If you’re considering a hair transplant, the chances are you’ve got some burning questions on your mind.
Dr Alexis Suevo is a hair transplant surgeon at Gro Clinics Melbourne. Always happy to share her wealth of knowledge on hair transplantation, we asked her some of the most common questions we get.
Dr Alexis is a trained GP with a Bachelor of Surgery and a Bachelor of Medicine from Monash University. She has been part of the Gro team since January 2018.
Here’s what she had to say!
Q: What is the difference between the Gro technique and other hair transplant techniques?
A: At Gro, we try to minimise the scarring in the donor area, so the way we extract hairs is by follicle. That way there’s no large strip scar and the scalp heals really well, so the patients can wear their hair nice and short if they want to.
We implant really carefully as well. When we implant with our implanter pens, the grafts have a higher survival rate, so when the hair grows through it’s nice and dense. You don’t have to do two procedures to get that same outcome, and that’s what we want. One surgery for a really good outcome.
The results look natural because we can control the density, the angle and the depth of everything as well.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: With any surgery, there is a little bit of discomfort, but to be honest, it’s the anaesthetic that hurts the most. That is about 6-7 out of 10 on the pain scale, but it’s only for 2-3 minutes, and then everything is pretty much numb and pain-free.
Q: How long does it take?
A: It can vary. If it’s a smaller surgery, two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon, but if it’s a bigger day, four hours in the morning and four hours in the afternoon. It’s about making sure that we get it perfect, it’s not a race!
Q: What constitutes a one-day or a two-day procedure?
A: Well, a one-day surgery is a smaller surgery, one where we might just do the hairline or the frontal part. A two-day surgery is a bigger surgery. They’re often needed to do the entire top section or multiple areas.
Q: When can I go back to work and can I wear a hat?
A: Nothing is stopping you from going back to work! If you work in an office, that’s completely fine, you can just sit there and type away. For us, it’s just about making sure you’re comfortable working with the redness and the swelling. If you’re client-facing and you want no one to notice, maybe 7-10 days. If you’re doing a Zoom call, add that filter on for five days!
In terms of wearing a hat, again with healing – wait until the scabs fall off because you don’t want the hat to catch the scab, pulling your beautiful hairs out.
Q: Do I have to shave my hair?
A: We do need to shave down the donor area which is the back of the head. Other than that, if we’re not doing a full hair transplant, we’ll just cut in the areas we need. Sometimes it’s just cutting the corners a little bit, but we definitely need short sides and back.
Q: So when will my new hair grow?
A: Because hair cycles in 6-8 weeks, it does take some time. You obviously need to heal first, and then you normally start seeing hairs come through. And then, they shed at about the 4-6 week mark.
After about 4-6 months you get more growth and every month after that more comes through. At about 10 months you’re looking pretty good and at 12 is when the perfect results come through!
Q: What are my options other than surgical?
A: If you’re not suitable for surgery or you’re not considering it yet, you can link up to doctors through Gro Online Care, and they can talk you through options like medicines, vitamins and supplements… and go from there!
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