Hair Loss Treatment Facts / Hair Transplant FAQs

Hair Transplants Melbourne will move your always permanent hair follicles from the back and sides into the thin area. It is not the skin of the thin area that was the problem in balding, it is the follicles that are weak in that area. Follicles from the permanent zone will grow, even in scars, eyebrows or beards for ever.  The re-located hair is your hair and grows totally as normal.

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. This is where the follicle removal is performed one unit at a time with no cutting, no stitches, no line scar and minimal or no pain afterwards. It allows you to cut your hair down to a No. 1 or 2 in the donor area higher up the scalp due to no line scar. Non-shaven FUE is where we clip only small areas of the back so the hair covers it, meaning we hide the donor area. Great for small hair transplants of 200-300 per session.

FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplant and is the traditional type of hair transplant where a strip of skin containing the hair is removed and stitched closed. The follicle groups are then removed from this strip under a microscope. Hair cuts after this type usually need to be a No. 3 or more in that area which is about 3 cm above the tip of your ear, due to a line scar being left behind. Sometimes this scar is very hard to find. Most people grow their hair this length in that area anyway so it’s a popular method. The grafts are more custom-made and planted in the usual manner with fine forceps into the recipient sites.

Most of the time the donor area is at the sides or back of the head where the hair follicles are resistant to thinning. Even when these follicles are transplanted into a bald area, they preserve their hair growing qualities and do not suffer from the effects of DHT. This area is called the safe zone and is the basis of all permanent hair transplants.

Before 2004, hair transplants were often unnatural looking. This was because hairs were planted in plugs with about 15-20 hairs per plug. This created a doll’s-head appearance when the surrounding hair was lost subsequently. Today, thanks to state-of-the-art technology with finer instruments and microscopes, grafts are much smaller, between one to 3 hairs and look natural. Hairline design is also better now, we make them with natural little ups and downs and not too even. Its is almost impossible to detect a modern transplant and this is the artistry of the industry that Hair Transplants Melbourne is famous for thanks to Dr. Paul Spano.

Hair transplantation is a precise meticulous procedure and a team of very highly trained technicians and the surgeon is required. Most transplants take all or most of the day so we only book one person in at a time, allowing us the flexibility to make your day flow easily with lunch breaks and comfort breaks for you as required. We keep you entertained, comfortable and well fed and often laughing a little. We are all in it together, there is music in the room and you can chat with the staff if you like in between naps.

With FUT (strip), we can do up to 4000 grafts (8000 hairs) in one day, that’s enough to cover a totally bald scalp. Common sizes are 1800-2600 grafts (3600-5200 hairs). With FUE, we are limited to 2800 grafts (5600 hairs) per day.

We limit it to 2800 grafts (5600 hairs) for a lot of reasons but we find if we rush and try and take more, the results are not as good. We would suggest caution for any clinics offering more that than in one day, the quality may not be there. One graft contains 2 hairs on average, so 2000 grafts is 4000 hairs and so on.

Large numbers are quoted on many overseas transplant sites and posts and sometimes this is done with large FUE punches to make things quicker but they never show you the extensive scarring and hair loss they cause at the back and sides by doing this rough work.

It really depends on the area that needs to be covered. Some approximates:

  • Crown 800 grafts (1600 hairs)
  • Front corners 1400 grafts (2800 hairs)
  • Front to crown thinning 2000 grafts (4000 hairs)
  • Front third  2400 grafts (4800 hairs)
  • Top of head with little hair or patchy baldness 3000+ grafts (6000+ hairs)
  • Totally bald 3400-4000 grafts (6800-8000 hairs)
  • Remember one graft has an average 2 hairs in it.

In short, it’s about 70% and that would take 2 procedures about 11 months apart. There are clinics that state that they can recover up to 98% and promise a full head of thick hair but this isn’t true. The good news is that 70% is more than enough to compensate for hair loss because people need to lose more than 25% anyway before they really notice it, so if we give them back 70% they are very happy, that’s why it’s so popular. Hair loss patients who visit Hair Transplants Melbourne for FUE or FUT are among the happiest patients in the field of cosmetic surgery.

The hairs begin to grow at 4 months after being relocated by us. Between 4-6 months there is a large growth spurt so by 6 months about 60% is growing. It takes 12-14 months depending on your hair length for full growth. While it’s growing, it looks totally natural, the hairs grow randomly and are all at different lengths so it’s like hair loss but in reverse. Some of the hairs grow straight away but this varies.

A lot of our patients go back to work the next day. If you have lost most of your hair then you may need a few days off unless you can wear a cap to work. The skin is pink for a week or so but can be covered by surrounding hair, scarfs for women or caps.


  • Most experienced Melbourne-based Hair Surgeon. 18 years of transplanting.
  • Shorter operating times.  8000 H in by 5 PM.
  • Consult the Dr.  personally not a salesperson or commission medi-nurse.
  • The consultation involves extensive measurements and documentation answering all of your questions in writing and video-microscopy.
  • Many types of transplant and instrument options available for your best results which makes us unique.
  • We never shave the recipient area so return to work is quicker.
  • Expensive Bio-enhanced procedures. Free LED.
  • Busiest Full-Service Hair Restoration Clinic in Melbourne.
  • Dr Spano has had a transplant and knows how to make it easier for you.


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