Hair Transplant Toronto Patients Have Questions, We Have Answers
Do you have questions about Toronto hair transplants? What do Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Matthew McConaughey, and Sylvester Stallone have in common? An online search for hair transplants is likely to turn up their names and other famous people linked to this increasingly common hair restoration. The public interest is massive. Once considered a rare, expensive, and even taboo procedure, modern hair surgery is nothing of the sort. People have questions. Regular people like you want to know what the facts are and how a hair transplant in Toronto could help them. Here at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we have the answers.
The following are some of the most commonly asked questions at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic. We also invite you to visit hair transplant specialist Dr. Cory Torgerson for a consultation.
Toronto hair transplant candidates: What type of hair loss qualifies?
Most of the patients we see, male or female, are experiencing a genetic form of hair loss called androgenic alopecia. In men, the classic pattern that this hair loss follows often leaves denser hair at the back and sides of the head, with thinning or baldness on top. A receding hairline may be the first sign as temples peaks expand.
Women won’t usually notice their hairline move back, but their strands will become finer and thinner all over, eventually exposing more scalp. This condition is linked to a sensitivity to the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) that causes pattern hair loss. Because this type of shedding is permanent, hair transplant surgery is one of the only ways to restore hair where it disappears.
There are limitations to what can be achieved. Much depends on the patient’s available follicles for hair transplant. Toronto hair loss patients may see their balding progress very quickly or subtly over time. In men, an established pattern and severity of loss will need to be established before intervening. This ensures that transplanted hairs have a long life in their new home. Ideal candidates are usually between 30 and 60 and have abundant, dense hairs remaining at the back and sides.
What type of hair loss doesn’t qualify for a hair transplant in Toronto?
People who experience thinning or balding due to auto-immune disorders like lupus or who take medication for cancer often see their hair fall out for the duration of that treatment. When the drug is discontinued, the hair will typically grow back. Different types of medication that may lead to hair loss include medication used to treat depression, high blood pressure, and thyroid conditions.
Skin conditions like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis may damage follicles or lead to the loss of hair, but they aren’t necessarily permanent. Iron deficiency may cause fallout, as will malnutrition or deprivation diets.
For people who experience hair loss due to traction alopecia (damage to follicles due to tight, tense hairstyles), the hair may or may not grow back in affected areas.
If hair loss is severe and widespread so there is little remaining on the head, the patient will not qualify for hair restoration, because there won’t be enough follicles to redistribute. Other treatments such as scalp micropigmentation (SMP) can create the look of a full head of hair that is shaved. This is often a preferable and low-maintenance option for people who have widespread balding.
There are 2 commonly used types of hair transplant in Toronto: follicular unit transplant (FUT) and follicular unit extraction / excision (FUE).
FUT involves harvesting a strip of scalp taken from the back or sides of the head. Individual unit grafts containing a few follicles each are created by carefully dissecting the tissue under a stereomicroscope. This option has been used widely for many years and is an effective way to create high numbers of grafts. However, the longer healing time, the increased risk of complication, and a visible strip scar are notable drawbacks. Given the opportunity to avoid a linear scar, many people today choose FUE hair transplants in Toronto.
At a slightly higher cost per graft, FUE units are extracted one at a time. A tiny rotary punch tool removes just a few follicles and the surrounding scalp tissue using superficial punch extractions. Usually 1 mm or less in size, this micro-excision tool allows for very small scalp plugs and accordingly small scars. When they’re harvested randomly in a diffused manner from a qualified donor zone, the patient can expect no obvious scarring to result. To the naked eye, the tiny pale dots left aren’t easy to see. FUE patients can often even wear their hair cut short after their procedure, without giving anything away.
For either method, the re-implanting/grafting of the follicles in recipient areas requires a knowledgeable, skilled, and artistic hair transplant surgeon. The surgeon will create a realistic, natural hairline and implant the follicles at the correct angle and density to mimic original hair growth.
The length of your procedure depends somewhat on the method of hair transplant that you’re having, the hair specialist you choose, and the number of follicles being transplanted. The process may take just a few hours to cover a small area or a facial hair transplant. Toronto hair transplant patients who plan for significant, high-graft sessions can count on a more extended, 6- to 8-hour day at the clinic.
Today’s FUE procedures bring a shorter and more comfortable recovery period than ever before. There will be some discomfort, mild swelling, and a few restrictions to follow while you heal. You can expect to get back to your usual job and most activities after 5 days. Most inflammation resolves within just a few days, and the small extraction holes close after 2 to 3 days as well.
There are very few complications associated with FUE hair transplants, but preventing infection or the damage of those delicate grafts will be your primary concern for the first week. Your surgeon may tell you to avoid aerobic exercise, heavy lifting, or other rigorous activity because it sends blood pumping to the treatment area and could damage new blood vessel connection. The swelling in your scalp may worsen, or you may note bleeding if you exercise before you’re cleared to do so safely. As well, you’ll want to sleep and rest with your head elevated. Don’t lie down flat for the first week, and you’ll resolve that scalp inflammation as quickly as possible.
You can shower right away, but do not put your head under the water stream. Just gently rinsing the scalp for the first 3 to 5 days is advised. Once you’re permitted to resume normal shampooing around roughly 7 days post-procedure, you’ll note that tiny implant scabs slough off, and your head begins to appear more normal.
Yes, but it’s not what you might think. Often the grafted hairs fall out a few weeks after the procedure. This might cause a panic if you aren’t expecting this natural part of the hair growth cycle. The follicle implants, which heal and establish themselves under the surface, will still be healthy and safe, yet the hairs that carried over with them can fall out to make room for new ones. New hair growth after a transplant takes at least 3 months on average.
You’ll start to see wispy little strands grow in around that time, then thicker and denser results over several months. Choosing an experienced, well-respected Toronto hair transplant surgeon helps ensure that you’ll see a high success rate of 90% or more. The natural, full results you want will ultimately take a year or more to grow in.
Your individual expectations and the extent of baldness determine the number of required hair transplant sessions. For some, one session is sufficient. But for many patients, a second or third session will be needed following the initial hair transplant and sometimes years later, once further hair loss has occurred.
The hair follicles that heal and grow in their new location are typically permanent, with higher take rates all the time. Advancements in technology mean that surgeons can isolate the best grafts and harvest them with less damage or waste. They are selected from DHT-resistant areas like the back and sides of the scalp, which usually have hair that resists fallout. Those robust properties are carried with the transplanted hair and keep hair growing strong in the new location for the average life of a hair.
Unfortunately, the answer is no, at least not yet. Your body will do its job of fighting off an invader and reject a hair implant from someone else. Only the healthy follicles from your own head will be suitable. There have been some cases of body hair successfully transplanting to the head, but the procedure and results are very challenging at this point and not typically satisfying.
Facial hair transplants using a patient’s own hair, are quite successful. So if you’re interested in filling in your beard or eyebrows this way, you’re in luck! You may qualify to have a facial hair transplant using the hair on your head.
Can I have a consultation?
Yes! Visit us at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic for a consultation. Dr. Torgerson’s hair transplant clients appreciate the ability to gather the information they need and receive a [personalized] assessment of their hair and options. We’d love to help you too. Contact us today.