Your Body, Your Hair.
Losing your hair can be agonizing. Age, genetics, environmental, and lifestyle factors all conspire to destroy a defining part of your self-image. And the stress that goes along with it can make things feel like the situation is even worse. If this has been your experience, don’t worry — Dr. Rizk is here to help using our advanced Sydney hair restoration procedures.
The latest, most advanced hair restoration treatments are available at Rizk Plastic Surgery in Sydney. We utilize the latest tools and advanced research in our hair restoration procedures, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and autologous micrografting technology (AMT). Dr. Joseph Rizk specializes in helping you live a holistically beautiful life by helping you achieve the look that doesn’t just look your best but makes you feel your best too.
In short, hair restoration is any attempt to regrow hair that has been lost. These attempts may be made after hair has completely stopped growing, resulting in baldness, or merely when the hair has begun to thin. The head is often the area of concern, although hair loss may strike in other areas as well, including the face, chest, pubic area, or legs and arms.
The most common type of baldness is male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss (alopecia areata), affecting as many as 50% of men and 25% of women. Thinning hair (telogen effluvium) is also very common and is often seen in women after pregnancy. Causes vary, but baldness in men is often blamed on a combination of genetics and hormones, while the exact causes in women are currently undetermined. Hair thinning can often be caused by a stressful event, whether physical or psychological.
Hair restoration methods like PRP and AMT attempt to undo this damage by putting your body’s own cells to work for you. Both techniques involve harvesting healthy cells — in your blood for PRP and in your skin for AMT — and then injecting them into the area affected by hair loss. This spurs your body’s healing process and stimulates the formation of new blood vessels and healthy cells capable of growing new, natural hair.
What are the benefits of PRP?
This treatment has been used to treat a variety of conditions involving the regrowth of healthy cells.
From muscle injuries to osteoarthritis, PRP — or “autologous conditioned plasma” as it is also known — has shown promising results. The research is still evolving, but PRP has demonstrated the potential to be a significant improvement over more traditional treatments. With hair loss, PRP may be able to address:
The first step in the treatment begins with blood being drawn (usually from your arm). This blood is then processed in a centrifuge to separate its three constituent parts: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma is isolated and injected into the treatment zone, often with microneedling devices.
There is no substantial downtime related to PRP treatments. Some mild pain is to be expected with the blood collecting and application, but this usually goes away within a few hours. Typically, you should avoid strenuous exercise in the first week after treatment, but you should be able to return to your daily activities immediately.
Your cost for PRP treatments will mostly depend on two factors: the expanse of the treatment area and how many sessions your treatment plan requires. Many patients need multiple sessions to see optimal results. All of this will be covered during your consultation with Dr. Rizk before your plan begins.
What are the benefits of AMT?
AMT is a brand new technique for utilizing growth factor therapies for cell regeneration. It is believed to function based on the implantation of stem and progenitor cells into the scalp, prompting the growth of new, healthy hair follicles and supporting cells. The technology — developed by Rigenera — is an all-in-one device used to isolate these beneficial cells and reimplant them into the scalp.
This tool has shown promise in addressing conditions like:
AMT is different from PRP in that it utilizes cells derived from your skin rather than your blood. First, tiny segments of healthy skin are harvested from a donor area, typically on the scalp. These donor clusters are then processed in a proprietary device to isolate four elements: progenitor cells, stromal vascular fraction (SVF), extracellular matrix (ECM), and growth factors. Once they are properly prepared, this cocktail of regenerative powerhouses is injected into the area targeted for hair restoration.
The AMT process also induces marginal discomfort during the harvesting and implantation process. However, any pain associated with the procedure is usually short-lived, dissipating on its own after a few hours. The AMT process also induces marginal discomfort during the harvesting and implantation process. However, any pain associated with the procedure is usually short-lived, dissipating on its own after a few hours.
Your cost will depend on the extent of your procedure. Larger areas of skin like the scalp are more costly to treat than smaller zones like the face or chest. Because it involves more novel and proprietary technology, AMT tends to be more expensive than treatments with PRP.
These hair restoration techniques can be useful for almost everyone. Overall, you should be in good health without significant medical conditions like heart disease or cancer. It is also essential that you are free of any blood or skin diseases, including infections or acne. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should exercise caution.
Dr. Rizk will cover your completed medical history during your consultation to determine if a hair restoration would pose any unnecessary risks for you. We recommend that you consult with your primary care physician before undergoing any elective treatment.
Are you ready to take action?
If you’re looking to tackle your hair loss with hair restoration treatment Sydney expert, Dr. Rizk, has the knowledge and experience to help you achieve the results you want. You can request a virtual or in-person consultation at our clinic in Sydney by clicking here or calling on 1300 707 007 Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.
Dr. Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any invasive or surgical procedure carries risks. Seek a second opinion form an appoprietely qualified health practitoiner before proceeding.
The degree of discomfort you experience will depend on the hair restoration method you choose. A topical numbing agent can be used during the procedures to offset any pain caused.
These treatments are very safe when done by skilled professionals like those at Rizk Plastic Surgery. Using your own blood and cells minimizes the risk of rejection or cross-contamination, but there is still a very slight risk of infection during this process. Both PRP and AMT carry a low risk of other complications, but these can include:
Your cost will vary depending on the scope of your treatment and the hair restoration method you choose. Because it utilises advanced technology, AMT is generally more expensive than PRP. All of your costs will be outlined in detail with you before your procedure.
Many methods have been recommended to stop or slow down hair loss, ranging from dietary changes to grooming techniques. To restore hair, however, there are a variety of topical treatments available, each with varying degrees of efficacy that often depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Rizk is available to discuss these options with you during your consultation.
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.