Hair Transplant Procedure

DSC_0527

HAIR TRANSPLANT PROCEDURE

Many people around the world are turning to hair transplantation as a way to combat hair loss. While the procedure is very common overseas, it has so-far been rarely performed here in New Zealand.

The procedure permanently restores hair by transplanting new follicular units from the back of the head, where the hair is thicker and stronger, into balding or thinning areas around the front. Hair transplants helps restore the hairline and improve the hair density in male-pattern baldness and other forms of hair loss.  It can also be used to reconstruct the eyebrow, enhance your beard, or fixing scalp scarring.

Initially, you can fill in a free online consultation form sending us some photos of your head (front, top, sides, and back) and we can give you a rough estimate of how many grafts you might need and how much it would cost.  If you decide to proceed further, a full consultation with the surgeon is necessary to determine the exact number of grafts needed and you will be booked in for your surgery date.

Before your surgery, your hair will be cut short to gain access to the donor site at the back of the head and the transplant area at the front.

The surgeon will then mark the area where your desired hair-line will be transplanted.  This part of the process is extremely important and it is imperative that the hairline be designed in a way that it looks as natural as possible.  Bulent has many years experience performing aesthetic surgeries in all areas of plastic surgery giving him the knowledge to achieve a natural looking hairline.

Planning the hair transplant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUE is performed under local anaesthesia.  Because local anaesthesia does not affect body systems as much as general anaesthesia it provides a higher degree of safety for the patient. Through a variety of procedures, such as topical injections and nerve blocks, patients can be rendered insensitive to pain in only the area of the body affected by the surgery.  Local anaesthesia also reduces the recovery time for the patient and can act as a method of pain management, reducing the overall amount of painkillers necessary for recovery.

 

The surgeon will then begin extracting the hair from the back of the head and these hair grafts are then isolated and prepared to be transplanted into the frontal hair line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair restoration surgery usually takes a full day but you are awake and fully aware.  The local anaesthetic keeps you comfortable and pain-free.  You may even fall asleep during the procedure!  We have television available for the patient’s comfort and you are able to chat with the medical team during the procedure.

Hair transplant procedure

 

 

 

 

 

These photos were taken at the beginning of the second day of surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 days later, the donor and transplant sites are well on their way to recovery.

The transplanted hair begins to blend in with the rest of the hair.
The donor area has healed very well and it will soon be unnoticeable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-3 weeks following the procedure, the transplanted hair will begin to fall out as the follicles take root and the hair will begin to grow in the new area.

1 month post op.

The transplanted hair begins to grow through.
The transplanted hair begins to grow through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The transplanted hair is growing through in the frontal hairline.
The donor site has healed leaving no visible scars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These next photos were taken at three and a half months post-procedure…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 months post-procedure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may take around 8-12 months for the transplanted hair to grow to it’s full extent.