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7 Ways You To Ensure Hair Loss Treatment Success-Sydney Hair Transplant

7 Ways You To Ensure Hair Loss Treatment Success

What are the odds of men losing their hair as they age?

It varies—but like a lot of things, this will depend on a lot of factors. Genes can play a role but so does lifestyle. While most men experience hair loss around the age of 30, some can experience it as early as their 20s.

What’s common among those who suffer from male pattern baldness though is that symptoms of gradual hair loss can be hard to notice. So in a lot of cases, they don’t even notice until nearly half their hair is gone. Thankfully, hair transplant surgery has a respectable number of successful cases that it has earned a reputation for being a reliable solution for hair loss.

The complexity and demand for high surgical competency for this procedure means the process can be a little costly. But as far as hair loss remedies go, it’s an investment that definitely pays off. Knowing this, you want to make sure that you consider these key factors to ensure hair loss treatment success—

1. Take the time to find a good surgeon

Finding a surgeon is a like looking for a champion.

There are several hair transplant surgeons in Sydney alone, but not everyone may have the same vision you have in mind. Therefore, it pays to have someone who completely understands your aesthetic; someone who is open to answer all your questions, and someone who listens carefully to your goals and expectations.

Achieving all this means you need to make the effort to find a professional whose approach can address your concerns. Essentially, he should be able to champion your objectives, take the approach you’re comfortable with, and provide you with the care you want to be given throughout the whole process.

Don’t just take their word for it as well. Make sure you look at hard evidence to back up everything that is being said. Proof may come as the following:

Training

Remember that you are not only looking for a surgeon, but a hair transplant surgeon. Cosmetic surgery may be considered the “wild west” of medicine with less than qualified doctors coming in, but you can always outsmart the system. Turn on your inner sleuth and look at all the sources available to you – be it through word-of-mouth, print, or online. You may check the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) website to check the doctor’s background, his years of experience, and affiliations.

Board Certification

To earn these certifications, one must pass written and oral examinations to be considered. This is only open to surgeons who have performed a certain number of hair transplants, show proof of their training, and can provide evidence of their caseloads. It is also important that a doctor regularly attends conferences to be updated about the advances in his field. This is also a reflection of their commitment to education, ongoing training, and constant improvement in their specialty.

Experience

Experience would tell you for how long the doctor has been in practice and if he consistently delivers reliable results. Specifically ask about his experience in performing hair transplants and not just the mere practice in medicine. His experience in the types of hair transplant approach (FUT or FUE) he uses is also vital information to clarify, especially if you are particular about the level of invasiveness.

Results

Checking a hair transplant surgeon’s previous work should be an important part of your research process. Don’t hesitate to ask for before and after photos from the doctor you are considering. If possible, try to ask if you can meet some of his previous patients in person. Being able to personally assess the result of a past patient allows you a better picture of the surgeon’s quality of work.

2. Avoid the “Yes Man”

It’s definitely comforting to have a medical team that understands your concerns—especially if you’re looking to find a solution to a long-standing aesthetic problem. But don’t let your need to find a solution let you overlook the fact that when it comes to hair transplant surgery, there are lot more considerations that just finding a doctor that says yes to what you want.

There are cases where a hair transplant isn’t the best choice for you and a good medical team should be upfront about that fact. For example, some patients may want to fill in bald areas, but if filling in bald areas will only create an unnatural appearance as natural hair loss progresses, a reliable team should inform them about it. Remember, your hair transplant surgeon is your champion, and he should be able to hold that position even if it meant saying no.

3. Be wary of shadow surgeries

The rise of hair transplant surgeries today, has prompted an increase of shadow surgeries.

Shadow surgeries are procedures that are performed by a technician instead of an actual doctor. Patients meet and consult with a doctor, but the actual procedure is delegated. Note however that institutions like ISHRS still recommend hair transplants to be conducted by the actual doctor; so be sure to ask about this and discuss it with your medical team.

4. Don’t fall for the sales pitch

Ethical practice is something that some shady practitioners simply choose to ignore. Be wary of clinics who rely on aggressive sales and advertising techniques to push you into signing up for a surgery that most surgeons would otherwise think is dangerous or inappropriate.

5. Take the time to search for reputable clinics

When looking for a reputable clinic, be sure to keep a good eye out for red flags. This process starts from your Internet search and lead right down to your actual consultation. Be wary about the following:

  • False claims and advertising, like pain-free procedures.
  • Limited understanding of medical conditions that may have caused your baldness.
  • Clinics that don’t specialize solely on hair restoration and dabble on other procedures.
  • Inability of the actual doctor to sit down and meet with you.
  • Clinics that feel like procedures follow a production line where all patients receive a cookie-cutter solution.

6. Refusing to take the extra steps to see if you are a suitable candidate

Clients often send photos seeking  opinion or advice. However, photos alone are not enough to assess if you would be a “good” candidate for hair transplant surgery. It is important that you see a doctor in person. A personal consultation allows the surgeon to closely inspect your hair and give advice on which appropriate blood tests should be taken to check the root cause of your hair loss.

