Hair transplants provide an effective solution for dealing with hair loss or thinning hair. Unfortunately, they can also cost a lot in some countries.
In the United States, you can expect to pay up to $15,000 for a single treatment. If you need a more affordable option, consider visiting Turkey. The average Turkey hair transplant cost $1,500 to $2,000.
Can you really save up to 90% at a Turkish clinic compared to a U.S. clinic?
Find out with the following information on the real cost of hair transplants in Turkey in 2020.
How Is the Cost Calculated?
Clinics typically calculate the cost of hair transplants based on the number of grafts.
Of course, the number of grafts depends on the amount of hair loss.
For a receding hairline, you may only need 500 to 1,000 grafts. To correct a bald spot and a receding hairline, surgeons often complete 1,500 grafts.
The average number of grafts for a typical patient is 2,000.
This typically provides enough coverage to correct major male hair loss.
The size of your head, the shape of your hairline, and follicular density also impact the number of grafts that you may need to cover a bald spot.
The number of sessions may also impact the cost. The average patient needs 2,000 grafts, which can be completed during a single session using the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method.
With FUE, surgeons remove individual follicular units, each containing one to four hairs. The groups of hair are removed from a donor site where the hair is genetically resistant to balding.
Common donor sites include the back of the head, chest hair, and other body hair.
The follicular units are then grafted to the bald spot using a fine needle or incredibly small microblade.
It may take a skilled surgeon about four hours to remove 2,000 units and another four hours to complete the grafts.
If you require additional sessions, the transplant may cost more. However, some clinics may complete more grafts per hour.
Average Range of Prices – High to Low
As mentioned, the average Turkey hair transplant cost $1,500 to $2,000, based on an average session requiring 2,000 grafts.
However, every clinic sets its own prices.
Here are a few examples of estimated prices at popular clinics in Turkey:
- Asmed – $2,175
- Longevita – $1,650
- Hair of Istanbul – $1,350
(These are rough estimates and not official quoted prices)
Hair transplants in Turkey remain the least expensive option for those wanting to cover bald spots.
Along with less expensive prices, Turkish clinics often include additional services in the price, such as accommodations or transfers.
You may also need aftercare services, as surgeons need to follow-up to ensure that the surgery was successful.
Hair transplant surgeons typically prefer to see a patient a couple of weeks after the surgery and again 6 to 12 months later.
Along with the three clinics listed above, Istanbul has many other clinics to choose from. Hair transplant surgeries have become a major source for tourism in the city, supporting a $1 billion a year industry.
Are Hair Transplants Less Expensive in Europe and North America?
If you are not convinced that Turkey offers the lowest prices for hair transplants, compare the costs to other countries. Here is a quick Turkey hair transplant cost comparison to other locations around the world:
- North America (the United States and Canada) – $4,000 to $15,000
- Switzerland – $9,100
- Germany – $4,500
- South Korea – $3,900
(Based on $2000 graft estimate)
The average Turkey hair transplant starts at about $1,500 for those number of grafts, providing a much more affordable option compared to any of the countries listed above.
Strategies to reduce cost of your procedure
Whether you choose to travel to Turkey or stay in your own country, there are ways to save money on hair transplants. Use these strategies to minimise the cost:
- Limit the number of grafts or sessions
- Check if it is cheaper to book things yourself vs having things arranged for you by the clinic.
- Compare clinics and available procedure
The number of grafts directly impacts the cost of the transplant procedure. Reducing the total number of grafts reduces cost.
However, this also limits the amount of bald space the grafts will cover.
Limiting the number of grafts may also keep you from needing more than one session. As most clinics charge an additional fee for each session, this reduces the cost.
Another option is to choose a hair transplant package. These packages often include a wide range of amenities for those traveling abroad, such as to Turkey.
A typical Turkey hair transplant package comes with accommodations, transfers, and a translator.
Your clinic may even arrange transportation from the hotel or airport. These packages can help reduce additional costs related to your trip, saving you money on a hotel and transportation.
But do your research, these are not always cheaper than booking things yourself.
Another strategy for minimising the cost is to compare options.
The hair transplant industry in Turkey is highly competitive. Local clinics often try to lure new patients with affordable packages.
When comparing options, pay attention to the number of grafts per session.
Some surgeons only complete 1,500 grafts in a single day while others can graft up to 3,000 follicular units.
If the procedure only requires a single session, you may reduce the overall cost of the transplant.
Why Is Turkey So Inexpensive for Hair Transplants?
Turkey is less expensive for hair transplants mostly due to the lower cost of living in the country and the value of the local currency compared to European and North American countries.
This has a knock-on affect on goods and services in the country.
For example, the average grocery prices in the United States are 120% higher compared to Turkey. You can also expect to pay 475% more for rent in the United States.
The Turkish Lira (TRY) is also valued lower compared to the Euro (EUR) and the U.S. Dollar (USD):
- $1 USD = 5.75 TRY
- €1 EUR = 6.32 TRY
In the end, the average Turkey hair transplant cost about $1,500 to $2,000, which is significantly less expensive compared to options in other countries. While the costs are less expensive, you still have access to highly skilled surgeons and well-equipped clinics.
How to minimise the cost of your hair transplantation
Now that you have decided to have a hair transplant, let’s go into more detail on how you can minimise unnecessary cost.
But remember, never minimise cost to the detriment of your procedure.
1. Book your own hotel and travel.
Most clinics in Turkey now have all-inclusive package where they book your hotel , travel and transfers in one go.
While this is convenient, it is quite expensive compared to doing it yourself.
I estimate, that on average you can save up to to $400 by booking it yourself.
2. Book well in advance
It’s no secret that booking you hotel, travel and transfers several weeks in advance will save you a lot of money.
Also, try and avoid the peak holiday season in Turkey which is between May and September.
Booking from November to March is ideal.
Just like with any purchase or transaction, you should always negotiate. if the clinic quotes you a price for a graft; don’t immediately accept.
Go and get some other quotes from similar clinics and compare.
If similar clinics seem a lot cheaper, then go back to your favourite clinic and tell them. This could force them to match their prices.
Off course don’t negotiate to ridiculous degrees, because at the end of the day your priority is to end up with an excellent hair transplant and saving money is a secondary goal.
4. Minimise your stay
It’s tempting to stay in Turkey for a few days before or after your procedure; but this will only add to your cost.
So unless you’ve always wanted a holiday in Turkey, stay for the shortest period possible.
I would suggest you land on the day before your procedure, and leave 48 hours after your procedure.
Off course, consult with your clinic who will be able to assess if you are fit to travel after your procedure.
5. Consider cities other than Istanbul
Istanbul has the largest concentration of hair transplant surgeons;
Cities like Ankara is still have some excellent surgeons. And the advantage of those smaller cities is they are considerably cheaper than Istanbul.
They are cheaper for the amenities too.
6. Get the best exchange rate possible
Do very thorough research on the best exchange rate available. usually these are from online sources.
Never rush into exchanging your currency on the day of your travel from the airport, because the terrible exchange rate and commissions will eat away into your budget.
7. Pay with local currency
Wherever possible pay with local currency during your stay. This will be much cheaper for you.