Costs - A guide to Hair Transplant Surgery

How much does a hair transplant cost? Is follicular unit extraction more expensive than micrografting? How does the extent of your hair loss affect the price?

When considering whether to have hair transplant surgery the one factor that will be in your mind is how much will this cost? Hair transplantation is not cheap so think about this carefully before you sign on the dotted line!

Some clinics will display their prices on their websites but others will require you to contact them to ask for a quote. As with most things in life it is a good idea to compare a range of prices.

Costs will depend upon the number of grafts, the extent of your hair loss (based upon the Norwood or Ludwig Scales) and how many sessions you need.

Here is a rough guide to what you can expect to pay for surgery:

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

£2,000 for 250 grafts

£3,000 for 500 grafts

This is a time consuming procedure that can costs anywhere between £7,000 and £20,000 for more than one session.

The reason for this is that FUE involves the surgeon removing follicular units, one by one, which is a laborious process. There is also the fact that there is a maximum of 500 grafts transplanted in a single session which usually means that several sessions are required to meet a patient’s expectations.

A procedure such as micrografting can enable up to 3,000 grafts to be transplanted which makes it considerable cheaper.

What many patients like about FUE is the fact that it gives them a natural looking head of hair and so they are prepared to pay a large sum of money to do so.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

This can cost around £2,000 for a single session. Many patients find that they achieve the results they want from just a single session.


The prices for this will vary according to the number of grafts and sessions that you need.

On average the costs of micrografting range between £1,500 and £4,000 or more.

Direct Hair Implantation Technique

Prices for this start at around £3,000.

Going abroad for hair transplant surgery?

There is the option of going abroad for treatment but think carefully before you do. You may be offered a cheaper deal but take into account the costs of travel, accommodation, aftercare etc.

Think about what would happen if something went wrong: if you needed to return for further treatment or repair then how much would this cost?

You want to be certain that you have your surgery at a professional, well run clinic and by a highly trained and experienced surgeon. Make sure that he/she is accredited and experienced in the type of procedure you have chosen.

Surgery is another country is usually cheaper than in the UK but there are other factors to take into consideration. What may look like a bargain or a great deal might turn out to be more expensive in the long run.

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