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Hair Transplant Procedure Explained:

Hair Transplant New Zealand

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.

If you decide to look into this procedure 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.

Planning the hair transplant

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.

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.

Hair Grafts

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 transplant grafts
Hair transplant procedure

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.

Bulent Yaprak M.D, Op.Dr, FEBROPAS (Fellow of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery)

Dr Bulent Yaprak is a well respected senior plastic surgeon with extensive experience in all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery.  He has been practicing plastic surgery in New Zealand since 2010 when he arrived with his kiwi wife and two sons.

Dr Yaprak prides himself on achieving natural, subtle results and his friendly, comfortable manor easily puts his patients at ease. He regularly attends worldwide conferences and has gained valuable extended knowledge from sabbatical research and hands-on practical experience in ground-breaking new techniques from international pioneers.

He performs both general anaesthetic procedures at Braemar Hospital and local anaesthetic procedures at his rooms in central Hamilton.

His experience in hair transplantation surgery is extensive and was the first surgeon to offer this service based in New Zealand from 2015. 

Bulent Yaprak and his fantastic team are always on call to guide you through your surgical journey.  Contact us today using the form below to find out how we can help you.


Bulent Yaprak - Plastic Surgeon

Contact us to see how we can help you restore your hair

Located at the Waikato Specialist Centre, 83c Tristram Street in Hamilton, we perform hair transplants from our purpose built facility.

Phone 07 8388984 or contact us by email: [email protected]