The fact that you are losing hair doesn’t automatically earn you a spot on the operating table. Prudence dictates that a patient should not be allowed to undergo the surgery if several factors show that you’re not a suitable candidate.

7. Don’t just base it on cost

Looking for the best value for your money is always wise, however, being constantly on the hunt for a bargain might place you in a precarious situation.

It’s always important to see what the standard rates are in your area. This gives you the baseline that allows you to assess the cost of your investment. But cost should always be considered in the context of quality. So be sure to read the fine print and study the more technical details.

We hope that you take these reminders into account during your consultation. Your hair restoration journey, should you choose surgery, is one that should be taken with the proper precautions to ensure success.

With that said–what other concerns do you have about this procedure? Give us a call and ask away. And if you want to make sure that you’re on the right track for success in your surgical hair restoration journey, be sure to get in touch with us.
If you have any further questions about where your money gets transplanted during hair transplant procedures, you can ask Dr. Daood of the Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic.

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If you are considering FUE or FUT Hair Transplant surgery please contact us for further information on pricing and procedural information.

To book a private consultation today with Dr. Daood call 1300 656 236.

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SHT March Blog - Hair Transplant Costs in Sydney The 6 Things You Pay For

Hair Transplant Costs in Sydney: The 6 Things You Pay For

Cost is one of the biggest deciding factors for many Sydney residents when considering hair transplant surgery. It’s not hard to see why–even the simplest transplants can cause thousands of dollars. The price tag is enough to give anyone pause and wonder why this procedure can get so staggeringly expensive.

The fast answer is this–a hair transplant, although no open heart surgery, is still a surgical procedure done only by qualified doctors. Many factors come into play when computing for the cost. Below are the 6 items that get charged to your hair transplant bill.

1. Consultation Fee

One of the first things that you’ll be shelling out money for is the consultation fee. The average consultation fee in Sydney costs an average of AUD$150. This is how much you pay to be able to ascertain if the surgeon is the right fit for your needs, and to get a rough average for the cost of the whole procedure. In most clinics, your consultation fee will be fully refundable if you proceed with the surgery.

2. Size of the Area that Requires Treatment

Hair loss is different for each and every person, no matter how similar it may look on the surface. The cost between a 500 and a 1000-graft job is big because the difference is also large. The effect you want to achieve also changes the plan you’ll need. Some want a full mane of thick hair, while others may just want enough to cover a bald spot. Obviously, the more grafts you need, the more you’ll pay.

Through personal consultation, a surgeon can properly assess the problem and the extent of work that needs to be done. Run the opposite direction of clinics who promise cookie-cutter treatment plans. Your surgeon should be able to explain the cost by the amount of work that needs to be done.

3. Session Type

Some surgeons will perform “megasessions”, which is a hair transplant where 3,000 to 5,000 grafts are used. It requires enormous amounts of time, quality control, and organization ability. This approximately takes about 12 hours to perform. Megasessions are made possible through recent improvements in the hair transplant field.

The advantages of megasessions include:

  • Fewer surgeries, no need to set aside more than 1 sick day from work
  • Less scarring on the back of the head
  • Results become noticeable faster
  • Overall cheaper for the patient

But despite megasessions’ appealing advantages, only a few surgeons are able to perform it successfully.

Most doctors will require multiple sessions for your hair transplant surgery. Hair transplant surgery is performed by harvesting hair from donor areas and transplanting them to recipient sites. This is a painstaking process that requires care and skill. A rushed hair transplant can lead to unnatural looking hair or the transplanted hairs failing completely.

If the bald areas are not covered completely in one session, the surgeon will ask the patient to return. Individuals with advanced hair loss are more likely to require several grafts and sessions.

4. Technique Used

There are two techniques used in hair transplant surgery, the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).

FUT, or the strip method, is the traditional approach in hair transplant surgery. It involves creating an incision across the back of the scalp to remove a strip of skin which contains the donor grafts. The extraction process of the hair grafts are done microscopically, and so allows your surgeon better control and precision, decreasing the need to resection the transplant. The cost per graft using FUT is around AUD$7 for the first 500 grafts, but can go down to AUD$5.50 AUD per graft if more is needed.

FUE involves directly removing donor grafts from their original location using a specialized tool. On average, FUE costs more than FUT, but can be more appealing to some because the process doesn’t leave scarring at the back of your head. The method is also more challenging and has a higher risk of resection. Expect to pay around AUD$12 to AUD$18 per graft.

If you opt for a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), then you can expect several sessions to achieve the results you want. The younger you are, the more sessions you may need to offset the progressive nature of hair loss. The surgeon will discuss this with you in detail during your consultation.

5. Surgeon’s Fee

A surgeon’s professional fee will vary depending on the location of his clinic. Reputation also plays a role. For those reasons, the professional fee for surgeons in Sydney may differ from that in Adelaide or Melbourne.

