Last updated on December 21, 2023
At Hair Doctors, we understand that considering a hair transplant is a significant decision that often comes with a multitude of questions. We believe that an informed patient is an empowered one, which is why we’ve created this comprehensive Hair Transplant FAQs list.
Whether you’re just beginning to explore the idea of a hair transplant or are well into your research journey, this resource is designed to address your most common queries, providing you with clear and concise answers.
From understanding the procedure to post-operative care, we aim to equip you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about your hair restoration journey.
Here are our most common questions about a hair transplant:
What is a hair transplant procedure?
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves transferring donor hair follicles from one part of your body (usually the back or sides of the head) to an area with thinning hair, fine hair or no hair.
How common is hair loss in Australia?
Female and male hair loss is prevalent in Australia, affecting both men and women. It’s estimated that around two-thirds of Australian men experience some degree of hair loss by the age of 50.
What are the different types of hair transplant techniques available at Hair Doctors?
At Hair Doctors, we use the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method for hair transplants. This is now considered the gold standard in hair transplantation. Each hair follicle is grafted and transplanted as opposed to patches of hair follicles which give a more precise natural look.
Is hair transplantation surgery painful?
Hair transplant surgery is typically performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring minimal to no discomfort during the procedure.
How long does a hair restoration surgery take?
The duration of a hair transplant varies depending on the technique and the number of grafts being transplanted but generally takes several hours to complete.
What is the recovery time after a hair transplant?
Recovery time can vary, but most people can resume their normal activities within a few days
Will my transplanted hairs look natural?
When performed by a skilled doctor transplanted hair should appear natural and blend seamlessly with your existing hair.
Are there any potential side effects of hair transplants?
Possible side effects may include swelling, redness, or minor discomfort, but these are typically temporary.
How long until I see the final results of my hair transplant?
Hair transplant results are gradual, with noticeable growth typically starting around three to six months post-surgery.
Do I need to take medications after a hair transplant?
Your doctor may prescribe medications or recommend over-the-counter treatments to aid in the healing process and promote hair growth.
Is a hair transplant a one-time procedure?
Depending on the extent of your hair loss and your long-term goals, you may require additional procedures in the future to maintain or enhance your results and prevent further hair loss.
What is the cost of a hair transplant in Australia?
The cost of a hair transplant varies based on factors like the technique used and the number of hair grafts required. On average, it can range from several thousand to several tens of thousands of dollars.
Is hair transplant surgery covered by health insurance in Australia?
Generally, health insurance does not cover elective cosmetic procedures like hair transplants. It’s essential to check with your insurance provider for specific details.
Are there any age restrictions for hair transplant surgery?
While there is no strict age limit, it’s advisable to wait until your hair loss pattern stabilises, typically in your late twenties to early thirties.
Can I shave my head after a hair transplant?
After the initial healing period, you can shave your transplanted hair if desired. However, it’s essential to follow post-operative instructions carefully.
How do I choose the right hair transplant doctor in Australia?
Researching qualified hair transplant doctors, checking their credentials and reading reviews can help you select the right doctor for your needs.
Will I need time off work after a hair transplant?
Most people can return to work within a week to ten days after a hair transplant, depending on their job and the extent of the procedure.
Can I exercise after a hair transplant?
It’s best to avoid strenuous exercise and activities that could increase blood pressure for a few weeks post-surgery to ensure proper healing.
How do I care for my transplanted hair after the procedure?
Following post-operative care instructions provided by your doctor is essential to promote healing and optimal results. Transplanted hair and surrounding hair will need special care for long-term results.
Are there any long-term risks associated with hair transplants?
When performed by a qualified doctor, the long-term risks are minimal. However, it’s crucial to attend follow-up appointments and adhere to post-operative care guidelines.
Will my transplanted hair fall out eventually?
Transplanted hair should be permanent, as it’s typically harvested from areas resistant to balding. However, it’s important to continue monitoring your overall hair health and address any potential future hair loss as needed
Should I tell people I had a hair transplant?
The decision to disclose your hair transplant is entirely a personal one. Some individuals choose to share their experience openly, while others prefer to keep it private. It’s important to consider your comfort level and reasons for sharing or not sharing this information.
How fragile are grafts after hair transplant?
In the immediate days following a hair transplant, grafts can be relatively fragile. They are susceptible to movement, dislodging, or damage if not handled with care. However, as the healing process progresses, grafts become more secure and firmly anchored in their new locations.
How to schedule a consultation
To schedule a consultation with one of our hair loss experts, please contact us as follows:
We are located at Level 1/5A Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022.