Hair transplants aim to restore hair growth in areas of the scalp where there is limited or non-existent follicular increase. They are an effective treatment for many types of hair loss, but do not stop it in the future. It takes several hair transplant treatments to achieve permanent results. What does hair transplantation involve? And how much does it cost? We will try to answer these questions today. Let’s dive into it!
What is an FUE hair transplant?
The first hair transplant was performed in 1939 in Japan with single hairs on the head. In the following decades, doctors developed the ‘plug’ technique, which involves transplanting large clumps of hair. Over time, surgeons began using mini- and micro-transplants. FUE hair transplantation is the replacement of weakened hair follicles with healthy ones taken from a different, invisible area of the head. It is done by taking hair from thicker parts of the scalp or other parts of the body and transplanting it into the thinning or balding part of the scalp. The estimates say that around 60% of men and 50% of women worldwide experience some form of hair loss. To remedy this, people often use over-the-counter products, including topical medications.
What is the procedure for a hair transplant?
Although we associate the word transplant with a serious interference in our organism, and, sometimes, it even evokes fear, in reality, things are much better than that. In particular, in terms of the painfulness of the procedure, every patient undergoing FUE hair transplantation is subjected to an effective topical anaesthetic. And what exactly does the hair transplant procedure look like? To begin with, patients are usually placed in a lying position, on their stomachs, as this is the most comfortable way to take the hair follicles for transplantation. Then, this time in a sitting position, the extracted follicles are implanted in the so-called recipient area, which also undergoes special anaesthesia. “FUE hair transplant is performed with a thin needle and the whole procedure ends with applying a special ointment to the skin and giving the patient a set of products for washing and skincare after the operation, along with recommendations for their use.” – emphasizes Dr. Piotr Turkowski, a specialist in hair transplantation. Yes, it is that simple!
How much does a hair transplant cost?
A hair transplant cost varies depending on the clinic, the doctor’s reputation and experience, and the country. Countries such as Poland and Turkey are definitely ahead in terms of price competitiveness. Not without reason searches such as “hair transplant Turkey” and “hair transplant Poland” top this category. The United Kingdom also has a place on the podium in this ranking. So precisely how does a hair transplant cost rank in these three countries?
Hair transplant cost – Turkey
It must be acknowledged that Turkey wins over other countries in terms of price, which is often much less than in Poland. However, one must concede that taking into account the price/quality ratio, and the time needed to get there, it falls to second place in terms of cost.
Hair transplant cost – Poland
The undisputed leader and, in our opinion, the most sensible option, is a hair transplant in Poland! Why? The cost of performing this procedure in Poland is relatively low, one graft which may contain 1-5 hair follicles costs about 15 PLN and, at the same time, the level of performing this type of procedure in this country is extremely high and complies with the best practices in this area.
Hair transplant cost – UK
Hair transplant costs in the UK are several times higher than prices in both Turkey and Poland, however, they do not differ much in terms of quality. Admittedly, most salons and clinics meet excellent standards, but compared to previous places, the price of this type of procedure is exorbitant, especially considering the need to repeat it.
Where to get a hair transplant?
In our opinion, the answer to this question is quite simple. Turkey, despite low prices, is not famous for the highest quality of services in this respect, while the cost of FUE hair transplant services in the United Kingdom will suit only those with tremendous budgets. In Poland, on the other hand, we will encounter both attractive prices and the utmost level of service, so this is definitely our type.