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10 Best Countries for Hair Transplants

Hair transplant procedures are no longer reserved for the rich and famous. There’s been a rise of 152% in the number of hair transplants being performed globally over the last 12 years [1]. And with affordable hair transplant clinics now operating all over the world, many people get a hair transplant abroad to save money on their surgery.

So which are the best countries for hair transplants? In this article, you’ll find out:

  • whether it’s a good idea to seek a hair transplant overseas
  • what makes an excellent hair transplant clinic
  • the top 10 best countries for hair transplants around the world.

Should you seek a hair transplant abroad?

International travel is less expensive and easier than ever. So it’s often cheaper (in the short-term, at least) to have cosmetic procedures abroad.

Medical tourism has given more people access to cut-rate hair transplants. And while there are some good hair transplant clinics in Turkey, Hungary, and Mexico, these countries don’t rank in the top 10 (or even the top 20) for medical tourism destinations [2].

Top 20 destinations worldwide based on the total medical tourism index in 2020-21

medical tourism index 2020-21 - best countries for a hair transplant

Clinics in these countries don’t reliably adhere to mandated safety standards. Ricardo Mejia, MD, reports that refugees and taxi drivers are performing surgeries in black market hair transplant clinics around the world [3]. Lack of safety standards heightens the risk of all kinds of hair transplant side effects and complications, including failed hair transplants, hair transplant infections, and follicle overharvesting. So it’s best avoided at all costs.

Plus, cheap hair transplants can cost you more in the long-term. Almost all International Hair Restoration Society (ISHRS) members report that at least 25% of the procedures they perform are due to black market hair transplant repairs [1]. So you also increase the likelihood of paying for more than one hair transplant.

Learn more about hair transplant safety.

Best hair transplant clinics: what should you look for?

There are 5 traits the best countries for hair transplants have in common:

  • High safety standards — these are reliably and uniformly adhered to by almost all clinics
  • Excellent hair transplant success rates — top clinics like the Wimpole Clinic achieve success rates as high as 97-100%
  • Extensive hair transplant before and after photos — so you can see the expected results
  • Surgical skill and experience — the best surgeons can achieve graft survival of more than 90%
  • Value for money — they’re more expensive than cut-rate clinics, but they don’t cut corners on safety or quality.

So in which country are you most likely to find hair transplant clinics that meet all these criteria?

The 10 best countries for hair transplants

1. UK

The UK is home to Harley Street, London — which is where you’ll find some of the best hair transplant surgeons in the world, let alone the UK.

If you’re based in the UK, it’s more affordable than you might think to get a hair transplant. According to our research into UK hair transplant costs, the average cost of a hair transplant in the UK is £4,820. So while you may have heard rumours that Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant topped £30,000, it’s not necessary to pay that much for a procedure in the UK. Rob Holding’s hair transplant cost a fraction of this at the Wimpole Clinic.

It’s also easy to return to your clinic in case of any complications after your procedure. Aftercare is a key part of hair transplant recovery, so it’s important you have the right support after your procedure.

Pros:

  • Ranks #5 on the Medical Tourism Index 2020-21
  • High safety standards
  • Qualified, skilled surgeons and physicians
  • In-person consultation is easy if you’re an English speaker, which makes hair loss diagnosis and quoting for a hair transplant more accurate
  • It’s easy to reach your clinic in case of complications
  • No travel or accommodation expenses if you’re already in the UK.

Cons:

  • More expensive than some countries.

2. Spain

Spain is the top European country on the Medical Tourism Index. And with several cheap flights heading from the UK to Spain every day, it’s a relatively convenient destination for a hair transplant procedure.

While you’ll have to pay for travel expenses and accommodation, you’ll be in safe hands. Many Spanish hair transplant surgeons have excellent success rates and safety records.

Pros:

  • Ranks #4 on the Medical Tourism Index 2020-21
  • Cheap flights from the UK
  • Good healthcare and safety standards
  • Many qualified, experienced surgeons.

Cons:

  • You won’t save much on surgery compared with UK prices
  • You’ll also have to pay for travel expenses
  • It’s more difficult to return to the surgery in case of complications
  • Hot sunny weather must be avoided after a hair transplant.

