California has more cosmetic surgeons and higher demand for cosmetic surgery than any other US state . This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The city of Los Angeles is the home of Hollywood, where there’s enormous pressure to conform to celebrity beauty standards.
As a result, LA is also one of the most popular cities in the US for hair transplant procedures — and the US is one of the best countries for hair transplants, too. Nearly half of all LA hair transplant clinics (48%) are based in Beverly Hills, one of the most desirable areas in the city. Many celebrities have alopecia — and Hollywood stalwarts like John Travolta and Mel Gibson are rumoured to have had hair transplants in recent years.
But hair transplants aren’t just for movie stars and musicians. In 2021, almost 150,000 hair transplants were performed in the US and Canada . But does the cost of getting a hair transplant in Los Angeles price non-celebrities out of the market, forcing them to turn to medical tourism in countries with lower safety standards? And are all LA-based clinics worth the money?
As part of our series of studies into hair transplant costs around the world, we’ve surveyed 42 LA hair transplant clinics to find out how much it costs to get hair restoration treatment in the home of the rich and famous.
How much does a hair transplant cost in Los Angeles?
We requested hair transplant quotes from 42 LA clinics, using the same photos and asking for the same desired result. Here’s what our research shows:
- The average cost of a hair transplant in Los Angeles is $11,590 (£9,200)
- The average price per hair graft is $6.96 (£5.53)
- The highest per-graft quote was $12 per graft, while the lowest was $3.50 per graft
- On average, consultants recommended 2,120 hair grafts for the procedure
- Only 18% of clinics offer a free consultation — the average consultation cost is $150
Hair transplants in Beverly Hills, LA vs Harley Street, London
Beverly Hills is famous as the home of the Hollywood elite — but it’s also the most prestigious medical district in Los Angeles. Like London’s Harley Street, Beverly Hills is where many of the best hair transplant surgeons operate.
Because surgeons here tend to be highly experienced, and based in an expensive part of the city, prices are a little higher than elsewhere in the country — similar to the slight premium you pay at a Harley Street hair transplant clinic in London.
The average price for a 2,000 graft hair transplant at a Beverly Hills clinic is $11,590, or £9,200. For the same procedure at a Harley Street clinic, you’ll pay around £5,692 ($7,166). So a Beverly Hills hair transplant is 62% more expensive than those on Harley Street.
The LA hair transplant cost average was brought down significantly by a clinic that charged just $3.50 (£2.78) per graft. This is substantially less than every other clinic. Notably, this clinic didn’t advertise a surgeon on their website. This should ring alarm bells for any prospective hair transplant patient.
Why you need to know who your hair transplant surgeon is
It’s important to avoid websites that don’t list a surgeon on their website. Thanks to the booming popularity of hair transplant surgery, there are more clinics cropping up who don’t always have the right credentials to perform FUT and FUE procedures. This often includes not listing a surgeon, making it impossible for patients to know exactly who will perform their procedure.
14.3% of the clinics we surveyed didn’t list a surgeon on their website. And when we removed these clinics from our results, the average graft recommendation for our mystery shopper fell from 2,120 grafts to 1,815 grafts.
As in the UK, affiliate hair transplant clinics in Los Angeles — which typically don’t advertise a surgeon — often inflate the graft recommendation. This allows them to charge more and cover their referral fee.
And this wasn’t the only change we saw when we removed these affiliate sites from our dataset. The average price-per-graft decreased by almost 50%, while surgical experience was inflated to entice more people to choose these cut-rate clinics. And because the surgeon’s name is hidden, it’s impossible to verify their actual experience.
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Why you should avoid clinics without a visible surgeon
When you don’t know who your surgeon will be, you’re taking a big risk on safety and surgery success. Reading reviews for the clinic can give you a false sense of security — the surgeon may change often, so while some people see good results, there’s no guarantee that you’ll achieve the same.
Many established LA clinics have outdated websites. This suggests that word-of-mouth is the most common way for reputable clinics to find new patients. Meanwhile the internet is the best place for rookie clinics to find clients, thanks to the ease and affordability of setting up a flashy new website. Websites without surgeons seem to rank better on Google, so they’re easier for patients to find online .
There are many risks associated with affiliate hair transplant clinics, from misdiagnosis to invalidating insurance . That’s why prospective patients must know the signs of black market hair transplant clinics operating in LA.
The risks of unlicensed hair transplant clinics in Los Angeles
Most clinics in the US operate in a safe way, adhering to strict safety laws and using approved modern techniques. However, when clinics hide vital information — such as who your surgeon will be — it should make prospective patients think twice about working with them.
In 2021, 96.4% of ISHRS hair transplant surgeons reported that up to a quarter of the hair transplant repairs were due to a previous black market procedure . These surgeries are performed by unlicensed surgeons who often don’t have the qualifications or experience to successfully and safely perform invasive hair transplant procedures — and they often result in hair transplants going wrong.
According to the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, unlicensed technicians put patients at risk of misdiagnosis and performance of unnecessary or ill-advised surgery. Complications or poor results may also not be covered by malpractice insurance — so it’s essential to avoid these black market clinics at all costs .
While most black market hair transplant procedures take place abroad, where medical safety laws aren’t always followed to the letter, it’s important to be aware of the risks of unlicensed clinics and surgeons. Knowing exactly who will perform your surgery can help you choose a safe, licensed clinic where you’ll get the results you deserve.
Should you get a hair transplant in Los Angeles?
Los Angeles is home to some of the best hair transplant surgeons in the world. When you visit a fully licensed clinic with an experienced surgeon, you’re sure to get fantastic results.
Our research shows that it’s generally far more expensive to get a hair transplant in LA than on Harley Street. Plus, most UK clinics offer a free consultation, so you can meet the team before any money changes hands. If you’re considering heading to the US for your hair transplant, compare prices with hair transplant clinics here in the UK to see which option is most cost-effective.
Take a look at our UK hair transplant cost analysis to find out how much you can pay for a hair transplant on Harley Street and around the UK.
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