There are many answers to this question. It is unfortunately not a black and white scenario.
So as not to have you think we are avoiding the question, let’s start with the short answer.
Question: How much does a hair transplant cost?
Short Answer: On average between €8,000 and €20,000.
Now for a detailed, lengthier answer: The reality is that there are many factors that impact the cost of a hair transplant. If you make an appointment to see one of our qualified hair transplant surgeons at HRBR, to discuss your surgical options to treat hair loss, you will be talked through all the factors that are pertinent to you – age, hair loss pattern, cost, etc.
At the end of the day how much you spend on your hair transplant is your decision.
It is important to remember that a hair transplant is elective surgery – nobody needs to have a hair transplant.
If you have decided to do something about your hair loss and are researching your options, and a hair transplant is your preferred option, then you might consider the below factors.
Hair Transplant Costs
a. None A hair transplant involves moving hair from the back of the head, where it is not affected by the blading process, to the front of the head or crown area where the hair is thinning or lost. If there is limited donor hair available to transplant from the back of the head, then on occasion the transplant options are limited.
b. Budget dependent. You may be the right age and a good hair transplant candidate but funds may be an issue. That’s OK. You don’t have to get it all done at once.
It is quite common for patients to carry out their transplant in stages and to start with a thousand or 1,500 grafts and then come back for more a few years later, both when they have the available budget, and when they have seen the impact of the first transplant.
It takes 12 to 18 months for the transplanted hair to grow.
c. As much as you want. If you have the available donor hair and the funds then it is possible to have multiple hair transplants, and to spend €20,000 and more.
There are many patients for whom we have performed multiple transplants over a few years, and in which cases 5,000 grafts and more were transplanted.
d. Nothing now, maybe later. For many patients the prescription of Minoxidil and an FDA approved medicine is more appropriate than hair transplant surgery. Minoxidil and this medication have the synergistic effect of thickening and darkening the existing hair and arresting the hair loss in many patients. As these medications are not a permanent solution to hair loss, long term, surgery is still an option.
For a lot of men in their 20s their pattern of hair loss is not yet established, which means surgery can be premature.
e. It depends who does the transplant. There are many hair transplant clinics in the UK and Ireland. Some have more experience than others. Some have bigger teams; some are a one-man-band. Some are cheap. Some are expensive.
At the end of the day you get what you pay for. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Hair Transplant Advice
The best advice we can give is to shop around. Look at all your options. Look at all the clinics. Find out what size team will perform your transplant and their qualifications.
Keep this in mind: a hair transplant is for life. The transplanted hair will remain on your head for your remaining years. You don’t want a bad hair transplant. Repairing a poorly executed hair transplant can be difficult and costly. See blog on repair work.
How Much is a Hair Transplant?
Expensive is relative. There is no doubt that €10,000 or €20,000 is a lot of money. That said, many of our patients comment that their hair transplant was the best money they ever spent. They see the costs as a long-term capital investment, better than any money they have ever spent on an expensive car, for example. One patient took the view that €20,000 amortised over 35 years was a very good investment – he wakes up and looks in the mirror happy every day.
Many other patients look to fund their transplant through their bank or credit union. AIB have provided funding for many of our patients and they have provided us with a dedicated relationship manager to guide our patients through the application process, see more details on hair transplant finance.
Hair transplant Surgery Tips
1) Nobody needs to have a hair transplant. It’s elective surgery.
2) Shop around. You get what you pay for.
3) Ask lots of questions. Ask about the team, their experience and qualifications, and the facility.
4) Look for patient testimonials.
5) Money isn’t everything. Time of life, affordability and availability of donor hair are other factors.
6) Consider the non-surgical options.
7) A hair transplant is for life.
This post was last updated in April 2018. Want to discuss your options? Request a consultation here.
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