With a wide scale of costs associated with hair transplant procedures, it can be difficult to know where to go. Are cheap hair transplants ok? Why do some hair transplants cost considerably more? We’ve broken down your questions and created this guide explaining everything you need to know about the cost of a hair transplant.
How Much Does it Cost to Have a Hair Transplant?
Hair transplants vary as to how much they cost. Cost is dependent on numerous factors including:
- The amount of hair loss. The more coverage you are looking to get, the more grafts are needed which in turn increases the amount of work and time for the transplant.
- The type of hair transplant procedure.
- The quality and experience of the surgeon – leading names in the field will cost more to carry out the procedure.
- The location of the clinic – London based clinics tend to be more expensive as you might expect.
You won’t know for sure how much a hair transplant will cost until your initial consultation in the same way you won’t know whether a hair transplant is the best option for you. The FUT method is considerably cheaper than FUE as FUE transplants tend to be charged per follicle.
In the UK hair transplant procedures tend to range from £3,000 and £10,000 on average. Hair transplants abroad can be considerably cheaper, from £1,000, but as a hair transplant is a surgical procedure and carries risks, cost shouldn’t be a deciding factor.
Many hair transplant clinics have finance options available so should you desire a hair transplant; these plans can make the option more affordable so costs are less of a worry.
When considering a hair transplant, if money is a worry, you may want to consider the timing of the hair transplant. If you are younger, late teens to mid twenties, and experiencing hair loss, it is unlikely that your hair line will have settled. You will be experiencing something called premature hair loss and you won’t know for sure how your hair will develop as it settles in your late twenties. This means if you have a hair transplant at an earlier age you may need another one again later. Likewise, while a hair transplant offers long lasting results as hair thins with age, the rest of your hair and the transplanted hair will thin in future. You may want a second hair transplant at a later age.
Why are Some Hair Transplants Cheaper?
The cost of a hair transplant depends on many of the factors mentioned above; the type of procedure, amount of work required, etc. This is why there is such a range in costs for hair transplants. That being said, hair transplants abroad are also predominantly cheaper. This can be due in part to the salaries being lower abroad as well as local manufacturing of medical equipment which further reduce costs of healthcare procedures. Healthcare abroad can be cheaper to us even if it’s not necessary cheaper for it’s countries residents. Cheaper hair transplants in other countries can be logically explained to some extent but there are many reports of surgeries abroad going wrong and there are lots of risks with going abroad for a hair transplant.
How to Choose a Hair Transplant Clinic?
With many clinics and surgeons now offering hair transplants, we’ve put together a brief guide with some deciding factors to help you choose the right place for you.
- Portfolio. Previous work speaks volumes. Don’t be scared to ask to see before and after pictures and read their testimonials. Hair transplants require lots of trust on your behalf so seeing examples of the quality of their work will help instil you with faith.
- Who will the surgeon carrying out the procedure be? You want to know in advance who will be doing the surgery. Ideally you will meet them before to discuss the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
- Qualifications. Surgeons should be professionally trained and hold specific qualifications relating to their field. Some clinic websites will detail their surgeons and their training but don’t be afraid to ask about their background otherwise. The Care Quality Commission will list treatment providers on their website but you can also check the BAHRS (British Association Of Hair Restoration Surgery and IAHRS (International Alliance Of Hair Restoration Surgeons) for surgeon membership.
- Experience. How many procedures has the clinician carried out before and how long have they worked with hair loss patients?
- Specialisms. If a clinic offers specialist treatments, like our combined FUE/FUT procedure, it can show they have advanced knowledge and insight into their field. This helps reassure you that they are skilled at what they do.
- Policies. What is the clinic’s policy in the event a hair transplant wasn’t successful? At Hillside we have a hair transplant guarantee whereby non-growing transplant grafts can be replaced for free. This is because we are sure of our results. Policies like this can tell you a lot about the quality of the hair clinic.
- Facilities and environment. If you’re nervous about the procedure having a welcome and relaxing atmosphere can help put your mind at ease about the surgery.
Should I Go Abroad for a Hair Transplant?
If you are considering going abroad for a hair transplant, it’s important to be aware of some considerations.
- You won’t have a prior consultation or get to meet with the surgeon before the day of your surgery. This is quite risky and you may not get a chance to get the reassurance you need beforehand.
- You don’t have access to the same level of aftercare as you would in the UK. Should something happen with your hair transplant, for example, it got infected (a risk all surgeries carry) you won’t have access to the clinic at your convenience. UK clinics tend to offer follow up appointments whereby they check the progress of your transplant after the procedure. They are also more readily available should you need any support.
- You have to take reports and photos of the clinic at face value as until you travel out there you won’t know anything for certain.
- You may have communication issues with your doctor if they don’t speak your language. This is troublesome for any medical procedure.
- There are extra costs associated with flights, accommodation and insurance that you need to account for.
- You can’t go home straight after the procedure. You may have to wait until it’s deemed safe to fly.
Some hair transplants abroad can go relatively well but make sure you do your research beforehand. Find out as much information as you can and compare your options before deciding on a hair transplant abroad.