Hair transplant & hair restoration

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure to add more hair to an area of your head that has suffered from hair loss. A hair transplant without careful consideration can have diabolical consequences for a number of reasons. The result can be unnatural looking, you may have a low hair follicle survival rate and worse still, so much damage can be done to the donor area that corrective surgery may not be a possibility.

Making the right decision on your hair transplant provider from the beginning is so important – to get a natural-looking result and to protect the donor area from trauma. To talk to a hair growth specialist about your hair loss and possible hair treatments, book your hair loss diagnosis for an in-clinic or video consultation or call 1300 787 563.

Hair Transplant Surgery – Methods Explained

We explain the difference between FUT, FUE and the Gro Micro-FUE methods and why Gro is the most delicate hair implant technique.


Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

Follicular unit transplant (also called unit strip surgery) is one traditional technique that is the most invasive treatment. FUT is where a long thin strip of scalp is cut and removed, typically from lower down on the back of the head. The hair follicles are then divided into single units under a microscope. The scalp from where the strip was removed is then sewn back together. It is a cheaper form of hair replacement as the extraction phase is quicker than alternative techniques, however it leaves a significant scar that can be seen under short hair and if you are prone to keloid scarring, it can cause a very noticeable scar where the strip was removed.


Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular unit extraction is another traditional technique where a punch is used to make a small circular cut in the skin around a hair follicle or group of follicles, removing them from the scalp, leaving a small open hole. The process is repeated until there are enough follicles to cover the treatment area. Extraction can be done either manually (by a doctor or technician), or motorised (by a robot or machine). The manual method causes less trauma to the skin than motorised.

With both the FUT and FUE options, follicles are implanted the same way, by creating reception holes in the treatment area and placing the hair follicles into the holes with forceps, allowing little control over the angle, direction and depth. Implantation is normally done by technicians, not by a doctor. With these traditional techniques, the focus is on how many follicles are extracted and little or no emphasis on follicle survival rate after implantation, which is crucial.


Gro Microsurgery (Micro FUE)

Gro Microsurgery extraction could be referred to as a micro-FUE as it doesn’t involve cutting into patients’ skin and only punches with a diameter of 1mm or less are used to extract hairs one by one from the donor area. This minimally invasive Gro microsurgery extraction is always performed by a Gro Certified Doctor from start to finish, ensuring consistency and high quality.

The follicles are extracted with a specialised tool designed to minimise damage to the hair follicle and surrounding scalp tissue in the donor site. Individual follicles are kept in a growth solution called HypoThermosol at a constant temperature to ensure optimum development and growth after placement. HypoThermosol is generally used in major organ procedures and results in maximised hair survival rate. Hair follicles are implanted using another specialised tool, that allows the Gro Certified Doctor to precisely control depth, direction and angle of placement, giving you a natural result. There is also no need to create recipient holes in the treatment area with the Gro microsurgery method. This allows the Doctor to obtain higher hair density when necessary.

Put Safety First

There are many hair transplantation clinics to chose from, but not all clinics in Australia or abroad are equal. It is important to take advantage of a consultation with a Gro hair growth specialist. Call 1300 787 563 or book your diagnosis online.

When choosing a hair transplant clinic be aware of:

  1. Unqualified technicians – Hair transplant performed by unqualified technicians and not performed by a doctor from start to finish.
  2. Poor follicle survival rate – The clinic may need to take more hairs to compensate for a poor survival rate of the grafts. You shouldn’t lose hair while having a hair loss treatment…

All of these danger signs could lead to a problem 5-10 years after a poor procedure as your donor area may not be able to supply hairs for another procedure should you need one.

What makes a suitable candidate for a hair transplant?

If you suffer from hair loss but you are not sure what the best hair loss treatment is for you, answer these 3 questions to discover the best hair loss treatments option for you.

A correct diagnosis is the first step in determining if hair transplant surgery is right for you. We know that over two-thirds of men and women suffering hair loss get some form of treatment without a proper medical diagnosis and then spend a fortune on lotions and shampoos that don’t work. Our treatment options are personalised to individual requirements, based on sound medical knowledge and experience.

Hair transplants are suitable if you are in good general health and your hair loss is affecting your self-confidence and self-esteem. You may not be a suitable candidate for hair transplants if:

  • You don’t have enough hair in the donor area to get sufficient donor follicles
  • The recipient/ transplant area isn’t able to support the donor graft
  • You have unrealistic expectations about what this type of procedure can achieve
  • You are unable or unwilling to undergo the procedure and follow post-operative care instructions


Frequently asked questions

How much does a hair transplant cost?

A key consideration for anything in life is, “How much does it cost?” The answer to this question is often so much more than just a number. It is an indicator of quality, experience, latest technology, desired results plus much more. The cost of hair transplantation will depend on your level and amount of hair loss. On our hair transplant cost page we show you before and after photos with the cost these patients paid. You can also start your personalised quote online to see what this could cost for your procedure.


What is the success rate of a hair transplant?

Gro constantly achieve over 90% survival rate vs industry rates that fluctuate between 50-90%.


How long does a hair transplant last?

A hair transplant is a permanent treatment and the results will last as long as the follicles from your donor site. If you are prone to further thinning or hair loss then the hair transplant surgeon could prescribe you hair loss medication to reduce the chance of further hair loss.


Is a hair transplant painful?

The Gro microsurgery technique is a minimally invasive procedure with no cutting, no stitching at all. During the surgery, the Gro surgeon provides pain medications and local anaesthesia making the experience very comfortable. To hear from past patients who have filmed their hair loss journey including before, during and after their hair transplants see before and after videos for AlexMarc and Christo.

How the process works


hair assessment


Your first step before committing to a hair transplant procedure should always be a thorough assessment. It is important to determine your eligibility and tailor the best treatment plan for your individual needs. That is why we take a holistic approach to the medical, psychological, mathematical & artistic factors relevant in producing the most natural results.


hair extraction


Hair follicles are extracted one by one from the donor area using a fine instrument while you listen to your favourite music.  The follicles are then kept at a specific temperature and in a solution that preserves them while out of the body and enhances their development after placement.


hair implantation


While you are watching Netflix, the Gro doctor implants your hair back into the thinning areas. Direct Implantation technique gives a full control over the placement of the hair follicles.  The direction, angle and depth follow the way your hair naturally grows. Natural results are guaranteed.

Facial Hair Transplants

Gro don’t just specialise in hair transplants on top of your head, all of our clinics also specialise in facial hair transplants such as beard transplants and forehead reduction surgery or hairline lowering surgery. All procedures are available in Gro Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast Clinics. These short procedures are only performed by a Gro doctor from start to finish. If you suffer from facial hair loss then book a consultation with a Gro hair growth specialist to discuss your concerns either in-clinic or via video call.

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