Frequently asked questions about our Hair Transplants
- HOW MANY GRAFTS WILL I NEED IN MY HAIR TRANSPLANT?
In order to determine the number of grafts needed for your hair transplant procedure, a number of factors are important. The donor area must contain a large number of grafts. So instead of asking how many grafts you need the first question is actually “how many grafts are available in your donor area?” Most people have a pretty good area with adequate donor grafts and then the following facts:
HOW LARGE IS THE AREA THAT NEEDS TO BE TREATED?
The size determines mainly the number of grafts needed. We always will work in order to get a natural cover. When the surface area becomes larger, there will be more grafts necessary for a good result.
THE QUALITY AND TYPE OF HAIR
Blonde, black or curly hairs all give different results. Curly hairs cover very well, leaving you with relatively fewer grafts in order to achieve a very good result. Blonde hairs are generally thinner and cover less than other hair colors, this means we have to implant an as high as possible a number of grafts in order to create a good density.
THE DENSITY OF THE DONOR AREA
The density of the donor area determines the number of grafts that can be removed. A high density allows for lots of available grafts. This is advantageous when a large area is to be treated.
- HOW LONG IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT VISIBLE?
After the grafts (hair roots groups) are implanted, the skin will see some red. In addition, there are small cabs visible at the places where the hairs are placed. From the second day after the treatment you should start washing the hair. You will receive special shampoo for the first weeks after the hair transplant. When you start to wash you will see that every day more scabs disappear until finally there is no crust to be seen. There can only remain some redness. This redness will fade more and more until there’s nothing left to see. If a hair transplant is visible after the procedure strongly dependents on the area that has been treated. When the grafts are implanted between existing hairs they will stand out less than when they are in a bold area. During a consultation, we can estimate how the outcome will be for you.
- WHEN WILL I SEE THE END RESULT?
After 9 to 12 months the end result is visible. After 12 months, you will be invited by us to take some photos, based on the pictures on the day of the hair transplant to evaluate the final result. Up to 90% of the hairs will fall out in the first 3 to 5 weeks. This is a natural process which carries out the hair root after it is transplanted. This is normal and therefore you don’t need to worry. The new hair will start to grow after a break of about 4 months. On average the hair grows 1 cm per month.
After 8 to 9 months, your hair will be about 5 cm long. In the early growth the grafts will proceed unevenly, in one place all the hair will be longer than in other places. This process will stabilize itself in the course of time. In the beginning it can be very fine and thin hair or the hairs curls or squirm while your hair normally is straight. In the course of time the transplanted hair will to be thicker and stronger, and gets back its natural characteristic.
Longer hair gives more volume, therefore you should wear a hairstyle with a minimum length of 5 cm to increase the volume.
- WHAT IS A FOLLICULAR UNIT OR GRAFTS?
Often terms are used interchangeably and it is difficult to understand what they mean. The following terms are commonly used:
- Follicular units (FU)
All terms are trying to indicate how many “groups” of hair are replaced. A graft may consist of one to four hairs or hair follicles. An older name for a one hair graft is single-graft. For multi hair follicular units the term ‘micro-grafts’ is sometimes used. Other names for follicular units (laser) pulses or grafts. By (laser) pulses almost always one hair grafts are involved, the ‘hole’ is made by a laser. Please note when comparing providers that you compare these terms unambiguously so you get a good picture.
- HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
The FUE treatment has an average duration of six to eight hours. Of course, this is among other things, dependent on the nature of the transplant and the amount of grafts to be transplanted.
- IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT REIMBURSED BY A HEALTH INSURANCE?
There are no known health insurers to reimburse us the cost of a hair transplant if there is a hereditary hair loss i.e. androgenetic alopecia. If there is a medical indication for example, by an illness or accident, it is advisable to ask this with your health insurer.
- HOW LONG IS THE WAITING TIME FOR TREATMENT?
The waiting time for a hair transplant treatment is on average six to eight weeks.
- WHAT DOES A HAIR TRANSPLANT COST?
The price depends on the number of grafts to be transplanted. Through an overview on our website you can estimate what the cost to you about. The exact cost of hair transplant can be determined after sending some photos in the contact form.
- HOW LONG AFTER TREATMENT CAN I EXERCISE/SPORT AGAIN?
We recommend not performing sports for 2 to 3 weeks or other strenuous exercise. After 3 weeks you can again do easy workouts (jogging, cycling, tennis), provided that you do not engage in contact sports (football, rugby or other similar sports). After 1 month, you can get back to practice all sports.
- HOW LONG AFTER TREATMENT CAN I WORK AGAIN?
Performing heavy physical labor, as well as work in dusty areas should be avoided for about two weeks. A week of rest / free time is recommended at all times.
- WHAT DISTINGUISHES LABS CLINIC FROM OTHER PROVIDERS?
Labs Clinic works with experienced specialists. Our surgeons concerned only with hair transplants and each carries out at least 400 hair transplants per year. The accompanying medical team specializes in microsurgery. Other clinics and hospitals even don’t know that specialization to that extent. Labs Clinic knows different techniques, all offer solutions for very specific situations. Each individual course requires a different approach. And Labs Clinic has the knowledge in-house. In addition, Labs Clinic works to the highest standards and we are the first hair transplant clinic with severe ZKN mark. Because of this we guarantee a high quality of medical care in an efficient and personal medical treatment.
- WILL IT LOOK NATURAL?
Yes, the transplanted hairline will look just like a natural hairline. The many years of experience of our surgeons with more than 5,000 treatments behind their names have ensured that this is possible. Check out our photo gallery to see it yourself.
- WILL I HAVE SCARS?
In a hair FUE hair transplant that has been carried out with needles between 0.5mm and 1.0mm thick will not leave visible scars. Even with a shaved haircut there will be no visible scars visible.
- HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of hair restoration treatments required may vary individually. This is among other things depending on the intended purpose and the degree of baldness. For smaller bald areas one treatment is often enough. For larger bald areas, a second treatment is a good option. However, the first treatment will be implemented so that it can stay with one treatment and you can decide later whether to schedule a second treatment.
- HOW LONG DOES THE TRANSPLANTED HAIR LAST?
We guarantee that all (97%) of the transplanted hair continue to grow for the rest of your life. This is among other things depending on the intended purpose and the degree of baldness. For smaller balding areas one treatment is often enough. For larger bald areas a second treatment is a good option. However, the first treatment will be implemented so that it can stay with one treatment and you can decide later whether to schedule a second treatment.
- HOW MUCH HAIR CAN BE TRANSPLANTED?
The question should be how many hairs we can remove in one go? An average man from Western Europe has 60-80 grafts per cm2 available on his head. In a Norwood scale 4 is the treatment surface quickly 100cm2. In this situation, a hair density of up 32FU per cm2 (3200FU’s / 100cm2) can be achieved. However, it is possible to make the hairline with 40 / 45FU to be transplanted per cm2 while the other areas 30FU per cm2 be transplanted. During your consultation we will looked if the current density of your hair and calculate the needed amount off grafts.
- IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT EXPENSIVE?
Relatively speaking, a hair transplant is not expensive, it is a lifelong investment in yourself which you enjoy every day. A television, mobile phone or other utensil often stay with you for several years. A hair transplant is forever, but because the cost must be paid at one time it often seems expensive.
- WHO IS SUITABLE FOR A HAIR TRANSPLANT?
In principle a hair transplant is possible to everyone who has healthy hair and whose hair loss is not the result of disease and / or medication.
- IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT PAINFUL?
No. The treatment takes place because under local anesthesia and is therefore comparable with a visit to the dentist. You will also receive afterwards pain killers.