Hair Transplant Cost in Toronto | What Considerations Do Women Have?
Do you find that most information about hair transplant surgery online is directed toward men? When we picture hair loss treatments, it’s common for the image of a middle-aged, balding man to appear in our minds. When women research their hair thinning problems, these are often the pictures marketed back to them. Therefore, it can also be tricky to establish what the cost for a hair transplant for women in Toronto will be if they’re reviewing men’s procedures.
If you’re frustrated by this, you’re not alone. At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic (THTC), the cost of hair loss treatments is highly individualized, and we have a high number of women clients. We’re pleased to offer a little insight and assistance if you’re experiencing the painful embarrassment of thinning, balding, or receding hair.
Why do women experience hair loss?
Did you know? Women who suffer as they watch their hair fall out account for almost 50% of females during their lifetime. The progression and prevalence of hair loss are different for women than for men, and by far, androgenic alopecia (hereditary pattern baldness) affects men in higher numbers. But women need solutions too, and we have them. The following is a helpful guide to outline not only the real, restorative options women have, but also the cost for a hair transplant for women in Toronto.
Millions of women in North America know the devastating experience of finding increasing strands in their brush, on the shower floor, and on their pillow. You may ignore it at first – after all, we naturally lose between 50 and 150 hairs per day. You may even think you’ve imagined the increase until you see your hair part widen and your scalp becomes more visible.
You see, the way genetic hair loss progresses in women presents differently than for men. Males have predictable patterns of balding, and there are charts and scales to measure them. The Norwood Scale is one commonly used indicator of balding severity for men, but it just doesn’t apply to women.
How severe is your hair loss? It’s tough to say if you’re looking at men’s charts. Women experience overall, diffuse hair thinning rather than the characteristic frontal and crown balding that men have. The term “male pattern baldness” gives the impression that androgenic alopecia is just a guy’s issue, but women whose hair thins all over due to genetic predisposition and DHT are also experiencing effects of this condition.
There’s no question that losing your hair can be life-altering. Our self-esteem and confidence are typically tied in with appearance, including hair. For women, the idea that luxurious hair is feminine, alluring, and attractive is widespread, making the loss of it a significant blow to self-image. Some women become less social and hide out when they start losing hair. It becomes even harder to deal with when they seek support and understanding of the condition, yet don’t see themselves reflected in the popular literature or marketing.
Unfortunately, plenty of products promise thicker, restored hair in the absence of clinical evidence. Without addressing the real medical issues behind the problem, women are heavily marketed to when it comes to beauty product promises. Have you ever seen a drugstore shampoo with “thicker hair” printed on the label? If your problem is androgenic alopecia – an inherited sensitivity to the effects of androgens (male hormones) – then shampoos containing extra vitamins will lead only to disappointment.
There are numerous temporary and medical causes for hair fallout in women. That’s why a consultation with an experienced hair transplant surgeon is critical to assess your condition and direct you to the best solution.
Issues that lead to hair loss for women may include thyroid hormone imbalances, anemia, post-partum hormone fluctuations, and menopause. Because of hormonal disruption, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is also linked to female hair thinning. Medications like contraceptives, blood pressure pills, steroids, or antidepressants are on the list. A relatively common cause of temporary hair fallout can be severe stress or crash dieting (starvation diets).
Traction alopecia describes the damage and eventual loss of functioning follicles on the scalp where consistent tension has been applied. Unlike many of the others listed, this cause of balding can be permanent, warranting a hair transplant for women.
A consultation is the best step you can take. Dr. Cory Torgerson will meet with you free of charge to discuss your concerns and possible solutions. We know how painful and anxiety-producing the loss of hair can be for women. We’ll first evaluate some of the reasons for your condition, and Dr. Torgerson will ask essential questions. You’ll then be presented with treatment solutions, which may be surgical or non-surgical. Sometimes these work hand in hand, and you can select the personalized combination of care that meets your needs and works for you.
How do we calculate the cost for women?
For most women, trying to figure out where they stand and what they need isn’t easy. That’s why we urge people to see our hair experts for a one-on-one consultation to discuss their preferred treatment and costs. Hair transplant procedures using the latest FUE (follicular unit extraction) technology will be priced per graft, yet you’ll note that the typical charts or calculators given for men don’t quite line up with a woman’s needs.
FUE NeoGraft or SmartGraft systems are more economical than you might think. Groups of hair follicles called grafts are extracted from denser hair growth areas and transplanted to the sparse regions of the scalp. The precision and careful handling of each valuable graft combined with surgical technique make the success rate (take rate) for each one, excellent. Over 90% of hairs typically stay and thrive where they’re placed.
The cost is calculated by the number of grafts you need to cover your thinning area. $5 to $7 per graft is typical (note that prices are subject to change with time). You may want anywhere from 500 to 2,000 to reach your aesthetic goals.
Absolutely! We have many FUE hair transplant women patients, and they’ve seen impressive results. The FUE experience is far more comfortable than hair transplants were in the past, and recovery is quicker, with less downtime or visible signs of surgery to contend with. One of the critical concerns of prospective patients in previous decades was that their procedure would appear obvious or that healing would require significant time off work and daily life.
Today’s advanced technologies have nearly eliminated these worries with incredibly natural-looking results and recovery as quick as 5 to 10 days. People can resume most of their regular activities just a few days post-treatment. The incisions both in the donor and recipient areas are extraordinarily shallow and less invasive than they once were. The size of the grafts is now smaller too, and the long strip of scalp excised for FUT methods isn’t needed for FUE hair transplants. Women can often hide an FUT scar, but it’s usually not necessary. And choosing FUE instead means that women have fewer restrictions while healing.
Restoring your locks can also bring back confidence and a new lease on life. It’s not only possible to improve your self-image, but also priceless.
Women who experience sudden, dramatic hair loss along with menopause or who see the condition in their relatives may try a variety of methods to slow or replace the hair they lose. Sadly, many of these just don’t work and come with unwanted side effects. A few alternative options that women have tried in the past include oral prescription drugs, topical medications applied to the scalp daily, wigs, and hair weaves (which can pull more hair out).
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PRP is a game-changer. Short for platelet-rich plasma therapy, PRP treatments are designed to stimulate hair growth for men or women. PRP is derived from the patient’s blood and utilizes the inherent growth factors contained in platelets, concentrated to supercharge follicle health. The increased formation of blood vessels, stimulation of hair cells, and inflammation reduction that PRP provides has been shown to improve visible hair density and thickness.
One of the best things about this option, aside from the lower price, is that it’s 100% natural. Not everyone is ready for or comfortable with a hair transplant surgery. People often avoid medications when possible too, and they’re understandably concerned about introducing unknown chemicals to their body. Our patients can rest assured that PRP is low-risk, straightforward, and effective. There’s no downtime required, which makes it a perfect fit for many people’s busy lives.
If you’re experiencing hair thinning, but you want a natural alternative that costs less than hair transplants, our Toronto clinic offers personalized PRP treatments for hair and scalp health.
Contact the hair experts who can help you today
Want to learn more about hair transplant for women and other hair restoration options? The caring specialists at the THTC are here to help. We offer no-obligation, complimentary consultations, so our patients feel free to consider what’s best for them and gather all the information they need before making a decision. The long-term benefits and permanence of a hair transplant for women are well worth the investment cost. Toronto hair transplant surgeon Dr. Cory Torgerson has helped improve the appearance and self-assurance of countless women and men at his Yorkville clinic, and he’d like to help you as well. Contact us today to arrange your consultation. We look forward to meeting you.