Hair Transplant Blog

Hair Transplant Aftercare Cheat Sheet

Hair Transplant Aftercare Cheat Sheet [Updated]

Posted  Last updated on 

The final stretch is a critical time in achieving your desired results. At this point, the ball is in your court and you play a significant part in making sure that you are setting yourself up for surgical success. To help you sway things in that direction, here are hair transplant aftercare tips to get you started.

Normal Things to Expect

Before anything else, it is important that you know what you will normally expect after surgery. While it may not always look and feel pleasing, these are body reactions you can expect. 


General Hair Care Instructions

While you care for your hair in its initial stages of healing, it is important that you remember these quick and simple reminders. 

On washing and grooming your hair

Some surgeons allow gentle hair washing on the day after surgery. However, extra care should be given to avoid dislodging the grafts accidentally. Don’t let the stream of water from the shower hit your head directly to prevent dislodging the newly implanted grafts. To rinse the area, it’s better that you rinse it gently using a cup to slowly pour water over it. Dry the area by dabbing it with a soft towel, and comb it gently so as not to dislodge the grafts or disturb incisions.

On managing sutures

The sutures used during hair transplant are non-dissolvable, so careful aftercare measures must be taken until they can be removed. If in any case the sutures get dislodged prematurely, avoid puttling it out and just allow it to fall by itself. Just wait for the incision to close until it’s time to take them off, usually around the second week after surgery.

On avoiding habits that may compromise healing

Alcohol and cigarettes are some of the components that hamper healing. Avoid them for at least 4 weeks before and after surgery. Both interfere with wound healing, it counteracts the effects of your medications, and may even increase your risk for complications such as bleeding. It is also advised that you control your caffeine fix to 2 cups a day because even your favorite grind may increase bleeding tendencies.

Important Points on Hair Transplant Surgery Aftercare

Now, we go into details about the usual concerns that have a significant bearing on your healing process. 

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 in the area, warm to the touch, or if you develop a fever.

Wound Care

Proper wound care is essential 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. How you manage these affects the way your wound heals, which is critical especially among FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) patients. 

Donor Area

The wound at the donor area requires additional collagen formation for it to heal. Eating the right foods, a potent supplement, and proper hydration can help boost your natural collagen.

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.

Furthermore, the importance of cleansing the back of the scalp – or the donor area – cannot be emphasized enough. You need to soak the area 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 to the dot. 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 biological makeup. However, using the right techniques helps sway things in the right direction. 


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, some doctors 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. Depending on your surgeon, there will a number of follow-up visits within the first year after your surgery. 

What You need to Do About Potential Adverse Reactions:


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 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.


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 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. 

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.

Read More
7 Things to Expect After Hair Transplant-1

7 Things to Expect After Hair Transplant

Updated on December 23, 2019

Hair is an important aspect that defines your appearance and a feature that can either boost or bust your confidence. This is why some guys are willing to pay a king’s ransom to restore their locks when faced with the threat of baldness. 

However, a leap into surgical hair restoration is no easy feat and it’s good that you found your way here to apprise yourself on what to expect after a hair transplant. In this way, you are more equipped to manage the aftercare process.

Sitting is recommended

7 Things to Expect After Hair Transplant-3

Any trauma that results in a break in the skin’s integrity can result in swelling or edema on the affected area. It is a natural consequence of hair transplantation that occurs around 2-6 days after the operation. 

Due to gravity, swelling can go down to the eyelids, which in some cases can become so severe that you may be unable to open your eyes. This would result in bruising or a  “black eye” after a few days. Prolonged swelling can also increase the risk of complications and your absences from work due to an unaesthetic appearance.

Doctors use this table when objectively assessing and grading post-operative edema:

GRADE Description
Grade 0 No edema 
Grade I Upper forehead edema 
Grade II Upper and lower forehead edema
Grade III Periorbital edema 
Grade IV Black eyes


During the initial stages of recovery, maintaining an upright or semi-lying down position can help reduce the swelling faster. When sleeping you can elevate your head at a 45-degree angle using  two pillows. 

