Hair transplantation is a booming industry. The number of people getting a hair transplant has exploded over the last decade, increasing by 152% from 2010 to 2021 . But despite their growing popularity, you may still have doubts. Some people are worried that they won’t look natural, they won’t work, or that everyone will be able to tell you’ve had a hair transplant. Others just aren’t sure if hair transplants are worth the money.
Many patients who’ve had a hair transplant say in their reviews it’s one of the best things they’ve done for their self-worth and confidence.
In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of getting a hair transplant, so you can decide if a hair transplant is worth it for you.
Ultimately, only you can decide if it’s worth getting a hair transplant. For most people, the decision comes down to a combination of factors:
Let’s explore each of these concerns to determine how likely they are to affect you, and whether it should stop you getting a hair transplant.
Affordability is a key concern for patients considering whether a hair transplant is worth it. We find that many patients are surprised that the average hair transplant cost in the UK is just £4,820 for approximately 2,000 grafts.
There has always been a misconception about the affordability of hair transplants following Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant reportedly cost £30,000 .
Dr Luciano Sciacca, a surgeon at the Wimpole Clinic believes “this is where a lot of misconceptions come from. Unfortunately, I feel Wayne may have been a victim of his public profile. I don’t see a reason why anyone would pay so much if the reports are true.”
Our patients are often surprised at how affordable the Wimpole Clinic’s hair transplants are, especially as we’ve worked with high-profile patients including Arsenal’s Rob Holding. On the cost of Rob Holding’s hair transplant, Dr Sciacca said:
“We respect the privacy of all of our patients. What I can say is he did not pay much more or less than the average UK figure we discovered in our cost analysis.”
Many people assume they’re priced out of a hair transplant, which forces them to take a punt on cut-price hair transplants in Turkey (sometimes paying as little as £700) and hope for the best.
While this can sometimes pay off, it’s a risky strategy. Cheap hair transplant clinics are known to cut corners when it comes to patient safety. There have been reports of taxi drivers performing transplants, unsanitary clinic environments, and fraudulent social media campaigns that overpromise and underdeliver on results .
Aside from the risk of complications like infection, sepsis, and even hair transplant death, you’re more likely to receive a failed for botched hair transplant from a subpar clinic. These photos show a patient’s hair after a 5,000 graft hair transplant from a black market Turkish clinic:
Even though he may have paid less than other patients initially, he ultimately needed a hair transplant repair from a good clinic. So his final results cost more than they should have done. That’s why it’s so important to choose a good clinic from the outset — you’re far more likely to get good results on the first attempt.
Here’s how this patient’s hair looked after his repair surgery:
There are plenty of excellent, affordable hair transplant clinics in the UK. We conducted a hair transplant costs survey of 104 clinics, and found that the average price of a Norwood 2-3 hair transplant is £4,820. With hair transplant finance options also available, this can make quality hair transplants more affordable than you might think.
At the Wimpole Clinic, hair transplant prices start at £3,499 for FUE and FUT, with the latter tending to be more expensive. One of our patients said:
“I had consulted with 6 others [clinics] in London and 3 outside and none of them were as transparent about cost and process. I was particularly shocked at how reasonable the price of the procedure was.”
You might be thinking this if:
Both of these points may be valid. If you’re still in the early stages of hair loss, it may be too soon for a hair transplant. Instead, try a non-surgical treatment like Minoxidil or Finasteride to stem your hair loss. Used early and consistently enough, these treatments can prevent you needing a hair transplant altogether.
On the flip side, those with extensive hair loss will need to temper their expectations when it comes to getting a hair transplant. High graft volume hair transplants are possible, but not everyone is eligible.
The Norwood Scale is usually used to measure hair loss in men. Here’s how many hair grafts you’re likely to need based on your hair loss zones:
If you’re at Norwood stage 5 or later, find a hair transplant clinic that will tell you if it’s too late for a hair transplant, and give you an honest appraisal of the results you can expect.
The extent of your hair loss is a more important consideration than age from a hair transplant surgeon’s perspective. But as a patient, you may decide it is or isn’t worth getting a hair transplant or not based on how old you are.
Most male hair transplant patients are aged 20 to 50, while women tend to seek a female hair transplant from age 30 onwards:
While it seems like the obvious choice, a hair transplant shouldn’t be your first port of call for hair restoration. (This is another reason to avoid clinics that are overly keen to get you in the chair.)
There are lots of alternative non-surgical hair loss treatments to try first, especially if you’re still in the early stages of hair loss.
These treatments include:
These treatments can slow your hair loss so much that you might not even need a hair transplant. So it’s a good idea to exhaust these options before deciding on whether a hair transplant is worth it.
If you do decide to get a hair transplant, these treatments can also be used alongside it to prevent ongoing hair loss and keep your hair transplant in good condition.
Unfortunately, yes — some people do regret getting a hair transplant, whether it’s because they didn’t get the results they wanted, or experienced severe hair transplant side effects. (Again, this is far more likely if you have a cheap, low-quality hair transplant abroad.)
But most people who have a successful hair transplant have no regrets. The best way to make sure you’re working with a great clinic that’s likely to give you fantastic results is to check out their hair transplant reviews, and their before and after hair transplant photos. Here’s a selection from our clinic:
Most regrets stem from:
Most hair transplant clinics offer a free consultation. Make the most of this and ask lots of questions, so you have all the information you need to make the right decision.
If you’ve decided that a hair transplant is worth it, book a free consultation at our Harley Street hair transplant clinic.
We’ll diagnose your hair loss, run through all your treatment options, and address any questions and concerns you might have. If you are not sure what to ask your hair loss specialist, check out our list of questions to ask before a hair transplant to get the most out of your consultation.
We’ll never pressure you to choose any particular treatment, and will always offer honest, impartial advice. So you can choose a hair loss treatment that suits you.
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