Men and women are having Hair Transplants every day in Melbourne. The hair follicles are placed into the thinning area exactly the way they used to grow there, so, when the transplanted hairs grow the result will look natural and nobody will ever know. In groups of only 1, 2 or 3 hairs they grow naturally once moved from the back of the scalp into the desired spot and thrive and behave as if they were always there because its your tissue growing healthily in a new site, needing cutting and grooming as usual.
Your hair will grow in naturally over many months as the transplanted follicles wake up gradually and not even your hairdresser will be able to pick it because gone are the days of old clumpy plugs!
HOW DOES IT WORK – Harvesting?
Hair follicles are harvested from the back of the scalp in the safe zone where hair does not fall out. This harvest is commonly the removal of excess skin under local anaesthesia as a strip which is then sutured closed so there is no hair loss or thinning at the back “donor” area.
FUE follicle extraction is a recent technique where individual follicular units are removed one by one from the safe zone. This process is slower but is sometimes appropriate for certain people, Dr Spano can help you decide which is best for you.
HOW DOES IT WORK – Planting?
Once the follicular units are removed from the donor area, they are trimmed under a microscope by our expert team to create the exact shape and form desired for optimal growth. Dr Spano will use the very tip of a needle to create recipient sites in the hair loss area, either scalp, face or eyebrow. The prepared follicular units which have 1,2,or 3 hairs each will then be gently placed into the tiny slits and will stay there and within hours be quite firmly stuck in place.
The recipient sites are made by Dr Spano with exactly the correct angle and direction off your hair loss area so the grafts will grow naturally so no-one will ever know.
HEALING AND AFTERCARE
Minimal care is needed to look after a transplant. We ask you avoid exercise for a week but you can shower and groom from the next morning. If the back of the scalp has sutures, these are dissolving and do not need to be removed. The donor are is a little tender for a week or so. With FUE, nothing apart from an antiseptic shampoo is needed for a week. We provide a saline spray to keep the areas moist for the first day until the shower the next morning. Crusting may occur where the grafts are placed but can be hard to see and resolves in a few days.
Dr Paul Spano worked firstly with one of the world pioneers of Hair Transplants Dr Richard Shiell who started Hair Transplants in Melbourne in the late 60’s and continues with Dr Russell Knudsen at the Melbourne office of Dr Knudsen’s Australia and New Zealand wide centers.
Dr Spano attended his first international hair conference in Florida, USA in 1998.
With over 500 Hair Transplants performed including all aspects of the transplant and not just removing the donor strip like some other clinics, Dr Spano is now at the forefront of this technique worldwide.
Dr Spano makes all of the recipient sites himself ( not done at many other clinics) and although this is time consuming , he feels this is the best way to get exactly the correct angle and direction off the skin that the hair will eventually grow and makes the difference between a good and a great transplant.
“It’s all about meticulous attention to detail and natural hairline design and density”. “Follicular Unit grafting and experience of what grafts to put where on the scalp make all the difference.”
“Every new patient represents and scientific and artistic challenge to get the thickest most natural result with the donor hair available and the individuals unique hair characteristics.”
“One in 3 or so patients are females in their 30’s and 40’s with thin hair at the front of the scalp or top of the head, and the transplant results are sensational in women.”
“People can wear their hair long or short after a transplant, the procedure is sometimes scarless but occasionally a fine scar around the back of the head remains but is hidden under hair cut at a number 3 or more.”