Great news that we are back at Medical Alert Level Green. This means that at New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute, all normal services are available. Even so, if you are unwell, please let our staff know so that we can reschedule your consultation/switch to video consultations. We all will continue to take extra precautions to keep everyone safe.
New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute trading as New Zealand Hair Transplant has its rooms in the Sapphire Appearance Medicine Clinic. New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute is Auckland's first permanently full time FUE Hair Transplantation Clinic specialising in permanent hair restoration to restore and treat bald and balding men and women who have thinning hair, hair loss or receding hair lines, correct areas of hairloss due to scars or accidents, eyebrow transplants, beard transplants, facial hair transplants including moustache, goatee, side burns, and cheek beard hair transplants, with qualified internationally trained Kiwi doctors. All surgery is performed by qualified specialist doctors, who are either full members of the World FUE Institute or are associate members of the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. This can offer a permanent hair loss cure which combined with hair loss remedy will give you the best hair transplant result and help you to regrow your hair, giving natural looking, permanent results with clinically and scientifically proven medicines together with hair restoration surgery.
Patients with Adrogenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness) ask if medicines are necessary. We explain that our hair on our scalp is water in a bucket, that is there is a fixed amount of hair on our head (like water in a bucket). With Male Pattern Baldness, you have a leak in your bucket that is you are losing hair. Hair transplant restoration surgery is shifting water in the bucket, from one area to another (transplant hair from your donor site to where you need it). Prescribed medicines are an important scientifically proven method to slow and sometimes stop the leak ie reduce or stop more hair loss.
Dr Garsing Wong, born in Mangere, Auckland, 1965 and attended Melville High School in Hamilton, gaining a University Junior Scholarship to attend the School of Medicine, University of Auckland. He has worked in the UK and Switzerland before returning to New Zealand. Dr Wong lives and works full time in Auckland. Dr Wong is an early adopter of medical therapy to restore hair loss, thinning hair and early male pattern balding, having published patient and doctor educational material over the last 20 years. Dr Garsing Wong was the first doctor in Australasia to offer Hairstetics Hair Implantation since 2017, using artificial fibres to restore thinning hair in women with hair implants. Dr Garsing Wong remains an active teacher, holding the position as an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. Dr Wong is a lecturer and examiner for the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care, in addition to being the former Chairman of the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care, as well as the former Secretary, Treasurer and Censor of the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine now renamed The New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine. Dr Wong is also a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Dr Garsing Wong is the only New Zealand full member of the World FUE Society and together with Dr Doo, are associate members of the ISHRS - International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery.
Dr Thomas Doo, graduated from the University of Auckland, in Medicine, Law and Accounting. Dr Doo, born in Auckland, attended Kings College, Otahuhu. Dr Doo gained a University Junior Scholarship before attending the School of Medicine, University of Auckland. Dr Doo lives and works full time in Auckland. Dr Doo is a qualified accountant and lawyer. Dr Doo is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care and a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Dr Doo shares his passion for hair tranplants and together with Dr Wong, were the first New Zealand born and locally qualified doctors to bring hair transplant surgery via FUE to New Zealand on a permanent basis.
We also welcome Dr Warren Te Wehi Happy to our team in June 2020. Dr Happy is a very experienced clinician whom we have closely worked together in the field of Urgent Care. He brings with him a great passion for learning. This reflects our expanding team, as we strive to be an institute of knowledge and learning to improve the field of Hair Restoration Surgery with the FUE Hair Transplant method in New Zealand.
Dr Garsing Wong and Dr Thomas Doo recently attended the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Workshop on FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction/Excision) in Istanbul, Turkey, April 2019 as well as the 27th ISHRS World Congress in Bangkok, Thailand, November 2019. Drs Wong and Doo also attended the 28th ISHRS World Congress held on the 17th to 25th October 2020.
Drs Wong and Doo are able to offer patients the latest techniques in FUE hair transplantation surgery here in Auckland, that give naturally looking results to permanently restore you hair loss and hair thinning, thereby ensuring the best hair transplant surgery results for a natural looking replacement of your hair.
Drs Wong and Doo are associate members of ISHRS - The International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery.
Dr Garsing Wong is the only New Zealand full member of the World FUE Institute, Belgium (as of the 23rd November 2020).
