Hair growth after Hair Transplantation typically keeps improving for up to 18 months, so even if you are ecstatic at 6 months after Hair Transplantation, you can take comfort that the final result will look even better. Occasionally it can take longer, but it’s all about your suitability for surgery and there are six main variables that can influence your outcome, says Hair Transplant Surgeon of Melbourne and Sydney, Dr Rhett Bosnich.
Dr Bosnich is the founding principal Hair Transplantation Surgeon at the Newin Institute in Melbourne and Sydney. Newin Institute is Australia’s leading Hair Transplantation clinic in combining the latest methods in hair transplantation surgery with medicine of the future – called Integrative Regenerative Medicine (non-surgical hair restoration, utilising advanced Phot-Activated PRP and Autologous Stem Cell Technology and peptides).
One of only a couple of full-time Hair Transplantation Surgeons in Australia, Dr Rhett Bosnich (ABHRS) is dedicated to this fine art and is passionate about ensuring patient suitability for surgery to produce a successful result that meets the expectations of his patients.
So what are a few of the important variables to consider that can influence the final results after a hair transplantation procedure?
“What’s really essential is that the patient is assessed appropriately and carefully selected for hair transplantation surgery according to their suitability,” says Dr Bosnich. “The two most important factors to consider during assessment are firstly, the number of grafts that will be required to adequately cover the area of hair loss and, secondly, the size of the area of hair loss. It is only logical that the more grafts we can harvest and pack into a given area-size of hair loss, then the denser the result will be. Dense hair equates to thicker hair and a successful, natural, undetectable result.”
Dr Bosnich says that the other factors include patient expectations (achievability), and the individual characteristics of the actual hair, such as hair diameter, hair type (straight, wavy or curly) and hair colour contrast with the scalp. If the hair loss is too far gone and the number of grafts required to cover the area of hair loss is greater than what is realistically available from the donor area, then Dr Bosnich’s recommendation would be to consider other hair loss solutions rather than hair transplantation.
“Haven’t you ever wondered why many women perm their hair and dye it lighter as they get older? Curly or wavy hair, particularly with a thicker diameter is much better at concealing the scalp. By comparison, straight hair of a thin diameter is less forgiving and reveals more of the scalp, so it is less successful at camouflaging the scalp. Even more problematic is if there is also large colour contrast between the colour of the hair and the colour of the skin. Even if you don’t have hair loss, very dark brown or black hair on pale skin can give the illusion of hair loss because light illuminates the darkness of the hair and paleness of skin on the scalp.” says Dr Bosnich.
Dr Bosnich is a prestigious graduate of the world’s highest international training program: the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons – a qualification that only the best and most dedicated Hair Transplantation Surgeons can only achieve through full-time practice, rigorous peer examination and commitment to regular on-going training in the latest advancements within the industry.
Dr Bosnich is also the pioneer of the use of advanced Photo-Activated Platelet Rich Plasma and Autologous Stem Cell Technology in hair transplantation. He is continually working to develop and refine these techniques to produce even better hair transplantation results.