FUE in Toronto: Not Only for Hair Restoration, but Fixes Hair Transplants Too
Did you know that FUE Toronto clients can camouflage a bad hair transplant? As if experiencing progressive hair loss wasn’t challenging enough, undergoing a sub-standard hair transplant compounds the issue. The ability to restore a natural-looking head of hair depends on who completes hair restoration surgery and the method used. Uneven coverage, visible scarring, or an artificial hair plug appearance can be more discouraging than the hair loss itself.
FUE in Toronto is a state-of-the-art microsurgical procedure that is considered the new gold standard in hair restoration. Many of Dr. Cory Torgerson’s FUE clients know firsthand that it can deliver impressive results with a fast recovery, but not everyone knows that this modern approach to single unit extraction is also a tool for fixing hair transplant results.
What does FUE in Toronto stand for?
Short for follicular unit extraction (or excision), Toronto FUE uses a handheld punch tool to remove just a few hair follicles and a small amount of surrounding tissue. Each unit contains hairs in the natural groupings they’re found in or even with a tiny, single hair follicle in each one. They are taken from a denser part of the hair, typically at the back and sides of the head. The harvested hair follicles are then transplanted into the area where hair loss is occurring. While the basic principle of hair follicle redistribution will be the same across practices and regions, individual transplant practitioners have varying skill levels. As well, digital and robotic systems designed to optimize the process can help prevent follicle damage, select grafts, and implant them in a way that promotes successful results. The artistic component of creating natural-looking patterns and hairlines depends mostly on individual surgeons.
What are the risks with FUE (or any hair transplant surgery)?
Most often, FUE in Toronto allows for incredibly small extractions that heal to be nearly invisible. In experienced hands, the strategic planning for follicle extraction doesn’t allow for over-harvesting and depleting the donor area. The grafts are removed in an intentionally random way so as not to make a patterned patch of FUE scars. However, a wide range of people perform the procedures. People seeking good deals will sometimes choose hair transplants in Turkey or India, where an assembly line of inexperienced technicians perform the surgery poorly. Even in North America, there have been cases where the process wasn’t done well and unwanted scarring or ineffective implantation resulted.
FUE Toronto has overtaken FUT (the strip method) as the most popular choice of hair transplant today, yet the traditional strip harvest approach is still used and does come with drawbacks. For some people, the long scalp scar that FUT creates doesn’t heal as expected and may stretch. Removing a strip of the scalp, as is done in this approach, increases scalp skin tension. That tension may expand scars over time. Where a patient is promised a hair-thin line that won’t be noticed, instead they may develop an extensive, prominent scar patch at the back of their head.
Scars, insufficient donor grafts, and a previous transplant can contribute to the complexity of repairing a less-than-satisfactory result. When pondering the cost of a hair transplant in Toronto, remember that you’re also paying for the expertise of the surgeon. THTC prides itself in having a team of skilled medical staff who use the best FUE hair transplant procedures, excelling in the ability to craft a hairline that blends well with the patient’s natural hair. They’re also experienced in correction and repair, which represents a challenging specialty field.
The scarring from FUT methods may be more conspicuous than the thinning hair that a patient was trying to conceal. Scar tissue is made from collagen that doesn’t behave like skin. It doesn’t have hair follicles, and therefore won’t grow hair. The blood supply in scars can be poor as well, which makes implanting new hair grafts tricky, but not impossible. FUE success will depend on the size and condition of the scar tissue that it’s performed on. A private consultation with a Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic FUE specialist will provide you with the essential information needed to determine the best treatment path to take regarding your particular situation.
The FUE methods from decades ago utilized sizeable grafts, which caused large punch scars coupled with an artificial appearance. And when hair transplant is performed by a doctor lacking in skill and artistry, a low and unnatural hairline can result as well.
The inability of grafts to “take” might occur because of too much tension in the scalp, inadequate blood flow, or transected, damaged grafts. Ideally, skin that is not too taut, but has elasticity is a preferred palette on which to work for a skilled and experienced surgeon.
Secondary Transplant After Early Intervention
Some guys jump the gun and go for a hair transplant too soon. If a patient experiences further hair loss following a hair transplant, it can lead to uneven coverage, creating a patchy appearance. Even if the patient was satisfied with the original work, they might find that they need to have further restoration done to maintain a natural-looking and evenly distributed head of hair.
An inexperienced FUE surgeon may not have the required skills to design a natural hairline correctly. If the hairline is set too low and too dense, the long-term result may appear strange, but the precious and limited source of viable hair follicles will be unnecessarily depleted also. You have only so many useable, transferrable hairs to relocate, so it’s imperative that you find a surgeon who knows how to maximize their use. The phenomenon of a low, implanted hairline and patches missing behind it often comes from undergoing surgery too young. As well, a hair transplant specialist will plan ahead for the progressive nature that hair loss is bound to follow and will keep in mind age-appropriate hairlines as they rebuild yours. The mark of a professional is hair restoration that looks great 1, 5, or 10 years later.
Donor Site Depletion
The extraction of grafts during FUE in Toronto is meant to be random and not easily visible. If large grafts (over 1 mm) are extracted or are removed in systematic rows from a small localized patch, their extraction can be noticeable. As well, if too many hairs are taken from one spot, the patient exchanges baldness in one area for baldness in another. The aim is always to selectively remove hairs in a broad enough way that no visible depletion results. If you have that issue, a strategic repair job with carefully placed FUE units could help camouflage your donor patch.
Such disappointing results can almost always be attributed to inexperience. Perhaps you’ve heard stories of people who have travelled abroad for a less expensive procedure. Not only did they incur the cost of travel and accommodations, but they also acquired a below-standard hair transplant to show for their money. Did you know that your follow-up care after treatment is a valuable part of the process? Receiving a cheap procedure and no follow-up care puts your health and results at great risk. Whatever the cost of a hair transplant in Canada, when you ensure that the procedure and surgeon are of the highest quality, your investment will be far more likely to make you happy in the long run. If you trust the outcome to an unskilled surgeon so that you can save money, you run the risk of visible scarring, potential infection, and of course, the expense of corrective surgery.
Correction Using FUE
In Toronto, Oakville, and Mississauga, hair transplant patients have been known to contact the THTC for consultation based on the stellar reputation of Dr. Torgerson’s hair transplants. In the most complex of cases, FUE may be used to remove the follicle units altogether to bring the patient back to their original pre-transplant state. In some instances and where possible, the surgeon starts from scratch. Each hair transplant case is unique, and it’s important to hold realistic expectations and know that not all aesthetic issues can be solved. An in-person consultation is required to determine your unique needs and options. In Toronto, the cost of an FUE hair transplant varies based on the coverage needed. Prices can range from $4,000 to $12,000 + HST, and the cost per graft is subject to change. Fees are generally set based on the number of follicular units harvested for the procedure.
Why not set up a free, private consultation with THTC to explore your options with an experienced surgeon today? Many problems can be improved, and we’re happy to offer you a complimentary assessment so that you can explore options. We look forward to meeting you.