Dr Wen-Pei (Margaret) Chen, born in 1969 in Keelung, Taiwan, moved to New Zealand in 1989 with her family. Margaret is the founder and inspiration for the first permanent full time hair restoration surgical hair transplant clinic in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Chen graduated in 1999 from the prestigious and elite Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China. Dr Chen completed her doctorate before coming back to live permanently in Auckland. She is the clinical director and managing director of the New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute. Dr Chen ensures that the high standards of New Zealand Hair Institute are never compromised for our patients seeking hair transplants using FUE.
Mr Borson Wong born in Auckland, in 2000, attending University of Otago, completed his Surgical Assistant training at the ISHRS Bangkok in November 2019. Borson works along side the doctors as part of the surgical team to improve the quality of the FUE hair restoration surgery.
We are dedicated to providing permanent, lasting solutions to restore your hairline and baldness using the latest surgical methods in a custom built surgical suite right here in Auckland, New Zealand for your hair loss. Surgery involves surgery, and as such you can never say that a surgical procedure is scarless however with good selection, the results make it difficult to see any scars. We encourage all our patients to take FDA / Medsafe approved medication as well as topical treatments that are scientifically and clinically proven to preserve what hair you have, and to make your thinning hair, thicker and more prolific.
The impact of balding and premature hair loss is far reaching. On the 5th of February 2020, research from the University of Otago was presented at Breakfast Show on TV One, showing that men without any hair loss or balding altered our perception of their leadership abilities. Feel free to cut and paste this link to watch:
Dr Garsing Wong and Dr Thomas Doo keep up to date with all the latest research to cure baldness. In particular they are interested in following Dr Takashi Tsuji's research on Stem Cell and Hair Cloning therapy to cure hairloss.
New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute normal conducts surgery on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Drs Wong and Doo have attended the 28th World Congress of ISHRS - International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Keeping up to date with the latest world opinions on Stem Cell research, Exosomes, Membrane Free Stem Cell Growth Factors and more.
Drs Wong and Doo listened to a stimulating presentation given by Professor Angela Christiano, Vice Chair of Research in Dermatology and Genetics and Development at the Columbia University, New York City, updating her ground breaking work on JAK inhibitors which can stimulate hair to grow in bald areas so long as there are dormant hair follicles present. Professor Christiano shares our vision that one day we will be able to grow your own hair follicles in a lab, and then subsequently transplant them to where it is needed, however it will still be a little while yet before this will be commercially available, nevertheless the future of hair loss treatment looks promising.
New Zealand Transplantation Institute will bring introducing the latest hair implanters into their practice with a pending order for the K.E.E.P (Koray Erdogan Embedding Placer). The implanters promise easier loading, less handling of your hair follicles therefore improved outcomes. This is an exciting development that we will be able to offer to you very soon.
Continuing medical education is an essential pillar of our practice so that we can evolve and improve the knowledge and services that New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute kiwi trained, New Zealand born doctors will provide for you.
23 November 2020
Frequently asked questions
Why choose New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute?
New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute practicing out of Sapphire Appearance Medicine Clinic is the first and only clinic in Auckland and New Zealand that offers full FUE Hair Transplantation with New Zealand born and qualified registered doctors who live and work in Auckland full time. Our doctors are available 24/7 in Auckland to look after our patients. All transplantations are performed only by Kiwi doctors on site 24/7 all year round.
How do I book a consultation?
Call/email our friendly staff at New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute which is based in Sapphire Appearance Medicine Clinic who will book you in to see our experienced kiwi doctors. Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm, and Fridays 10am to 8pm. Standard consultation fee applies. Video consultations are available which is appropriate for most initial consultations, however an acurate quote and planning requires a face to face consultation. Please note any quote given is valid for only six months as your hair situation may change after this period of time.
How do I prepare for my initial consultation?
A family history of hair in all male members of your family, including siblings, your fathers side and your mothers side, as well as grand parents of both parents is best if this is known.
How much will the treatment cost?
This depends on your desired goal, compared to what will be the predicted final natural outcome of your hair when you are older.
Will I need to shave my head?
