Why is FUE in Toronto Well Worth the Cost?
If you’re on a quest to restore your hair, you’re in good company. There are millions of men and women suffering from hair loss and balding who would do just about anything to have their thick, youthful hair back. But how expensive is effective, permanent hair restoration? The growing popularity of follicular unit extraction (FUE) suggests that even though it carries a high price tag, the cost of FUE in Toronto is well worth it.
Just what is this hair transplant surgery method all about, and why are people who avoided surgery in the past jumping at the chance to have the procedure today? We’ll share our top reasons for choosing and loving FUE in Toronto.
When you see a hair transplant surgeon in person for your consultation, they’ll explain your best options and provide you with a surgical quote. The total fee for restoring a significant number of follicles can be well over $10,000. Understanding what’s included in the bill will help you assess the value of this investment for your life.
Most cosmetic procedures are costly. Some, such as injectable fillers and Botox, are temporary. Others create permanent physical improvements. When it comes to hair loss treatments, there were historically just a few options for the average person with pattern baldness. They could purchase expensive hair systems (wigs), which required finicky upkeep and, of course, don’t grow real hair but only mimic the look of it. Then there were pricey medications that could halt hair fallout for some people but turned out to be a waste of money for others. Surgery using hair plugs came on the scene decades ago, but the results and success rates weren’t impressive until more recently.
FUT, or follicular unit transplant, is known in layman’s terms as the “strip method”. This was the mainstay approach for men who had balding at their crown but had denser, DHT-resistant hairs at the back and sides of the scalp. The process is tedious and leaves a long scar at the back of the head, but people were still willing to pay the high price for it because successful grafts are permanent and, even with the resultant scar, results are results.
FUE includes the restoration of real, live follicles in previously thin or bald areas. It ensures an over 90% success rate, and the best part of all is what’s NOT included—the scar.
The popularity of FUE is soaring because it doesn’t require strips of the scalp to be cut out for hair graft creation. The basic principle of harvesting healthy hair follicles from one area of the head and transplanting them to another is the same with FUE. It’s different from FUT in that it allows the surgeon to extract hair grafts one at a time, leaving virtually no trace. Understandably, the FUE process is meticulous and takes longer than the strip method, but the outcome is far superior for people who wish to avoid any visible scarring.
FUE moves healthy, robust donor follicles in groups of 2 or 3 hairs. Sometimes even single-hair grafts are extracted and implanted to create precise, realistic detail at hairlines. Choosing a reputable hair transplant surgeon is important, because they have the knowledge and artistic eye to follow natural hair growth and density patterns when creating a believable front edge to your hair. This crucial detail is often what separates the excellent hair transplants from the bad and another reason why the cost of quality FUE in Toronto is as high as it is.
FUE is permanent – here’s why
Also contributing to the cost of FUE in Toronto is its permanence. Unlike some other treatments for hair loss, this one can completely change how you look and feel for good. In one session! The reason transplanted hairs stay where they are placed and don’t fall out is because of where they’re sourced from. To understand this a little better, it helps to know more about the leading cause of balding: DHT.
Short for dihydrotestosterone, DHT is an androgen responsible for male characteristics. Women are susceptible to these hormonal effects as well, though they display signs of androgenic alopecia differently than men do.
DHT is considered to be the cause of miniaturizing hair follicles and eventual male pattern hair loss. This common pattern, affecting more than half of all men, tends to leave thick hair growth at the back and sides of the head with much less on top. The follicles that remain have a natural resistance to DHT and stay well into old age in most cases.
As each donor follicle is extracted from the permanent growth zones of the scalp, the grafts will carry with them the resistance to shedding. Once they are rooted and thriving in their new location, there’s no reason to fear that they won’t stay and grow through the whole length of their normal lifespan.
The typical length of procedure time is decreasing each day as medical technology advances rapidly. There are specialized devices and robotic transplant machines that speed up the entire process and improve graft viability. The length of your surgery will depend somewhat on how many grafts you have implanted. This number will also affect the FUE cost in Toronto. Count on 6 to 8 hours for a full, high-graft count transplant.
You don’t need to worry about pain. One of the ways that FUE has improved over the years is in minimizing scalp trauma and reducing recovery time substantially. The operation is a type of micro-surgery in that the tiny pieces of scalp tissue and follicle extracted are so small, the little holes left behind close quickly and leave no visible scar. Each follicle graft is less than 1 mm in diameter and not deep, so the superficial injury doesn’t cause significant discomfort. You’ll have a topical and local anaesthetic in your scalp to numb you throughout the process. Recovery in the days following is described as feeling like a sunburn. During the procedure, most patients recline while listening to music or watching TV. We’ll send you home afterwards with a few simple instructions, and you’ll be advised to take roughly 5 days off work.
You can expect temporary scalp swelling, which sometimes spreads to the forehead. This will last 3 to 5 days on average. However, unlike the strip method recovery, which made a long incision on the scalp, there will be no stitches or staples and no painful surgical wound to heal. The donor follicle holes close within a few days, and tiny scabs will form. These wash off around Day 5. Aftercare is simple. We’ll advise you about protecting your scalp from sources of infection or injury. At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic (THTC), we also offer CopperK hair product packages to calm and soothe the treatment area and help nourish the hair.
You’ll begin to see results within just a few months!
Not all the transplanted hairs will survive, but one of the reasons FUE in Toronto costs more than old-fashioned methods is the very high take rate. Well over 90% of grafts typically “take”. That means you’ll start to see new growth sprouting up in 3 to 4 months. At first, the hairs are very fine and wispy. They may also grow in a little patchy. Don’t worry about the hair type you see at first. It will take several more months for the strands to grow uniformly and for hair shafts to thicken.
We love this advanced method of hair transplant because it offers many benefits that former hair transplantation techniques could not.
After your in-depth, free consultation, you’ll receive a written estimate that shows your whole hair transplant cost. We price the treatment per graft. Graft fees range from $4 to $7 on average. (Note that these prices are subject to change with time.)
It is possible to achieve dramatic improvements with just one appointment, but one of the appealing aspects of this procedure is that over time you can have additional sessions to add more density as long as you have sufficient donor hairs available. The ideal transplant carefully manages donor hair extraction so as not to deplete the area and leave visible spaces. One of the compelling reasons to seek an industry leader and expert for your procedure is to ensure that you avoid the problem of donor site depletion.
Your FUE cost will be based on the number of grafts you require for your session. Some grafts contain up to 4 hairs, so in that case density can be achieved beautifully in large fill areas. In most cases, we transplant anywhere from 500 to 2,500 grafts. More than 2,500 would require a second procedure 6 months or more later.
Are you ready for a consultation?
Part of the fee for expertly done FUE ensures that your surgeon can develop a personalized hair restoration plan for you and doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. At the THTC, Dr. Torgerson will evaluate your pattern of hair loss, the quality and availability of your donor hair, and the characteristics of your hairs themselves. He’ll create a personalized plan to consider your rate and progression of hair loss. The approach and results can vary from person to person, so the best place to start when you’re ready to make your next move is with your own private consultation appointment.
We love the many benefits of FUE, and we see how it changes our patient’s lives daily. We’ll be happy to share all the exciting possibilities with you too. Just call, write, or come in to see us today.