FUE in Toronto: Find Out Why Our Patients Love It, and You Could Too
Are you ready to consider a hair transplant? If pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) runs in your family, you may see the increased hairs on your pillow and brush as the beginning of the end – but it doesn’t have to be. Today’s innovative methods for restoring hair deliver better results than ever before. In Toronto, FUE (follicular unit extraction) leads the way for rapid recovery and realistic results in hair transplants, which is why our patients love it.
There’s no doubt that the progressive loss of hair can be devastating for men or women. The attempt to solve this aesthetic issue has created a multi-billion-dollar business. However, as you may be aware, past “solutions” have often disappointed or were far too expensive and invasive for many people to consider. Find out why more men and women are now choosing a new minimally invasive type of hair surgery to finally get back what they’re missing.
FUE in Toronto: How is it better than before?
A surgical hair transplant essentially relocates healthy, growing hair follicles from one location on the head to another. For men, this is typically at the crown (top of the head) and the frontal hairline. In most cases, the best place to take follicles from is the back or sides of the scalp, because the hairs there are more resistant to DHT, the hormone complicit in cases of androgenic alopecia.
The leading hair transplantation procedure of decades past was known as the “strip method”. That’s because a surgeon would remove a long strip of the scalp at the back of the head and dissect individual hair plugs from it by hand. Under a stereomicroscope, follicles and their surrounding tissue, with 3 to 4 hairs per graft, were careful separated, divided out, and prepared for re-insertion in the bald areas.
This method is still used today. Follicular unit transplant, shortened to FUT, is sometimes useful in cases where not enough hair density exists at the back of the head to remove hairs using a rotary punch. It’s becoming a less popular technique over time though for a couple of reasons. One is that the long scar left at the back of the head is a tell-tale sign of surgery, and it makes short or buzzed hairstyles unrealistic. Second is that the grafts are removed, treated, and implanted all by hand, so you’re truly at the mercy of the individual doctor’s skill and experience to provide a natural look.
Old-fashioned hair transplants
We can all envision the “obvious” hair transplant results of the 80s and 90s—doll-like rows of plugs resulting in hair standing straight up off the scalp. If you imagine these unfortunate outcomes when you hear the word “transplant”, you’re not alone. But we have good news for you.
FUE (follicular unit extraction) is light years ahead of past techniques and previous results. Today, the combination of in-depth knowledge, artistry, and digital intelligence allow hair transplant surgeons to deliver flawless outcomes with a fraction of the recovery time and virtually no scarring. The prospect of a surgical procedure is now quite tempting for the average person suffering hair loss. Next, we’ll outline just how this impressive system of restoration works.
Follicular unit extraction – the future of hair transplant surgery
The demand for FUE at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic is rising every day because it doesn’t necessitate the removal of strips of scalp. Our clients can redistribute hairs to head or face with such fine accuracy that the result appears natural, and there’s no visible scarring left to give away their procedure.
Using the advanced NeoGraft system or SmartGraft FUE device, Dr. Cory Torgerson meticulously excises micro-hair plugs in a randomized pattern from the donor area. These grafts are so shallow and small (under 1 mm) that the holes left behind close very quickly and blend with the surrounding hair. The follicle plus tiny muscles and tissue elements are transferred to the recipient zone on the scalp. Small slits are made for hair graft insertion, and they don’t require any stitching or bandaging due to their micro size. The grafts may contain from 1 to 3 follicles each, and the natural density or hair growth pattern in the treatment area will help determine how they are placed.
Recovery can be as short as 3 to 5 days without painful incisions or scars to heal. This means that people return home the same day after treatment and resume regular activities much faster than in the past.
The average length of time for a Toronto FUE session is around 6 to 8 hours for a large number of grafts. Of course, depending on your personal needs and goals, you could have anywhere from 500 to 2,500 grafts transplanted, so that variability will affect your individual procedure time.
You’ll be greeted and escorted to a welcoming, private surgical suite on the day of your procedure. Most patients describe the process as comfortable, and they can relax, watch television, or listen to music throughout. Some even fall asleep! You’ll have a local anaesthetic in your scalp tissue to dull sensation and ensure that you feel no pain. After the appointment, you may note a sunburned sensation during the first few days as well as slight itching as your new grafts begin to heal instantly.
You can expect tiny scabs to form at the graft harvesting sites and insertion sites. There will be no bandage, stitches, or incision care required of you because they are so small, but we’ll describe the basic cleansing and care process for the first week. You’ll note that scabs naturally fall off around Day 5, and certain protective measures are advised during that time such as avoiding swimming, hot tubs, or aggressive contact of the scalp. We offer our FUE patients CopperK after-care products to calm and soothe the scalp while encouraging rapid healing and results.
Note** It’s not uncommon to see transplanted hairs fall out around 2 to 4 weeks post-procedure. Rest assured, these are just the hairs and not the follicles that the hair grows from. They will sprout new strands around 4 to 6 months out, and you’ll see fuller hair filling in the treatment area by 9 to 12 months after the hair transplant. Not all grafted hair follicles will “take,” but on average, over 90% do, making this a very successful treatment option with excellent success rates.
Amazing uses for FUE in Toronto: Facial hair transplants!
It’s a relatively new phenomenon in the hair restoration world, but thanks to FUE advancements, we can now do what was never before possible for the face. Because we’re able to extract extremely fine, single hair grafts and implant them without any scarring, facial FUE can now rebuild eyebrows, beards, and moustaches.
Alopecia barbae describes a form of facial hair loss. In particular, the male beard often forms bald patches, and men are unable to grow full, even-looking beards as they wish.
Similarly, due to age, tweezing, or hormonal changes, men and women can lose all or part of their eyebrows.
Additional reasons for seeking a facial FUE procedure include scars which do not support normal hair growth and leave gaps in the natural hair.
FUE at our Toronto clinic often includes subtle restoration techniques for the face. It’s extremely important that you choose an experienced transplant surgeon for eyebrow or beard restoration, because the knowledge of these particular hair growth patterns, direction, and density are different from the scalp. Following facial contours and carefully matching colours are part of the intricate planning process.
Many of Dr. Torgerson’s existing FUE clients have requested facial hair replacement once they realize how easy and rewarding the results of their FUE surgery are.
What will my FUE consultation be like?
At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we provide discreet consultations with Dr. Torgerson to thoroughly assess your hair loss, your expectations, and all of the potential solutions we can offer. Each client receives a customized analysis and treatment recommendation, which may represent one or more options. Your surgical quote will reflect the number of hair grafts or other procedures to be included in your service. Our consultations are complimentary, so you can feel free to gather information, consider the possibilities, and make a decision that suits you, with no pressure. We also work with reputable financing companies who help offset costs and arrange for convenient payment plans.
In most cases, more than 2,500 grafts will require more than one treatment session spaced 6 months apart. The usual cost of FUE in Toronto is between $4 and $7 per graft, which is subject to change and depends on the volume to be transferred as well.
What’s the next step?
If you’re interested in FUE to finally get your confidence and your hairline back, you couldn’t choose a better time. The latest in medical innovation has provided us with a minimally invasive method to achieve restoration results that were never before possible. This is not the one-size-fits-all hair surgery of the past. FUE is 100% personalized. It will help you fill in the youthful density and luscious locks that you once had, using your own growing hair. Best of all, you can undergo a discreet procedure and return to work and life quickly. FUE doesn’t leave obvious scars, so nobody but you needs to know how you rejuvenated your look.
If you’re ready to change your life, join the thousands of men and women in Toronto who’ve had FUE treatments and love their results. Call, write, or come in to see us today. We look forward to meeting you.