Surgical Hair Replacement - How Does It Really Work?


Balding is one situation men always dread, and it used to be irreversible until now. Now many men experiencing baldness can get their hair back and for good with just one procedure: surgical hair replacement or hair transplants.

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that removes hair from one part of a person’s head and moves it to a bald or thinning part of the person’s scalp. Having been done since the 1950s, hair transplantation has come a long way and has led to some amazing, very natural-looking results in recent years.

The Process of Surgical Hair Replacement

Hair transplants work by moving existing hair from one part of a person’s head called the ‘donor site’, to the balding areas called the ‘recipient site’. Before this procedure can be done, a surgeon must first look at the person’s scalp closely to see if the person is a good candidate for it. Not all can undergo hair transplantation, as several factors including a sufficient number of donor hair and the right kind of hair have to be considered.

Once a person is deemed a good candidate, the procedure can then be commenced. It starts with a cleaning of the scalp and injection of anesthesia to the donor site, where the hair follicles will be extracted. These hair follicles are separated into individual follicular units before being implanted into the recipient site.

Depending on the size of the transplant, the entire procedure can take anywhere between 4 to 8 hours.

What to Expect After Surgery

Right after surgery you can expect your scalp to feel quite tender, and you may have to wear bandages and take pain medications for several days. You may also have to take an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory drug.

Within the first ten days, you can also expect some of the transplanted hairs to fall out. This hair loss is natural due to the ‘shock’ caused by the transplantation, but after a few months new hairs will begin to grow from the relocated follicles.

Although surgical hair replacement in Australia is quite advanced and minimally invasive, it can still come with some side effects. These include possible bleeding and infection, but these can be remedied. There may also be a chance of scarring and unnatural-looking hair growth. These last two underscore why it is so important to get an expert transplant surgeon, as they are not only skilled at doing the procedure with minimal to no scarring, they’re also quite adept and experienced at creating a very natural looking hairline.

How Is It Different to Other Hair Regrowth Methods?

There are many other options for regrowing hair, but only hair transplantation can reshape your hairline and fill in gaps using your own healthy, growing hair. After the procedure the use of other regrowth methods, such as Laser Hair Treatment are encouraged to further promote the growth of the newly implanted hairs.

Hair transplantation may be riskier compared to other non-surgical hair replacement methods, but is superior in that it uses your own, natural hair. There’s no extra maintenance required other than your usual hair care regime, and you don’t have to worry about your hair moving around or looking unnatural since it is your own hair.

If you’d like to know more about hair transplantation or are thinking about getting surgical hair replacement in Sydney, get in touch with Transitions Hair today. We’ll hear all your concerns and answer all your questions, so you can be fully at ease with your decision. Call 1300 427 778 now.