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Cost vs Quality


#1

As a prospective HT patient I have been looking at countless results from DR’s and posts for users. The two key factors in an HT are cost and quality. Unfortunately, they have interdependent relationship that leaves many in a conundru, In other words, either you undertake a relatively low quality HT with the limited budget you have or raise enough money to afford that quality HT.

Therefore, in the interest of research and informing prospective patients I would like to conduct an informal poll of your top 3 FUE doctors. Given the debate on cost vs. results please feel free to divide your opinions into those two categories. And then overall taking both into consideration.

There are users in this forum that have conducted hours upon hours of research on each HT DR. Further, there are many that have first hand experiences. This knowledge in invaluable and should be shared to inform others.

In my opinion Dr. Armani seems to produce the most spectacular results. Hasson and Wong also seem to produce good results. In terms of price it would be hard to beat Dr. Arvind, which isn’t to say his results are not satisfactory but not quite as spectacular. They seem more measured. Of course, this might be the best result at the end of the day i.e. over a person’s hair loss life. However, the pool should be taken on face value otherwise there are far too many externalites to consider.

Thanks

ak


#2

Can we first have a list of how much these doctors charge? It seems that doctors are changing their prices very frequently these days, it’s like chasing a moving target.


#3

Hi AK…

I was in the same position as you and the decision is a huge one. I just wanted to say how happy I was that I chose Dr. Armani for my procedures. I think the issue of cost vs quality is a valid one…but I think quality outweighs cost. You want to get the best result possible and I think the results from the Armani clinic speak for themselves. I also think the prices are quite fair for the results. My 2 cents!

:slight_smile:


#4

I think money or the price is very important despite what some of you said about not making a decision based on price, also important is whether I have to fly, the idea of having to spend long hours on the plane is a huge turn off for me.


#5

» I think money or the price is very important despite what some of you said
» about not making a decision based on price, also important is whether I
» have to fly, the idea of having to spend long hours on the plane is a huge
» turn off for me.
I agree with all youve said. Yes it would be great if we could get a great hair transplant for the cost of filling up a tank of petrol, but like most cosmetic surgery its not cheap and Drs charge a premium for what they think their work is worth etc. Then its our job to factor in price for results by doing our research, looking at many photos from all the Drs and people like Pat, then work out if if the whole task is within our budget etc and make a decision.
Thats what I did anyway. As reiner says where you may live geographically will also be one of many factors. You may go to say a Dr in India but have to spend a fair bit to get there. Where as an LA local for example may go to a higher priced Dr and then be back in the comfort of his home in 20 minutes.
I for example live in Tokyo, so because it was longer than a 5 hour flight new I was required by my Dr to stay for atleast 7 days. I took my laptop and stayed for the month as I wanted to give my head the best chance of getting a good result. So I factored in the extra expense and went for it. Im glad I stayed the month, as I know I wouldnt of enjoyed coming back with a hospital cap, having to put vit e oil on while flying, and looking like an invalid. Not to mension possibilities of people bumping your head etc.


#6

» » I think money or the price is very important despite what some of you
» said
» » about not making a decision based on price, also important is whether I
» » have to fly, the idea of having to spend long hours on the plane is a
» huge
» » turn off for me.
» I agree with all youve said. Yes it would be great if we could get a
» great hair transplant for the cost of filling up a tank of petrol, but like
» most cosmetic surgery its not cheap and Drs charge a premium for what they
» think their work is worth etc. Then its our job to factor in price for
» results by doing our research, looking at many photos from all the Drs and
» people like Pat, then work out if if the whole task is within our budget
» etc and make a decision.
» Thats what I did anyway. As reiner says where you may live geographically
» will also be one of many factors. You may go to say a Dr in India but have
» to spend a fair bit to get there. Where as an LA local for example may go
» to a higher priced Dr and then be back in the comfort of his home in 20
» minutes.
» I for example live in Tokyo, so because it was longer than a 5 hour flight
» new I was required by my Dr to stay for atleast 7 days. I took my laptop
» and stayed for the month as I wanted to give my head the best chance of
» getting a good result. So I factored in the extra expense and went for it.
» Im glad I stayed the month, as I know I wouldnt of enjoyed coming back
» with a hospital cap, having to put vit e oil on while flying, and looking
» like an invalid. Not to mension possibilities of people bumping your head
» etc.

u stayed for the entire month??? not a whole month in a hotel i hope, i dont think i m prepared to go that far for a hair transplant, taking a month off from work and away from home, my boss would probably ask me to take no pay leave which ends up making the procedure even more expensive


#7

30 days is rediculous. Sounds like there is a problem.

