what is hair transplantation?

Surgical hair transplant procedures have evolved tremendously over the years.
One particular technique that gives our Perth hair transplantation patients outstanding results was developed by MHRA’s highly skilled surgeon Dr Jennifer Martinick.

The Martinick Technique

World renowned hair surgeon Dr Jennifer Martinick, uses The Martinick Technique™ in our Perth and Sydney clinics.

This modern procedure involves taking a section of hair-bearing skin from the donor area at the back of the scalp, with the tissue being dissected into follicular unit grafts. The small grafts are then meticulously replanted into bald or thinning areas of the scalp. Each follicle is positioned at the same angle, direction and orientation of the hair it’s replacing.

Hair naturally grows in follicles that contain 1 to 4 hairs; the Martinick Technique™ involves transplanting these naturally occurring hair “follicular units” in their natural groups. This hair transplant procedure is called Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

FUT using The Martinick Technique™ delivers outstanding, natural looking results, and gives patients who suffer from male pattern baldness a permanent solution to hair loss.

how can we help?

Following a thorough consultation with the patient, we will determine the amount of grafts that will be required to meet your requirements and expectations. Then we plan the hair transplantation carefully, considering factors such as:

• Density
• Hair texture
• Scalp condition
• Angle of hair growth
• Scalp movement
• Degree of hair loss
• Potential future loss
• Availability of donor hair

We will provide an extensive diagnosis on your hair loss, as well as advice on Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved medications and topical treatments for preserving your new and existing hair.

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FAQ’s

What are the benefits of the Martinick Technique™?

The Martinick Technique™ is unique as it incorporates careful planning, preparation and continuous feedback of each and every aspect of the hair transplant procedure. This enables the efficient and effective handling of hair follicles, an irreplaceable and limited resource, ensuring minimal trauma and optimum survival of grafts.

What are the benefits for the patient?

• Minimised trauma to the grafts
• Increased graft survival rate
• Less scarring
• Improved predictability of the final result
• Less complications and side effects
• Ability to recreate a natural occurring hairline
• Better growth
• Improved, natural looking appearance
• Faster recovery time

What is a graft?

A graft is a follicle and its surrounding tissue. Grafts can contain between 1 to 4 hairs. During Hair Transplantation, the grafts are placed according to the desired results, i.e. for thickness/fullness, a natural hairline, etc.

Where does the donor hair come from?

The donor hair comes from the back of your own head. Donor hair can be harvested in two different ways:

1. Strip Harvesting: A strip of scalp is removed under local anesthesia; the wound is then sutured back together, and this piece of scalp tissue is cut into the grafts.

2. Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE Harvesting: Individual follicles of hair are removed under local anesthesia; this micro removal uses tiny punches between 0.6 mm and 1.25 mm in diameter.

Will I have a visible scar?

Visiting Dr. Jennifer Martinick and Dr. Sara Kotai routinely use an innovative wound-closing technique called trichophytic closure, which significantly camouflages donor scars. This technique is particularly appealing to hair loss patients who like to wear their hair extra short.

Hair transplant patients are typically left with a linear scar that is approximately 1-2 mm in width along the edges of the donor area at the back of the scalp. Clinics either use sutures or a trichophytic closure to seal the wound that occurs after a donor section of hair-bearing skin is taken from the back of the patient’s scalp.

“A trichophytic closure provides an optimum surgical means for minimising the visibility of linear donor scars of patients,” says Dr Jennifer Martinick. “The trichophytic closure is achieved by trimming the lower edge of the incision, then closing the wound in a manner that allows the hair near the edge of the scar to grow through the wound.”

Comparison studies in the United States show that patients who have been given trichophytic closures obtained significantly improved camouflage results than those given traditional sutures. Trichophytic closures do not limit the width of a scar, but rather camouflage it by letting hair grow through it.

“A 1 mm wide zone of epithelium is trimmed away, creating a 1-2 mm width of exposed follicles,” explains Dr Martinick. “The trichophytic incision works best when the scar from the incision is 1 cm or less. When this occurs, the scar is virtually invisible even when the hair is cut very short.”

Thousands of Dr Martinick’s patients have shown excellent camouflage results since she started using trichophytic closures over five years ago.

Are the transplanted hairs permanent?

Yes, the hairs that are transplanted will last forever.

Will I be able to cut and style my new hair?

Absolutely. You can cut, colour and style the new hair just as you would your normal hair. Some people even find the new hair grows faster than their existing hair.

Will people be able to tell I’ve had a transplant?

The transplanted hair will look totally natural, thanks to the careful planning and consideration of your natural hair growth pattern, density, the angle/direction, and the individual characteristics of the hair.

How much does a hair transplant cost?

The price of a hair transplant varies greatly across Australia depending on the clinic, surgeon and of course, the individual.

Before MHRA can give you a quotation, we need to assess:

  • Amount of hair loss that has already occurred
  • Reason for the hair loss
  • Skin elasticity
  • Your desired end result
  • Amount of available ‘donor’ follicles able for transplantation

We can determine these factors during your initial consultation, so give us a call to arrange a no-obligation appointment.

When considering hair restoration surgery, it is important to research all other hair loss treatments and seek out several professional opinions. Here are some questions you will need answered:

  • What is the doctors’ background?
  • How long have they been in the industry?
  • How many procedures do they perform a day?
  • Who has trained and mentored them in Hair Restoration Surgery?
  • Do they offer a Multi-Therapy approach to hair loss treatments?
  • How much of the practice is dedicated to medical and surgical hair restoration?
  • What is the doctors’ role in the procedure? i.e. are they present for all of it?
  • What training and experience does each member of the medical team and surgical team possess?

If you’re considering hair transplantation, sit down with one of our specialists for a no-obligation consultation to find out more.