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.
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).
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) using The Martinick Technique™ delivers outstanding, natural looking results, and gives patients suffering from male pattern baldness a permanent solution to hair loss.
Physicians who are dedicated to creating a natural looking transplant like Dr Jennifer Martinick, position each follicle at the same angle direction and orientation of the hair it’s replacing.
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:
• Hair texture
• Scalp condition
• Angle of hair growth
• Scalp movement
• Degree of hair loss
• Potential future loss
• Availability of donor hair
We will provide you with 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.
What are the benefits of the Martinick Technique™?
The Martinick Technique™ is unique because it incorporates a large degree of careful planning, preparation and continuous feedback of each and every aspect of the hair transplant procedure. This enables efficient and effective handling of hair follicles, an irreplaceable and limited resource, ensures 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 1, 2, 3 or 4 hairs. These 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 head, so it is your own hair. 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?
Our Perth hair transplant patients are comforted to learn that an innovative wound closing technique, called trichophytic closure, enables hair restoration physicians to significantly camouflage donor scars.
Hair transplant patients typically end up 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 use either sutures or a trichophytic closure to seal the wound that occurs after a donor section of hair bearing skin – often referred to as the strip harvesting technique – 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.”
She says 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 1cm 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?
Due to the careful planning and taking into consideration your natural hair growth pattern, density, angle/direction and individual characteristics of the hair, the transplanted hair will look totally natural.
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 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 free consultation, so give us a call to arrange a no-obligation appointment.
When considering hair restoration surgery, it is important to research other all hair loss treatments and seek out several professional opinions. Here are some questions you will need answered:
- What is the doctors’ background?
- How long 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 free consultation to find out more.