How Much Does a Hair Transplant in Toronto Cost per Graft?
Dr. Torgerson’s clients often ask about the cost per graft of a hair transplant in Toronto. In many cases, they’ve been researching online and see a wide variety of different surgical prices quoted for full hair restoration. The costs depend on so many factors that the answer is always relative, but we’ll try to explain the various elements that factor in and how to predict your eventual bill.
Hair Transplant in Toronto – Cost Per Graft
Frankly, the only way to really know what your hair surgery cost will be is to see an expert in person and receive a quote based on the exact procedure that they recommend. We invite you to come to the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic free of charge to sit down with our experts and get personalized, customized feedback. It can be difficult to understand what your needs are or the different available techniques. We offer complimentary consultations, because we want people to be free to gather the information they need and make well-informed decisions, without any pressure. Contact us whenever you’re ready for some advice just for you.
The reason we say that Toronto hair transplant costs per graft are relative is that they range from $4,000 to $16,000 on average. They can go higher for a combination of treatments, depending on your location. So many factors influence a price, we’ll list several of them here for you:
- The geographic location/city
- The experience and training of your surgeon
- The equipment/devices used
- The length of time in surgery and the medical staff
- The number of grafts transplanted
- The appointments, medications, and follow-up care you receive
- Your surgeon’s time and artistic talent
The factor that is the easiest for you to understand and which will depend on you is probably the number of grafts to be transferred. Here we’ll explain a little about how hair restoration surgery works, affecting the types and difference in costs.
FUE Hair Transplant vs. FUT
Renowned hair transplant clinics in major Canadian cities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, and the GTA such as Richmond Hill and Mississauga, all offer multiple approaches for graft harvesting and implantation.
Though the FUT (strip method) is still fairly common today, it’s not the automatic go-to procedure that it used to be. In recent years, FUE (follicular unit extraction) has surpassed the older method for most men and women who want to restore their hair. One of the most significant reasons for that is FUE’s ability to extract follicular grafts without leaving a long, visible scar at the back of the head. Strip methods require the surgeon to cut a piece of scalp out of the back of the head and dissect it under a stereo microscope to create a supply of hair plugs. This method yields high numbers, but the inevitable drawback is the obvious sign of surgery in the form of a linear scar. When the hair has grown a bit longer, scars can usually be hidden, but they sometimes widen or heal in an otherwise obvious way.
Advances in modern technology have allowed some automation and greater precision with FUE extraction. Surgeons can remove grafts one by one from the donor area, leaving only a micro-opening that closes quickly. When performed with skill and experience, there are no remaining traces to give away the procedure, and hair can even be worn short or buzzed without showing scars. No wonder men and women love FUE.
The cost per graft of a traditional strip hair transplant in Toronto will almost always be cheaper than follicular unit extraction methods. Some places even advertise the FUT option at just $2 to $3 per graft. The reason for that is that with a team of techs working on dissecting the strip, the operation is fast and produces high graft numbers, which is ultimately easier for the surgeon. They still need to implant each follicle graft carefully, but they can move a high number in one session and therefore charge less for each one. The drawbacks mentioned above are in addition to longer recovery times for the patient. Healing from a long, deep incision on the scalp is uncomfortable and will inevitably require more time off work and more recovery restrictions. The trade-off on comfort, convenience, and scarring account for the price savings.
FUE can be more labour-intensive and tedious for the hair transplant surgeon. At the THTC, our FUE before and after results show the flawless redistribution of hairs without the undesirable donor depletion that can result from poor planning or inexperience. When you view the results of your surgeon and listen to them explain their approach, it should be clear that they’ll avoid creating new “bald spots” or scars in exchange for placing hairs on top and at the hairline. They should also demonstrate the ability to create variating and natural edges to the hair. A straight, overly dense and blunt hairline is a clear giveaway of a procedure taking place. Avoiding a “fake” look means taking time to plan an artistic hairline and to note and mimic the natural angles, density, and direction of hair growth.
Depending on how much hair you have to spare and what you need, much care and experience go into harvesting just the right amount and placing it strategically to create the illusion of density. Because you’re limited by the hair you have available on your head, each little graft is precious. You’ll want to select a surgeon who uses the industry’s most advanced equipment and methods to punch individual grafts, process them well, and place them expertly. Modern FUE like NeoGraft and SmartGraft devices ensure very high take rates. Over 90% of the follicles transferred survive and thrive due to the meticulous extraction and care of grafts. Therefore, a 40% to 50% higher cost for FUE hair transplant in Toronto is well worth it in an experienced surgeon’s hands.
Hair transplant cost per graft is higher in big cities like Toronto
Supply and demand drive high rents and operating costs in large city centres. On the other hand, you may find a greater variety of practitioners and some competitive pricing between them. Well-established, higher-end clinics tend to keep their pricing at a premium to cover their expenses along with the top-tier service and reputation they provide.
How do surgeons estimate how many grafts you’ll need?
You probably don’t know the number of grafts it will take to fill your bald areas or hairline. That’s okay. A hair transplant surgeon like Dr. Cory Torgerson is trained to assess your existing hair density and the rate and type of hair loss you have and to calculate the ideal number of grafts. In a single 5- to 8-hour session, 500 to 2,500 grafts may be relocated on your scalp.
Certainly, the cost will vary significantly at either end of that scale. A bald region roughly the size of your fist could require 1,500 grafts to fill for the average man. Straight hair tends to do a less impressive job of covering and creating the look of density than curly or kinky hair does.
The colour of your scalp and the hair in relation to it also matters because where there is high contrast, you’ll need more hairs to cover it. With each graft priced between $4 and $6 on average and each graft containing 1 to 4 strands, you and your surgeon can calculate together how much fill you need and what fits your budget. (Prices are subject to change.)
One of the great things about FUE is its flexibility
More than one session may ultimately be the best route to go for you if you are:
- Young, in your 20s or 30s
- If you have a significant scalp area to cover
Over time, especially when someone has a hair restoration surgery at a young age, they can develop further shedding and patches of baldness where the transplanted hairs didn’t go. After 5 or 10 years of progressive pattern baldness, a person may choose to have a follow-up procedure. With FUE, there’s no limit to how many times you can do that as long as you have donor hair. FUT is more limited, because the scalp will not have enough laxity after one or two surgeries. The other handy aspect of FUE that makes it so valuable is its ability to cover existing scars. Whether you have a long FUT scar on your head or missing patches in your facial hair, FUE can spot fill just one follicle at a time and create a 100% natural-looking result.
Due to the possibility of additional sessions, hair transplant Toronto cost per graft is only one factor to think about when considering your long-term investment price.
Hair transplantation is permanent. Those follicles are naturally resistant to DHT (the hormone responsible for most pattern baldness), and they carry their natural resistance with them when transplanted. You can count on enjoying the effortless confidence of having your real, growing hair back for many years after your procedure. No other option is as effective, long-lasting, and completely realistic as transplanting your own living hair.
We’d like to meet with you to discuss your questions and options. Dr. Torgerson spends considerable time with each client to understand their unique situation and what treatment or combination of interventions can best get them to their goals. We’ll provide you with a detailed quote after your consultation, and we’ll also connect you with medical financing companies if you’d like the convenience of a payment plan. The consult is complimentary, so don’t hesitate to call and find out how soon you could be on your way to restored hair and confidence.