PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasmas, is a non-surgical, injectable treatment that has been showing some exciting and promising results for people that are suffering from hair loss.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic
“Shedding” is quite common within the first few weeks and nothing to be concerned about. The hairs that have been transplanted will enter in to the Catagen, or transition, phase. For the first 3 months or so, the follicle will be in its Telogen, or resting, phase. By 3 to 4 months, you should start to see new hairs sprouting from the transplant site as the follicle goes back in to its Anagen phase.
If you are a Norwood 5 or above, you will most likely need more than one procedure. If the procedure is in a different area (such as the crown, if you had your frontal hairline done), you will need to wait 4 to 6 months. If you want to go back and add more density to the same area, it is best to wait a year.
You can take the bandage off of the donor area the next morning after the procedure.
On about the third day following your hair transplant procedure, you will start to see the most swelling. We provide our patients with the Glisodin 14-Day Pre/Post Formula that helps minimize swelling, but it is also necessary to take all of the medications that are prescribed. Icing the swollen areas is also an effective way to reduce the swelling. By Day 7, the swelling should be all gone.
For the first 2 weeks, it is a good practice to just “dab” the transplant area dry and avoid any rubbing of the grafts.
Take 4 tablets per day. You can either take 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening or 4 at a time in the morning or evening.
Hair replacement therapy must be embarked on with a realistic point of view. Your thinning hair will not be transformed into a beautiful, thick head of hair overnight. Even normal hair growth takes time. After a couple of weeks, your newly grafted hair will shed and the new growth will not re-appear until 3 to 4 months later. It will take 9 months to one full year before permanent results are seen.
We recommend that you be extra cautious around the transplant area for the first 7 to 10 days to make sure that the majority of the grafts settle. Use the spray-on shampoo that we provide with a plastic cup or something similar to rinse your hair while avoiding direct pressure from the shower head. After Day 10 you can start to wash your hair using the Revivogen Bio Cleansing Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner and gently wash off the scabs. A small sponge also works well for taking off the scabs without any aggressive rubbing.
We recommend an initial treatment of 3 full scalp injections within 3 months and then 1 to 2 times per year.
Donor sites are always the sides and back of the head where hair is considered permanent and not affected by hormones that cause hair loss. The harvested hair will thin the donor site areas, but typically for the average individual 50% of density in the donor site will provide adequate coverage.
Because the technique is considered minimally invasive, it reduces the risks substantially. It is considered a surgical procedure rather than an operation. Along with any necessary pain medication, Dr. Torgerson will prescribe antibiotics to guard against infection. The most important action to take to minimize risk is to ensure you select a reputable establishment and surgeon to perform your hair transplant procedure.
No, as a matter of fact, removing strips of scalp was much more painful for the patient and required a longer downtime in order to heal. The FUE – Neograft method can be accomplished with just local anaesthetic and the recipient is able to continue their lifestyle the next day. Dr. Torgerson prescribes pain medication as needed to ensure your experience is as comfortable as possible. Duringthe actual procedure, the area is also numbed to ensure absolute patient comfort.
Previously, patches or strips of scalp were removed from the patients scalp and then the hair follicles were removed. This was a tedious and time consuming procedure that left hair transplantation patients with scarring on the back of the head and considerable time to heal. During this former method, tiny incisions were made in the scalp where thinning had occurred and the follicles were inserted. Today’s revolutionary technology, Neograft, is scar-less and requires minimal downtime. This state of the art device is able to remove and replace the grafts very quickly ensuring that the hairs on the graft remain healthy and the growth cycle continues. Neograft also has a documented very high success rate (94%) of transplanted hairs.
‘Follicular Unit Extraction’ refers to the patented micro-surgical instrument and method that extracts hair follicles where hair is dense, and then implants them where hair is thinning or the crown or receding hairline.
Here at Dr. Cory Torgerson’s Toronto Hair Transplant Centre, we recommend the FUE Neograft method of hair restoration. FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and transplants the hair follicles, one by one, from the donor site (usually the back and sides of the head where hair growth is permanent, resetting them in the recipient site where hair loss has occurred. The Neograft technology is the revolutionary, gold standard hair transplant method now approved for use in Canada!
Hair loss generally happens along the hairline as it recedes or on the crown of the head.
25% of males begin to experience thinning hair in their early twenties, so your condition is not unusual and is likely genetic. Hair transplant is certainly a viable option for you.
There are many reasons people experience hair loss. A condition called ‘androgenic alopecia’, also known as male pattern baldness, is the most common cause in men, and is usually genetic. Physical conditions such as skin disease, vitamin deficiencies, immune disorders, or hormonal imbalances can cause thinning hair. It may be due to medication or the result of chemotherapy. For women, pregnancy or menopause can often be the culprit. Click the following link, to read more on causes of hair loss.