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Yes. CIT is more time and labor-intensive for the physician, making it a more expensive procedure overall. However, with CIT, Dr. Cole averages 2.9 hairs per graft versus the 2.0 most strip physicians yield. This means that you are getting almost 1 hair per graft more with CIT than you would with a strip procedure (or 30% more hair for the number of grafts you are paying for).
A hair transplant's cost will always depend on the clinic and surgeon. All patients, however, must consider that cost both reflects the likely results and detriments of said hair transplant. For instance, most surgeons will claim that Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), or strip, is more affordable. However, patients must consider all elements of a transplant. This includes:
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) involves extracting a strip of scalp and then segmenting it into grafts. Many surgeons champion it, as the technique is both very established and is quicker than Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), the most recent hair transplant option available that requires more training and practice than FUT but often yields better results.
Patients that do not do a lot of research typically opt for FUT. Surgeons who champion FUT do not typically share all the details or complications that can result from the procedure, however, nor do they show examples of their worse cases. Instead, they use a number of coercive means, including paid references, to advocate for FUT.
However, FUE almost always is the better bargain. Patients, of course, must consider the surgeon and clinic's capability; the idea is to ensure the best possible result the first time around. FUE patients, and especially those who select Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant, Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), enjoy better results that require less correction than FUT.
Correcting bad hair transplant results from other clinics, in fact, is one of Dr. Cole's specialties. Over 40% of Forhair's patients seek some sort of hair transplant repair, typically to correct bad plugs, obfuscate or otherwise improve FUT scars, and other such work. Hair transplant repair or corrections, however, can significantly add to the overall cost of a procedure. Learn more about the effectiveness of hair transplant procedures, and their pricing, by visiting our FUT vs. FUE page or by contacting us.