Hair Transplant Surgery - Hair Graft
Hair Transplant - An overview
Completely natural, life long hair restoration is now available with the development of state-of-the-art techniques such as Follicular Unit Transplantation (hair transplant graft).
Expect fantastic results with hair transplant surgery performed at the Knudsen Clinic
The tufted, "pluggy look" of yesteryear has been consigned to history and your hairdresser will not even notice your micro-graft hair transplant.
Hair transplant - Procedure information
Follicular Unit Transplantation of skin grafts involves the transfer of small skin grafts containing naturally occurring groups of hairs each 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.
During this hair graft transplant process, the strip is dissected into small skin 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 hairlines to be created avoiding the abrupt hairline of previous techniques.
Using the latest hair transplant techniques
A new technique of micrograft removal involves removing the micrografts one at a time from the donor area. This hair transplant technique, known as follicular unit extraction (FUE), may be useful in some patients requiring only a small number of micro grafts.
Determining the number of hair grafts
The number of grafts used in the hair transplant depends on the size of the area to be transplanted and density required by the patient. It may be as few as 300 (eg.for eyebrows) but usually there is between 500 - 2500 per procedure for balding. Most patients require 2 - 3 procedures to achieve satisfactory density.
If you are located in Victoria, we welcome you to visit our Melbourne Hair Graft Transplant Surgery Clinic and website.
Hair transplant - Post procedure
In some cases involving continued hair loss, more hair transplant procedures can be performed later (depending on the amount of remaining donor hair). Within 24 hours small crusts form on each graft which shed in approximately 7-10 days. Bandaging is not required. The grafted hairs usually commence growing in 6-15 weeks and grow at the normal rate of 1cm per month. The success rate of a hair transplant procedure is extremely high with over 90% survival of grafted hairs. These transplanted hairs will not shrink and thin because of their genetic programming.
Skilled hair transplant surgeon
In addition to medical skill, the artistic ability of the surgeon is vital in determining the placement and angling of the grafts to achieve the most natural result. The positioning and shaping of the hairline is crucial and is decided by mutual agreement between the patient and surgeon.
Excellent procedure for the covering trauma or burns scarring
Follicular Unit Transplantation is also a very useful procedure to cover up scalp scarring from trauma, burns or previous surgery. In particular, this type of hair transplant technique is extremely helpful for patients with scarring or hairline distortion from face-lift surgery or brow-lift surgery in both men and women.
Feel free to contact us for more information or to book a consultation. Consultations in the following major centres: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Auckland.
The Scalp Reduction Procedure
Scalp reductions are used in only a small percentage of patients who have large areas of baldness (not thinning) in the vertex and crown areas.It is also useful in repairing previous surgery. The natural flexibility of the scalp is utilised to remove significant portions of the bald scalp.
This can be repeated in certain cases and can dramatically reduce the appearance of balding.
Follicular Unit Transplantation can then be used to cover the minor scar and restore the frontal hairline.
Hair transplant can further improve the results you achieve with this procedure.