Hair loss can be a distressing experience for both men and women, affecting self-confidence and overall wellbeing. In Australia it is estimated that approximately 70% of men and 40% of women experience some degree of pattern hair loss during their lifetime, according to research conducted by organisations such as the Australian Hair and Scalp Foundation and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Fortunately, advancements in cosmetic medicine have revolutionised the FUE hair transplant process, providing a highly refined and accessible solution for those experiencing hair loss.
At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, we are proud to offer such a solution for hair loss - the NeoGraft Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant, which is a one-day procedure performed in our Melbourne Street clinic. In this blog post, we will explore the main steps involved in the NeoGraft FUE Hair Transplant Process and the benefits it offers.
Step 1: Harvesting of Donor Hair
The hair transplant journey begins with the extraction of healthy hair follicles from the donor area, typically the back or sides of the head. The back and sides of the head are chosen because the hair follicles in these regions are less prone to thinning and balding, with hair in this area also considered to being strong and robust. Using a specialised hand-held device, individual hair follicles are gently removed by Dr Targett through pneumatic pressure. This technique minimises damage to the follicles, ensuring a high survival rate and a natural-looking result. Prior to the extraction, the scalp is shaved, and local anaesthesia is administered by Dr Targett to ensure a comfortable experience.
Step 2: Sorting the Donor Hair
Each hair follicle consists of one to four hair strands. The harvested follicles undergo a meticulous sorting process by the ACM team to select the healthiest and most viable ones suitable for transplantation. The sorting is based on factors such as size, shape, and quality. By carefully selecting the best follicles, the transplanted hair has a higher chance of retention in the recipient site.
Step 3: Recipient Sites Creation
Once the donor hair has been extracted and sorted, the next step involves creating recipient sites in the bald or thinning areas of the scalp. Using a small blade, Dr Targett will carefully create the recipient sites, considering the natural growth pattern of the hair. The density and direction of the existing hair are considered to ensure a seamless integration with the transplanted follicles. Additional anaesthesia may be administered during this process to enhance patient comfort.
Step 4: Hair Follicle Implantation
The meticulous placement of hair follicles is a crucial step in achieving a successful NeoGraft hair transplant. This step is performed manually, utilising specialised tools to provide greater control and precision. By ensuring each healthy hair follicle is correctly placed in the recipient sites, the desired natural-looking result can be achieved.
Step 5: Recovery
Following the placement of the hair follicles, the scalp is cleaned and bandaged. It is common to experience some discomfort or swelling in the initial days after the procedure, but this usually subsides within the first 48-72 hours. Dr Targett will provide specific instructions on how to manage any discomfort, which may include pain medication and ice packs. Proper scalp and hair care guidelines will be provided for the post-transplant period, and patients may be advised to avoid strenuous activities during the initial healing phase.
Patience is key when it comes to NeoGraft hair transplant. Although visible results can be seen as early as three months, substantial hair growth can be observed around the six-month mark. It is important to note that the complete hair growth process takes time, with final results typically achieved around 12-18 months. Regular follow-up appointments with Dr Targett will be scheduled to monitor progress and address any concerns along the way.
NeoGraft hair transplant provides a promising option for individuals experiencing hair loss, with a high success rate of 92-98%. By following the FUE Hair Transplant process; of harvesting, sorting, recipient site creation, follicle placement, and adhering to post-procedure instructions, patients can look forward to restoring their confidence and enjoying a renewed sense of self.
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