Other physical methods to reduce swelling include: 

  • The use of a firm headband
  • Application of adhesive tapes below the hairline
  • The use of ice packs or bags of frozen peas
  • Steroids (orally or intramuscularly)

A proactive approach to minimise the swelling helps improve healing time and will make it progress faster.

Pain is a possibility

It’s normal to feel sore days after surgery. Typically, the donor and recipient site will do well a week after surgery, but it is also true that nerves awaken and the fluid under the skin will relocate resulting in a throbbing discomfort.

Pain during and after hair transplant surgery is expected. It is managed by proper surgical technique and the use of pain medications. Factors that contribute to pain include:

  • Wide strip
  • Bleeding
  • Wound tension 
  • Large sessions with inadequate anaesthesia

FUE (follicular unit extraction) heals faster than FUT (follicular unit transplantation) because it is less invasive. The pain experienced after surgery also varies accordingly. It is normal to experience some mild pain in the area up to two weeks after surgery, especially with FUT. 

Generally, the pain will naturally decline days after the procedure. But if you notice its intensity increases, it is necessary that you report this immediately to your doctor for it could signal an infection especially if accompanied by redness, fever, and foul-smelling discharges.

Generally, the pain will naturally decline days after the procedure.

Post-operative instructions vary for each surgeon. A cold compress is the easiest way to manage pain at home. Some doctors also advise moderate massages to the donor region to help alleviate the pain and increase circulation which is vital for healing. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesics are also prescribed to ease the pain. 

Shock loss

7 Things to Expect After Hair Transplant-2

As the name suggests, shock loss can leave some worried as their transplanted hairs begin to fall off after surgery. This is a temporary state of hair shedding after a hair restoration procedure. this is a normal response to scalp trauma. In a few weeks, new hairs will start growing in place. For some patients, this can be a big psychological blow and may seem like the surgery failed, but for others, this is a normal part of the recovery process.

There are certain factors that increase the severity of shock loss. FUE is more likely to result in transient hair loss in the donor area than FUT. However, if FUT uses large amounts of grafts at a time and the strip is not closed correctly, this can worsen the shock loss a patient experiences.

If you are experiencing shock loss, the hair typically begins to grow back around 2-4 months in the new growth cycle. Around 99% of shock loss cases are temporary with an average return time of three months. However, if the patient has miniaturized hairs on the area where the shock loss is happening, then that hair might not grow back. This is because miniaturized hairs are already on their way out and shock loss caused by trauma only speeds up the process.

Healing time varies

The healing time for a hair transplant surgery generally follows a certain timeline. However, it is also true that there is no hard and fast rule on how we recover. It is normal for some to heal much faster than others, while some may encounter problems along the way. These differences are either caused by your biological makeup, your post-operative aftercare technique, or the surgeon’s surgical technique and expertise.

Usually, patients would sport a full growth around the tenth or eleventh month after surgery. If you are growing as much as the next guy, know that there are other factors that may come into play. Don’t immediately raise up arms thinking that you have been short-changed. Full growth may take a year, while others might even start to notice it during the 24th month.

You might need more than one session

As mentioned earlier, every patient heals differently. This is the reason why some patients need more than one session. In these cases, the surgeon would assess the hair growth after the initial procedure, before deciding on whether a second one is necessary. This is part of the individualized care that can be expected from a reputable surgeon.

The extent of hair loss would also affect the number of sessions that you need to undergo. This is common in those who have extensive or an advanced form of hair loss. If you prefer an FUE procedure, this would usually require more than one session to achieve the desired result.

These secondary procedures may also be considered touch-ups to cover areas that may still be affected by the progressing hair loss. Therefore, some surgeons advise other patients against hair transplant too early on, as they prefer to perform the procedure after the hair loss has stabilized.

Risks are always involved

Every surgery comes with risks. Anything that involves a break in skin integrity means opening yourself up to a host of complications which can result in a poor outcome.