We require a stylish number zero cut on the back as this is where we harvest your hair from. If you wish to leave the recipient site long, then please discuss with the doctors. If this is likely to increase the time required for the procedure, then there will be an additional cost which will be explained at the time of consultation. The recipient site will need to be shaved as this will result in the best hair transplant surgery result.
How much time will I need to take off work?
This depends on your personal choice. Most patient feel comfortable to return to work one week after the procedure. At this time, the donor area (place where the hair has been taken from) has already healed so long as there is no unforseen complication you will be able to wear a hat or hair covering.
What should I expect following surgery?
Facts about Hair
As far as we know, the most important function of scalp hair today is its role in social relationships. Well-groomed hair is an asset in our personal lives, in our jobs, and in helping us feel good about ourselves. Less important today is the role of hair in protecting the scalp against physical injury, heat loss in winter and damage from solar radiation in summer—we have headgear for this kind of protection. Of the approximately five million hair follicles on the human body, 100,000 to 150,000 are on the scalp when the scalp is unaffected by hair loss. The number of scalp hair follicles is linked to hair color: the greatest number of scalp hair follicles is found in blonds, fewer in brunettes, and the least number in people with red hair. The Hair Growth Cycle The normal growth rate of scalp hair is one-fourth to one-half inch per month. Hair growth has a cyclic pattern that can be affected by a number of genetic, disease, medication or other factors to cause hair loss. Hair is formed in the hair follicle and grows out of the follicle in a continuous cyclic pattern of growth and rest.
Facts about Hair Loss and Hormones
The hormones called androgens are important control factors in hair growth and in inherited male and female patterns of hair loss. The androgen hormone testosterone and its metabolite dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are the key control factors:
Facts about Genes and Hair Loss in Men and Women
Male and female pattern hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia (AGA) because both androgens (andro) and genes (genetic) are involved.
Facts about Male Pattern Hair Loss
Androgenetic alopecia (AGA), also known as male pattern hair loss, is one of the most common conditions affecting men. In the United States, 35 million to 40 million men are affected by AGA. In some men AGA progresses to baldness over most of the scalp. Degrees of hair loss range from this most severe form of AGA to the least noticeable loss of hair in the front temporal area above the eyebrows. Loss of hair in the front temporal area is usually the first place where hair is lost in male AGA; in some men the loss stops there and never progresses while in other men hair loss continues into other areas of the scalp. Progression of hair loss is rapid in some men, slower in others.
Facts about Female Hair Loss
Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) occurs in women as well as in men. In women, AGA is defined as female pattern hair loss.
Facts about Non Androgenetic Alopecia Hair Loss
While androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women, hair loss can also be due to a number of other conditions. These conditions may not be recognized until they are diagnosed by a physician hair restoration specialist.
How do we care for you after you have had your hair transplantation?
You will be given a comprehensive post surgical pack which includes pain relief, neck cushion, spray to care for you new hair, as well as dressing materials. Most importantly you are given our doctors cell phone number which is monitored around that clock should you have any questions.
Is the procedure painful?
The worst aspect of the procedure is the administering of the local anaesthetic which can sting a little. Once this is working, then the area is numb and painless.
Is there any pain after the procedure?
We can totally reassure you that there is seldom any pain after the procedure.
What are the qualifications of the Hair Specialist?
Dr Garsing Wong is the only hair specialist in New Zealand who is a full member of the World FUE Institute.
Do you offer finance?
We recommend Nova Medical Finance, NZ’s only specialist medical finance company. Applying for medical finance can be done easily through their simple on-line application form. Normal lending criteria applies.
Where can I stay if I live out of Auckland?
For our patients who would like to stay in the Five Star Hotel Britomart when having your hair transplantation with New Zealand Hair Transplantation Institute, the link below will give you 20% off the list price (valid till 31st Dec 2020)
What is FUE hair transplantation?
FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction/Excision. Our hair on our scalp grows in follicluar units, which consist either single or multiple hairs per follicular units. The average number of hairs per follicular unit is 2.6 hairs. Which means if you require 400 FUE then this is equivalent to 1000 hairs or grafts. The term grafts can also be confusing. This is because FUT - Follicular Unit Transplantation which involves cutting a strip of your scalp and individually cut each hair from the strip of scalp skin - so that each hair or unit of hair that is cut, is called a graft. Hence 1000 FUT grafts can be equivalent to 400 FUE.