Hair Transplant Costs and Value
Dr. Ali Emre Karadeniz, MD, PhD
Ali Emre Karadeniz, MD (Dr. K) is the only American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery Certified Turkish plastic surgeon. He has performed over 2000 hair operations. He is an active member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). More info about Dr. Ali Emre Karadeniz and AEK Hair Clinic.
Hello, this is Dr.K, hair transplant surgeon from Turkey. Today I'm going to talk about hair transplant costs and determining the value of a hair transplant.
My topic consists of two parts, one is the range of prices for hair transplants in Turkey and the other is to determine the value of these hair transplants which are actually two different subjects.
A hair transplant may cost anywhere between 1000 EUR – 10000 EUR per procedure. Hair transplants obviously are labor and the price of labor is determined by the quality in this labor. The quality is the education, the qualifications and the hours of work of the people who actually create this labor. So, the value of a hair transplant starts from whether a doctor is involved in the surgery, how many hours of this doctor's work is inside the surgery, what are the helping staff's qualifications, how many hours do they have to work.
Prices around 1000 EUR per procedure – frequently these are all inclusive prices including accommodation, airport pickups, medicine etc. – prices around that range (1000 – 2000 EUR) are the lowest quality. These are almost always "technician-only surgery", which means there's no doctor involved in the procedure and even within "technician surgery" there are different levels of quality. For instance, an experienced team of technicians devoting their whole concentration on doing one procedure is one thing, whereas the same team quickly trying to harvest 5000 grafts and transplant these 5.000 grafts and then do two or three of those surgeries per day, you're getting very very little quality from that procedure.
So, as I mentioned, in order to determine the value of a hair transplant you have to find out:
1. Is there a doctor involved in my procedure?
2. What parts of the procedure is he going to do?
3. How many hours is he going to spend?
4. How many hours is my procedure going to take?
5. How many surgeries per day are performed in this very clinic?
Sometimes you get similar numbers (a doctor may or may not be present in the surgery, may be mainly technicians) but there's going to be very different quality from a clinic where 2 surgeries or 3 surgeries per day vs. one that does 50 surgeries per day - we call this hair mills. You're just going to be a product in the band.
So, you have to realize there can be a huge difference in quality and you have to extract the amount of educated labor you are getting from this procedure. This has nothing to do with graft numbers, how many grafts you're going to get. Often times, the quality you get is inversely proportional to the number of grafts you get, because the more time and concentration each of your grafts receive the more quality there is, versus if you are rushed into a huge procedure and your procedure is finished under a few hours you're getting less quality.
Basically, just to summarize the main questions in determining the value of a hair transplant, you have to look at the hours of the doctor if there's any, the qualifications of this doctor, accreditations, who's this doctor, the number of surgeries done per day at this clinic, the less patients the better. The number of patients done per operating room, I think this is very critical, if there's more than one patient in that same operating room, that's a very bad sign.
I'll give an example; let's compare 3 clinics:
In one clinic they give you a cost of 1500 EUR including a 5000 graft hair transplant, FUE procedure, 3 nights accommodation at a hotel, airport transfers, medicine etc. And you find that there's a doctor's name but he's not doing much in the surgery. So basically you're getting zero hours of the doctor for 1500 EUR.
Let's say in the second clinic, the doctor does the hairline design and the recipient site incisions which is going to take perhaps an hour or more and you're going to pay 3000 EUR. In this case you're paying 3000 EUR for the doctor's one or two hours. You're paying 3000 EUR per hour. The second clinic is actually is cheaper than the first one because you're buying more of the doctor's hours for each of the Euros you spend.
In the third clinic, let's say the doctor does all the graft extractions and all the recipient site incisions as well and the technicians just do graft placement and the cost is 6000 EUR. Now, this doctor is going to harvest let's say 2000 grafts and do the recipient site incisions, so this doctor is expected to spend 5 to 6 hours directly on you, which means you are paying 6000 EUR for 6 hours of the doctor.
Interestingly, the third clinic which has the highest cost of 6.000 EUR is actually the cheapest because you're buying an hour of the doctor's work for each 1000 EUR you pay, you're paying 6000 EUR for 6 hours of work. In the second clinic, you're paying 3000 EUR for one hour, that's the second cheapest and in fact the seemingly cheapest clinic is actually the most expensive. Because you're paying 1500 EUR for zero hours of the doctor.
This is very important to understand because the quality of the work you are going to get and the result is going to depend on this.
Thank you for listening to this video and I hope to see you in the next video, goodbye for now.