Surgeries are delicate and life-changing. Hair transplant surgeons have to make sure grafts survive and grow naturally, while lessening scarring and avoiding costly resections. The skill level required to perform the procedure–and perform it well–will not come cheap. The brightest red flag you should look out for is someone who offers transplants at a price significantly lower than other clinics. For your safety and satisfaction, it’s always best to assume that you get what you pay for.

On the other hand, just because a surgeon charges premium doesn’t automatically mean that they offer quality results. Always let a doctor’s portfolio, their aesthetic, patient reviews, and reputation guide your decisions.

6. Anaesthesiologist and Anaesthesia Fees

Typically, anaesthesia fees fall somewhere between how much a hospital charges and a surgeon’s fees. Anaesthesiologists are paid similarly or more than the surgeon per case.  

The type of anaesthesia you need will affect cost and is usually decided by the procedure you need. Generally, hair transplants are done under local anaesthesia, which is directly injected into the surgery site and numbs nerves in and around it. Some surgeons may also place patients under mild sedation. Unlike general anaesthesia, local anaesthesia allows a patient to go home immediately after surgery. It also has fewer side effects.

A Quick Reminder

You can find out the cost of a hair transplant surgery in Sydney through the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) website, as well as clinics near you. The ISHRS, besides helping you match with the right surgeon, also follow and factor in recent technologies and advances in the hair transplant industry.

If you have any further questions about where your money gets transplanted during hair transplant procedures, you can ask Dr. Daood of the Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic.

Book your Private Consultation

If you are considering FUE or FUT Hair Transplant surgery please contact us for further information on pricing and procedural information.

To book a private consultation today with Dr. Daood call 1300 656 236.

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SHT February Blog - Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Beard Hair Transplants

Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Beard Hair Transplants

Beard transplants have become six times more popular just within the last 10 years. We’ve seen the demand shoot up the stratosphere–thanks in part to the “hipster” aesthetic, observes some doctors. Chris Hemsworth’s majestically bearded Thor also graced screens for the first time in 2011. Coincidence? Maybe not.

Not everyone is born with the genes of a hairy Norse god, though. Fortunately, beard hair transplants have come a long way since the first hair transplant was conducted in 1996, and is now one of the most in demand procedures in men’s cosmetic surgeries. If you’re considering getting a beard transplant, then below are answers to some of the burning questions you’ve probably been itching to ask:

 

1. Facial hair transplants are not limited to beards

Facial hair transplants are not limited to beards. You can choose to get a goatee, a moustache, sideburns, eyebrows–basically any hair on your face is fair game. Facial hair transplants are not only for finally sporting the beard of your dreams, it can also help cover acne scars and other facial blemishes.

2. You can shape the beard of your dreams

Beard hair transplants allow patients a fair amount of control over the outcome. You can talk to your surgeon beforehand about your ideal beard’s shape and size. It’s best to take photos for reference to make sure you and your surgeon are actually on the same page before the procedure.

3. The donor hairs are taken from the scalp

Just like traditional hair transplant surgery, the donor hairs are taken from the back portion of the scalp. The sides of the scalp can also be used. The donor site will often be determined by which areas closely match the appearance of facial hair.

These grafts are harvested through FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) or FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). There are pros and cons to each procedure, mainly that FUE results in less noticeable scarring, but FUT allows the surgeon to harvest a greater volume of grafts in one go. Consult with your surgeon for the best course of action for your needs.

4. It takes several hundred to thousands of hair grafts

The number of grafts you’ll need depends on the facial hair you want. Mustaches take an average of 350 to 500 grafts, while goatees require higher, around 600 to 700. Sideburns will need 200 to 250 grafts each. For beards, surgeons transplant an average of 2,500 hair follicles, sometimes more in cases where patients want a fuller bodied beard.

5. The procedure can take up to four hours

How long the procedure will take depends on the facial hair the patient wants. For beards, surgeons typically take 2 to 4 hours to finish. The exact length of the procedure will vary for each patient.

Be wary of places who can guarantee faster surgeries. Beard transplant is a delicate procedure–hair follicles are being arranged and inserted deep into your skin. You do not want surgeons rushing through the procedure. That just leaves you at risk of developing patchy facial hair, or worse, an infection from poorly grafted transplants.

6. Transplanted hairs will fall out after two weeks

Patients should expect a fair amount of hair loss a couple of weeks following the procedure. This is known as “shock loss”, and is a completely normal part of the healing and recovery process.

Hairs will grow back within three months. While the phenomenon is not fully understood yet, many theorize and attribute shock loss to changes in blood supply in the scalp, trauma following surgery, or a reaction to the anesthesia. In any case, the “shocked” follicles begin growing hair again after a period of time, you just need to give them time to adjust to their new homes!

7. There will be risks involved

Like any surgical cosmetic procedure, beard hair transplants also come with certain risks. Post-operative risks include bruising, swelling, and redness in the area. Many patients wonder if there will be some pain following the procedure. The short answer? Yes. Your surgeon just cut off a piece of your scalp. Patients should expect some pain and discomfort, which can be easily managed by painkillers. Scarring is also a risk, but one that can be mediated with proper aftercare.

