FUE & FUT Hair Transplant
(Surgical Hair Restoration)
Esteem Cosmetic Studios’ hair transplant service offering is provided by Dr M. Alam. The team’s mission is to provide the best possible outcome, our key to success is thorough and precise communication between the physician and the patient. Initial Consultations can be arranged for Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane patients.
Dr M. Alam and his team of experienced Hair Transplant Technicians specialise exclusively in the practice of surgical hair restoration. He aims to provide his patients with the most natural results possible. Hair restoration may be the most important self-improvement decision of your life.
If you suffer from hair loss, the stigma of “baldness” is one of the first ways that people think of to characterise you. In the mind of the average person, a fuller head of hair represents attractiveness and desirability, both personally and professionally. Hair plays an important part in forming a person’s image and can be affordable.
So please keep the following in mind: In medical hair restoration, you have only one opportunity to “get it right.” Therefore, this is one procedure for which corner-cutting and bargain-hunting is ill-advised.
What are follicular units and micro grafts?
Follicular units and micro grafts are the terms used to describe the individual sections of donor hair that are transplanted to balding areas. Most follicular units contain 3-5 hairs. When follicular units are combined and transplanted together, they are referred to as a follicular family unit.
Some situations call for a micro graft, which is a section of 3 or less hairs – not quite a complete follicular unit. Precise transferring of appropriately sized follicular units is very important to the success of surgical hair transplantation. Our hair naturally grows in irregular patterns, so to avoid an unnatural result, these patterns must be respected during the transplant process.
The only way to know if you are a candidate for a hair transplant, is to attend a confidential consultation. Dr M. Alam can educate you on hair loss and the methods of treating it, and can then evaluate your personal situation. From this, the determination will be made as to your candidacy. They will also advise you as to what surgical technique would suit you best ie FUT technique or the FUE technique.
In determining your candidacy, we consider:
- Number of grafts required to meet your expectations
- Density of donor hair
- Colour of hair
- Skin complexion
- Texture of hair
- Future hair loss projections
How do I know that hair transplant really works?
Originally developed in the 1930’s, hair transplant surgery has come a long way since its conception. When it became popular in the 60’s and 70’s, hair transplant surgery was unrefined and the technique utilised large hair grafts produced by round punches. This often led to the sparse plugged look associated with hair transplantation. That is, until modern breakthroughs.
Today’s hair transplant surgeons use micro-grafts and follicular unit transplantations that are virtually indistinguishable even by professional hairdressers. Hair transplant surgery always begins with your healthy donor hair. It’s simple: If you don’t have the donor hair then you don’t have the hair that can be transplanted. This donor hair is located on the sides and back of the head and is resistant to balding, allowing it to continue to grow throughout your lifetime. Most men suffering from standard male pattern baldness will have a healthy donor area.
However, if your hair loss is not hereditary and is caused by other conditions such as stress or medication, you will want to see a dermatologist first before attending a hair transplant consultation.
FUT Surgical Technique
In follicular unit hair transplants, a small section of tissue is removed from the donor area and is broken down under magnification. This is where modern hair transplant surgeons show their true artistry. Follicular units grow in groups of 1-4 hairs. By keeping this composition intact, your hair transplant mimics real life. Hair transplant surgeons reproduce with micro-grafts exactly how hair grows in nature. Each hair is different and an experienced hair transplantation surgeon can make sure the hairs are transplanted in areas where they are best suited.
For example, certain hair groupings belong at the hairline, while others belong at the crown of the head. Different hair transplant clinics use different methods and technology to achieve results. For your hair transplantation you’ll want to keep in mind that you’re maximizing hair growth, ensuring naturalness, and minimizing trauma to the scalp. With any hair transplant surgery there will be scars, but a good surgeon can keep that scarring to a minimum, and more importantly, undetectable. When done correctly your hair transplant is a customized experience; it’s living hair that you can style like you would before your hair loss.
FUE Surgical Technique
The most important difference between Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and the FUT (Strip method) is the technique used for extracting the follicular units.
