Understandably a major consideration for anyone looking to undergo a hair transplant procedure is going to be the cost, as well as what it going to be the most effective. At present, the Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) procedure is considered the most effective specialist treatment for hair transplants, making it a much sought after treatment in the UK.
However, it is far from cheap, with prices in the UK varying from £1,000 to tens of thousands, depending on the level of treatment you require, as well as the clinic you choose. For example, opting for a high profile clinic on London’s Harley Street will inevitably cost you more than a small independent clinic elsewhere. That isn’t to say that they are superior in quality or expertise, but geographical location and reputation does play a part in the pricing of services.
This is why in the UK, where hair transplant procedures like FUE are becoming increasingly popular, many patients are looking for more affordable alternatives abroad in places like Turkey, Hungary, India, Thailand, Costa Rica and Mexico, where FUE treatment is cheaper. But if you are looking to travel abroad for such a service there are definitely a number of other considerations to factor beyond the price.
Travel costs and time
With FUE treatment abroad you will have to allow for additional expenses and time for travel, especially if you’re venturing beyond the close vicinity of clinics in Europe. Faraway destinations are more expensive to reach, and you also need to budget for the cost of living while you’re there having the procedure and recuperating. Furthermore you need to consider the cost of time for travelling to an international clinic, as well as the cost for follow-up or additional treatments.
More importantly is the difference in healthcare standards and FUE treatment practices worldwide. In the UK have a high standard of living and healthcare, but in some countries offering these treatments for a far lower price, they may not operate to the same standards or be subject to the same stringent EU medical regulations
Another important consideration is in communication. While many health professionals abroad will speak English, they may not have a full grasp of the language, which can make communication difficult. Plus, there is no possibility of arranging an initial face-to-face consultation with your surgeon, which is always important to ensure you’re comfortable with them and the procedure.
In addition, a long-distance FUE treatment can make it more difficult to verify a clinic or surgeons credentials. With any medical procedure you need to be completely sure they have the right qualifications and experience for FUE. Checking these types of credentials for foreign clinics can be time consuming and difficult.
Overall, the idea of undergoing FUE abroad does sound appealing in terms of the cost, but the reality is that there is a whole lot more hassle and risk involved in having the treatment abroad. At least with doctors and clinics in the UK you won’t have to travel far; you can easily check their credentials and know what you’re getting; you can have initial face-to-face meetings; and receiving any follow-up treatment is easily accessible too.
At the Wimpole Clinic, we offer high level hair transplant treatments including FUE, that are all carried out by highly skilled and trained surgeons to deliver quality results. Why not get in touch to see what we could do for you?