5 FUE Hair Transplant Myths You Should Know Before You Schedule Your Procedure
FUE hair transplants have changed the look of hair restoration. One quick search online, and you’ll be awash with before and after photos showing incredible hairline reversal, fuller crowns, and youthful confidence. You may also end up with a handful of questions. Is FUE (follicular unit extraction) permanent? Who is the best hair transplant surgeon in Toronto? What is the cost of a hair transplant in Canada? A few myths are floating around in cyberspace that could throw you off if you’re researching FUE hair transplant. Know what the myths are before you schedule your procedure.
Located in the heart of the city, the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic specializes in helping clients feel young, fresh, and confident because of their FUE hair transplants. Although receding hairlines and thinning hair are a prevalent issue shared by men and women, they can be detrimental to confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Cory Torgerson’s hair transplant patients are delighted to learn how effective and lasting FUE results are. Here we’ll share from his decades of expertise and help clear up questions or concerns about this popular treatment. When you’re armed with facts, you can invest in cosmetic procedures that will deliver what you need and what you want to look your best.
What is an FUE Hair Transplant?
FUE is an abbreviation for “follicular unit extraction” and is a highly effective method of hair transplant that gives natural-looking results. This technique involves the removal of healthy hair follicles from donor sites of the scalp and the transplantation of each individual follicle into the affected balding areas. Compared to older techniques, the nearly scarless modern method moves follicle units one by one with less scalp trauma and a faster recovery too. These benefits account for the soaring popularity of FUE hair transplants.
Debunking The Myths of Hair Transplants
If you’re currently experiencing hair loss due to a genetic predisposition or other causes, you may be wondering if it’s an excellent time to see a hair specialist in person. Surgical hair transplant is just one of many useful ways to prevent hair fallout or restore the strands that have been lost. To help you and our clients better understand the process of a hair transplant procedure and the benefits it can bring, we’ll debunk common myths that you’re likely to come across. Here are 5 misconceptions about the nature of hair transplant surgery and the promising truths that could benefit you.
Regardless of age, a hair transplant can be completed for anyone who wishes to restore a head full of hair if they have enough healthy hair follicles. Whether 25 or 70, age is not a general barrier, because assessment and planning are done on an individual level. That’s why it’s vital that you select an experienced, skilled hair transplant surgeon to plan your treatment. They’ll consider your age and overall health along with the nature of your hair loss and your goals and expectations. Many factors go into planning a procedure that you’ll be highly satisfied with, and ultimately, your happiness and a great experience are what your surgeon wants for you. They’ll let you know honestly if surgical hair restoration will not be ideal, either due to age, medical issues, or the progression or degree of hair loss. There are medications and treatments like PRP for people who opt out of surgery. Even scalp micropigmentation when balding has progressed significantly. Ask about our wide variety of options to suit virtually anyone.
Although hereditary pattern hair loss is most common in men, it’s a myth that FUE hair transplants are useful only for our male clientele. In fact, approximately 40% to 50% of women suffer from hair loss at one point or another in their lives. The majority of those women will see thinning as a result of female pattern baldness or dramatic hormone changes later in life. The procedure can work just as well for women as it does for men, given that the client has healthy donor hair follicles. FUE can be a meticulous and time-consuming process when the nature of hair thinning is diffused throughout the scalp rather than localized to one area. However, be careful — individual planning delivers impressive results.
In a perfect world, we’d like to tell our clients that a hair transplant offers immediate results. However, most good things come to those who wait, and this holds true for hair. The before and after effects of a hair transplant will not be immediate. In fact, the truth is that after an FUE hair transplant, many of the engrafted hair follicles fall out within the first 3 weeks of the procedure. This is perfectly natural and expected. Some people worry unnecessarily about those hairs shedding, because they don’t realize it’s the follicles themselves, under the skin’s surface, which are working to produce new hairs. Dr. Torgerson’s FUE hair transplant patients can expect to see wispy strands growing in around 3 months after their procedure. They are thin and sometimes patchy at first, but this is just the beginning of the full growth process.
Closer to 8 months after surgery, thicker, denser hairs grow in, and they’ll fill the sparse areas more completely. At 8 or 9 months, your locks may have unruly characteristics such as texture or styling difficulties, but you can get excited about the coverage and new look at that point. Most people will see 80% to 95% fullness at one year, with further maturation and density of the hairs for many months after. Over time, the new strands take on the direction and style of the surrounding hair to blend in and make for an effortless result. Clients must plan to be patient and celebrate the ongoing stages. Your hair growth is bound by natural phases. As you cycle through them, your evolving results will look better and better each day.
Sadly, this is a myth. An FUE hair transplant does not technically grow any new hair follicles that you didn’t already have. What it does is strategically redistribute your existing follicles. Spreading your live, healthy hairs means that an experienced and artistic hair transplant surgeon can create the appearance of more and “new” hair.
For example, in almost all cases of male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), the affected area of the scalp is the top of the head and frontal hairline. Most men with male pattern baldness will have a permanent horseshoe pattern of hair remaining around the back and sides of the head, and that area can often provide enough donor hair for a few FUE sessions without creating visible depletion. When hair loss is localized, not diffused, the available follicle density in donor areas remains thick and plentiful. These hairs also have a natural DHT resistance, which makes them likely to stay and grow where they’re placed. (DHT is a hormone that causes hair loss.) With FUE hair transplant techniques, we can move follicles from one area of your head to another, and the long-term success using digitally assisted advanced FUE machines is over 90%.
Immediately following an FUE procedure, you’ll have a few temporary restrictions. One of these is regular hair washing, but only for about 5 days. The first day, your surgeon will show you how to gently rinse your scalp with cool, clean water. You won’t be permitted to shampoo or put any pressure on the scalp. Even shower head pressure is too much in the early days. You’ll be advised to rinse the scalp clean as little grafts take hold and heal over the first 3 to 5 days. Tiny scabs will gradually soften, and by Day 10, you can soak the scalp and gently wash them off. Once you’re given the all-clear to wash your hair normally (after 7 to 10 days in most cases), then you can relax and treat your scalp as you normally would. In the long run, when new hairs grow in around 3 to 4 months, washing, conditioning, cutting, and styling are all just fine. Your new hair will be strong and resilient.
The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic
With the truths underlying common myths unveiled, hopefully you have a better understanding of hair transplantation and why it’s a fantastic solution to hair loss. If you’re interested in the lasting restoration of the carefree hair that you love, please feel free to contact the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic. We’ll give you a free, no-obligation consultation to share information about the procedure, benefits, and hair transplant cost per graft. Each individual’s goals and needs vary. Therefore, your 100% customized, personalized plan can begin as soon as you meet with Dr. Torgerson. Hair transplant methods and other beneficial treatments are individualized to ensure that each patient gets just what they need. Great hair could be just around the corner for you. We look forward to meeting you and taking the next steps.