What type of hair restoration surgeries can I have?

Our hair often plays a major role in our appearance, can be a great way to boost self-esteem and confidence, and is a good form of self-expression. So it is understandable that people want to seek solutions while experiencing hair loss.

Centre for Surgery offers a range of hair transplant procedures that are popular with both women and men who have alopecia. Hair restoration surgeries include:

1. FUT Hair Transplant

The Follicular Unit Transplant  (FUT) hair transplant method is done by what is referred to as the strip technique. This involves taking a linear strip of hair follicles from the back or side of the scalp. These thousands of hair grafts are then separated and then inserted back into the balding area of the scalp.

FUT is a suitable option for those who do not wish to shave their head and is less time consuming than other transplant options such as FUE.

2. FUE Hair Transplant

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a non-invasive hair transplant procedure that involves extracting hair follicles from the donor area – usually at the back or side of the head – and then transplanting them one at a time back onto the area of the head that is being treated. Depending on how many hair follicles are needed, the patient will be required to shave or trim their head for this procedure. However, this procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, leaves no scar and has a quick recovery time.

3. Biofibre Implants

Biofibre implants are a great solution for men and women suffering from alopecia. This procedure will help patients to achieve a full head of healthy, natural looking hair. This is a suitable procedure for people who have alopecia at any stage.

Transplants are not suitable for those who have severe alopecia, while implants are an appropriate solution. The biofibre implant procedure is undertaken under a local anaesthetic. However, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off, you will be able to return home and resume your normal activities.

How will I know which procedure is right for me?

To know whether you are a suitable candidate for FUT or FUE transplants, or whether you should consider biofibre implants, there is a range of factors you will need to consider. These include:

  • Your desired outcome: how much hair are you wanting to have after the procedure is complete?
  • Your hair loss pattern: how long you’ve been losing your hair for and how much hair you’ve lost will change the procedure you are suitable for.
  • Recovery period: there is a difference in the recovery period and how long it will take to see results
  • Aesthetics: FUE will require you to shave your head prior to the procedure, while FUT will leave you with a scar after the procedure.

What is the recovery period like and when will I notice results?

This will vary depending on if you have a transplant or implant.

If you have a FUT or FUE transplant, you will experience some swelling after the procedure is complete. If you had a FUT hair transplant, you may experience some pain, which can be managed with medication, and will need to avoid any strenuous activity for about two to three weeks.

You should be able to notice your new hairline within two days. You should notice the hair beginning to grow after about 10 weeks. However, the full results of the procedure will not be noticeable until after six months.

Unlike a transplant, an implant will allow patients to experience immediate results, rather than having to wait for transplanted hair to grow. You will experience no downtime – you will be able to resume your day-to-day activities immediately. However, you will require a final implantation around 20 to 30 days after the initial procedure. If you are wanting thicker, denser hair, you may require an additional procedure, as only about 800-1500 biofibre hair implants can be done per session.

Interested in hair transplants? Centre for Surgery offers FUE and FUT hair transplants, as well as biofibre implants. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation. 

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