FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) in Toronto: Are There Risks?

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Are There Risks?

When Toronto FUE patients ask about risks, Dr. Torgerson is pleased. That’s because it means that they understand that all cosmetic procedures, even the minimally invasive ones, can carry a risk of complication. It means that they’re more likely to have realistic expectations too, which translates into greater satisfaction. How is that so?

People who choose follicular unit extraction (FUE) at our Toronto clinic and expect a little discomfort, swelling, or delayed results are often the happiest with their entire process. The reality is that today’s FUE technology systems, like the advanced SmartGraft of NeoGraft devices, make hair transplantation and recovery far easier and more comfortable than ever before.

Gone are the long, painful incisions and a high risk of infection. Gone are the apparent scars that came with old hair transplant techniques too.

But if you plan FUE in Toronto, you should expect at least a week of inconvenience and some discomfort, which is well worth it. Your doctor will set you up for success with essential instructions for FUE recovery.

We’re also going to outline a few of the things to watch for as you heal to ensure that the process goes smoothly.

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How Does Toronto FUE Work?

During FUE, active hair follicles are excised in small groups called units. Each unit may contain between 1 and 4 hairs and looks like a small clump of hair roots with a little tissue attached. The incisions are shallow, circular punches less than 1 mm wide in most cases.

There are thousands of tiny incisions made in the scalp donor area to extract the grafts and in the recipient area to implant the grafts. By comparison, traditional FUT (follicular unit transplantation) scars are long and visible, because that method requires a strip of scalp to be excised from the back of the head, then stitched closed.

The strategic redistribution of your hair follicles can create the look of thicker hair where you want it through the careful thinning of regions at the back and sides of the head.

Although FUE reduces scarring and discomfort, bear in mind that micro-incisions are still incisions, and your scalp will cycle through the natural inflammation and healing processes after this disruption to your tissue.

The key to worry-free recovery is understanding which signs of healing are expected and which are not.

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After a FUE hair transplant, what problems should I watch for?

Along with any surgical procedure come inherent risks. A reputable surgeon will advise you of any potential complications that may arise during or after the FUE Toronto surgery. The instructions that you’re given are designed to reduce bleeding, prevent infection, and protect delicate grafts. So the things that you’ll be watching for after your hair transplant relate to bleeding, infection, and graft appearance.

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After FUE

Immediately after a FUE Hair Transplant

You’ll see the shape of a new hairline or filled areas right away, with little red marks on the scalp and small hairs sprouting out. The back of your head may have a thin layer of gauze secured over it.

You can expect minor tenderness at the graft implantation site, and for hairline transplants, swelling across the forehead is normal for the first few days.

You may also see a little spotting of pinkish or bloody marks on the gauze at your donor site, but this should cease within the first 24 hours, and the small holes are expected to close fast.

Your FUE surgeon in Toronto will likely advise you to keep your head up, avoid bending over, and sleep with your head somewhat elevated. This helps reduce blood pressure in the treatment area, which can affect swelling and bleeding. For the same reason, you’ll be asked to avoid working out, because that can send more blood pumping to the scalp and may cause bleeding or even push out grafts.

Immediately report:

  • unexpected bleeding
  • increasing pain
  • swelling that doesn’t begin to resolve after the first few days
  • increasing redness
  • grafts that appear to be dislodged
  • any unexpected discharge

Report anything at all that has you concerned. In the vast majority of cases, the irritation or cause of concern will be deemed entirely normal, but it’s beneficial to check with your surgeon and let them be the one to clear you.

Dr. Torgerson gives FUE Toronto patients his personal phone number to reach him after hours with any concern. Your hair transplant surgeon and their team are concerned with your well-being as much as your great results. They want to help put your mind at ease and would encourage you to err on the side of caution, even after a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure.

Sometimes it does! Don’t panic if your newly implanted strands let go and shed after the first 2 to 3 weeks. It’s not the hairs themselves but the living follicles that need to heal and establish themselves for future hair growth. You may see the short, transplanted hairs fall out before new ones start to grow 3 months after your FUE Toronto hair transplant.

Surgical hair restoration may require more patience than any other cosmetic procedure. A vital aspect of realistic expectation is understanding the long timeline involved with FUE hair transplants. Hair grows roughly 1 cm per month, and the anagen (growth) stage usually begins 3 to 4 months after a hair restoration surgery.

You’ll see wispy new strands come in at that time, then fuller, satisfying growth by 8 to 9 months. Throughout the first year after your FUE Toronto hair transplant, hairs mature and density improves. Hair becomes easier to style and takes on a natural appearance as it thickens and lengthens.

The patients who are the most satisfied with FUE at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic understand the year-long journey that they are about to embark on. After that? It’s hard to put into words the freedom, confidence, and daily appreciation that our patients have for their restored hair and the way it makes them feel.

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FUE is an investment with valuable returns for years after. If you’re interested in learning more, we invite you to schedule a no-obligation information session with our specialists. You can get a personal assessment, learn about FUE Toronto, and plan your own exciting procedure. Contact the THTC today.

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