8. You may have to take a day off

The procedure can last up to 5 hours, so you will definitely need to use a sick day for the procedure. You might also want to use the following day to recover, and for the most noticeable of the redness and swelling to subside.

9. Gray will stay gray

If you have salt-and-pepper hair, your new beard will naturally be the same color. Contrary to what some people may believe, gray hair is not unhealthy hair. They are just the result of hair follicles who have stopped producing melanin. Your surgeon will strategically transplant gray hair so the beard is not spotty and looks natural.

10. Forever bearded

Beard transplants are mostly permanent. Just like normal facial hair, they regrow when you shave or wax them off. There are no take-backs if you suddenly want a smooth chin. While surgeons may be able to remove the grafts, there is no way of doing so without leaving some scars. You can also have it lasered away, but that defeats the purpose of uprooting perfectly healthy hair follicles from your scalp.

A beard transplant in Sydney typically costs between $7000 to $10000, depending on the extent of work you need done. While obviously not steep, it pays not to be cheap. There is no accounting for the quality of transplants from clinics who advertise cheaper, faster services. We at Sydney Hair Transplant believe that when it comes to surgical procedures, safety should be at the top of your list, not cost.

Have more questions about beard transplants? You can call us at 1300-656-236, or schedule a free consultation with our hair loss consultants.

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If you are considering FUE or FUT Hair Transplant surgery please contact us for further information on pricing and procedural information.

To book a private consultation today with Dr. Daood call 1300 656 236.

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SHT January Blog - What Is Hair And Why Do People Lose It

What Is Hair And Why Do People Lose It?

What is hair made of?

Hair is made of a protein called keratin. They are made by tiny organs beneath the skin called follicles. Here are 10 fun facts you may not know about crowning glory:

  • Your head is currently home to roughly 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair. Quite the number! So a few strands of hair on the floor or on your brush is no cause for panic. In fact, the average person sheds 50 to 150 strands a day.
  • Seasons can affect hair loss. In a bid to keep us warm, hair grows thicker during colder seasons like autumn and winter. We subsequently shed more hair come summer or spring, when our bodies no longer have the use for all the extra strands.
  • As you read this, around 90 percent of your hair is quietly growing. The average hair strand grows by half a millimeter per day. The remaining 10 percent are in a resting phase.
  • Hair follicles are found everywhere on the body–except for the lips, the palms of our hands, and the soles of our feet.
  • Our hair is made of the same amazing stuff as horse hooves and rhino horns.
  • Hair is like a profile sheet made of keratin. A single strand can say a lot about you, your age, your race, what your diet may look like, and if you take any illegal substances. That’s why criminal investigators often turn to hair for forensic evidence. The only thing it won’t reveal about you is your sex — hair structure is the same for men and women.
  • Hair is 5 percent sulphur.
  • Redheads have the least number of hair follicles. Red is also the rarest hair color, with only 1 percent of the population born with it.
  • We are born with about 5 million hair follicles. These are all that we are going to have during our lifetime. It’s not possible to naturally grow new follicles, just as it’s not possible to grow new kidneys.
  • Hair color is produced by cells called melanocytes. They are found in the hair bulb, at the base of hair follicles. Melanocytes have a limited lifespan and become damaged with every new cycle of hair growth. Hair starts turning grey when only a few of these guys remain. Eventually, our hair will turn white when all our melanocytes kick the bucket.

Why does hair loss occur?

Hair loss can be caused by many things — from how you wear your hair, autoimmune diseases, environmental stressors, and genetics. While most are beyond your control, it should go without saying that taking poor care of your health, such as eating poorly and smoking, are also major factors in hair loss.

What can I do to restore my hair?

There are many ways to deal with hair loss. These are generally divided into two categories: surgical, and non-surgical.

Non-surgical methods involve the use of minoxidil and finasteride. The surgical option involves transplanting hair, either through follicular unit transplant (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE). We’ll talk about their differences later in the article.

How does minoxidil work?

Minoxidil is the compound behind the popular Rogaine. It stimulates hair growth instead of stopping it. Minoxidil does this by dilating blood vessels. Put it on your scalp, and it relaxes blood vessels, making them more permeable to oxygen and nutrients. In turn, nutrient-rich blood nourishes hair follicles, promoting hair growth.

First-time users of minoxidil should be aware that the first phase of this treatment results in some hair loss. Minoxidil restarts hair growth by shedding strands that are in the resting phase of growth and then kickstarting the follicle to produce new hair.

Minoxidil often comes in liquid form, and can be applied through a spray pump or droppers. One of the downsides of minoxidil is that it needs to be constantly applied. Once you stop, hair loss will start again. It also takes a few months for noticeable results to appear, so don’t expect to wake up with a thick tuft of hair after one spray.

How does finasteride work?

Finasteride treats hair loss by working at the hormone-level. It stops testosterone from becoming dihydrotestosterone, which makes hair follicles shrink. Unlike minoxidil, finasteride can slow baldness, and in some cases, even promote regrowth.

