Hair loss is a problem that impacts men and women from all walks of life in Sydney.
Hair loss is a result of aging, a change in hormones, or even simple genetics. While some people promise miracle cures and treatments, surgical hair restoration in Sydney is one way to regrow your hair and reclaim your youthful look.
Hair restoration is a cosmetic surgery technique that aims to enable the body to regrow hair where hair is no longer present.
There are several methods available to achieve this result through surgery, but the most popular is hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation involves moving healthy, functioning hair follicles from one part of your head to the bald areas. The donor site is usually a part of your scalp that is resistant to balding like the back of your head.
While it is most commonly used to treat male pattern baldness, hair transplantation can also be used to restore hair on other parts of the body.
Other processes available are skin grafting, scalp reduction, tissue expansion, and flap surgery. All of these techniques can be used individually or in combination, so Dr Rizk will help you craft a custom plan to achieve the best possible results for you using all the tools available.
Often, several surgery sessions are needed to achieve the most optimal results with several months of healing between sessions. This will be planned with Dr Rizk before the process begins. A fuller, naturally growing head of hair is the result Dr Rizk expects to achieve. The procedure uses your own, loss-resistant hair, your results should last for years to come.
Good candidates are men and women who are ready to find possible solutions to their hair loss.
During his initial consultation with you, Dr Rizk will be able to tell if you meet these criteria. You should also be a non-smoker and in good overall health. Heart disease, cancer, and active infections are disqualifying as they can cause complications during surgery and recovery. Dr Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. In addition to the physical, it’s important that candidates for hair restoration surgery are in a good state of mind. While our hair has a significant impact on our self-esteem, the procedure can’t fix any issues we have by itself. The results are likely to be disappointing if a patient goes into the surgery with unrealistic expectations, so make sure you discuss with Dr Rizk all of your hopes for the surgery.
While your hair is not the only source of your self-confidence, it is often an important one, so having your hair grow back can help with your appearance and self-esteem. Hair restoration surgery is applicable for people with unwanted hair loss in the following areas:
Hair restoration procedures carry numerous benefits, the most obvious of which is a full head of hair. If you’ve lost hair due to a traumatic injury or surgery, restoring your hair can be an important first step in your recovery.
During your consultation with Dr Rizk, inform him about your hair loss concerns so he’s able to personalize your treatment plan for optimal results.
On the day of your surgery, you will likely be given a sedative or general anesthetic, so you will be groggy or disoriented following your procedure. You should arrange for a friend or family member to take you home, and you should plan to rest for the first few days. You will likely have to keep your scalp bandaged, and you can expect some pain and discomfort around the treated area for at least a week, depending on the type of harvesting method used.
Dr Rizk will provide you with instructions on how to care for your newly transplanted hair and give you any prescriptions for pain medication or antibiotics you may need. You will probably be advised to avoid strenuous activity for up to two weeks to allow your body to heal. You should take precautions to protect your new hair and skin from the sun as well. Make sure to follow Dr Rizk’s instructions to maximize the healing for best results.
Your hair restoration procedure will be fully customised to your needs, so the exact process may vary. During your consultations with Dr Rizk, he will discuss all of the options you have and work with you to craft the plan that best suits your needs.
The procedure for hair transplantation is described here because it is the most common, but skin grafting, scalp reduction, tissue expansion, and flap surgery have their own processes. Before the transplantation surgery begins, a regional anesthetic will be applied and you will be sedated if necessary. For more extensive procedures, a general anesthetic may be used. The hair of the donor site is trimmed down to allow for easy access, and your hair is washed and an antibiotic ointment is applied.
Once the grafts are prepared, the Dr Rizk makes a series of tiny incisions along the bald area replicating the patient’s natural hair pattern, and the grafts are inserted. In the case of strip harvesting, the donor site is sutured closed, leaving a series of linear scars that will be hidden by the hair. Finally, the scalp is washed and covered with a light bandage or gauze.
Consult Dr Rizk about hair restoration surgery in Sydney
You may be able to regrow your hair with hair restoration surgery! To find out more, you can schedule a consultation with Dr Rizk now. To book your appointment, complete the consultation request form on this page, or call us on 1300 707 007, Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Dr Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Dr Joseph Rizk became Australasia’s plastic surgeon of the year by making sure that each patient is heard, respected, and treated well. His patient-first approach provides you with the accurate medical information you need to make informed decisions about your course of treatment. At the same time, he offers his decades of knowledge and experience to help you along your path.