FUE (follicular unit extraction) is a minimally invasive hair transplant procedure that involves harvesting hair follicles from the back of the patient’s scalp, using automated and robotic devices that DO NOT LEAVE a linear scar and then placing them into areas where the hair is thinning.
Hair loss is an unwanted effect of aging, genetics or health conditions, and most want to do whatever possible to restore their identity. FUE hair restoration is an innovative procedure that reclaims your thick, healthy hair and boosts confidence.
SpaMedica has specialist machinery, NeoGraft or Artas, are used to extract healthy units of hair follicles from the “preferred”, never to go bald areas at the back of your scalp that are then expertly implanted into balding areas. With a FUE hair transplant, the procedure is more comfortable, eliminates scaring concerns and allows the hair to grow more naturally.
The fee for a FUE hair transplant depends on the number of hair grafts needed for the targeted area. Prices start from $5,999 and is inclusive of postoperative, high-fluence, low-level light therapy, and nutrient shampoo.
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The initial recovery of the FUE hair transplant lasts just 2-3 days. During these first days, a soft dressing is used to cover the very tiny 0.9 to 1.2-millimetre extraction holes at the back of the scalp. This dressing goes around the front of the forehead and wraps to secure the bandage over the back.
FUE hair implants take 4-10 hours, depending on the number of grafts needed and placed. For a large volume, 3000 FUE graft case, the extraction of FUE hair follicles takes approximately 4 hours and to insert into the area it takes 4 hours.
The FUE hair transplant is an ideal procedure for men or women who have genetic hair loss or hair loss through a health condition. A good candidate has realistic expectations for the outcome of the hair transplant and restoration procedures.
Permanent Hair Loss Solution
The hair follicles that are extracted from the back of the scalp and transplanted into balding areas are healthy follicular units, with a normal enzyme compliment and are therefore permanent and do not fall out.
Quicker Healing Time
With No linear scar at the back of the scalp found with the older, Strip Graft Techniques, the FUE procedure is minimally invasive meaning a fast recovery time.
Restore your youthful look to improve appearance and confidence.
The hair implants come with very minimal maintenance for the patient.
The swelling usually subsides after 4 days.
Minimized by using an experienced cosmetic surgeon with modern techniques.
Inflammation or infection of the hair follicles (folliculitis).
Our stick-and-place technique gives dense, natural-looking hair.
At SpaMedica, one of the best hair transplant clinics in Toronto, we only perform non-surgical, non-linear scar, FUE hair transplants that enhance hair restoration. However, some patients come to SpaMedica looking to improve scarring at the back of their head from a traditional Strip Graft Hair Transplant procedure, where a 14 cm X 3-4cm chunk of scalp is removed and the scalp is stitched together, while the scalp hair is sliced up to produce the grafts. A long and unsightly scar is created at the back of the scalp, called a “strip graft scar”.
Most strip graft scars heal as fine white lines and are only a concern for those who wear their hair short. Some cases, however, leave patients with wide and noticeable strip graft scarring – that’s why we specialize in FUE hair transplants. Luckily, we have some options that are available to fix that strip graft scar.
A strip graft scar improvement treatment is performed once every 4-6 months with 4 or more sessions needed to pull the edges together and reduce the scar. If after 4-6 treatments there is a desire to improve the scar further, FUE grafts can be inserted into the scar itself to put the finishing touches to hiding the strip graft scar.
Patients can expect a range of improvement of 50-100% depending upon the characteristics of the scar itself, the local tissue, colour of the hair and commitment of the patient.
SpaMedica and Dr. Mulholland were the first centre and physician to bring automated and robotic FUE to Canada. Dr. Mulholland and his SpaMedica team have trained hundreds of doctors in the USA on how to perform the procedure. The SpaMedica FUE expert team is skilled at using the NeoGraft and Artas devices to create an efficient, painless experience for patients. We are experienced in providing patients with long-lasting results that appear dense and natural. Over 1,000,000 FUE grafts have been transplanted by the SpaMedica team.
Our team understands that multiple sessions may be required throughout the course of your life and always design the type of hairline and densification that could be sustained and maintained throughout your life.
Your SpaMedica FUE team will determine at the time of your consultation, which FUE system is best for you.
Neograft uses an automated rotary punch, usually 0.9mm in diameter to quickly, safely and painlessly remove the grafts.
Artas uses a robotic rotary punch, that is usually 1.0mm diameter to harvest the FUE grafts
The use of plasma-derived growth factors, topical minoxidil and nutrients, together with high intensity, low level light therapy provide a non FUE option for some patients. This same non FUE transplant program is offered after the FUE procedure as well, for best results.
The FUE hair transplant procedure itself is divided into two parts: extraction of hair follicles from the “preferred zone” at the back of your scalp and implanting the grafts into the target area.
Prior to extraction, the harvest area is shaved (some patients prefer to shave all their hair) and numbed with the injection of local anesthesia. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is used to ensure the local anesthesia injection is as painless as possible.
Following the local anesthesia, the Artas robotic or NeoGraft automated FUE hair transplant system is used to harvest your FUE grafts painlessly. This second stage is then implanting the new FUE grafts into the targeted recipient areas, SpaMedica uses the stick-and-place technique which uses a small hypodermic needle to create tiny slits between hairs or along the frontal hairline. The method gives patients the densest, most natural-looking hair that you can achieve.
To prepare for a FUE Hair Transplant, there are some specific instructions to follow:
Compared to traditional hair transplant methods, after a FUE hair transplant, patients experience less discomfort and faster recovery times. There is no specific maintenance required by patients, either.
The tiny slits from deploying the hair follicles in the target area don’t require any stitches and will simply scab over – barely noticeable to the naked eye.
Day 2: Patients can resume low impact regular daily activities
Day 3-4: Swelling peaks around this time
Day 7-10: Any mild pain will subside.
Day 14: New hair growth
Exercise must be avoided for the first 4 weeks.
FUE hair restoration is commonly combined with blepharoplasty eyelid surgery, double chin lipo, or a face and neck lift. Non-surgical treatments that pair well include Botox injection, dermal fillers and energy-based treatments for skin enhancements.
The FUE hair transplant procedure shouldn’t hurt at all. Local anesthesia is used to numb the scalp area which means you won’t be able to feel any pain throughout the procedure. Recovering is also less painful than traditional hair transplant methods.
Because the hair follicles are extracted from the preferred sites at the back and side of your scalp, they are permanent and do not fall out. However, patients may require additional hair transplants when genetic hair on the top of your head continues to thin over the years.
The low invasive nature of the treatment means that most FUE patients return to work-related tasks the following day of the procedure unless their work is physically strenuous.