Finasteride often comes in pill form, taken once a day over a few months to a year. Effects typically appear 3 months into treatment. Because it affects hormones, treatment with finasteride may come with more serious side-effects than minoxidil, such as reduced libido, and facial swelling.

It is possible to use finasteride and minoxidil at the same time. However, you should consult with your doctor first about how to manage treatments.

How does FUT work?

Follicular unit transplant restores bald spots, thinning hair, and receding hairlines. A strip of tissue with healthy follicles is taken from a “donor site”, which usually lies near the nape of the neck. The tissue is them grafted onto the transplant site. FUT is the traditional way of performing transplants.

The main downside of FUT is the longer recovery period compared to FUE, although both are outpatient procedures. There is also a possibility of developing linear scarring at the donor site. However, FUT results in thicker volumes of hair on the transplant site, making it more ideal for severe hair loss.

How is FUE different from FUT?

Instead of extracting a whole strip of skin, doctors transfer follicles one by one to the donor site using a small tool called an FUE punch. Follicles are taken from a much larger area, which distributes thinning and makes the transplant look less noticeable. There will still be some scarring at the incision sites left by the punch, but these are usually less a millimeter long, and scab over 3 to 7 days after the procedure. Patients who opt for FUE usually find that they can start wearing short hair soon after.

Got any hair-related questions? Wondering the best course of treatment for your hair loss? Call us at 1300 656 236 or book an appointment at no cost. Our consultants would be happy to comb through solutions with you.

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If you are considering FUE or FUT Hair Transplant surgery please contact us for further information on pricing and procedural information.

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Sydney Hair Transplant - Hair Transplant Aftercare Cheat Sheet

Hair Transplant Aftercare Cheat Sheet

The final stretch is a critical time in achieving your desired results. Now, the ball is in your court and you play a significant part in ensuring that you are setting yourself up for surgical success. Here are hair transplant aftercare tips to get you started.

Normal Things to Expect

Bleeding. This is normal, but it should be minimal.

Crusting. It is normal for crusts to form on the recipient site a few days after the surgery. It is part of the healing process which you should not remove before it is actually ready to fall off.

Swelling. It usually starts around 2-4 days after hair transplant surgery, and it will last about 3 days.

Pain. Pain is a normal response to any trauma to the skin especially during the first week after surgery. The good thing is that it is easily manageable with pain medications and it should subside over the next few days.

General Hair Care Instructions

  • On the day after surgery, some surgeons will allow you to wash your hair gently under the shower.
  • When showering, do not stand under a power shower as the pressure, especially during the early post-surgical period. Doing so may dislodge the hair grafts, especially during the first 4-5 days. It helps to have a cup in the shower to help rinse the surgical sites.
  • Gently dab a clean towel over the area after rinsing. Avoid hair dryers for 1-2 weeks, especially the hot ones.
  • Comb gently so as not to dislodge grafts or disturb incisions.
  • Since the sutures used during a hair transplant is non-dissolvable, these will be removed from the donor areas around 14 days following surgery. In any case that any sutures are dislodged do not pull it off and just let it fall by itself.
  • When heading out, avoid direct sun exposure on the grafts for 4 weeks. If you are going outdoors, be sure to wear a hat. However, be properly advised on how to wear it properly.
  • You must stop smoking at least 4 weeks before and after surgery to help you achieve the best results. Smoking interferes with wound healing and it may increase your risk for complications.
  • Avoid alcohol especially for the first week after surgery because this can increase your risk for bleeding. You must not drink any alcohol if you are using any pain medications prescribed as these should not be mixed.
  • Limit your caffeine fix as much as possible as this can increase bleeding. Keep it to two cups at the most.
  • Wear button-down shirts for the first 5 days after surgery. Avoid wearing shirts that you have to pull over your head as it may dislodge transplanted grafts.
  • If you have been using hair loss medications before the procedure, it can be resumed days after surgery. Oral medication can be resumed on the 3rd post-surgical day, while topical medications can be resumed on the 7th
  • A cold compress (gel or ice packs) can be applied gently on the head or the back of the scalp a few times for the first night or 7-8 times a day for the next two days after surgery. This can help relieve pain and it can also help reduce swelling.

Important Points on Hair Transplant Surgery Aftercare

Pain Control

Pain is a subjective experience, but this is an expected sensation during the first 2 nights following surgery. To alleviate any discomfort on the surgical sites involved, you can always take the pain medication prescribed by your doctor. This should control your discomfort, allowing you to rest and heal better.

Medications prescribed may include:

  • Acetaminophen – over-the-counter pain medications to treat mild to moderate pain (ex. Tylenol)
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) – over-the-counter medications to treat mild to moderate pain (ex. Ibuprofen, Naproxen)
  • Opioids – for moderate to severe pain

In any case that the pain increases in intensity days after your procedure, report this to your surgeon. Pain can be a sign of infection, especially if there is redness on the area, warm to the touch, or if you develop a fever.

