Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair Transplant - An overview
Completely natural, life long hair restoration is now available with the development of state-of-the-art surgical techniques such as Follicular Unit Transplantation (hair transplant grafting). You can expect excellent results with a hair transplant performed at the Knudsen Clinic in Auckland. The tufted, "pluggy look" of yesteryear has been consigned to the history books and your hair dresser will not even notice your micro-graft hair transplant.
Hair transplant - Procedure information
Follicular Unit Transplantation of donor-hair grafts involves the transfer of small skin grafts containing naturally occurring groups of hairs known as follicular units from the lower, permanent hair-bearing scalp (the donor area) to the balding scalp. The hair transplant is performed under local anaesthetic with minor sedation. Initially a strip of skin is removed and the donor area closed by dissolving sutures (strip surgery).
During this hair graft transplant process, the strip is dissected into small hair grafts using operating microscopes and then meticulously planted into the bald or thinning areas of the scalp (recipient area). The creation of very small micrografts (also called follicular unit grafts) allows very natural, feathered hair lines to be created that avoid the abrupt hairline of previously used techniques.
An alternative technique of micrograft removal involves removing the follicular unit grafts one at a time from the donor area using a tiny punch. This particular hair transplant technique, known as follicular unit extraction (FUE), may be a useful alternative in some patients who wish to wear their hair very short or have problem with scars from previous surgeries. This technique is performed in our Sydney clinic using the state-of-the-art Artas Robot.
Determining the number of hair grafts
The number of grafts used in the hair transplant procedure depends on the size of the area to be transplanted and density required. It may be as few as 300 (eg.for eyebrows) but usually there is between 500 - 3000 per procedure for balding. Most patients do however require 2 - 3 procedures to achieve satisfactory density.
Hair transplant - Post procedure
In some cases involving continued hair loss, more hair transplant procedures can be performed at a later stage (however this does depend on the amount of remaining donor hair).
Within 24 hours small crusts form on each graft which shed in approximately ten days. Bandaging will not be required. The grafted hairs usually commence growing in 12-15 weeks and grow at the normal rate of about 1 cm per month.
The success rate of a hair transplant procedure is very high with over 90% survival of the transplanted grafted hairs. These transplanted hairs will not shrink and thin because of their genetic programming.
Skilled hair transplant surgeons
In addition to medical skill, the artistic ability of the transplant surgeon is vital in determining the placement and angling of the grafts to achieve the most natural looking result. The positioning and shaping of the hairline is crucial and is decided by mutual agreement between the patient and his or her surgeon. The surgeons at the Auckland Hair Clinic are highly trained and skilled and regularly attend scientific meetings to continue to provide the most up-to-date treatments.
Excellent procedure to cover trauma or burns scarring
Follicular Unit Transplantation is also a particularly useful procedure for covering up scalp scarring from trauma, burns or previous surgery. In particular, this type of hair transplant technique is very helpful for patients with scarring or hairline distortion from face-lift surgery or brow-lift surgery for men and women.
Feel free to contact us for more information or to book a consultation. Consultations are available in the following major centres: Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. If these locations are inconvenient to get to, we also offer skype consultations.