Post-Operative Complications in Hair Transplant Surgery
General Complications
  1. Syncope
  2. Itching
  3. Post-operative hiccup or cough
  4. Localised infection
Complications After FUT 
  1. Donor site wound dehiscence (strip wound opening up)
  2. Tissue death on the surgical site due to delayed wound healing or no healing at all
  3. Scarring
  4. Persistent pain 
  5. Hematoma (bruising)
  6. Suture extrusion
Complications After FUE
  1. Donor site depletion
  2. Pinpoint scarring
  3. Unusual discharges in surgical site
  4. Buried grafts
  5. Overharvesting
  6. Tissue death
  7. Subdermal cysts
  8. Keloid 


The good news is that the circumstances that surround these risks are all controllable. It comes down to preparing your body, choosing the right team, and never selling yourself cheap to dubious practices. The question is, are you willing to increase these risks or improve your chances for success? From there, you make the effort accordingly.

It’s not just your hair you restore!

Although this is not an assurance, a new hairline or an improved hair density is not the only possibility that you get out of the procedure. A hair transplant helps you regain confidence as well. The reason why success is not a certainty is that the result relies on several factors that all come into play. If you want to meet this expectation, you need to put in the effort to prepare for the procedure. When done properly, this surgical option can leave you with highly satisfying results.

A hair transplant helps you regain confidence

More people are opening up to a hair transplant now due to the advanced techniques and devices that increase your chances of getting a natural-looking result. If they like to be discreet about it, people can come out after recovery feeling more confident because studies show that most men can’t even notice a hair transplant.

Take these into consideration while you plan for your hair transplant. For advice on hair transplant in Sydney, talk to Dr. Daood of the Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic. Book your consultation today, here.

If you’re considering hair transplant surgery, contact us to map out your plan today.  Book a private consultation with Dr. Daood today.

Read More
Female vs Male Hair Transplant Blog - Sydney Hair Transplant - Dr Daood

Female Vs Male Hair Transplant: Defining Differences

Updated : October 31, 2019

Hair loss can take different forms in men and women. Therefore, treatments also vary to suit each patient’s needs. Hair transplant is one of those that can be customized accordingly, especially when addressing male and female hair loss. Here’s how the process differs for men and women. 

Hair loss in men and women

Androgenetic alopecia is a genetic condition that affects males and females. The reasons may be similar, but it progresses differently.

Both male and female hair loss stems from an increased sensitivity to male sex hormones. Testosterone, which is also present in specific amounts in females, becomes dihydrotestosterone or DHT when it comes in contact with a particular enzyme. DHT is the culprit behind male pattern hair loss even though it is said to possess specific beneficial effects on other parts of the body.

Androgenetic hair loss for both sexes is defined by a genetically determined shortening of the hair’s growth (anagen) phase. It also takes a lengthier time when hair sheds and the start of another anagen phase. So, in the course of the normal growth cycle, it takes longer for hair to start growing back. 

Androgenetic hair loss is also accompanied by follicular miniaturization. It is when the hair follicle shrinks, resulting in shorter, thinner hair shafts. 

Hair Life Cycle

It is in the pattern that the hair loss progress that men and women differ. Guys start to lose it from their front hairline. It starts to thin and regress towards the center of the head, forming an inverted M or a U. For women, hair loss begins at the center part of the hairline going outwards.

The pattern in which hair loss progress is a key characteristic that distinguishes male and female pattern baldness. In men, it starts above the temples as the hairline recedes to form an “M” shape eventually. The hair at the top of the head also thins out, which usually progress to baldness. In women, androgenetic hair loss begins with gradual thinning at the part line, which is followed by increasing diffuse hair loss that radiates from the top of the head. Frontal hairline recession is rare in women, and women also rarely go bald. 

Female vs Male Hair Transplant Comparison

Male Hair Transplant


Whether you are financially and psychologically ready for surgery, there are other considerations your surgeon must take.

As an initial step, they will determine if hair loss progression has run its course before hair transplant can be done. There is no universal age when hair loss stops. The amount and rate of hair thinning depend on several factors (e.g., diet, environment, a person’s health in general). Genetics also determines when and how much hair a man will lose.

If a patient jumps the gun prematurely by undergoing hair surgery much early on, then hair loss might still progress. So a man could end up with a restored hairline but is eventually left with a bald center.

