more.
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)
Follicular unit transplantion (FUT) is also a surgical procedure that can have a heavy price tag. Follicular unit transplantation involves cutting a section of scalp and then reinserting it to cover bald spots. As this is a surgical procedure that requires aneasthesia, procedures typically start around $7000. However, FUT is often more affordable than FUE as it is more invasive and has greater side effects.
Why is Scalp Micropigmentation more affordable?
While scalp micropigmentation is typically a more affordable option for those enduring balding, the affordability is not due to a lack in quality. The benefit of scalp micropigmentation is that it is not a medical procedure, and thus avoids the price tag of one. Scalp micropigmentation is performed by licensed professionals with years of experience providing fantastic results, however hair tattoo providers are not required to be trained doctors. This is due to scalp micropigmentation being a safe, cosmetic procedure.
In contrast, hair transplants, both follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) must be performed by a medical professional. This is due to the use of local anesthesia and the more invasive nature of the procedure in comparison to scalp micropigmentation.
Does that mean that I can have Scalp Micropigmentation done at a very low cost?
Although scalp micropigmentation is an affordable option in comparison to other solutions, quality hair tattoo results do require an investment. While a scalp micropigmentation practitioner may not be a doctor, they are still a trained professional that has invested years into gaining experience. There will be a difference between undergoing treatment through a reputable and experienced practitioner who charges more in comparison to a less experienced and cheaper hair tattoo provider.
Will insurance cover the cost of scalp micropigmentation?
Typically, scalp micropigmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered by your insurance. However, a multitude of factors may influence whether or not insurance can cover the cost of your procedure. It is recommended that you speak directly with your insurance provider so that they can take into consideration your situation and your coverage to determine if you are eligible.
As with all procedures, it is important to do extensive research before choosing your service provider and which treatment option works best for you. However, scalp micropigmentation is an affordable and effective treatment that suits all types of hair loss, including but not limited to Androgenetic Alopecia, Telogen Effluvium, Anagen Effluvium, Alopecia Areata, Tinea Capitis, Cicatricial alopecia, Loose Anagen Syndrome, Trichotillomania, Traction Alopecia.
Are you interested in learning more about our SMP treatments? We would love to speak with you.
Jackson can assist you in scheduling your private consultation at our SMP clinic, located at 395 Princess Highway, Woonona, 2517 – Suite 2.