Questions And Answers
If you have thinning hair you may find the answers to your hair loss questions below.
- Is hair transplantation successful?
- Yes! Hair transplantation has been continually refined over the last 40 years and Australia has a proud record as a leader in developing and refining advances in this field. In experienced hands, approximately 90% of the transplanted hairs will grow in their new position, permanently. Hair transplantation does not achieve your original hair density but generally provides good to excellent coverage.
- Is hair transplantation safe?
- Yes. Hair transplantation has a justified reputation as being a very safe solution. Only a few patients experience minor side-effects such as initial swelling and temporary numbness in the transplanted area. Minor bruising is very uncommon. Complications are very unusual and may include minor infection at the graft site which easily responds to antibiotics.
- Is the procedure painful?
- No. The procedure is carried out under local anesthetic and mild sedation (which makes you drowsy but awake) so that no discomfort is felt during the procedure. Mild analgesics are provided afterwards to relieve any minor discomfort felt over the 24-48 hours following the procedure. Ice packs may be used for the first 48 hours after the procedure to minimise any swelling that may occur.
- Are there any scars?
- A minor scar is created in the lower scalp donor area after removal of the donor skin. This area is stitched closed with fine dissolving sutures and a new closure technique encourages hair to grow through the scar. In any event the surrounding hair covers this narrow scar easily. Even your hairdresser will have trouble finding it! The graft sites in the upper scalp heal with almost no scarring which may rarely be barely visible upon close inspection if seen at all. In any case it is effectively covered by the transplanted hairs.
- How many procedures are required?
- This depends on the size of the area to be treated and the density required. A higher graft number per session will reduce the number of procedures. It will be discussed with you at the initial consultation. It may be as little as two procedures.
- When does the new hair appear?
- After the procedure small scabs or crusts form on the grafts. These protect the grafts. After 7-10 days these will flake off by themselves or may be gently removed. At this time, some of the transplanted hair seen above the scalp will initially be shed. This is normal. However the hair roots or follicles below the skin will produce new hairs after 8-12 weeks. Each graft follicle generally produces between 1 to 4 hairs, exactly how your normal hair grows. At first only a few hairs are seen, but many hairs are now growing beneath the skin and they will appear gradually during the first six months. The results are at first gradual and subtle, but very certain. 8-12 months after the procedure, when the hair has had a chance to grow out, full results can be seen.
- When should I start treatment?
- Patients may have hair restoration surgery at any age. If your hair is thinning, it is better to start before you are completely bald so that you can use existing hair to camouflage the procedures. However, because hair loss tends to be both gradual and progressive, it is often unwise to start surgical treatment in a patient who is very young. Medical treatments such as an enzyme blocker and Minoxidil may be offered to patients with mild to moderate hair loss to help preserve the hair in the crown. Hair transplants can be used to fill-in the front hairline and thicken the front half of the scalp, and medical treatments can be used to maintain hair behind the transplants and possibly enhance the long-term results of hair restoration surgery. The doctor can design an individualised plan to fulfil your specific needs.
- Am I a good candidate?
- Very few patients are rejected for surgery. A good candidate is someone with enough good quality donor hair to adequately cover the bald or thinning area. An ideal candidate is someone with dense hair in the permanent fringe of hair-bearing scalp. A patient with light-coloured hair and pale skin (as opposed to dark hair and pale skin) may appear to have a denser look by helping create the illusion of greater density in the problematic area. Patients with very wavy curly hair may require fewer sessions than someone with straight hair. While hair transplants look very natural, the end result may not achieve the density or total coverage that you had when you were a teenager. Results can vary from patient to patient.
- Services provided after the procedure?
- Comprehensive notes are provided to each patient at the completion of the procedure. In addition, a follow-up appointment will be made for the patient to see the doctor approximately two to four weeks after the procedure.
- Are there any guarantees of success?
- YES! We are so confident of the skill and experience of our team with our leading edge techniques that we guarantee to replace any transplanted graft at no charge if it fails to produce hair after a reasonable time, provided adequate donor hair exists.
- Can I have more information?
- To get the complete picture on your hair loss condition we encourage you to call our Clinic and make an appointment to see one of our doctors about your condition. This is an informative, confidential, and obligation free consultation. The cost of an initial consultation is $75. The cost of any subsequent consultation is $50. Photographs of our results are available and if desired, we can arrange for you to meet some of our patients to see the results for yourself. It is important to remember that at The Knudsen Clinic you only ever consult with a doctor so you are being medically treated for your hair loss.
- Are there any products to make my hair look thicker?
- Although no hair products genuinely make the hair thicker, some act effectively to create the illusion of increased hair density by camouflaging the visible scalp in the areas. The two most popular agents are DermMatch and Nanogen Nanofibres. DermMatch is applied directly to the scalp with a foam applicator and darkens the scalp to approximate the colour of the hair. It is waterproof and lasts until the next shampoo. This product does not coat the hair and leaves the hair shiny. Nanogen Nanofibres is applied by a shaker and consists of electrostatically charged coloured powder that bonds between the hair fibres to camouflaging the scalp. This application coats the hair therefore reducing the shine of the hair.
Thinning hair is a medical condition and is treatable. Don't pull your hair out over baldness! Call our clinic today to discuss options to treat your thinning hair.