Renowned for transforming faces and bodies at her award-winning medispa in Perth, Dr Anh Nguyen, a leading specialist plastic surgeon, is now transforming hairlines too.
Since opening its doors just three years ago, the Dr Anh Medispa at Crown Metropol has rapidly established itself as one of WA’s premier destinations for cosmetic procedures, and now with the implementation of a Venus Concept NeoGraft, hair restoration is on the menu.
Dr Anh, who prides herself on providing her patients with the most advanced aesthetic treatment options, says her initial reasons for moving into the hair restoration market were in many ways ‘more personal than business-oriented’. Whilst knowing that hair loss was a major concern for many of her patients, it was her husband’s personal battle with hair loss that affected her the most.
Vu, Dr Anh’s husband, has been self-conscious about his thinning hairline for many years but, like many of Dr Anh’s patients, could not find a suitable treatment option.
‘Vu had no luck with any of over-the-counter treatment options but didn’t want a traditional hair transplant as he was worried that the final result wouldn’t look natural,’ Dr Anh shares.
Dr Anh embarked on a journey to find a viable hair restoration treatment for him and her patients. This included researching literature, and attending cosmetic surgery conferences and conventions around Australia and overseas. It was not until Dr Anh was introduced to Venus Concept and the NeoGraft Hair Restoration System that she was satisfied she had found the ultimate treatment for her husband (and patients).
NeoGraft is distributed by Venus Concept Australia, an industry leading international manufacturer of medical aesthetic devices. NeoGraft is a minimally invasive and natural- looking alternative to traditional hair transplantation surgery. The system uses an automated handheld device to harvest individual hair follicles from a donor site (the back of the scalp where terminal hair grows) and then implants those grafts at the site of hair loss, where they will regrow as healthy, fully functioning hair.
Unlike traditional hair transplants which requires a surgeon to remove a strip of the patient’s scalp and leave an unsightly scar, the NeoGraft procedure does require this additional step (so no scar), is more comfortable, and requires much less recovery time.
NeoGraft hair restoration treatments have already proved effective in the US for over 10 years, with an average ‘Worth It’ rating of 94 percent on RealSelf.com.
According to Dr Anh, the FDA-approved system eliminates the inefficiencies of manual extractions and implants so practitioners can ‘perform fast, effective, safe hair transplants that yield superior clinical results’. She believes this simplification of the hair transplant procedure is the key to its success.
The NeoGraft Procedure
The process involves numbing the donor site with local anaesthetic before the NeoGraft extracts individual hair follicles. Follicles are sorted by size, and the individual follicles are placed into the thinning areas. The NeoGraft creates a natural-looking hairline so patients can look more like their former selves again.
‘The patient doesn’t require sutures, is left with virtually no visible scars, and can return to work or their normal routine in just two to three days,’ says Dr Anh.
Not surprisingly, Dr Anh chose Vu as her first NeoGraft patient after she completed extensive training in the US.
Vu, who had the treatment five months ago, said that although his hair had been thinning for years, he became particularly self-conscious about it when he saw a photo of himself at a birthday party.
‘I didn’t realise how much hair I had lost until someone took a photo of me at a party and sent the photo to me showing the top of my head,’ he recalls. ‘It just makes me feel so old. I didn’t realise I had such a big bald spot as I normally just look at myself front on in the mirror.’ Despite his eagerness to have the NeoGraft treatment, Vu readily admits he dreaded the prospect of ‘sitting down doing nothing for hours’ but after some light sedation he said the time passed quickly with ‘no pain at all’ except some slight ‘scalp irritation’ as Dr Anh and her team implanted 800 grafts into his scalp.
Vu is already enjoying his new look. And his friends have noticed too and have lined up to have the procedure done themselves.
Dr Anh explains, ‘Hair loss damages men’s (and women’s) self-esteem so much. Most are aware of traditional hair transplants but have avoided them for various reasons, including the fact that it leaves a highly visible horizontal scar at the back of their scalp.’
‘Thankfully, NeoGraft is such a good alternative and I have already seen how the treatment has changed Vu’s confidence. From tiny follicles comes big business – we are incredibly happy with our NeoGraft investment.,’ Dr Anh concludes. AMP