Hair Transplant Cost Differences in 2020

I first wrote this post in 2014 and am updating it to reflect 2020 pricing. The cost of a hair transplant varies significantly depending on:

  • Surgeon reputation: Experienced and reputable professionals will often be pricier. See Hair Transplant Cost Comparison Table.
  • Technique utilized: Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is significantly more expensive per graft in comparison to follicular unit transplantation (FUT). The latter is also known as strip hair transplantation.
  • Number of grafts extracted and implanted during the procedure: Prices per graft tend to decline as you get larger sessions, although not all surgeons offer a sliding scale.
  • Country where the surgery is taking place: See Hair Transplant Cost By Country. Developing countries usually offer much lower rates for all types of cosmetic procedures, including hair transplants. However, beware of the dangers of getting hair transplants abroad. Also add your airfare, accommodation, visa application and other fees to the total if applicable.
  • National chains versus private clinics: Chains with numerous locations (e.g., Bosley) will tend to be cheaper. However, this may depend on branch location and surgeon too.
  • Whether you are willing to come in at short notice in case of cancellation by others: Flexibility on your part can mean lower prices.
  • Whether you suffer from male pattern baldness, or female pattern hair loss, or other less common forms of hair loss.
  • Granting rights to photo use: If you are will to let the surgeon use your before and after photos publicly, you can often get a discount. You could also negotiate better rates if willing to show your results to local patients in your city; go to conferences with the surgeon as a patient case display; or maybe even become a clinic representative in your particular region.

How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?

Hair Transplant Cost Graft Count via Magnification
Graft counting via magnification.

In the table further below, you can find hair restoration surgery per graft prices that I found on surgeon websites. Note that some sites quote per hair or per follicle hair transplant prices. These will often be a fraction of per graft prices. However, this is misleading, since a typical graft can contain 1, 2, 3 or even more hair follicles. On average, one graft has approximately 2.5 follicles.

These prices can often change, and some surgeons are willing to negotiate them downwards. Especially if you are able to come in at the last minute if someone else cancels. Or if you have extensive baldness and are considering FUT or FUE hair transplant megasessions involving thousands of grafts. Many will also discount a second hair transplant procedure. Some surgeons are also willing to cover expenses such as airfare and accommodation.

Note that a few of these prices may no longer be accurate, so it is always best to directly consult a surgeon for the latest pricing data. The table rows are sorted by surgeon last name. There are thousands of experienced hair transplant surgeons around the world. However, I am only including a few of the most well known ones who also have official pricing data available on their sites.

Body hair transplant (BHT) prices are generally significantly higher than regular scalp hair FUE transplant prices and are not included in the table below. In most FUE mega-sessions, body hair is a small or even nonexistent factor. Also to be noted is that some surgeons offer lower FUE prices for patients that are willing to shave their donor area prior to the procedure. ARTAS robot assisted hair transplants can also influence pricing.

Many of the below listed per graft hair transplant prices are converted to US dollars based on prevailing exchange rates. You can use this currency converter to get the rates in your preferred currency.

Hair Restoration Price Differences by Country

Hair transplant surgery in a developed country will typically cost anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000 depending on number of grafts. The corresponding cost for the same number of grafts in a poorer developing country will be anywhere from as low as $2,000 to a high of $10,000. Although cost per graft for hair transplants is usually much lower in developing countries compared to developed countries, one needs to account for other expenses. These include airfare, visa fees, accommodation costs, and miscellaneous expenses such as taxi and bus fares.

There are nowadays excellent hair transplant surgeons operating in quite a few developing countries. However, in general, the number of inexperienced below par surgeons is more prevalent in developing countries than in developed countries due to weakly enforced regulatory systems. Moreover, if you have any kind of bad result or injury or infection in a poor country, you will have a much lesser chance of getting reimbursed or being able to successfully file and a lawsuit.

That said, going to an experienced, well reviewed accredited hair transplant surgeon in countries such as India, Thailand or Turkey can be a great option. You will usually save a lot of money in the process. I am impressed by some of the surgeons in those countries, although there are way too many scammers out there too. Even middle income cities such as Dubai and Istanbul have become major hair transplant tourism centers in recent years.

It should be noted that newer FUE practicing surgeons can be subpar even in developed countries. They often rely on their past strip/FUT surgery experience and good reputation to make it seem like their FUE practice is just as great. In the end, bad results are definitely not the sole domain of poorer developing countries. Moreover, surgeons in all countries can often exaggerate graft count extraction totals. Technicians everywhere can also damage grafts due to fatigue, insufficient training and more.

Note that both the FUE and FUT techniques tend to differ among various surgeons. Among the variances include: different punch sizes; robotic versus manual extractions; type of storage medium used; lateral slit versus sagittal slit versus coronal slit; surgical tool differences; and more. Some surgeons even have their own trademarked acronyms for their particular version of the FUE or FUT technique. In many cases, these trademarks are just marketing gimmicks.

Hair Transplant Cost Comparison Table

I do not update the below hair transplantation cost by surgeon table regularly, so some prices may no longer be accurate. For non-American doctors, local currency exchange rates versus the US dollar fluctuate daily. I am only including well known ISHRS member surgeons in the below list who also publish official per graft pricing data on their sites.