Hair loss medications maintained before the surgery would still be continued even after the procedure. This is to prevent hair loss from worsening or control it entirely.

The procedure

A male hair transplant is done by removing donor grafts at the back of the head since this area is often unaffected by the condition. There are two techniques in doing this, the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). FUT, also known as the “strip method,” involves the removal of a piece of the scalp which contains the donor graft. This is more invasive, but it promises better yield because it is less traumatic to individual hair follicles. FUE, on the other hand, is a newer technique which uses a special tool that acts as a punch to remove individual grafts directly from the scalp.

Female Hair transplant

A lot of men may make great candidates for hair transplant, but this isn’t necessarily the case for women. As mentioned earlier, the donor areas for men are found at the back of the head. It is called a “stable site,” which means that it is not affected by DHT. In female pattern baldness, the same areas are usually unstable. These areas are also thinning, just like the other areas of the head. 

Therefore, if you remove hair from these areas and transplant them to thinning areas, they would eventually fall out. Any surgeon who attempts to transplant hair from an unstable site is unethical and is only taking advantage of the patient.

What is the goal of treatment for female hair transplant?

Unlike men, the frontal hairline in females remains unaffected since their hair loss takes on a more diffuse pattern. Hair transplants for this group are not aimed at framing the face but restoring volume from the top and the back. FUE is often the technique of choice for such cases, although some clinics prefer the strip method.

Who is a suitable candidate for a hair transplant?

Not everyone can undergo a hair transplant. A surgeon has to thoroughly evaluate patients to see if this treatment will be appropriate for them. The potential female candidates include:

  1. Women who have suffered hair loss due to mechanical reasons, such as traction alopecia. It occurs in women who frequently style their hair in tight buns, braids, or weaves.
  2. Women with a distinct hair loss pattern similar to that in male pattern baldness.
  3. Women who suffer from hair loss that is caused by burns, accidents, and trauma.
  4. Women who had previous cosmetic or plastic surgeries and are concerned about hair loss on the incision sites due to scarring.
  5. Women who are suffering from alopecia marginalis, which is a condition that is closely similar to traction alopecia.


Female hair transplants have provided excellent results in patients who have undergone the procedure. The Daily Mail shared the journey of one woman who had the surgery done, and how she came out of it very satisfied and confident of her new look.

Hair transplant today is not the same as it was ten or twenty years ago. Today, the practice has dramatically improved to provide natural-looking results. It is less painful, it can be minimally invasive, and it also guarantees strong and healthy follicles for donors. These are also the reason why female hair transplant cases are slowly catching up to male hair transplants.

Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic is also keeping abreast of the tools and techniques available for your specific case. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Daood today for a personalized plan of action.

If you’re considering hair transplant surgery, contact us to map out your plan today.  Book a private consultation with Dr. Daood today.

Read More
8 Receding Hairline Treatments in 2019

8 Receding Hairline Treatments in 2019

Is your hairline starting to look like a shoreline with an incoming low tide? If the amount of hair loss is getting obvious by the day, it is wise to act on it now if you plan to manage its progression. There are several receding hairline treatments that are available for you to use at present, all with their own approach to control excessive shedding and restore hair volume.

If you are looking for a way to address your follicular dilemma, then you must read this.

Hair Loss Facts

Hair loss doesn’t necessarily mean that you are experiencing a medical crisis. It is normal for us to lose hair every day. However, we don’t lose them in clumps, rather, we only shed around 50-100 hair strands each day. That may sound like a lot, but you’ll hardly even notice this at all. It’ s only when there is significant hair loss that it becomes apparent that hair density is thinning out, or it may be your hairline starting to recede.

Excessive hair loss is a multifactorial phenomenon. It could potentially stem from genetics, stress, medications, or certain conditions. In men, the usual culprit behind the problem is embedded in their DNA which results in a condition referred to as male androgenetic alopecia. This is true not only in older gentlemen, but even for younger men as well.

Androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness is caused by a hormone which triggers hair thinning and shedding. In some men, it may start in the middle portion of the scalp while it slowly increases in diameter. For others, it can start at the frontal hairline and it recedes backward.