With FUE, a specialized punch with less than 1mm diameter is used to extract the hair from the scalp. The main advantage of this technique is that follicular units are extracted directly form the scalp rather than in larger groups, which obviates the utilization of scalpel and stitching. On the right you can see a simple diagram showing how follicular units extraction happens. A punch of under 1mnn diameter is placed in the skin to the depth of the hair’s root allowing the Hair Transplant Surgeon to remove the hair from the skin without causing damage.
This new non-invasive technique is offered by very few hair transplantation clinics in Europe. The reason is that very few hair transplant surgeons are able to master this difficult technique because FUE requires special know-how and correct practice from the medical team in order to complete this procedure in a way to produce results. Dr M. Alam is extremely experienced and highly regarded in this technique. Hair transplantation has actually been around for quite awhile. For over 40 years, balding men and women have been turning to variations of this procedure, and finding successful results.
However, the procedure is now better than ever. Heightened understandings of growth patterns and advancements in follicular unit grafting techniques have helped to produce remarkably natural results. Because the newly transplanted hair is taken from a healthy patch on your own head, it will continue to grow in its natural pattern for the rest of your life, blending with the hair that is already there. Obvious hair transplants are a thing of the past!
I have had a procedure done many years ago when they used plugs and am disappointed with the results, can I have it redone?
Yes! Dr Masroor Alam can improve upon a poorly done transplant and give you the natural results you would have liked in the first place. You will need to have an in depth consultation with them so that they can explain what results to expect for a revision surgery.
Is there a minimum age for hair loss surgery?
Since hair loss does not place age restrictions on who it hits, there is no limit on when you can begin treating it. Our patients actually range from 21-80 years old. If you are noticing hair loss at a young age, you are encouraged to address it sooner than later. Getting a head start, while you still have quite a bit of naturally growing hair, will help your surgeon more successfully cover the work while newly transplanted hair gradually grows in.
What is more, there is really no reason to wait to treat your hair loss, since it’s not a condition that just stops at any certain age. It’s an ongoing process around which your surgical restoration can be customised.
Is a hair transplant even necessary with things like Finasteride on the market?
While Finasteride and Minoxidil have been proven to regrow hair, they will not grow all your hair back. Unfortunatley, they tend to fall short of many patients’ expectation. Their greatest benefit seems to be in slowing down hair loss. It becomes repeatedly apparent that the best route for Finasteride and Minoxidil is as a complement to a hair transplant. They provide the ideal enhancement for the results of hair transplantation.
You hear of hair transplant clinics charging by the graft, by the hair and even by the session, so it can be hard to really compare hair transplantation costs. For example, price per graft means nothing unless you know how many hairs you get in a graft and the experience of the doctor. Different hair restoration surgeons can perform a different number of micro-grafts per session. At a consultation, our specialists can break the hair transplant cost down into grafts or hairs once we’ve determined the price of your surgery.
Can you afford NOT to have a hair transplant?
As with any elective procedure, hair transplant cost is an important part of the research process. However, it should not be the sole deciding factor. Hair restoration surgery can be custom-tailored, and planned out to fit each patient’s individual budgetary needs. Plus, it’s a valuable investment, producing results that last a lifetime. Can you really put a price tag on peace of mind? Hair transplant costs are nowhere near the costs some people pay worrying about their hair loss.
How much would it costs?
Because each patient’s hair loss is unique, as are their expectations, the only way to learn the total expense of your own surgery is through an educational appointment with Dr Masroor Alam. The cost of the procedure is dependent on the number of grafts and the surgical technique. Please bear in mind that the cost per graft is different for the FUT (strip method) technique and the FUE technique.
Please keep in mind not all patients are alike and some will require a slightly different operation than others. Rest assured, you will receive a specific price quotation during your consultation visit. Our staff are always happy to discuss these matters with you in more detail.
What must I do next if ever I decide to pursue this option?
If you think a hair transplant is the treatment you prefer to fix your hair loss problem, your next step would be to go for a consultation. This step will inform you of the finer details of the entire process, and it also helps you decide which surgeon provides the treatment plan that you think is compatible to your specific needs.
For us here in Esteem Studio, we require inquiring clients to take four (4) photographs of themselves in the following formats:
- Back view of their head
- Aerial view of their head/crown (coronal) view
- Frontal view
- Side view
For a clearer view, have someone else take the photo and that it should also be taken under bright lighting. Along with your questions, send these photos in our enquiry page.