FAQ regarding hair transplants
Here we have collected the most commonly asked questions from our patients that are essential for their treatment with us.
If you didn’t find the answer to your question, you are welcome to contact us.
General questions about hair transplants
During a hair transplant, the hair is moved from an area rich in hair to an area where increased hair growth is desired. The transplanted hair follicles start to get adjusted to the new area 24 hours after the procedure and immediately start producing naturally growing hair thereafter. After 3-4 months, everything will have grown out and after 12 months all transplanted hair follicles have maximum quality and thickness.
The cost of a hair transplant depends primarily on how large of a surface is to be transplanted and how many grafts are needed to fill that surface. Our price list will give you a general idea of what it can cost, but to get a full estimate of your hair specifically, we need to examine your hair during a consultation. All consultations are free at Nordic Hair Clinic. You can also send your images through an online consultation and an expert will look at your specific case and we will get back to you with what it may cost.
The hair that is transplanted from the back of the neck does not grow back. The transplantation itself entails the relocation of the entire hair follicle from the back of the neck and not just individual hairs. We usually extract hair follicles from a larger area on the back of the head so that the donor area is less noticeable. You will not completely lack a large section of hair on the back of your neck now that you have had a hair transplant. If your hair is very thin to begin with, however, the hair on the back of the head may feel thinner after the donor area has healed, especially if you choose to have a short hairstyle. Read more about the donor area here.
It might be technically possible. We do not offer that kind of transplant, however, as the risks are far too great, and it’s not part of our expertise.
The scabs usually disappear one to two weeks after the surgery.
Usually, you will see the full results of the procedure after 12 months. Hair grows at different rates for different people, however, so some people might see good results as soon as 6 months after the procedure. It is important to be patient when you do a hair transplant because it doesn’t happen overnight.
The most critical time is the first 2-3 days when the area is at its most sensitive. The first week you should be extra cautious. After 2 weeks it is okay to start exercising, but you should still be careful in the sun and make sure you don’t accidentally scrape the transplanted hair. After 3 weeks you can generally do most everyday things, but head butting a football, wearing a helmet, or shaving with an electric razor might be exceptions to that. We are always available for any questions about post-transplant aftercare.
We have a partnership with Medical Finance. There you can receive interest-free credits up to 50 000 and a payment plan of up to 24 months.
How much hair you can transplant depends on how good your donor area is in the back of your neck. Some people can get 3 000 grafts out of their donor area while other people can get 7 000 grafts.
Questions regarding hair transplant for the head
It is not recommended to wear either a hat or a cap until a week after the operation, as there is a risk of scraping the hair follicles down. After a week it is fine to wear a hat or cap that isn’t too tight fitting. Remember that the hat or cap isn’t to specifically touch the transplanted area until after at least two weeks.
If you want to, you can trim your hair after three to four weeks. It is important to not trim the hair shorter than 3–4 mm the first time you trim your hair. After six weeks it is fine to trim it down to 2 mm. No shaving with a razor for the first six months. You can dye your hair after four weeks.
No, you can’t. It involves a very high risk for complications and diseases.
There is ongoing research on different methods on how to counteract hair loss. Since it is such a complicated area, however, we currently don’t have the tools or knowledge of how those types of treatments could be carried out.
When there isn’t enough hair for a transplant on the back of the neck, you can carry out a so-called Body Hair Transplant. That means you examine other parts of the body that might be used for a hair transplant, such as the chest.
Questions regarding eyebrow transplants
The transplanted hair grows as normal with about 1 cm a month. Therefore, we recommend trimming your eyebrows 2 times a week for a nice and natural result.
Yes, you can, but remember that the shape of your tattoo could decide the shape of the new eyebrows as these must be covered.
Questions regarding beard transplants
Because there are a lot of blood vessels, veins and other sensitive, vital parts around that area, Nordic Hair Clinic does not perform this type of beard transplant as it involves excessive risk and we do not recommend it to our patients.
Most men can have a beard transplant. How many grafts (hair follicle groups) are needed is discussed during a consultation when we asses how large of an area is to be covered and how much hair already grows along this area. We take hair from the back of the neck, but also from the breast if needed.
4 weeks after the beard transplant, you can start trimming the beard but no shorter than 3 mm. It is important that the trimmer has a plastic cover or a plastic comb over the razor. It is important that you don’t shave with a metal razor directly on the skin before 6 months have gone. After 6 months, you can shave with a metal razor without risking injury of the transplanted hair follicles.
After a beard transplant, you are not allowed to eat anything solid the first 4 days. Instead, you will need to drink soup through a straw. This is to avoid injury to the newly transplanted hair follicles by the chewing motion that you do when you eat. After 4 days, the hair follicles have grown solid and you can eat like normal again.
Questions regarding aftercare
After your hair transplant you can take 1–2 tablets of Alvedon (paracetamol) for pain relief if you were to experience any pain. Avoid painkillers like Ipren or Aspirin (ibuprofen) up to 48 hours after your hair transplant. They contain an ingredient called acetylsalicyl acid which works as a blood-thinner and increases bleeding. If one bleeds too much during a transplant, the hair follicles may have a harder time getting rooted.
You will get a low dose of antibiotics the first 3 days after your hair transplant to minimize the risk of infection. The dose is very low. 4 tablets are taken in total.
You can start coloring the newly transplanted hair – meaning the hair that has been moved from the back of the head to a new area – after 4 weeks.
The rest of the hair, that hasn’t been transplanted, can be colored as usual the week after the hair transplant.
To help the scabs fall off as non-abrasively as possible, and to keep the area clean, we recommend that you stand in the shower for 10 minutes. Do not wash the area longer. 10 minutes is enough to soften the scabs and help them fall off naturally. Continue this every day until the scabs have fallen off.
You can wash the donor area directly after you have taken off the bandage. Avoid water touching the transplanted area (where your hair follicles have been moved to) up to 2 days after your hair transplant.
Have warm enough water that it is comfortable to stand in the shower for 10 minutes. Do not shower the hair in cold water. The most important thing is that you can wash your hair long enough for the scabs to have a chance to soften up.
You can use a regular mild shampoo from a grocery store. Most shampoos available in grocery stores are mild, but avoid anti-dandruff shampoos or shampoos that are geared towards triggering hair growth since these are usually stronger.
Avoid ripping or peeling off the scabs even if it’s itchy. There is a high risk that the hair follicle falls out too if the scabs are pulled off. To encourage the scabs to fall off naturally, we recommend that you wash your hair once a day for 10 minutes.
If the scabs stay on too long, they create a hard barrier that restricts the hair from growing. It is therefore important that you wash the hair as per the instructions you have been given by us to encourage the scabs to fall off as soon as possible. If you wash your hair regularly every day, the scabs will fall off naturally and you also avoid risk of infection.
The scabs usually fall off around one to two weeks after the operation.