Receding Hairline Treatments


Finasteride (Propecia) is an FDA-approved first-line treatment for male androgenetic alopecia. Originally indicated for enlarged prostates, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), it was later discovered that it can also trigger hair growth. However, it is only possible by using a fifth of the dose prescribed for prostate enlargement. The medication has shown reliable results in halting receding hairlines and restoring hair density.

Originally indicated for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), it was later discovered that Finasteride can also trigger hair growth.

However, the success is marred with threats of impotence, sexual dysfunction, and other untoward side effects. It may be able to save your locks, but it can also adversely affect your libido. Concern stems from the fact that medications must be taken regularly to maintain results. It has been reported that it is with long-term use that sexual side effects occur.  

Today, Propecia is still considered a safe and well-tolerated medication. Researchers are still pushing for further research to extensively evaluate if there are any unique characteristics that are present in affected individuals suffering from prolonged sexual dysfunction, and even depression, after using Propecia.

This potential side effect is an important matter for discussion between you and your doctor before treatment is started so you can be guided accordingly. Men with a history of oligospermia (low sperm count) or infertility are advised to avoid the drug, especially if you are planning to start a family soon.


Minoxidil is also a recognized treatment for a receding hairline or male pattern baldness. Originally used to treat hypertension, it was also observed that one of its side effects is increased hair growth. While this response is not fully understood, researchers believe that it stimulates blood flow and oxygen to the hair follicles that encourages hair to grow. Eventually, these results earned Minoxidil an FDA approval for male androgenetic alopecia.

Minoxidil is a topical treatment against receding hairlines or male pattern baldness.

Topical Minoxidil has been proven to be an effective treatment for hair loss; taking around six months to see results. However, the major factor to take into consideration when using minoxidil is your commitment to the product. It is best applied twice a day and it must be taken religiously otherwise its effects will revert if discontinued.

Proper application is also essential to ensure that it is thoroughly applied to the scalp. It must be sufficiently absorbed to deliver the treatment down to the hair follicles where it is needed the most. Make sure that your hair and scalp is cleaned thoroughly and dried prior to application. A clarifying shampoo helps remove buildup from excess oils and styling products.

The problem with minoxidil is that alcohol is the ingredient which allows the medication to penetrate the scalp. Alcohol-based products can dry the skin and scalp resulting in dandruff. You may need to use an anti-dandruff shampoo to counter this problem.


This treatment is generally recommended for the treatment of alopecia areata as well as other severe forms such as alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis. This medication comes in injectable, topical or oral form with an aim to prevent the immune system from attacking the hair follicles and encourage hair regrowth in patients suffering from alopecia.

Corticosteroid prevents the immune system from attacking the hair follicles and cause hair loss.

Steroid injections are best used on small patches of hair loss. The treatment may involve having several injections to deliver the solution directly to the scalp. This is also its drawback because patients must be subjected to it every few months as it is required in the administration of this drug. 

Topical steroids on the other hand are applied directly on the scalp surface. It is sold as a lotion, gel, or foam. This is an easier means of application with the type of corticosteroids delivered including, betamethasone, mometasone, and hydrocortisone. While they are convenient, it is important that a patient be mindful of the associated side effects with prolonged use, such as acne and thinning of the skin.

Steroid tablets are no longer recommended for the treatment alopecia because it was found that they pose serious side effects such as stomach ulcers and diabetes.

Laser Treatment

One of the hair loss treatments that is slowly making a mark in the market today is low-level laser hair treatment. With the movement towards non-invasive options, it’s no surprise that laser is gaining favor in a lot of hair loss victims. But how effective is it in delivering its promised results?

Low-level laser helps stimulate hair growth and it can also be an adjunct therapy to other hair loss treatments.

The use of laser in hair restoration should be taken with a grain of salt because it is not a definitive or a miracle treatment. There are several factors that must be taken into consideration such as the extent of hair loss, the treatment that it is concurrently used with, and the type of hair loss that you are suffering from.