» » » I think money or the price is very important despite what some of you
» » said
» » » about not making a decision based on price, also important is whether
» I
» » » have to fly, the idea of having to spend long hours on the plane is a
» » huge
» » » turn off for me.
» » I agree with all youve said. Yes it would be great if we could get a
» » great hair transplant for the cost of filling up a tank of petrol, but
» like
» » most cosmetic surgery its not cheap and Drs charge a premium for what
» they
» » think their work is worth etc. Then its our job to factor in price for
» » results by doing our research, looking at many photos from all the Drs
» and
» » people like Pat, then work out if if the whole task is within our
» budget
» » etc and make a decision.
» » Thats what I did anyway. As reiner says where you may live
» geographically
» » will also be one of many factors. You may go to say a Dr in India but
» have
» » to spend a fair bit to get there. Where as an LA local for example may
» go
» » to a higher priced Dr and then be back in the comfort of his home in 20
» » minutes.
» » I for example live in Tokyo, so because it was longer than a 5 hour
» flight
» » new I was required by my Dr to stay for atleast 7 days. I took my
» laptop
» » and stayed for the month as I wanted to give my head the best chance of
» » getting a good result. So I factored in the extra expense and went for
» it.
» » Im glad I stayed the month, as I know I wouldnt of enjoyed coming back
» » with a hospital cap, having to put vit e oil on while flying, and
» looking
» » like an invalid. Not to mension possibilities of people bumping your
» head
» » etc.
»
» u stayed for the entire month??? not a whole month in a
» hotel i hope, i dont think i m prepared to go that far for a hair
» transplant, taking a month off from work and away from home, my boss would
» probably ask me to take no pay leave which ends up making the procedure
» even more expensive


#8

BTW, Hasson & Wong are still not doing any FUE work as far as I know.

They’ve always been a strip-only clinic.


#9

»
» u stayed for the entire month??? not a whole month in a
» hotel i hope, i dont think i m prepared to go that far for a hair
» transplant, taking a month off from work and away from home, my boss would
» probably ask me to take no pay leave which ends up making the procedure
» even more expensive.

For both of my procedures with the Armani clinic I flew out the very next day. The majority of our patients travel back home the day after surgery.


#10

I think it’s an easy answer when looking at cost vs. quality. Don’t forget, this is a lifetime investment you’re thinking about so if you have to come up with a few extra bucks, then so be it. It also depends on what your expectations are, but if you’re somebody even considering a HT, then I think that right there, you won’t settle for anything but the best. I myslef am still doing extensive research about doctors and procedures and I find this site very helpful. Geographically speaking, Armani seems like the way to go and his results speak for itself. But even if I do plan on going abroad, I still have yet to see the artistic skills and design that Armani’s clinic possess.


#11

i agree in some sense with the quality Vs cost

but let’s put it that way. if both people have an average income.
would u want to go to the best and spend huge sums of mone with endless depts
and of course its not just one or two times. usually more often.

what im saying is , spending too much . u’ll get up to 50-60 years old.
and u’ll probably have the hair , but u look back at ur life and u’ll think
sh*t … i sppend most of the time saving money for my hair transplants and thinking how my hair would look.

don’t get me wrong , i already spent too much for my hair transplant and would go for more. and it s very much a frustrating issue to be bald, but
i 'd rather also do other things in my life.

and i think when we get down to it, the doctors are unjust us, and should more considerate. but as they say " in a capitalist world, integrity and morals have no place"


#12

» » » I think money or the price is very important despite what some of you
» » said
» » » about not making a decision based on price, also important is whether
» I
» » » have to fly, the idea of having to spend long hours on the plane is a
» » huge
» » » turn off for me.
» » I agree with all youve said. Yes it would be great if we could get a
» » great hair transplant for the cost of filling up a tank of petrol, but
» like
» » most cosmetic surgery its not cheap and Drs charge a premium for what
» they
» » think their work is worth etc. Then its our job to factor in price for
» » results by doing our research, looking at many photos from all the Drs
» and
» » people like Pat, then work out if if the whole task is within our
» budget
» » etc and make a decision.
» » Thats what I did anyway. As reiner says where you may live
» geographically
» » will also be one of many factors. You may go to say a Dr in India but
» have
» » to spend a fair bit to get there. Where as an LA local for example may
» go
» » to a higher priced Dr and then be back in the comfort of his home in 20
» » minutes.
» » I for example live in Tokyo, so because it was longer than a 5 hour
» flight
» » new I was required by my Dr to stay for atleast 7 days. I took my
» laptop
» » and stayed for the month as I wanted to give my head the best chance of
» » getting a good result. So I factored in the extra expense and went for
» it.
» » Im glad I stayed the month, as I know I wouldnt of enjoyed coming back
» » with a hospital cap, having to put vit e oil on while flying, and
» looking
» » like an invalid. Not to mension possibilities of people bumping your
» head
» » etc.
»
» u stayed for the entire month??? not a whole month in a
» hotel i hope, i dont think i m prepared to go that far for a hair
» transplant, taking a month off from work and away from home, my boss would
» probably ask me to take no pay leave which ends up making the procedure
» even more expensive
I stayed in a monthly self contained flat for 2k for the month so yeah it adds to the total cost. The idea was to work from my computer in LA but the so called fast speed internet they had was awfully slow so ended up watching cable TV each day instead.