Wound Care

Effective wound healing is necessary for effective wound healing on the donor and recipient sites. Hair transplantation is treated much like any other post-surgical wound. It involves days of head dressings, punch grafts healing, and antibiotic therapy.

Donor Area

The wound at the donor area requires much additional collagen formation to close. If a tricophytic closure is used, healing at the donor site will be a combination of full thickness and partial thickness wounds. This needs proper moisture balance to optimize healing and reduction of tension to reduce scarring.

The importance of cleansing the back of the scalp cannot be emphasized enough. To do this you can soak the area first with water for one minute. Unless it is contraindicated by the surgeon, you can massage the donor area with shampoo using the pads of your fingers. Just let the water gently stream over the back of your head and prevent it from directly hitting the top of your scalp where the new grafts are implanted.

Recipient Site

The recipient site heals faster than the donor area due to the small size of the incisions created. Good moisture balance is also necessary to maintain optimal healing. While some think that Vaseline is adequate in providing moisture, some prefer to use medicated ointments.

Washing the new grafts must be done very gently. Surgeons suggest that you should not touch the grafts for the first week. You can prepare soapy water over the area. To prepare this you can dissolve a teaspoon of shampoo to a pitcher of water and pour it gently over the new grafts for 20 seconds. Rinse it for a good 20 seconds as well. Avoid doing it for too long or the grafts may absorb water and “pop up.”

After the first week, you can already start to work on loosening the crusts. Remember that excessive crust formation is also linked to potential infections. To carefully loosen these, you may place a bit of baby oil and gently rub it with the pads of your fingers. Follow it up with shampoo or a soapy solution before rinsing it with water. Never use fingernails to pick off the scabs as this can lead to scarring. Shampooing every day can help loosen the scabs until these are ready to fall off.

Every surgeon has their own post-surgical care instructions, but regardless of what they are it must be followed carefully. Also remember that while some of the factors for wound healing is under the patient’s direct control, much of it is not. As a matter of fact, a large portion of wound healing has much to do with the surgeon’s techniques and the patient’s inherent characteristics

Antibiotics

There are some disputes among doctors regarding the use of antibiotics after hair transplant surgery. In most cases, doctors prescribe preventative antibiotics (prophylactic treatment), but some believe that there is no need for it at all. They believe that it is only necessary to provide antibiotic treatment only if there is already an infection present.

However, doctors who prefer to err on the side of caution would prefer that they give the medication right after treatment. This is to avoid any potential cause of infection.

Work and Exercise

You are to refrain from any strenuous activities during the first week after surgery. Minimal activity is recommended for the first 12 hours. It is also important to avoid excessive head movements and bending over during the first 24 hours. This is to prevent undue stress on the surgical site especially when it is still highly vulnerable. Some people may return to light work the day after surgery, but some may prefer to take at least 2-4 days off from work. However, due to physical signs of healing such as swelling and crusting, some patients opt to take a week off.

Follow-Up Check-Up

The follow-up check-up is an important step because this is a way for your surgeon to monitor your progress. You will also be set an appointment for suture removal around 2-3 weeks after surgery.

What You need to Do About Potential Adverse Reactions:

Bleeding

You may expect bleeding to occur the night after surgery and a few days after that. This may stop if firm pressure is applied on the area for 15 minutes. You can press it firmly but gently to prevent dislodging any surrounding grafts.

If you are unable to control the bleeding with rest and gentle pressure, inform your surgeon right away. Persistent bleeding is a sign that your surgical site is not healing as it should be.

Swelling

Swelling is an inflammatory response of the body to the slight trauma created by the surgery. It usually occurs on the forehead around day 2-4 after the procedure. The swelling may descend to the eyelids due to gravity.  However, this should be no cause for worry because it will not leave any permanent problems.

You can significantly reduce swelling if you sleep with your head elevated at 45 degrees for at least 3 nights. To do this you may prop up your head on two pillows or use a recliner. Normally, swelling would subside by itself within a couple of days. Therefore, any prolonged swelling, especially if it is accompanied by pain or if it is warm to the touch, may be a sign of infection.

Infection

The risk for infection is present in any surgical procedure. While it may be rare in hair transplants, the likelihood of it happening cannot be eliminated.

The telltale signs of infection may include redness, discomfort, swelling, or bleeding. This would mean that the side effects of hair transplant surgery have only gotten worse instead of getting better. This also implies that the surgical site is compromised.

To prevent infection after hair transplant surgery you can follow these tips:

  • Avoid touching the surgical site (donor and recipient areas)
  • Do not pick on the scabs as they heal, allow them to fall off by itself
  • Follow post-op care instructions carefully
  • Avoid smoking and alcoholic beverages during recovery
  • Make sure that you attend follow-up visits as scheduled by your surgeons

If you think you show any signs of an infection, immediately report it to your doctor so that prompt treatment can be given.

Remember that these are just general information which you can use during your consultation to ask the right questions. You are more than welcome to ask us your questions or concerns. Book your consultation with Dr. Daood today. 

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If you are considering FUE or FUT Hair Transplant surgery please contact us for further information on pricing and procedural information.

