Hair transplantation surgery is a minor surgical procedure which is performed on an outpatient basis in our fully equipped theatres.
Today’s hair replacement treatment owes its success to the fact that the transplanted hair follicles (roots moved from their original location to another area) behave in the same way as they did in their original site. For example, even in the most advanced cases of male pattern baldness, a horseshoe-shaped fringe of hair persists. Hair follicles moved from this hairy fringe to the bald area on your scalp will take root and grow.
At the start of each hair loss treatment, you are given a mild tranquilliser that minimises anxiety and reduces discomfort.
Your donor and recipient areas are anaesthetised by injecting a local anaesthetic using a very small-gauge needle (anaesthetising these areas may be slightly painful). A strip of hair-bearing skin is then removed from the back and sides of your head where there is permanent hair. This site is then sutured closed.
The donor hair is then dissected into tiny grafts containing two to three hairs. These are placed into tiny slits in your recipient area. Your body’s natural “glue” will anchor the grafts in place within minutes.
In this practice we use the “lateral slit” (aka the perpendicular slit) technique pioneered by hair restoration surgeons Hasson and Wong, creating minimal depth incisions using custom blades.
Your scalp (hairy or bald) has an excellent blood supply, so a minimal amount of bleeding during the transplant procedure is expected. This is easily controlled by applying pressure. Your hair surrounding the donor area completely camouflages the stitches in the donor site. In order to ensure better coverage, leave the hair in this area at least three to five centimetres long. Sutures are removed ten to twelve days after the procedure.
Your transplanted hair will fall out over the next few weeks, leaving the viable hair follicles in a dormant state. Approximately three to four months after the hair restoration surgery, this hair will slowly start to grow back and it will then continue to grow for the remainder of your life. Be patient, as full results will be apparent only eight months to one year later.
Your hair restoration surgeon will supply you with full written instructions explaining the pre and postoperative routines before undergoing hair replacement treatment.
Bear in mind that hair loss is a lifelong process and further procedures may be necessary to fill in ongoing hair loss. The transplanted hair, however, will never fall out.