Hair loss questions and answers

Yes, we perform FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). A personal consultation is required to determine your suitability for this type of procedure. The FUE technique is proving extremely popular with the advantage of no scarring and no stitches required.

We have two clinics in Sydney. Our Sydney CBD clinic is located with our cosmetic surgery rooms, ICCM – international centre for cosmetic medicine. We are in the heart of Sydney’s specialist medical area at Level 14, Park House, 187 Macquarie Street Sydney – this is next to Martin Place train station and directly opposite Parliament House.  Our Campbelltown clinic is located at Level 1, 251 Queen Street, Campbelltown.

Yes – we offer a free hair health check at your initial consultation.  We go through a medical history and look at your scalp and hair under magnification to determine the best treatment option for you.  In cases where more in-depth diagnosis is required, a full Trichology appointment may be necessary.

We offer a complete range of hair loss treatments – both surgical and non-surgical.  A consultation is required so that we can offer you the best possible treatment advice.

The most common cause of hair loss is inherited. Men and women inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. Men are most commonly affected by the inherited gene as the hormone, testosterone, activates the genetic program causing loss of hair follicles. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Severe illness, malnutrition, or vitamin deficiency can accelerate this process. Hair loss is NOT caused by wearing a hat, excessive shampooing or clogged pores.

YES – hair transplant surgery does work! The transplanted hair is removed from one area of the body (donor site) and transferred to another (recipient site). The transferred tissue is not “rejected” as it is not foreign tissue. Once transplanted and the hair starts to regrow, it retains its own characteristics, colour, texture, growth rate and curl. The vitality of the grafted follicle is maintained by the rich blood supply to the scalp. Over recent years, techniques and instruments have been developed that allow us to achieve truly natural results.

Most men in good general health are candidates for hair transplantation. It is important to understand the limitations to your own hair characteristics, such as colour and type and your pattern of thinning or balding.
For women, it is essential to diagnose the hair loss with our Trichologist before considering hair transplantation. We educate our clients on all treatment alternatives – the procedure you want may not be the most appropriate solution for you.

Essentially, the procedure should be painless as it is performed under a local anaesthetic. Most people are surprised at how little pain there is during the procedure. Some discomfort is to be expected as the anaesthetic is injected into the scalp, but once the skin is anesthetized, there is no pain.
Most of our hair transplant patients say it is a lot less painful than going to the dentist and most say the hair transplant surgery was much easier than they thought.

Immediately following surgery, your grafts are held in place by the body’s natural glue (fibrin) produced by a chemical reaction in serum when the graft sites are made. The hairs that are present in your new grafts usually fall out during the first 2-6 weeks after the procedure. At this time, you will usually look just like you did before the transplant. Hair transplant surgery is a relatively minor surgical procedure; most people recover in several days, and many return to work right away.

The Nido® synthetic implantation system is not suitable for everyone and depends on your pattern of thinning or balding. It also requires on-going maintenance of the hair to ensure the best possible results. A private consultation with one of our staff will determine whether this procedure will suit you.

The life of your newly implanted hair can vary significantly and will be determined by the number of hairs implanted, your lifestyle and the on-going maintenance of the hair. Our consultant will be able to provide more details specific to your individual requirements.

For the best results, these medications should be used when in the early stages of hair loss. Minoxidil is a topical lotion used on the scalp twice a day and has shown to be successful in stimulating hair growth in both men and women. Finasteride is a prescription medication and can prevent and eventually reverse hair loss in the right candidates, however it may have side effects and should not be used by women.

The synthetic NIDO® hairs are so realistic that no one will be able to tell the difference between your own hair and the implanted hairs.

Your success with Minoxidil depends on you and your commitment to a twice a day, every day routine. Results may be seen between two and 12 months. In clinical studies 26% of men with moderate degrees of hair loss reported moderate to dense hair re-growth after using Minoxidil for 4 months.

Clinical trials of men with moderate degrees of hair loss show that Finasteride stopped hair loss in over 80% of cases and re-growth was noticed in over 64% – an excellent success rate, unbeaten by any other treatment.