Dr Ray Woods


The inventor FUE hair transplant and BHT since 1989.

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Dr. Ray Woods

Dr. Ray Woods graduated from Sydney University Medical School in 1982. He has wide experience in many areas of medicine including Neurosurgery, Obstetrics, Internal Medicine, trauma, skin cancer surgery and cosmetic Dermatological surgery. He is internationally recognised as the father of modern hair transplant technology and has won multiple life time achievement awards.  

His fascination with the concept of hair transplant developed at the age of 17, and in 1989 he decided to investigate the process. Since then, he has perfected the microsurgical art of gentle hair transplants using donor hair and body hair. He envisaged the discipline to be a process of microsurgical follicular extraction, but found worldwide practice was very different and removed from his vision. 

After witnessing close friends suffer the physical and psychological trauma of destructive hair transplant surgery, he began research and experimentation to create a new minimally invasive follicular single unit extraction process, which did not exist anywhere else in the world. 

Along with creating a new discipline, Dr Woods established a new standard in ethics and accountability through the Declaration of Patient Rights, and Monitoring of Donor Extraction (M.O.D.E). Since 1989, Dr Woods has explored, developed, and perfected every aspect of this discipline, including intricate and complicated scar repair previously thought to be untreatable. 

Dr Woods skill is unmatched and he ranked as the #1 hair transplant doctor in Australia according to HairSite’s patient statistics based on successful patient results since 1997. This is the highest honor for any hair transplant clinic and is only given to the absolute best. No other doctor in Australia has published as many patient results as Dr. Woods.

Hairs Transplanted
Surgeries Performed
Years of Expeirence

Global Authority in Hair Transplant

Dr Woods is regularly asked to speak in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver and elsewhere around the world. In 2002, Dr Woods held a seminar in Los Angeles attended by leading hair transplant authorities and doctors in the world. Further seminars were held regularly in New York and LA between 2002 and late 2005. Recently, Dr Woods was a keynote speaker at the International Hair Restoration Platform in Vancouver Canada and awarded a lifetime achievement award. His FUE hair transplant work has been showcased on numerous occasions on US television, as well as radio, journals, websites and newspapers around the world. Dr. Ray Woods created an irreversible world wide trend toward minimally invasive microsurgical hair transplant surgery, and is recognised internationally as the innovator and world’s most experienced and leading expert in the field of Follicular Single Unit Extraction FUE hair transplant and related scar repair and body hair to scalp transplants (BHT).

Invention of FUE Hair Transplant & Media Coverage

In 1995, the procedure was achieving nationwide recognition in Australia, and in 1996 Dr Woods presented to the Australian Association of Trichologists annual meeting in Sydney. The procedure became known as “The Woods Technique” and was shown on an Australian national television medical program in April 1997. Many international publications and websites reported on the extraordinary breakthroughs on the revolutionary FUE Hair Transplant technique created by Dr Woods. A second national television documentary was shown in March 2000 and demonstrated the cure of a female cancer patients large radiation scar to the central scalp. Specialists at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney told her it was “impossible” to grow hair in such a large broad deep scar caused by cancer surgery and subsequent intensive radiation therapy. Dr Woods relished the opportunity to prove the experts wrong and help this lovely lady. 

World’s First Body Hair Transplant

Further “world’s first” breakthroughs came in 1999 when Dr Woods began transplanting body hair onto the scalp of balding men and those with severe scarring. So many men had decimated and scarred donors where no more hair could be removed, and still left with terrible , scarred , bald and unacceptable cosmetic results. Dr Ray Woods was suddenly struck with the idea that body hair could be used. It may not match perfectly, but kept short, no one would tell the difference. The procedure was a great success but it was not until August 2002 that Dr Woods realised that body hair transplanted to the head can assume the characteristics of normal scalp, either naturally, or with “training” , and that this hair can and usually does grow longer than it did on the body. This is one of the most innovative breakthroughs not just in Hair Transplantation, but in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology. (published in The British Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2003.) Hence FUE Hair Transplant was born.