Is FUE Hair Transplant Permanent? Here’s What Realistic Surgeons Say

FUE Hair Transplant

Here’s What Realistic Surgeons Say

Is FUE hair transplant really permanent? You may know that the cost of hair transplant in Toronto is significant, especially for advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) technology. Many people just like you are ready to ditch the products, medication, and temporary treatments in exchange for low-maintenance and long-lasting hair restoration. A cosmetic surgery procedure is an investment that benefits multiple areas of life as long as you have realistic expectations about your outcome.

One of the most important jobs a hair surgeon has is to tell clients what the pros and cons are for any procedure. When it comes to FUE hair transplant in Toronto, you can expect permanence, yet it’s not exactly a baldness cure. We’ll explain why.

FUE Hair Transplant

FUE Hair Transplant

How long do results last?

An FUE transplant redistributes your healthy, growing follicles from one region of the scalp to another. It’s technically a surgical procedure, but since each tiny piece of tissue and the follicles are so small, it’s one of the most minimally invasive surgeries you can have. Rather than one transplant, FUE carries out thousands of micro-transplantations. The cost per graft is $5 to $6 in most cases, so it would hardly be worth it to undergo surgery if the results didn’t last. People are understandably concerned that their hereditary pattern baldness will make new hairs fall out just like the others. We can put your mind at ease if you share this worry. The reason why FUE hair transplant follicles stay is that they’re programmed to.

A hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is primarily responsible for the genetic androgenic alopecia that so many men and women suffer from. For men, the pattern it follows is a recognizable hair loss progression beginning with the hairline and bald spot, and then expanding. It leaves growth at the back and sides only. That remaining hair is still dense and full while the crown goes bald. Often referred to as a horseshoe, the band of hair at the back and sides is genetically resistant to DHT.

The beautiful thing about hair transplantation is that the follicles carry that donor dominance with them. When implanted in their new home, they remain resistant to DHT and are expected to stay for the lifetime of the follicle. In this sense, transplanted hairs are “permanent”. However, significant distinctions must be made. Even hairs not affected by pattern baldness don’t always last forever. Follicles can eventually shrink or stop producing hair.

The other distinction to explain is that if you have progressive hair loss, you can reasonably expect the native hairs at your recipient site to keep shedding over time. The hairs that you’ve transferred through FUE hair transplant will stay, but the hairs surrounding those might fall out. That means that you may need more than one FUE hair transplant.

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FUE Hair Transplant vs FUT

FUT vs FUE Hair Transplants

What is the difference between FUT and FUE hair transplants?

Hair transplant in Canada costs less when the older strip method is used. Though some people still benefit from this technique because their donor hairs are sparse, the long scalp scar is a drawback. FUT requires excising a piece of the scalp to dissect into tiny follicle units. Those grafts cut by hand under stereo microscope are then implanted at the recipient site, just as with other methods.

Conversely, FUE hair transplant removes each little hair graft one by one. The pieces of tissue removed with a rotary punch are less than 1 mm in diameter in most cases. The spaces close quickly and create scars that are too small to be noticed in most cases. Patients can even wear their hair buzzed short after without the fear of exposing a scar. The recovery time for FUE in Toronto is faster than with FUT. In just a few days after treatment, people can return to light work and other activities. Mild swelling for roughly 1 week is manageable and is not described as very uncomfortable.

It will take several months for all the little hair roots you’ve planted to grow. This is the most challenging aspect for many people, as they must wait out the natural growth cycles of hair and will see new strands come in only after 3 to 4 months. Once your new hair is fuller, thicker, and getting long, you’ll be able to cut it, style it, and do things you used to do with your hair. The follicles and tissue heal and begin to establish their blood supply very quickly after surgery. Once the initial recovery phase has passed and you’re cleared to wash and treat your scalp normally, your hair won’t be fragile. That’s one of the reasons that FUE costs are considered so well worth it. The long-lasting, no-fuss, resilient hair is authentic and natural in every way.

You May Need More Than One FUE Treatment

Results Timeline

If you’re in your 20s or 30s when you have your first procedure, it’s realistic to expect that you could lose more hair over time. A skilled hair transplant surgeon will customize a plan for you that accounts for additional loss and an age-appropriate look. For instance, implanting dense grafts in a low, full hairline at a young age could leave a person with baldness behind that line and an unrealistic appearance in their 40s. The number of viable grafts that each person has is limited and precious, so it’s essential that you see a well-qualified hair surgery expert who will plan for your ongoing changes with you.

Realistic Expectations

As each client is unique, the possibilities that each person can achieve through hair restoration will vary. It’s helpful to understand that the density, fullness, and coverage you had in your teens will not be practical to aim for. In most cases, a somewhat thinned but even coverage of hair follicles with a strategically designed hairline will maintain the appearance of fullness and make the best of the hair you have.

To ensure your long-term happiness no matter which hair restoration you choose, we invite you to visit Dr. Cory Torgerson at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic for your no-obligation consultation.

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