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The 10 most frequently asked questions about FUE hair transplants

July 11, 2019

If you’re one of the many men or women struggling with hair loss in Toronto, the silver lining is that modern hair restoration procedures such as FUE hair transplantation at our Toronto SpaMedica clinic are more effective than ever before. Curious? Here are the 10 most frequently asked questions about FUE, answered.


  1. What is a FUE hair transplantation procedure?


FUE stands for follicular unit extraction. Your follicular hair units can be harvested in singles, doubles, triples and quadruples, each rooted together in a single bulb unit. The most advanced and modern way to undergo a FUE hair transplant is to harvest hair from the back of the scalp using the latest in robotic FUE harvest technologies, Artas and NeoGraft. Patients can expect to spend 8-10 hours at SpaMedica in Toronto undergoing the procedure. Extraction from the back of your scalp takes approximately 4 hours, and the subsequent “stick-and-place” takes 2-4.5 hours: a small hypodermic needle creates a slit between your recipient hair, and as the needle is removed, the graft is inserted.


  1. Is it painful?


The FUE hair transplantation in Toronto at SpaMedica is a big improvement on the older and more traditional strip graft technique known to cause more pain and scarring. Our team is highly skilled at using the NeoGraft and Artas devices to create an efficient and painless experience for our patients. The injection of local anaesthesia, in addition to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and oral relaxation medication, ensure a relaxed state for your FUE hair transplantation procedure.


  1. Who is a candidate?


The strongest candidates for FUE are men or women in good health with genetic or post-traumatic hair loss—and realistic expectations. Patients are advised to wait until they’re at least 25 years of age because hair patterns tend to be more predictable at that point, making for better, long-lasting results. Those with autoimmune or inflammatory conditions or those who are pregnant are not considered appropriate candidates.


  1. Will I need maintenance treatments?


Although the results of FUE hair transplantation are considered permanent, you may require more hair implants, aka re-densification therapy, as some of your genetic hair thins and falls out over time. Over time, up to 50-60% of the donor follicular units at the back and sides of your scalp can be harvested and transplanted as needed without the area appearing thin.


  1. Will I lose my hair after the procedure?


Patients experience 2 phases of hair growth in the 12-14 months post FUE transplant: The first occurs with those hair shaft implants that do not go through a “shock hair” effect, instead beginning to grow almost immediately. Patients can expect about 50% of their transplanted hair shafts to react this way within 3-4 weeks. The other 50% of the grafts will often fall out in the first 14 days. Not to worry, however! The hair bulb is still inside your scalp. Second-phase growth occurs at 4-6 months and is characterized by a new layer of stubble slowly starting to grow. Thus, it’s important to be patient and wait about 12-14 months post procedure to judge the full density and thickness of your resulting hair growth!


  1. How long is recovery?


During the 2-3 days after your FUE hair transplantation, a soft dressing is used to cover the very tiny 0.9 to 1.2-millimetre donor site extraction holes at the back of your scalp.  You return the following day to have your dressing replaced. By day 3 or so, it is removed, and you’ll be shown how to cleanse the area gently. Between days 3-12 post procedure, the stubble at the back of your scalp will grow out, concealing the tiny extraction holes. Most patients are able to return to work 7-12 days post procedure.


  1. What kind of results can I expect?


At SpaMedica, our Toronto patients achieve a graft survival rate of over 85% and a transection rate of under 4%. results in the densest, most natural-looking hair that you can achieve. Because genetically related hair families are made to grow together with the FUE technique, a more natural-looking growth pattern occurs upon transplantation. Patients are generally thrilled with their results!


  1. Will there be scarring?


The robotic FUE NeoGraft and Artas devices are the fastest, most accurate, and efficient way to harvest hair without leaving a linear scar. The tiny holes left behind from the extraction process are quickly and easily covered up by your hair growth.


  1. Is it permanent?


Because the grafts are extracted from the back and sides of your scalp (as these areas are genetically programmed not to lose hair), the results of your hair restoration are permanent and lifelong. During your consultation however, we will outline a program of hair restoration treatments that can be performed over a 10-20 year period in the case of ongoing genetic hair loss.


  1. How much does it cost?


The cost of your FUE hair transplantation procedure in Toronto at SpaMedica depends on the number of grafts required, but starts at $5999. Take advantage of our ongoing promotion: $500 off your first men’s FUE transplant, with financing available at no added interest for 6 months. To make it happen, simply book your appointment on an evening or a Saturday!


Still got questions? That’s a good sign. Schedule a consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto today to learn more about the incredible FUE hair transplantation and other hair restoration treatments available to our patients.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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