For many men, hair transplantation costs are one of the biggest factors in deciding whether to have this life-changing procedure. While modern techniques have made it a very effective solution for hair loss, the price of hair transplant surgery is not insignificant. Budgeting to cover your hair transplant costs should be an important part of your preparation.

The good news is that the price for hair transplants has reduced considerably over recent years as more clinics have acquired the technology to carry out techniques such as follicular unit transplantation and competition has driven hair transplantation costs down.

Factors affecting the cost of a hair transplant

The biggest factor affecting your hair transplantation price will be the extent of your hair loss. Clearly, the greater the area requiring treatment, the greater the cost that your hair transplant will be. Prices for hair transplants are generally based on the number of grafts required, with an average cost of between £2 and £5 per graft. Most hair transplants come under the following scale:

  • Norwood 2 – early receding hairline – 500-800 grafts. The cost of a hair transplant will be £1,000 to £4,000.
  • Norwood 3 – receding hairline – 800-1,000 grafts. The price for hair transplantation will range from £1,600 to £5,000.
  • Norwood 4 – male pattern baldness including crown – 1,000-1,500 grafts. You can expect to pay between £2,000 and £7,500.

Transplants for severe male pattern baldness, at Norwood 7, may require up to 7,500 grafts and will be the most expensive. For the priciest clinics, hair transplantation costs could be in excess of £30,000.

The quality, experience, and reputation of your surgeon will also increase transplant hair costs, with the best naturally commanding the highest hair transplant prices. Location may also be a factor, with a Harley Street clinic charging far more than their provincial counterparts.

Cost for hair transplant by FUE

The cost of hair transplants by Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) reflects the fact that this is by far the most advanced and successful hair transplant method. It also indicates the skill and work required from your surgeon in sourcing each individual follicular unit. An average session of FUE will cost between £2,000 and £7,000 and you may need more than one session. The price of hair transplants by FUE also depends on the source of the hair follicles, with body hair units costing more to transplant than head hair. The cost for hair transplantation by FUE is usually charged per follicle, with the price decreasing for larger numbers. For example, you may pay up to £5 per follicle for the first 2,000, but only half that for anything beyond 2,000, which will bring the average cost down.

Cost of hair transplantation via strip harvesting

The strip harvesting technique requires less time and skill from your surgeon, and this is reflected in a lower cost for hair transplants. However, because it is difficult to predict the number of follicles that will be obtained from each strip, clinics tend to work out the cost for hair transplants using this method by the session, rather than by the follicle.

The dangers of low cost hair transplants

It is well worth shopping around to find out how much a hair transplant will cost, as prices vary considerably and there is a great deal of competition. However, it is worth remembering that you will get what you pay for, so a low cost hair transplant may end up costing you more in the end as you have to have remedial work done, such as touch-ups to poor quality work.

You can find cheaper hair transplants overseas, with one Athens-based clinic offering 6,000 hair follicles for just £4,995 with free flights and hotel accommodation. However, you will not be able to return as easily for additional follow-up treatment should this be required, and overseas clinics may not share the same high standards as UK clinics.

Alternatives to high cost hair transplantation

When asking the question ‘How much are hair transplants?’ it is worth bearing in mind the cost of the alternatives. Regaine®, also known as minoxidil, is one of the few proven treatments to prevent hair loss and promote growth, and costs around £45 for a three-month supply. It will stop working as soon as you stop using it and its effects can decline over time but it could be a temporary solution if you are struggling to meet the cost of hair transplantation.

Your hair, your decision

At the end of the day, the cost for hair transplants depends on the complexity of your hair loss and the quality of your desired result. Many clinics provide an online quote or estimate, which allows you to enter your details for a more accurate estimate, but you should not make your final decision until you have had a thorough consultation and agreed a personal hair transplantation price based on a detailed examination of your scalp and body hair.


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