Many people experience noticeable hair loss in their lifetimes. Patchiness, balding, and thinning are common issues for both men and women, particularly past the age of 40. A hair transplant is a precise and intricate procedure that uses various techniques to treat hair loss.
Permanent hair loss is often associated with age, genetics, inflammation, or injury to the scalp caused by burns, surgeries, or other skin trauma. It can also be caused by conditions such as alopecia. Self-consciousness caused by balding or thinning areas on the scalp can lead to a lack of confidence. If you are concerned about hair loss, a hair transplantation procedure can help increase hair density in problem areas and restore a more youthful appearance.
At Flawless Hair Restoration, we are committed to providing customised care and information to help you make a decision that is right for you. Book an obligation-free consultation at $150, which is fully redeemable if you proceed with treatment. At your consult, we will:
- Discuss your concerns and stage of hair loss
- Explain your surgical and non-surgical hair restoration options
- Provide expert-level advice and a personalised treatment plan
How it works
Hair transplants can be a great option for patients experiencing significant hair loss in some areas of the scalp. Hair transplant procedures are designed to redistribute existing hair on the head to give more thickness to balding areas. They can be approached in a few different ways.
A hair transplant graft is the most common type of hair transplant procedure. This involves harvesting hair from the back or sides of the head and re-locating the follicles to the balding area individually. Grafts are performed using advanced technologies capable of micro-precision, which helps patients to achieve hair thickness that looks natural and restores confidence.
The first step is to extract follicles from the back of the head where the hair is fuller. This is done either by using a “strip” method to surgically excise a portion of hair from the scalp, or using an extraction method whereby follicles are individually removed with a specially designed extraction device. Once the follicles have been harvested, the grafts are examined for re-implantation. Each graft is composed of one hair follicle unit which usually contains between one and four individual hairs. Using extreme precision, each hair follicle is implanted one by one into the scalp to cover bald spots or thinning areas.
This transplantation process results in thicker, more voluminous hair in the transplanted areas.
Alternatives to traditional hair transplants
Not all patients are best suited to a hair grafting transplant and may consider alternative methods to alleviate hair loss concerns. A variety of alternative treatments and procedures are available to achieve excellent hair restoration results. These include:
- Prescription medications
- Hair pieces, wigs, or extensions
- Flap surgery
- Scalp reduction surgery
Flap surgery is a more extensive surgical procedure, usually performed under general anaesthesia. The surgeon imbeds tissue expanders beneath the skin in an area where there is more hair, and these are slowly inflated. After several weeks of expansion, the scalp will have grown enough extra skin for a transplant surgery. The surgery involves removing the expander and bald section of skin. The new skin is then pulled over the area and stitched into place.
Scalp reduction surgery
Scalp reduction surgery is similar to flap surgery, except it is generally only suitable for treating areas at the top and back of the scalp. Local anaesthesia is administered and a portion of the scalp will be removed. The incision sides are then brought together and stitched.
What to expect
Each method can facilitate excellent restoration results. The right approach for your specific condition and goals will be discussed during your preliminary consultation. The consultation will address your medical history, the extent of your hair loss, and your desired outcomes.
Hair grafting transplants are the most common option, with very high success rates. Before the procedure, it may be necessary to shave certain areas of the head that will be targeted for extraction. These areas are usually the back and sides of the head, which means it will often be easy to cover them under the rest of the hair.
Patients should expect the process to occupy most of their day, as the procedure itself will usually take several hours. A local anaesthetic will be applied to minimise discomfort, and various instruments may be used to harvest hair from the donor site. After extracting the hair follicles and grafting them individually to a different area, your hair will continue growing as usual. There may be some slight hair loss resulting from the natural growth cycle, but your hair will grow back, gradually revealing the hair restoration results you desire.
Things to consider
Like every procedure, hair transplants come with some risks. Awareness of the risks associated can help you make an informed decision. Complications associated with hair transplant procedures can include:
- Complications from anaesthesia
- Failed hair grafts
- Nerve damage
- Changes in skin sensation
- Revision surgery to correct complications
Patients will be given instructions on what to do after their procedure, including how to properly care for their scalp during recovery. Following your aftercare instructions will help minimise risks and encourage the best outcome from your hair transplant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I suitable for a hair transplant procedure?
Hair transplants are usually best for patients experiencing significant balding in some areas of their scalp. Since hair follicles must be taken from the back of the head, it will be necessary to have enough hair in those areas to be extracted. We will discuss your suitability for a hair transplant during your consultation.
How much time should I take off work?
It is typically advisable that patients take up to one week off work to give their bodies enough time to recover. However, this can vary depending on the extent of the hair transplant procedure and methods used.
Which hair restoration method is best?
Non-invasive methods such as medications and wigs can work for some patients. However, if you are concerned about significant hair thinning in a particular area, you may find a hair grafting transplant beneficial. If you are unsure of which type of treatment is best for you, a consultation with one of our experienced professionals will help clear up any questions or uncertainties.