Some surgeons and clinics will also include airfare, hotel accommodation, PRP treatment, medications, airport pickup, daily taxi and more as part of a package deal.

SurgeonCountryStrip (FUT) $/graftFUE $/graftMy Comments
Edward BallUnited Kingdom$5.20/graft for first 1,000 grafts. $4.55/graft for next 500 grafts. $3.25/graft for next 500 grafts. $2.60/graft thereafter.$6.50/graft.The Maitland Clinic.
Tejinder BhattiIndian/a$1.27/graft for standard package. $1.41/graft for premium package.Premium package includes hotel stay and more. Check his site for details.
Christian BisangaBelgium$3.16/graft down to $2.83/graft depending on size of procedure.$6.10/graft down to $4.44/graft depending on size of procedure.Prices converted from Euros to USD at prevailing exchange rates.
Hakan DoganayTurkeyn/a$2.77/graft.Uses Choi implanter and “micromotor” FUE extraction process. Slightly higher price for manual FUE extraction.
Koray ErdoganTurkeyn/a$2.77/graft.Among the most popular options in Turkey. Prices converted from Euros.
HDC Hair ClinicCyprusn/a$2.99/graft.Exclusively FUE practice. Prices converted from Euros.
Russell KnudsenAustralia$5.29/graft for first 500 grafts. $4.54/graft for second 500 grafts. Thereafter, $3.78 per graft.$6.81/graft for first 500 grafts. Thereafter, $6.05 per graft.Prices converted from Australian dollars to USD. Dr. Knudsen is a past ISHRS Golden Follicle and Manfred Lucas lifetime achievement awardee.
Suradej PongThailand$2.25/graft for 2,000 grafts. $2.04/graft for 3,000 grafts. $1.89/graft for 3,500 grafts.n/aMany favorable online reviews about him from western patients.
Arvind PoswalIndia$1.00/graft.$2.00/graft.Probably the world’s most experienced surgeon when it comes to body hair to head (BHT) hair transplants.
Ron ShapiroUSA$5.50/graft for first 2,000 grafts. $3.00/ graft thereafter.$7.00/graft.Lengthy online history of great results. Past ISHRS Golden Follicle award recipient.
The Private ClinicUnited Kingdomn/a$3.25/graft.Prices converted from British pounds to USD. Many surgeons, including Dr. Raghu Reddy.
Bradley WolfUSA$4.75/graft for 2,000 grafts. $4.26/graft for 3,000 grafts.$8.00/graft as long as you get at least 1,000 grafts. Additional $2/graft charge if unshaven donor.Lengthy online presence.
Hasson & WongCanada$5.00/graft for first 2,000 grafts. $3.00/ graft thereafter.$8.00/graft for first 2,000 grafts. $6.00/ graft thereafter.By now, they probably have two decades of extensive online before and after photo documentation. Majority FUT results.

Insurance Coverage for Hair Restoration

Note that hair transplant costs will never be covered by most health insurance plans. These procedures are almost always considered to be cosmetic surgeries rather than medical necessities. If your hair loss is due to an accident such as a fire or workplace injury to the scalp, insurance companies might be more willing to help you. Many surgeons offer financing plans and other arrangements for those who want to pay in installments.

Price Calculator

On many hair restoration surgeons’ websites, you can find built-in online hair transplant cost per graft calculators. Prices are usually available in local currencies as well as the US dollar and the Euro. Since rates per graft are tiered and decline once you exceed certain graft totals, a calculator is a very useful tool. A surgeon can also advise you on how many grafts will be needed after you send him/her your thinning hairline and scalp photos. Many will also offer video consultation.

David Sinclair, NAD and NMN

Update: January 14, 2020 — Dr. David Sinclair is participating in a Reddit AMA on January 14th from 4-6 pm EST. Official link. You can register for free here. I am assuming that you can still participate without registering, but better to be safe. Make sure to ask Dr. Sinclair about his 80 year old father’s hair, since his father has experienced significant age reversal per the doctor.

A recent interview with Dr. Rhonda Patrick is also worth a watch.

Dr. Sinclair talk at Google in September 2019:

Update: In September 2019, Dr. David Sinclair made yet another appearance on the Joe Rogan show. Besides discussing his new book and NAD plus NMN, this time he also talks about metformin in greater detail. He also discusses HGH, rapamycin, caloric restriction and fasting for longevity. On a related note, make sure to read my past post on TA-65 and Telomerase.

Update: In January 2019, Dr. David Sinclair made an appearance on the Joe Rogan show. He discussed NAD and other supplements in there.

Update: In a recent Linkedin post, Dr. Sinclair said that his own regimen was pretty simple: “I take 750 mg of NMN every morning, along with a gram of resveratrol and 500 mg of metformin.”

Joe Rogan and David Sinclair
Joe Rogan with David Sinclair.

