So, you’re thinking about having a hair transplant but don’t know what to expect? Or perhaps you’ve booked in and you’re counting down the days until you undergo your life-changing procedure. Even if you’ve done your research and think you’ve got it covered, it can still be a daunting feeling before going into a procedure.
A Hair Transplant using refined microsurgery technique offers a safe, permanent and completely natural solution to hair loss. We discuss what causes hair loss and what to expect during a microsurgery hair transplant.
If you suffer from hair loss, answer these 3 questions to discover the best treatment option for you.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Hair loss occurs for many reasons. It is completely normal to lose between 50-100 hairs per day from the normal hair growth cycle. Temporary hair loss can be caused by a variety of underlying medical conditions, or from poor lifestyle choices. By treating the cause of temporary hair loss, for example by reducing your stress levels, eating a healthy diet and stopping smoking, the hair growth cycle should return to normal within several months.
The most common cause for progressive and irreversible hair loss in men is genetics. If your Dad, grandfather or uncles experienced hair loss, chances are that you will too. Genetically influenced hair loss is referred to as androgenetic alopecia and results in a distinctive pattern of hair loss (male pattern hair loss or male pattern baldness). It can begin any time after puberty and gets more noticeable with age.
What’s Causing My Hair Loss?
A correct diagnosis is the first step in understanding your individual hair loss condition and determining if a hair transplant is a suitable option for you. During your initial consultation, a Gro hair restoration expert will explain your hair loss type, project the rate and pattern of loss and discuss your expectations. Once your eligibility for a hair transplant has been confirmed, you will have the opportunity to discuss and decide on where and how much hair will be implanted.
The Day of Microsurgery
On the day of your procedure, you will be welcomed into the clinic by our team and Doctor. You will be required to change into surgical garments and depending on the number of hairs to be transplanted, your hair is likely to be shaved. This facilitates the handling of follicles which is kept to an absolute minimum. After shaving, the Doctor will mark out the treatment area on your scalp.
Next, a local anaesthetic will be injected into your scalp. The initial pricks you feel from the local anaesthetic is all the discomfort you may feel for the entire procedure as this completely numbs your scalp. You will be lying face-down during the extraction phase, when the doctor extracts the number of grafts required for the procedure. Healthy hair follicles are taken from low down on the back or sides of your head. This area of the scalp rarely goes bald, so these hair follicles are considered to be resistant to balding.
A very fine, specialised tool (no scalpel, therefore no stitches) is used to extract the follicles to minimise damage to the follicles and the scalp. There is no surgical incision or detectable scarring associated with the Direct Implantation technique. The follicles are carefully removed one by one, by hand and are placed in HypoThermosolTM growth solution.
After extraction, you can have a break for some lunch.
The next phase is the implantation phase. Another specialised tool is used to implant each graft, by hand. The specialised implanter tool, along with the extensive experience and expertise of the doctor, allows for every hair to be implanted at the correct depth, angle and direction. The hair blends seamlessly with the hair around it to look completely natural.
You will be lying on your back for the implantation phase and most patients watch a movie or two, check their emails etc.
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What Happens Next?
Once the procedure is complete, you will need to follow some detailed instructions to care for your scalp and ensure you don’t dislodge the newly implanted follicles. You can return to work the following day provided you can follow the post-operative routine. Most of our patients take a week off so that they can recover fully before going back to work. You will start noticing an improvement in hair growth within 3-4 months, but the complete results take up to a year.
Book Your Consultation
We have helped thousands of men and women restore a full head of hair with a result that lasts for life. For personalised hairline restoration information, book a consultation with a hair restoration expert. Simply click on one of the buttons below to book a consultation or ask a question. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 787 563.