3. Germany

Germany is only ranked 12th on the Medical Tourism Index — but its proximity to the UK lands it highly on our list. It’s easy to travel to and has extremely high safety standards, as well as dozens of reputable clinics.

That said, you won’t save much on a German hair transplant compared with the UK, and you’ll have to pay for travel expenses and accommodation on top of your procedure costs. So it’s unlikely to be a cost-effective move.

Pros:

  • Good healthcare and safety standards
  • Close to the UK — travelling to Germany is easy
  • Many qualified, experienced surgeons
  • Germany has the most English speakers in Europe after the UK and Ireland, so there shouldn’t be a significant language barrier [5].

Cons:

  • You won’t save much on surgery compared with UK prices
  • You’ll also have to pay for travel expenses
  • It’s more difficult to return to the surgery in case of complications.

4. USA

Most of the US’s popularity as a hair transplant destination stems from Beverly Hills — home of the Hollywood elite. Beverly Hills is the Harley Street of California — so it’s a base for many highly skilled surgeons. Elon Musk’s hair transplant is said to have been performed in LA.

Hair transplants in Los Angeles are extremely popular with US residents and tourists alike. But not all states and cities offer the same quality. In fact, in some states, physicians can delegate surgical responsibilities to nurses and technicians [4]. So there’s a lot of difference in hair transplant quality around the US.

Pros:

  • Some of the world’s best surgeons operate out of California
  • No language barrier
  • Excellent hygiene and safety standards
  • Trusted by many high-profile and celebrity patients.

Cons:

  • Lack of regulation in some states means not all surgeons are qualified or experienced enough to perform high-quality procedures
  • It’s expensive to travel to and stay in the US
  • It’s more difficult to return to the surgery in case of complications
  • You may pay more for a sought-after surgeon.

5. France

As the UK’s nearest continental neighbour, France is arguably the second easiest country to get hair transplant surgery (after the UK, of course). It also ranks at #11 on the Medical Tourism Index.

While you might encounter language barriers here (and you’re unlikely to find hair transplant surgery cheaper than in the UK), France has an excellent safety record, highly qualified surgeons, and it’s just a quick hop across the pond for a check-up.

Pros:

  • Good healthcare and safety standards
  • Close to the UK — travelling to France is easy
  • Many qualified, experienced surgeons.

Cons:

  • You won’t save much on surgery compared with UK prices
  • You’ll also have to pay for travel expenses.

6. Canada

Canada is hardly the most convenient place to head for a hair transplant from the UK — but it tops the Medical Tourism Index, so it’s definitely worth considering if you want the best possible experience of surgery abroad.

Canada is very accessible for US patients looking for the best countries for hair transplants. So while it’s not ideal for UK patients, US patients may benefit from safer, more successful hair transplants by taking a trip north of the border.

Pros:

  • Ranks #1 on the Medical Tourism Index 2020-21
  • Easy to travel to for most US patients
  • Excellent hygiene and safety standards
  • Qualified, skilled surgeons and physicians.

Cons:

  • Not cheap or convenient for UK hair transplant patients
  • It’s more difficult to return to the surgery in case of complications
  • You won’t save much on surgery compared with UK or US prices
  • You’ll also have to pay for travel expenses.

7. Czech Republic

Prague is another easy-reach destination from the UK. Hair transplants in the Czech Republic tend to be cheaper than many of the other destinations on this list, so if you’re on a tighter budget, it may be one to consider.

Unlike Turkey, the Czech Republic features on the Medical Tourism Index at #15 — so there are a high proportion of safe, reliable clinics. But there are also too-good-to-be-true deals on offer here — so you’ll need to do your research carefully to ensure your hair transplant is a success.

Pros:

  • Cheap and easy to reach from the UK
  • Cheaper hair transplant procedures than countries in western Europe
  • Ranks #15 on the Medical Tourism Index 2020-21.

Cons:

  • Higher proportion of disreputable clinics and inexperienced surgeons
  • It’s more difficult to return to the surgery in case of complications
  • You may also have to pay for travel expenses.