I first mentioned Harvard University’s Australian professor Dr. David Andrew Sinclair in several posts in 2016 and 2017. At that time, he presented some groundbreaking findings regarding anti-aging research in relation to increasing declining Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD or NAD+) levels in aging humans. He is also renowned for his lab’s research on resveratrol. Make sure to also check out Dr. Sinclair’s AMA on reddit.

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD)

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD or NAD+) is a cofactor and coenzyme that is found in all living cells. Levels and bioavailability in humans decrease with ago. In December 2019, Dr. Sinclair posted a link to new research on real-time NAD biosensors.

NAD versus NAD+

Note that NAD and NAD+ are not exactly the same thing. The latter it the oxidized form of the former. It is also written as NAD+  via the superscript in technical articles. Time magazine had a lengthy article on NAD+ in 2018.

NAD versus NADH
Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) via Nicotinamide Riboside.
NAD Supplement from Tru Niagen.

Note that NAD+ and NADH are two different forms of the coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). NADH is the reduced form of NAD, while NAD+ is the oxidized form.

Dr. David Sinclair states that his team does not recommend people taking NAD precursors, since they have not yet been formally tested for safety.

However, on Amazon, it looks like NAD+ pills can be purchased legally, and they seem to be a form of Vitamin B3 (brand name Niagen). A company named Tru Niagen also sells them directly. A company named Alive by Nature also sells sublingual NAD+ and NMN online. Dosages can vary for most of these supplements.

Elysium Health is another popular company selling NAD+ supplements under the name “Basis”. The US FDA approval process for a new NAD or NMN related drug is extremely lengthy and expensive. So most companies are instead focusing on supplements.

Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN)

Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN) Supplement.
NMN Supplement.

While NAD itself is difficult to administer directly to humans, its precursors — nicotinamide riboside (NR) and nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) — are promising natural compounds to test in humans. Nicotinamide riboside has been touted to reverse grey hair, wrinkles, hair loss and various other signs of aging.

NAD and its Precursor NMN

Human trials for both NAD and its precursor NMN have been underway in recent years. This will allow for more conclusive evidence in regards to both benefits and side effects in the near future. For now, it is wise to exercise caution when it comes to NAD and NMN supplement related potential side effects.

In regards to side effects, some cancer cells depend on NAD+ for sustained and rapid growth. So rather than increasing NAD levels to live longer, one may need to decrease them to fight cancer.

Dr. David Sinclair has formulated a capsule version of a precursor to NAD+ called Nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN). This precursor is a naturally occurring compound that is found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, cucumber, avocado and edamame.

David Sinclair, Resveratrol and Sirtuins

Dr. David Sinclair has all the credentials of a reputable and brilliant scientist. For well over a decade, he has promoted the benefits of resveratrol, which is found in small amounts in red wine, grapes, berries and other related fruits. Resveratrol switches on the well known anti-ageing gene Sirtuin-1. Both NAD and sirtuins are necessary for healthy aging, longevity and DNA quality.

Dr. Sinclair has conducted significant research on how sirtuins are modulated by endogenous molecules as well as pharmacological agents such as resveratrol. Other areas of anti-aging research in which Dr. Sinclair has participated include senolytics and caloric restriction.

However, many of Dr. Sinclair’s peers accuse him of being overoptimistic and impatient. Not always a bad thing in the hair loss world, where we typically have the opposite situation. The resvertarol angle has had some hiccups over the past decade and Dr. Sinclair seems to have shifted his focus to other anti-aging research in recent years.

Dr. David Sinclair and NAD Update

Yesterday, Dr. David Sinclair’s work on NAD and its anti-aging properties was back in the news in a big way (h/t Christopher and AndyOz). There are some very fantastical points made in the article, with the most striking being:

  • Dr. Sinclair is using his own NAD molecule. He has supposedly reduced his biological age by 24 years after taking the pill.
  • David Sinclair’s father is 79 years old, and has been white water rafting and backpacking since starting to ingest the molecule a year-and-a-half ago.
  • Dr. Sinclair’s sister-in-law is now fertile again after taking the pill. This despite that fact that she started to transition into menopause in her 40s. (My note: I assume this implies that she is in her 50s now).
  • Potential increase in human lifespan to 150 years of age.
  • The pill leads to a decline in age related hair loss. (My note: Ironically, I find this to be the most believable of all the above fantastical claims. Even though hair loss is as yet almost impossible to cure in most people. New hair growth in bald regions of the scalp is especially difficult.
  • Human trials still two years away, but Dr. Sinclair aims to release the product into the market in five years.

David Sinclair Companies

Dr. Sinclair is the co-founder of a number of biotechnology companies (Sirtris, Ovascience, Genocea, Cohbar, MetroBiotech, ArcBio, Liberty Biosecurity). He is also the founder of Life Biosciences LLC, a longevity startup. And he is a scientific adviser to many companies, including InsideTracker.

Note: make sure to not confuse Dr. David Sinclair and Dr. Rodney Sinclair (who is also from Australia). The latter is a well known dermatologist and hair loss expert, who I have covered a few times on this blog.

Edit: I posted links to some critiques of Dr. Sinclair earlier above. A reader also posted this new one that is worth a read.

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