Updated on January 20, 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?
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 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 (e.g., ARTAS, NeoGraft, manual versus motorized FUE, punch types); 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.
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 hair transplant 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.
|Surgeon||Country||Strip (FUT) hair transplant cost $/graft||FUE hair transplant cost $/graft||My Comments|
|Edward Ball||United 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. Prices converted from British pounds to USD at prevailing exchange rates.|
|Tejinder Bhatti||India||n/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 Bisanga||Belgium||$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 Doganay||Turkey||n/a||$2.77/graft.||Uses Choi implanter and “micromotor” FUE extraction process. Slightly higher price for manual FUE extraction.|
|Koray Erdogan||Turkey||n/a||$2.77/graft.||Among the most popular options in Turkey. Prices converted from Euros.|
|HDC Hair Clinic||Cyprus||n/a||$2.99/graft.||Exclusively FUE practice. Prices converted from Euros.|
|Russell Knudsen||Australia||$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.|
|Parsa Mohebi||USA||$6.00/graft for first 2,500 grafts. $4.00/ graft thereafter.||$8.00/graft.||Has conducted several interesting Reddit AMA interviews.|
|Suradej Pong||Thailand||$2.25/graft for 2,000 grafts. $2.04/graft for 3,000 grafts. $1.89/graft for 3,500 grafts.||n/a||Many favorable online reviews about him from western patients.|
|Arvind Poswal||India||$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 Shapiro||USA||$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.|
|Bradley Wolf||USA||$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 & Wong||Canada||$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.|
|Tsvetalin Zarev||Bulgaria||n/a||$4.43/graft.||Exclusively FUE practice. Prices converted from Euros.|
I will update the above hair transplant cost by surgeon table every year.
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 such as CareCredit and other payment arrangements for those who want to pay in monthly installments.
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.