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What To Do When Hairs Start Falling: A Guide On Hair Loss

Hair loss is a prevalent condition that happens to men and women alike. A third of women experience hair loss in their lives, triggered by hormonal imbalances brought on by pregnancy or menopause. But hair loss is particularly widespread in men. Otherwise healthy males can experience hair loss as soon as their early 30s. By age 50, over half of men report hair loss.

So if you’ve come searching for explanations for a thinning crown of hair, you’re not alone. Hair loss treatment is a US$3.6 billion dollar industry, with millions going into research each year. Today’s treatments, while still not perfect, are a long way from us rubbing pigeon droppings on our heads.

Here’s what you need to know about hair loss, how to avoid it, and how to prepare for it.

  • Risk Factors For Hair Loss
  • Signs of Hair Loss
  • Non-Surgical Remedies For Hair Loss
  • Living With Hair Loss

Risk Factors For Hair Loss

There are a number of reasons for hair loss. A large number of cases, though, can be attributed to genetics–around 95 percent in men, to be exact.

Yes, that’s right. Some people draw the short straw, and are more prone to hair loss. Called androgenetic alopecia, this form of hair loss due to genetics occurs because of a little hormone called dihydrotesterone (DHT). DHT is a derivative of the more well-known testosterone. And while critical to the development of typical male parts like the penis and prostate, DHT wrecks havoc on hair follicles by shrinking them, effectively cancelling their ability to produce healthy hair. How susceptible you are to DHT is dictated by how much testosterone your body converts into DHT.

But hair loss can be a physiological problem in more ways than getting bad genes from your parents. Hair loss can also be a symptom of an inactive or overactive thyroid. It can also be symptomatic of an autoimmune disease called lupus, which destroys hair follicles, or a fungal infection of the scalp that causes a hair loss condition called “tinea capitis”.

Hair loss is also an unfortunate side-effect of a handful of medications, such as antidepressants, Vitamin A, and gout medicine. People bulking up muscle and consuming protein shakes may also inadvertently be exposing themselves to hair loss. Protein shakes contain growth promoting nutrients, which also raises the testosterone levels in your body. And as we’ve mentioned above, the higher levels of testosterone, the more sources for DHT.

Another common, but lesser known cause of hair loss is styling. Certain hairstyles that pull on the roots and hair follicles, like dreadlocks, weaves, and ponytails, especially when applied to hair that has already been chemically treated, can lead to hair loss. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia, and when left unmediated, can lead to permanent hair loss.

Signs of Hair Loss

Hair loss, to an extent, is normal. Everyone sheds. Just like nails and our skin, our hair has a limited lifespan. A strand of hair typically stays on our head for two to five years before shedding. There are over 100,000 hair follicles on a healthy person’s head — losing anywhere from 50 to 100 strands a day is considered normal.

Increased hair loss over the winter months is also normal. Called seasonal hair loss, shedding may get worse during months when the sun is scarce. Our bodies form thicker hair as a defense against harsh UV rays. When winter rolls in, we no longer have use for the extra hair, and our bodies shed it as a response.

What’s not normal, however, is pulling away clumps of hair, thinning at the top of your head, or forming patchy bald spots. When these begin to happen, it may be time to see your doctor to rule out androgenetic alopecia, or get the appropriate medication to mediate hair loss before it does any lasting damage.

Non-Surgical, Organic Remedies For Hair Loss

Over the years, the fight against hair loss has broadened to include certain types of food. Recent studies have shown that the following food types can slow hair loss, and promote healthy hair follicles:

  • Sunflower oil: Sunflower oil stimulates hair growth by giving your scalp much needed moisturization. It also contains Oleic acid, a component that helps prevent hair breakage.
  • Eggs: Eggs are rich in biotin and Vitamin B, nutrients that can prevent hair loss by strengthening your roots. You can either take them for breakfast, or rub a hair mask made of egg whites directly onto the scalp to help hair follicles absorb nutrients directly.
  • Spinach and Raisins: Our hair follicles use iron to create healthy strands of hair. Studies show that brittle hair can be the result of iron deficiency. Fortunately, iron is abundant in many food types. Spinach and raisins in particular are packed with iron. A 180 gram bag of spinach already contains 35 percent of your iron needs; a small bag of raisins, around 0.8 mg. Women need around 18 mg a day of iron, while men need 8.

Living With Hair Loss

There are many options for treating hair loss. Non-invasive treatments include taking minoxidil and finasteride to promote the hair regrowth, or laser therapy for subtle regrowth. You can also opt for surgical hair implants. Losing your hair doesn’t need to be the end of the world.

You can get creative with your hair. Hairstylists often know how to play with texture and depth to give your hair more volume and thickness. If you’ve ever wanted that buzz cut or fade, but was too worried about losing hair, then now is the perfect time to experiment.

Knowing that you’re starting to lose your hair is never fun. But it doesn’t have to be a reason for despair. From changing your diet and hairstyle, to many non-surgical and surgical options for treatment, you’re never left helpless against hair loss.

