Hair Transplant in Toronto: Which Method Suits You Best?
Hair loss is a widespread issue that affects countless men and women. Our Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic sees men and women as young as their 20s concerned over a widening part or receding temples. Your hair can begin to thin fairly early if androgenic alopecia (genetic pattern hair loss) runs in your bloodline. Hair transplants in Toronto are on the rise as more people realize the advanced technology available to them. This modern restoration solution may be a dream come true for you too. But which hair transplant method suits you best?
Some causes for hair fall-out aside from a hereditary predisposition include extreme physical or mental stress or an autoimmune disorder. There could be multiple temporary triggers for shedding, from medication to tight hairstyles. But even if your hair loss is permanent, there are numerous methods to halt, combat, or reverse the look of thinning hair. Do you know what your options are?
A general Internet search for “hair transplant in Toronto” will give you the most common transplant techniques. However, you may not have realized that there’s more than one transplant method, and you’ll need more personalized help than the Internet can give to make your plan. If you’re feeling unsure about the available options to restore hair, what they all involve, and which one will suit you best, we’re pleased to offer a brief guide about the top methods of hair transplant in Toronto.
Hair transplants in Toronto: How many methods are there?
Currently, two primary hair transplant techniques provide the best results for hair renewal. Both methods use the same basic concept to redistribute and implant hair, but the harvesting process, costs, and recovery will vary. The basic principle, no matter which equipment or hair transplant surgeon you have, will be removing healthy hair follicles from a dense scalp area and redistributing them to thinner areas, where roots are implanted just under the surface. The site the follicles are removed from is known as the donor site, and because it’s usually at the back and sides of the head, the hairs there are naturally more resistant to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), the hormone that causes genetic pattern baldness. Your surgeon can transplant these healthy follicles into a balding area, which is known as the recipient site. Very thin micro slits are made in the recipient zone to implant those hairs, but the real technique difference lies in the harvesting.
The first and older of the two popular Toronto hair transplant methods is known as FUT, or follicular unit transplantation. It’s also called “strip harvesting”, and we’re going to explain why.
This transplant technique, aka “the strip method”, is older and more commonly known around the world than the newer FUE (follicular unit extraction). During FUT hair transplants, the surgeon makes an incision at the back of the patient’s head and excises a long strip of the scalp from which hairs can be extracted. Once your donor strip is taken, the incision will be carefully stitched closed. From that strip, your surgeon will dissect healthy follicle graft units under a stereomicroscope. The individual units may contain 1 to 4 hairs each.
Understandably, the graft creation is tedious, yet a high number of grafts can be relocated this way, because every millimetre of that donor strip is used. Hair transplant surgeons will usually employ multiple technicians to help transfer all of those grafts. The hair transplant scar should be a thin line hidden by longer hairstyles, but it does present limitations for some clients.
You may find that your scar either stretches due to tension or becomes noticeable due to the overproduction of scar tissue. Hair won’t grow in scars, so you’ll see a visible band if you cut your hair short. FUT can only be done once in most cases, because the scalp will become tight after removing a portion.
FUE stands for either follicular unit extraction or follicular unit excision. Both variations of Toronto hair transplant describe a graft-by-graft extraction technique using a small, hand-held device to cut tiny cylinders of scalp and follicle out. Though FUE has been used since roughly 1960, the process and results haven’t been impressive until lately, but they certainly are now. In the early days, overly large hair plugs were punched from one location in the scalp and transplanted to another. This resulted in visible rows of unnatural plugs. The digitally and robotic-assisted devices today have completely changed the face of FUE hair transplant. Now incredibly small, precise, and natural-looking implants are extracted and re-implanted.
It’s become the hair transplant option of choice for many patients, as it affords a few significant advantages. First off, FUE doesn’t require removing a portion of your scalp from the back. Instead, follicles are individually removed using a device that punches them out one at a time from the donor site. The grafts contain between 1 and 4 hairs each, and they’ll be removed in a diffused, randomized way so that there’s no visible depletion. You can take a dense growth area and spread those hairs out. The DHT-resistant hairs can be redistributed to the implant areas at the correct angle and density to mimic real groupings of hair as they usually grow. The harvesting sites will close in just a few days because they’re so small. No stitches or bandages are required. The tiny dots that result are the only scars, which means that they hide well among the surrounding hairs, and FUE patients can wear their hair short.
When it comes to male or female hair transplant, many surgeons recommend FUE over FUT. That being said, because each patient has different characteristics, goals, and preferences, there are a few cases where FUT or a combination of both may be advised. If a patient desires a high number of grafts to be transferred and has a severe degree of hair loss, the FUT strip method may be the best way to achieve that, understanding that an inevitable scar results. A benefit that FUE offers is the ability to fill in a scar. Some patients choose first FUT and then FUE later to fill in and essentially disguise that strip scar.
Additionally, FUE can be repeated at least a few times. So for people who have the patience, a gradual building-up of fuller, thicker hair can be established over the span of a few years. Due to the progressive nature of pattern hair loss, additional maintenance procedures are recommended after a time to fill in any other spaces that appear. Your newly implanted grafts are expected to stay in place and thrive because they are resistant to the hormone implicated in hair loss. However, your native hairs are still at risk of shedding. Therefore, if you have a hair transplant at a young age, it’s realistic to expect some changes over a long period.
It’s hard to give an average estimate for your hair transplant price in Toronto or elsewhere, because it depends on the surgeon and your specific goals. Some people may want to treat a small spot, while others are looking to fill in a large area. FUE rates are usually calculated per graft. The hair transplant cost per graft means that if each unit costs between $5 and $6 and you need 1,500 grafts, your surgery could total $9,000 plus applicable taxes. Your hair restoration surgeon will be able to determine how many grafts are likely to give you the most desirable results and will discuss the possibilities with you during your consultation. Dr. Torgerson’s hair transplant patients are provided with a thorough, informative consultation so that they can have their scalp assessed and understand the related fees.
FUT (the strip method) is generally more cost-effective, because the procedure is shorter. Yet if you’re tempted to visit a sub-par surgeon for a hair transplant in Turkey or other places where low-cost mega-sessions are offered, we’d caution you that the quality, scarring, safety, and ultimate outcome may not be worth even the discounted price you pay. Instead, consider reputable medical financing companies that assist Toronto hair transplant clients in undergoing the most professional, natural-looking, and nearly scarless FUE hair transplants available. You can offset the one-time price of hair transplant with more convenient monthly payments and get started today planning a whole new head of hair.
Bonus: Many of our clients appreciate the fast recovery from FUE, which also translates to less time off work and, ultimately, financial savings.
Dr. Cory Torgerson – Facial Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Cory Torgerson is a renowned Toronto facial plastic surgeon with hair restoration experience. Dr. Torgerson understands the importance of customizing his approach for each patient to create a natural hairline that balances individual age, aesthetic goals, and budget. He’s an expert in the most advanced methods of hair transplantation as well as the many supportive, effective hair restoration treatments, which are non-surgical.
The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic welcomes you to contact us for your consultation. Our experts will examine you and let you know about multiple approaches that will help hold on to the hair you have and restore what you’ve lost. You have more options than you think!