In a recent study, it was shown that laser treatment created a significant improvement in patients with androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness). With some slight variety in data, some studies showed that low-level laser treatment is effective when combined with topical minoxidil. However, when compared to the results of a hair transplant, the latter provides a faster and more dramatic change.

Hair Transplant

hair transplant procedure is considered the last resort in hair restoration because of its invasive nature. It is for this reason and the accompanying cost that makes proper advice and planning is necessary to ensure positive results. 

Surgical hair restoration comes in two different approaches, the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUT is the traditional method which involves the creation of a linear incision that runs across the back of the scalp to remove a piece of the scalp containing the donor hairs. Meanwhile, the FUE method is less invasive because it only involves the removal of the donor grafts directly on the scalp using a special tool. It is less traumatic to the scalp and it doesn’t result in obvious scars, however it may be pricier.

Proper advice and planning are necessary to help ensure a positive outcome with Hair Transplant surgery. 

Hair transplant price vary for each individual, and it depends on the following:

  • The area of hair loss that must be covered
  • The type of technique used
  • The country, region, or clinic where you will have your hair transplant done
  • The doctor who performs the procedure
  • The type of procedure (whether if it is a primary procedure or a repair)

Hair transplant surgery has been hailed a reliable solution in restoring hair loss. It may come with risks inherent to its surgical nature, but this can be significantly lessened when you have it done by reputable and certified surgeons. It gives you the volume and coverage that comes out natural-looking. Therefore, despite its cost, many are considering this treatment.

Start by getting the help that you need today from someone who is on the same page as you. Book your consultation today and ask Dr Daood of the Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic your burning hair transplant questions.

Read More
How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost in Australia? Sydney Hair Transplant

How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost in Australia?

Last updated on May 28th, 2019 at 9:00 am

Male pattern baldness is very common. So common in fact that it accounts for over 95 percent of hair loss in men. To that end, many of them have tried to manage it by trying everything from restorative shampoos and herbal remedies to preventative creams and nanofiber sprays. Some interventions work to a certain degree; but in a lot of cases, none offer a lasting solution.

This is where hair transplants come in.

The procedure has come a long way since it was first introduced and is now recognized as a more lasting solution to hair loss. However, this option usually comes with a price—literally. Cost is a major consideration for this procedure. And anyone considering it has to always start by asking themselves: exactly much would a hair transplant cost in Australia?

To give you a better idea of how much you have to spend to get this procedure, it’s important to look at the different factors that contribute to its cost–

Hair Transplant Consultation

Most assume that hair transplant consultations are simple. However, it’s not as straightforward as setting an appointment for your surgery. Even when you’re prepared to shoulder the full hair transplant cost, you can’t just walk in and say you’re interested in a procedure and get a schedule. Why? For starters, not everyone is a good candidate for hair transplant surgery. Criteria such as whether or not you have enough donor hair and what kind of hair loss does you have to be checked and considered. And these are factors that only reliable and reputable doctor will be able to provide accurately. In any case, numerous clinics may refund this amount if you do decide to proceed with the surgery.

You may also come across clinics that offer free consultations. Take note however that your appointment may not necessarily be with a doctor or surgeon and you will be talking to the clinic’s hair transplant specialist instead. This means you may not receive an in-depth clinical assessment of your condition and your appropriate way forward.

Aside from word of mouth and personal research, a personal consultation is really the best way to determine whether hair transplant surgery is for you and if you’re potentially going to be working with a good doctor. You would want someone who fully understands your aesthetics and goals, especially since this is going to be quite a significant financial investment. If that means you have to shell out a consultation fee to start with, it’s bound to be money well spent.

However, at Sydney Hair Transplant, we waive your consultation fee and you get an in-person consultation with Dr. Daood.

Hair Transplant Treatment Area

The size of the area that requires treatment is also a significant factor in your hair transplant cost. Quite simply, larger hairless patches will require more work; which raises the total expense of the procedure.

If you’re in the early stages of hair loss, you might assume that it’s better to go through surgery now and keep the hair transplant cost low. However, most surgeons will usually advise you to check out non-invasive alternatives first.

