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What is a Hair Transplant?

A hair transplant is an aesthetic procedure that aims to reduce the appearance of hair loss and restore a healthier-looking hairline.

The procedure involves moving the patient’s own hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another. Hair transplants cannot be donated by another person as they would be rejected by the body’s immune system. Once in their new location, the follicles grow completely normal hair which often looks stronger and healthier than surrounding existing hairs and grows for a lifetime. Hair transplants can be performed in men and women, and even eyebrows and eyelashes can be transplanted.

At Medici Capelli, we tailor each hair transplant procedure to suit the patient’s level of hair loss and preferred outcomes.

A Natural Look

The front hairline is the most important part of a good transplant. It must be natural and completely undetectable to others. We attain the most successful natural look using a zig-zag pattern. In other words, no straight or round lines are used but an irregular pattern creates a natural hairline the way your hairline used to be.

To achieve these results, we use single follicle grafts at the very front, placing them close together. This is known as dense packing. Behind the immediate hairline, we place grafts containing one or two hairs for added fullness and density. Further behind these, we create more density by placing grafts with two, three, or four hair follicles. The result is fuller hair density in the balding areas, helping patients to feel more comfortable in their appearance.

Hair transplants have a number of benefits, including:

  • Fuller hair volume in areas with diminished growth
  • High rate of transplanted hair growth
  • Increased patient confidence and self-esteem
  • Quick procedure and recovery time
  • Lasting and natural-looking results

A Message from Dr Leat, our FUT & FUE Hair Transplant Specialist

“While many men and some women lose their hair, most people I talk to feel that it happens at a stage which is too early in their life. They often lose confidence and feel older than if they had a full head of hair.

The simple fact is: hair transplants are a proven, permanent method of hair restoration.

The recent medical advances and leading-edge techniques we use today have made hair transplants virtually undetectable so you can forget the obsolete ‘plugs’ or ‘doll head’ look. Transplanted hair looks natural wet or dry, can be styled the way you like it, and it is yours to enjoy for a lifetime.”

Personal Consultations

Prior to your hair transplant procedure, you will benefit from having a private discussion with us about your hair loss condition and goals for treatment. We will discuss your health, the progression of your hair loss, and how we can achieve the best results for your specific case.

We must also take into account your hair type, texture, thickness, and density, as these things can affect how we approach treatment. For example, thick, curly hair is often more effective in concealing bald or thinning areas, which means fewer grafts may be required for this hair type. Your hair loss expert will be able to advise the best path of treatment based on your existing hair and level of balding.

At Medici Capelli, we endeavour to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for patients. Your private consultation is free of charge, which means you will be able to get quality, professional advice at no cost to you.

Ideal Candidates for Hair Transplants

Hair loss can have many triggers, such as hormonal changes, age, and genetics, as well as other factors like childbirth, fever, and surgical scars. The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness. This occurs when the hair follicles shrink, causing the hair to become finer and shorter. Common hair loss causes include:

  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Alopecia areata (where the hair falls out in patches)
  • Telogen effluvium (temporary hair loss, often triggered by trauma or stress)
  • Other hair follicle abnormalities

Identifying the cause of your hair loss is an important step on the journey to treatment. Speaking to a professional will help clarify what is causing your hair loss and determine if you are a good candidate for a hair transplant. In general, good candidates are people who are concerned about a noticeable loss of hair volume, whether on the top of the head, hairline, or other areas. Ideal patients also have a decent region of hair-bearing skin from which to extract hair grafts.

Your Hair Transplant Experience with Medici Capelli in Brisbane and the Gold Coast

Here at our clinic in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we make it our aim to ensure you not only receive the best of medical care but also enjoy your short experience with us in a warm and friendly atmosphere. You start the day with Dr Leat reviewing your situation, explaining the whole process in detail and answering any questions you may have. We will then give you some oral sedatives to help you relax and slow any anxiety you may be experiencing. Local anaesthetic is given to the donor and recipient areas.

A hair transplant procedure is a multi-step process that involves harvesting, preparing, and re-implanting the follicles.

Harvesting
Follicles are carefully harvested from the back of the head via FUE or FUT method. Either way, there is no discomfort during the hair transplant procedure. This area is not usually visible later as the existing hair covers it very well.

Preparation
The harvested hairs are then prepared for re-implantation. Since each follicle unit may contain a different number of hairs, we will organise them into single, double, and triple follicle categories.