#13

» I think money or the price is very important despite what some of you said
» about not making a decision based on price, also important is whether I
» have to fly, the idea of having to spend long hours on the plane is a huge
» turn off for me.

Please be careful when making your decision based on how far you have to travel. I have seen a lot of cases in person and on forums where the patient decided to go with the “local” choice because they did not want to fly and ended up with a poor result.

Believe me, you do not want to end up being a repair case. A lot of doctors out there are not only giving poor results, lots are not even using the latest advancements and technologies.

I recently met with a guy who had mini grafts put in within the last year, I couldn’t believe it!! His results looked horrendous.


#14

» I think it’s an easy answer when looking at cost vs. quality. Don’t forget,
» this is a lifetime investment you’re thinking about so if you have to come
» up with a few extra bucks, then so be it. It also depends on what your
» expectations are, but if you’re somebody even considering a HT, then I
» think that right there, you won’t settle for anything but the best. I
» myslef am still doing extensive research about doctors and procedures and I
» find this site very helpful. Geographically speaking, Armani seems like the
» way to go and his results speak for itself. But even if I do plan on going
» abroad, I still have yet to see the artistic skills and design that
» Armani’s clinic possess.

You make some excellent points. It is a lifetime investment, and you should not settle for anything but the best.


#15

ak whatever happened to you? Did you decide or are you still deciding?

In my opionion, from the patient photos ive seen on the net and from what ive seen in person i do not think any surgeon can top dr alvi armani’s fue results. my understanding is he charges more for himself to do the procedure and his staff charges less. have u seen sarah armani’s results? one of her patients results ive posted in the best of the best thread. theyre really great.

as far as strip goes, hasson and wong performs excellent strip these days and probably the best at it.

so u say cost vs quality then u should compare strip vs fue as well. if u want great results with lower end cost, go to hasson and wong and go for a strip. if u want great results but a FUE procedure, pay a little extra and go see dr alvi armani.

» » I think it’s an easy answer when looking at cost vs. quality. Don’t
» forget,
» » this is a lifetime investment you’re thinking about so if you have to
» come
» » up with a few extra bucks, then so be it. It also depends on what your
» » expectations are, but if you’re somebody even considering a HT, then I
» » think that right there, you won’t settle for anything but the best. I
» » myslef am still doing extensive research about doctors and procedures
» and I
» » find this site very helpful. Geographically speaking, Armani seems like
» the
» » way to go and his results speak for itself. But even if I do plan on
» going
» » abroad, I still have yet to see the artistic skills and design that
» » Armani’s clinic possess.
»
» You make some excellent points. It is a lifetime investment, and you
» should not settle for anything but the best.


#16

» Please be careful when making your decision based on how far you have to
» travel. I have seen a lot of cases in person and on forums where the
» patient decided to go with the “local” choice because they did not want to
» fly and ended up with a poor result.
»
» Believe me, you do not want to end up being a repair case. A lot of
» doctors out there are not only giving poor results, lots are not even using
» the latest advancements and technologies.
»
» I recently met with a guy who had mini grafts put in within the last year,
» I couldn’t believe it!! His results looked horrendous.

I am a classic example of what Pats speaks about here - when I was 20 I decided to go the local & cheaper route in the uk - WHAT A MISTAKE.
I recieved a horrendous procedure at the Norton Clinic & after finally seeing the light & attending the Armani clinic it made me realise how much I was ripped off.
Please make sure you research the Dr & thier previous results & if possible dont let travelling or costs put you off.

Dan


#17

I think both factors are important but quality should be top priority. I would rather pay a little more and be happier with my appearance than get sub par results to save a few bucks. Just my 2 cents :slight_smile:

Gabriel