Techniques for Hair Transplant

There are two techniques for hair transplant procedures– the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). Each procedure varies in terms of technique and difficulty—and to that end, has differences when it comes to exposure to risks, time to complete the procedure, and skill. All these are factors that contribute to the cost of each technique.

FUT, which is known as the traditional technique involves making a long incision across the back of your head to remove a piece of your scalp, which contains hair grafts. Each graft runs around $7, usually for the first 500 grafts. Anything more and the price goes down to an average of $5.50 per graft since more coverage is needed.

How many grafts will you need?

The cost of your FUT hair transplant depends solely on the number of follicles/grafts ( average follicle has 1.6 hairs) you need.

The 1st 500 grafts @$7.70
The 2nd 500 grafts @ $6.60
The next 1000 grafts @ 5.50
The next 500 grafts @4.40
Thereafter $3.30 per graft


Image via

GraftsInc. GST

Note: The total cost will vary accordingly based on the patient’s aesthetic goals, and the amount of work, or grafts, needed to achieve it. This is why a personal consultation is necessary to ensure that extensive evaluation is made on a certain case.

FUE, on the other hand is a relatively new approach that is less invasive, which entails donor grafts being removed directly from its original location using a special tool that acts like a punch. This results in a more natural aesthetic because you don’t have to worry about scarring at the back of your head. This also means the healing process is much faster. However, this technique commands a higher price as it requires more skill to perform it successfully. In Australia, this would be around $12 to $18 per graft.

How many grafts will you need?

The cost of your FUE hair transplant depends solely on the number of follicles/grafts ( average follicle has 1.6 hairs) you need.

The 1st 1000 grafts @ $9.90
The next 500 grafts @ $8.80
The next 500 grafts @ $7.70
The next 500 grafts @ $6.60
Thereafter $5.50 per graft


Image via

GraftsInc. GST

Note: The total cost will vary accordingly based on the patient’s aesthetic goals, and the amount of work, or grafts, needed to achieve it. This is why a personal consultation is necessary to ensure that extensive evaluation is made on a certain case.

Eyebrow Hair Transplant

Hair transplants aren’t exclusively for the scalp. Sparse brows can also be remedied by surgical intervention. This will involve taking hair from another part of your body and placing it on your brow area to create your desired brow shape. The cost for this procedure can run anywhere from $4,000 – $6,000. Partial eyebrow repairs may also be done, but the cost will be determined during consultation because this will depend on the amount the surgeon decides is necessary.

Scalp Hair Restoration

There are some clinics who provide scalp hair restoration procedures, also known as a scalp reduction or alopecia reduction. Done under local anaesthetics, the bald area of the scalp at the top or crown area of the head is removed and the edges of the hair-bearing skin from both sides are sewn together. This procedure usually costs around $2,000 – $3,000. While it’s considered a viable restoration option,this procedure is often considered high risk because of its potential for scarring.


If you are not from Australia, you should take note that GST (Goods and Services Tax) are added to the listed price of certain goods and services. This is a broad-based tax that applies an additional 10% to most foods, services, and other items that are sold or consumed in the country. You can see this in most Australian businesses, including hair transplants.

Keep this in mind when you inquire prices at hair transplant clinics. Always ask if the listed price is before or after GST. This way, you get an accurate amount and can prepare your budget accordingly.

Can You Afford the Full Hair Transplant Cost?

While hair transplants are not covered by insurance companies, there are other options available if you want to pursue it. Most opt to take out personal and more flexible loan options to finance the procedure. However, it should be noted that these will require you to pass stringent eligibility criteria set by finance companies.

If you’re considering hair transplant surgery, contact us to map out your plan today.  Book a private consultation with Dr. Daood today.

Read More
7 Ways You To Ensure Hair Loss Treatment Success

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:


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 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.


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.

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.

Read More
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

A consultation fee is necessary during your preliminary consultation. This may slightly vary among surgeons and the location where the clinic is located. However, at Sydney Hair Transplant we waive the consultation fee and we do it for free.

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 clinics that offer hair transplant surgery in Sydney through the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) website. 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.

Read More
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.

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.

Read More
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Read More