MediHair Hair Transplant Clinics Melbourne
Hair loss is a dreadful occurrence for anyone. It does not matter whether you are a man or a woman. So when you see clumps of hair falling, thinning hair, patches of bald spots or a receding hairline, distress will definitely envelope you. The hair, after all, is our crowning glory. Because nothing compares to how dapper a man looks with a full head of hair or the beauty that a woman exudes with luscious flowing locks. That is why most people will go at great lengths to address and find a solution for their hair loss situation.
Hair Loss Overview
Undoubtedly, hair transplant rises to the top as the only hair loss solution that produces the most natural-looking and permanent result. In fact, it ranks among the most common surgical cosmetic procedures with more than 280,000 surgical hair restoration procedures performed worldwide in 2012 according to the 2013 Practice Census Results of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). In the same report, Australia even ranked third in the highest percentage of increase of procedures performed with a staggering 20% rise from the 2010 data results.
One of the major contributors to hair loss is caused by the sensitivity of hair follicles to a male sex hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This causes the hair follicles to shrink resulting in a shorter life span and abnormal production of hair. While both men and women can lose significant amount of hair because of the changes in the metabolism of this hormone, this biological occurrence is more apparent in men. It is no wonder that in the ISHRS report, 89% of the hair transplant patients are men with a mean age of between 40 to 49 years old.
The History and Development of Hair Transplant
Hair transplant is a surgical technique that involves the removal of individual hair follicles from a part of body called a “donor site” to a bald or balding area of the body called a “recipient site.” Common donor sites are usually the back and the side of the head, as these areas are not affected with DHT and are genetically resistant to balding once transplanted on to the recipient site. This causes for new hair to continuously grow giving a full head of hair.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
A modern and advanced technique of hair transplant procedure, called Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT, allows to harvest and transplant in its most natural groupings of 1 to 4 follicular units in every graft. This helps achieve a pleasing and natural-looking result, especially when performed in the careful hands of an experienced and well-trained surgeon.
FUT uses a method called strip harvesting in collecting donor tissues from the back of the head. At Medihair, FUT specialist Dr. Andrew Kim performs this technique with meticulous precision leaving no traces of visible scar from the donor site.
Follicular Unit Extraction
Another method in performing a hair transplant procedure is Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE. This technique requires keen eye for detail as individual follicular units are directly harvested from the donor site. This lesser invasive method will result to virtually undetectable small white, pitted scars that will allow patients to sport a short hairstyle. And since it is not invasive, patients can immediately resume their activities after every session. Dr. M. Alam is an expert of FUE at MediHair who can provide you with aesthetically pleasing results.
The modern techniques of hair transplant had its beginning back in the 1930’s in Japan. Initially, small donor grafts were harvested to replace damaged areas of the eyebrows and eyelashes, not as a solution to treat baldness. It was until the 1950’s that New York dermatologist Norman Orentreich experimented in placing free donor site on to balding areas in patients with male pattern baldness and grew new hair that lasted as they would in their original site.
Over the course of twenty years, surgeons worked on harvesting smaller grafts. However, this only resulted to plugs that look similarly like a doll’s head, which looked unnatural. However in 1980’s, Dr. B.L. Limmer started using stereo-microscope to dissect a donor strip into micro grafts. This innovation has continually evolved. The procedure became minimally invasive as the size of graft incision has become smaller and refined. Because of this, surgeons are able to place more follicular grafts in a donor site. This has also allowed doctors to pay more attention on the placement and angle of the donor grafts, which provided better coverage on the balding areas.
The Hair Transplant Procedure
Your hair transplant procedure begins with an assessment and consultation with the surgeon. It involves the analysis of the scalp and follicle conditions, as well as an in-depth discussion of your realistic expectations and result preferences. Based on this discussion, the best approach will be recommended to yield the best and most natural-looking result.
In some cases, preoperative hair loss medications and vitamin supplementation may be prescribed, along with preoperative instructions will need to be carried out.
Hair transplant is usually performed as an out-patient procedure, which typically last for six hours depending on the treated area. The procedure starts off by treating it with an anti-bacterial agent before harvesting and extraction will be performed.
At Medihair Hair Transplant Clinics, our specialists use the more delicate Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE in extracting donor hair grafts. The precise placement technique that is involved in placing the donor grafts also allows the doctor to provide more natural-looking results and will leave no surgical scars visible on the donor site.
Within ten days from your surgery, the transplanted hair will naturally fall out as it undergoes a stage called shock loss. After two to three months, new hair will begin to grow and continue to thicken in the next six to nine months.
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Seek Out the Best Hair Transplant Doctors
Hair transplant procedure involves an eye for aesthetic detail and experienced hands to be able to provide the best and desirable results. That is why it is important to consult a doctor who will make a thorough evaluation of your hair loss problem to be able to come up with a personalized treatment approach.
At MediHair Hair Transplant Clinics, we understand that every patient is unique. We provide an advice whether you are a good candidate for hair transplant and the best method that will give you the best outcome.