8. Singapore

At #2 on the Medical Tourism Index, Singapore is definitely worth considering as a hair transplant destination if money is no object. It’s quickly become the go-to hub in Asia and Australasia for quality healthcare and cosmetic procedures.

But Singapore is among the most expensive countries in the world to visit — so if you’re on a shoestring budget, this isn’t the best country to get a hair transplant for you.

Pros:

  • Excellent hygiene and safety standards
  • Qualified, skilled surgeons and physicians
  • Ranks #2 on the Medical Tourism Index 2020-21
  • Combine your transplant with longer-term travel if your budget allows it.

Cons:

  • Procedures are expensive
  • Travel, accommodation, and living costs are expensive
  • Long flight times (minimum of 15 hours from London to Singapore) are inconvenient for UK patients
  • It’s more difficult to return to the surgery in case of complications.

9. Israel

Israel is at the cutting edge of hair loss research [6]. They also have strict regulations around who’s allowed to perform hair transplant surgeries, so you’re less likely to fall foul of inexperienced surgeons and black market clinics [4].

That said, it’s not cheap to get a hair transplant in Israel — and other countries are closer and more convenient to reach for UK hair transplant patients. There are also some travel safety concerns in certain regions, which may cause disruption to your trip.

Pros:

  • Highly qualified, experienced hair loss specialists and surgeons
  • Strict regulations
  • Not too far to travel from the UK
  • Ranks #8 on the Medical Tourism Index 2020-21.

Cons:

  • You won’t save much on surgery compared with UK prices
  • You’ll also have to pay for travel expenses
  • It’s more difficult to return to the surgery in case of complications
  • Travel disruption is possible due to political instability in the country [7].

10. India

At #10, India ranks higher on the Medical Tourism Index than some European countries, including Italy, France, and Germany. So it’s certainly a hair transplant destination to consider if you want to pay less for your hair transplant.

However, you’ll also need to factor in travel costs — while accommodation and living expenses are cheaper in India, flights are usually more expensive. Certain hygiene practices have also been found to be lower in medical settings in India [8]. So it’s essential to read hair transplant clinic reviews to be certain you’re working with a safe clinic.

Pros:

  • Ranks #10 on the Medical Tourism Index 2020-21
  • Generally cheaper than European hair transplants
  • Living costs and accommodation are relatively inexpensive.

Cons:

  • Long flight times (minimum of 8 hours from London to New Delhi) are inconvenient for UK patients
  • You’ll also have to pay for travel expenses
  • It’s more difficult to return to the surgery in case of complications.

Choosing the best country for your hair transplant

According to researchers, the advent of FUE has led to hair transplant surgery being underestimated by certain medical professionals [4]. Underqualified and inexperienced practitioners like dentists, alternative medicine doctors, and technicians are performing procedures. And more than half of ISHRS members report that there are black market clinics operating in their city [1].

Finding an excellent clinic isn’t easy, no matter which country you choose. Here are our top tips for finding a the best hair transplant clinic in your country:

  • Find out who your surgeon will be — when you know who your surgeon is, you can learn about their qualifications and experience
  • Ask about success rates — great clinics will be proud of their success rates, and will happily share them with you
  • Shop around for prices — get multiple quotes so you can figure out a fair price for your transplant (this is especially important if you’re working in an unfamiliar currency)
  • Trust your instincts — if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • Take advantage of free consultations — you can get a good feel for your clinic’s expertise by discussing your hair loss with a consultant.

Getting a hair transplant in your country of residence saves a ton of hassle. Book a free consultation at the Wimpole Clinic in London to see how we can help you get a fantastic hair transplant right here in the UK.

10 Best Countries for Hair Transplants, Wimpole Clinic

Sources:

  1. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery: 2022 Practice Census Results
  2. Top 20 destinations worldwide based on the total medical tourism index in 2020
  3. Beware Of Illegal Hair Restoration Practices | ISHRS
  4. Controversies in Hair Transplantation
  5. How Many People Speak English, And Where Is It Spoken?
  6. Variant PADI3 in Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia
  7. Israel Travel Advice | gov.uk
  8. Hand hygiene in hospitals: an observational study in hospitals from two southern states of India
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