When comparing hair transplant options, people often put price as the priority, even at the risk of their health. In this article, we look at why some lower end New Zealand clinics are panicking with the competition offered from overseas clinics.
Investing in your hair with a hair transplant requires a lot of research. Not only so you can get the best deal, but also for the type of transplant you want – FUT, FUE or Gro microsurgery, and one that is going to give you the best result – minimised pain, no scars and a natural looking result that you can be happy with for the rest of your life.
Firstly, when comparing options, an understanding of the different methods is needed. The common methods of donor follicle harvesting are:
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) – donor hair follicles are removed in a long thin strip of scalp and divided into single units under a microscope. This method is also called “strip surgery” and is performed 80% by technicians, not a doctor or surgeon. The site where the scalp is removed is then sewn back together. This procedure is fairly commonly used in New Zealand as it minimises the time required for the extraction by a surgeon and is relatively cost-effective. However, it creates a long thin scar to the back of the patients’ scalp that may be visible under short hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – 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 the surgeon has enough follicles to cover the treatment area. The holes heal to tiny white scars throughout the donor area and can be undetectable depending on the skill of the surgeon. These scars heal quicker and are less visible than FUT. The difference between FUT and FUE is in the extraction phase of the procedure. Donor follicles are implanted using the same methods for FUT and FUE. That is, 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 surgeon.
Gro Microsurgery – The Gro sessions are performed by a Gro surgeon from start to finish. The follicles are extracted with a specialised tool designed to minimise damage to the hair follicle and surrounding scalp tissue. Individual follicles are kept in a growth solution called HypoThermosolTM at a constant temperature to ensure optimum development and growth after placement. HypoThermosolTM is generally used in major organ transplant procedures and results in maximised hair survival rate. Hair follicles are implanted using another specialised tool, the Gro implanter, that allows the Gro Surgeon to control depth, direction and angle of placement, giving you a really natural result. There is also no need to create recipient holes in the treatment area with Gro. This allows the surgeon to obtain higher hair density when necessary.
There are clinics in New Zealand who cannot offer any point of difference to the cheap transplants offered overseas so they are forced to compete on price. These procedures cap the number of follicles to be transplanted (to save cost). They also use the FUT, or “strip” method which is cost effective for the clinic but results in a scar which may be seen under short hair. It can also reduce the chances of being able to have any form of transplant in the future if one is required.
At Gro, only a qualified, highly trained Surgeon will do your Gro microsurgery hair transplant which guarantees you quality and 100% natural-looking results with no scarring.
With cheap transplants, the procedure can be too aggressive and damaging. When the donor area is not cared for properly and if the extraction of follicles is too rough, this results in scarring and often leads to scarring that makes any corrective treatment impossible due to the extremely limited number of healthy donor follicles left.
Our specialised Gro Implanter Tool has a diameter of less than 1mm. We also keep the follicles in a special growth solution (HypoThermosolTM), at a constant temperature of 4 degrees Celsius, to keep them healthy while they are waiting to be implanted.
To ensure you get the best possible results, you need to ask the following important questions:
A “low cost” hair transplant may not be low cost once you have factored in the potential for corrective treatment or follow-up medical assistance that may be required.
A correct diagnosis is the first step. Gro are the hair restoration specialists in New Zealand. All procedures are performed by a highly-skilled Gro Certified Doctor. You can contact a hair restoration specialist in any of our Gro clinics for hair transplant Auckland.
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