You can call us at 1300 656 236 if you have questions our guide hasn’t answered yet or book an appointment for free with our consultants.

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Everything You Need to Know: Ultimate Hair Transplant Guide

Doing your homework before undergoing any major medical procedure isn’t just a smart thing to do, but is absolutely essential. Knowing what to expect and what’s expected of you goes a long way toward achieving the best possible results.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about getting a hair transplant in Sydney, whether you’re still debating the merits of a hair transplant, or are already shopping around for where to have it done.

  • Answers to Common Hair Transplant Questions
  • Considerations Before Getting A Hair Transplant
  • Costs Involved in Hair Transplants
  • Preparation and Aftercare
  • Variations in Hair Transplant Procedures

Answers to Common Hair Transplant Questions

Just like any surgical procedure, a hair transplant can be intimidating—however badly you might want one, wondering about things like where the hair will come from and how much it’s going to hurt can make you hesitate.

Among the Frequently Asked Questions about hair transplants are how old you have to be, or whether you can have it done if your hair loss isn’t that bad, yet. Most surgeons don’t recommend a transplant for patients under 23, and you could actually have a transplant if your hairline is already starting to recede, depending on the surgeon’s assessment.

Other questions involve how much time it will take for results to show, and how natural the transplant will look. After all, nobody wants to have someone go up to them and say, “Hey, that’s a great-looking transplant.”

There are also gender-specific hair transplant concerns such as differences in hair loss progression and ideal donor sites for the transplant. The focus of the procedure also differs between men and women—men usually focus on their receding hairline while women focus on restoring volume on top and behind their heads.

Considerations Before Getting A Hair Transplant

Surgery isn’t usually something people have done on the fly, and a hair transplant is no exception. Even if the reasons for getting one are fairly obvious, many people wonder whether it’s a good idea to have a transplant when it comes right down to it.

In the first place, you’d have to consider whether you’re eligible for the procedure, as not everyone can get a hair transplant because of factors such as the number of donor sites and overall health. You might also be too young to get a hair transplant, as most surgeons agree that 40 and up is the ideal age.

But arguably the most important considerations before undergoing the procedure involve the reliability of the clinic where you’ll be having it done. You should think twice if clinic doesn’t have hair transplants as its speciality, or have a portfolio that showcases its work. Other warning signs include having no contact with previous patients or professional affiliations.

Costs Involved in Hair Transplants

Perhaps the most pressing consideration is how much a hair transplant costs, especially since there are a lot of things apart from the procedure itself that you’ll have to pay for. There’s the consultation, the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia fees and GST, not to mention the medications you’ll need such as antibiotics.

 

The factors that affect how much you’ll end up spending include the size of the area to be treated, the surgical technique to be used, the number of grafts to be made, and how many sessions you’ll have to undergo.

 

While it can be tempting to cut corners for cost-cutting’s sake, bear in mind that these penny-pinching ploys are not without risk—you could end up with an incompetent surgeon, or worse, surgical complications.  

 

The good news is that while hair transplants aren’t currently covered by insurance, there are payment options that can help such as loans offered by financing companies.

Preparation and Aftercare

Once you’ve settled on having the procedure and on a reputable surgeon to perform it, there are several things you’ll have to do to prepare for your hair transplant. You need to make sure you’re healthy enough to withstand surgery, and provide your surgeon with your complete medical history. Naturally, your surgeon will also have to evaluate your hair, which may include a biopsy.

Being aware of the risks involved or as the possible complications should be part of your preparation. Be sure to discuss this thoroughly with your surgeon, as well as the possibility that you might not be satisfied with the outcome of the transplant.

Be sure to prepare well for after the surgery. You will need someone to drive you home, as the anaesthesia might have lingering effects even after the surgery. Be sure not to schedule any activities that will make you sweat, or involve swimming. Your scalp is basically an open wound after the surgery, and you’ll need to keep it dry and clean to avoid infection. You may also want to take a few days off work to give yourself time to heal, so schedule around the surgery accordingly.

Variations in Hair Transplant Procedures

When people think of hair transplants, they often think of older folks and receding hairlines. But a hair transplant can be done on virtually any part of the body that grows hair.

Eyebrow hair transplants, for instance, is one such procedure that has gained popularity over the years, thanks to celebrities with fuller eyebrows. The procedure is often done by women who want bushier eyebrows, or those who want to fix eyebrows that have gone patchy due to years of overplucking.

Men who aspire for majestic beards but have been saddled with genes for baby smooth chins can now grow the beard of their dreams because of facial hair transplants. And the procedure is not limited to beards–you can have hair follicles transplanted to form goatees, mustaches, or some sick sideburns.

What all hair transplants have in common is that the procedure boils down to using two methods: follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplant (FUT). FUT is the traditional method for hair transplants which uses strips of skin grafts. FUE extracts individual hair follicles using a special tool, and injects them on the donor site.

Have questions that our guide hasn’t answered yet? Call us at 1300 656 236, or book an appointment for free with our hair transplant consultants.

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