Implanting
The grafts are then skilfully placed into the recipient areas. This is done using specialised hair transplant technology that achieves a high level of accuracy and efficiency. While this procedure is in progress, you can watch movies, read or take a nap.

When your hair transplant is complete, we will give you post-operative instructions to help you gain the best outcome possible. You can expect to see your new hair growth about three months after your procedure, with continual growth afterwards.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is FUT?

Follicular Unit Transplant is a style of hair transplanting where a strip method extraction is used along with grafts being separated into Follicular Units i.e. grafts contain one, two, or three hairs in the same manner they naturally group together in the scalp.

What is FUE?

Follicular Unit Extraction is a style of hair transplanting where the extraction of the grafts is done by a small punch-type instrument, harvesting the grafts in their natural groups of hairs.

Where are the hair follicles taken from?

Usually, the donor area is located at the back or sides of the head where the hair follicles have a different genetic code and tend to produce full-size hairs over a person’s lifetime. Even when these follicles are transplanted into an area of baldness, they retain their hair-growing qualities.

I’ve seen some unsightly results – how are things different today?

Gone are the days when hair transplants were large, tuft-like and unnatural looking. Today the grafts consist of between one and four hairs each and even with close inspection, look completely natural.

How long does it take?

Hair transplantation is an exacting procedure, involving a team of technicians and your surgeon. The procedure can take around three to six hours, depending on the number of grafts transplanted and the area and quality of the recipient area.

How many grafts can be transplanted in one session?

The smallest session is 500 grafts and the largest we prefer to do is 4000 grafts. Technically there is no limit to the number of grafts that can be transplanted in one session but we believe that in the larger “mega-sessions,” which some doctors advocate, the yield drops and patient comfort is reduced. It is safer and easier to plan for medium size sessions so any small areas where further grafts are required can be handled in the scheduled treatment program.

How many grafts do I need?

This of course depends on the area of hair loss that needs to be covered. For example, about 500 to 1500 grafts could be used to fill in receded temple areas. A person with dark hair and light skin colour may need more grafts than someone with less contrast.

How thick can my new hair be with transplants?

As a guide, about 500 grafts can be placed in an area about the size of your little finger, depending on how loosely they are packed. Once they have grown, further grafts can be placed into the spaces between the new follicles, bringing about further hair density. This process can be repeated until the hair density is quite thick, as the latest transplant techniques cause little or no harm to existing follicles.

Hair transplantation can never create hair as dense as your own, original hair but does give a very natural-looking appearance. Some hair transplant centres claim that they can restore 98 percent of a natural hairline or give their patients a full head of thick hair. In most cases, these claims are simply not true.

Consider this: If a dense grafting session is performed in the temple areas to treat early thinning (recession), this may lock the patient into further dense (i.e. expensive) sessions when further hair loss occurs. If the donor area becomes depleted, the patient may have insufficient hair to complete the program with an even hair distribution.

What will I look like after the treatment?

Right after the treatment, your scalp will be red and slightly swollen.

Will I have a large bald spot at the back of my head?

No. The technique we use in FUT to remove the donor strip and the shape of the strip gives an excellent result that is barely noticeable. FUE method will leave small, round marks, once again, barely noticeable. The existing hair will cover any markings very well. The back of the head does not alter shape due to the amount of elasticity in the skin.

How long does it take for the new hair to grow?

Sometimes follicles may need three to four months to rest before they start growing, however, in some cases, growth is not apparent until six months with continued thickening for 12 months. The use of Minoxidil solution and/or Propecia tablets is highly recommended before and after the procedure. Minoxidil – to assist in more rapid hair growth and Propecia/Finasteride – to assist in halting further hair loss.

How soon can I return to work?

Most patients find that they can return to work the next day after the procedure. Occasionally there may be some slight bruising or swelling around the forehead that may need one or two days to resolve. Hard exercise and gym work can be progressively resumed two days after the procedure, with unrestricted activity allowed after two weeks.

Do I need any special care after this procedure?

The new grafts need to be protected and treated gently for about 10 days after the procedure. In most cases, the scalp can be gently washed the day after the procedure. Medici Capelli will recommend some professional hair care products and some medication to help boost follicle growth and keep the treated area and all of your hair looking its very best.

Can I have more procedures at a later date?

Yes. It is surprising just how much the back and side areas of your scalp can yield yet still give a totally natural look. A number of procedures can be performed, depending on the quality and amount of hair the donor area has.

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