FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Hair Transplant Explained:
A minimally invasive hair transplantation procedure, known as follicular unit extraction, or simply FUE, involves harvesting hair follicles from a donor site, typically the backside of the patient’s scalp. By using robotic and automated devices, no linear scars are left behind. The procedure leaves almost no traces. The harvested follicles are then transplanted in areas with balding or thinning hair.
Hair loss can be a harrowing experience for some people that results in a loss of confidence. This is often the unwanted effect of aging, underlying health condition, and even genetics. Most people who experience hair loss would be willing to do anything possible just to bring back their “lost confidence.”
If you’re suffering from hair loss or balding, don’t despair! After all, there is hope. An innovative procedure, FUE hair restoration aims to reclaim and boost your confidence by bringing back your healthy, thick hair.
At HTCT, we have specialist machinery, Artas or NeoGraft that are used for extracting healthy hair follicle units from “ideal candidate” areas. These areas are typically found at the back of the patient’s scalp and are not expected to go bald for many years to come.
The “harvested” or extracted hair follicles are then implanted by experts into the target balding areas. An FUE hair transplant procedure is one of the most comfortable methods currently available. It doesn’t result in scarring. Best of all, it allows your hair to grow in a natural way.
The total cost involved for an FUE hair transplantation depends on how many hair grafts are necessary to fill the target area. The price starts at $4,000+. It already includes post-operative procedures, high fluency, low-level light therapy, and even nutrient shampoo.
Currently, our clinic offers different promotions and discounts for your initial men’s FUE Toronto transplant procedure. Financing is also available with no interest for up to 6 months.
Initial recovery from a minimally-invasive FUE Toronto hair transplant surgery takes only around 2 to 3 days. During this time, the extraction holes are covered using a soft dressing. This is because the holes are quite tiny, measuring only 0.9 to 1.2 mm made at the backside of the scalp.
The dressing is done carefully in such a way that it wraps around the head to help secure the bandage over the affected area, which is the backside of the scalp.
An FUE hair transplant typically takes around 4 to 10 hours to complete. This will depend on the number of grafts necessary for implantation. For large-scale implantation, say 3000 grafts, extraction of the hair follicles for FUE Toronto will take around 4 hours, and another 4 hours to insert the hair into the target area.
FUE hair transplant is the perfect solution for men, and even women, who experience unnecessary, excessive hair loss due to an underlying health condition or genetic causes. If you are a candidate for the procedure, you must have realistic expectations about the results of the hair transplantation and restoration procedure.
Enjoy a permanent solution to your hair loss problem
Healing and recovery time is faster
Your appearance will significantly improve
The procedure requires minimal maintenance
HTCT is among the best hair transplant clinics in Toronto, Canada. Here, we only perform non-linear, non-surgical, FUE hair transplant procedures that aim to facilitate safe hair restoration.
There are some patients, however, who come to our clinic with the goal of improving the scarring at the backside of their head. This is usually the result of undergoing an outmoded strip graft hair transplant surgery. The old procedure left an obvious ugly scar at the back of the head. This was unavoidable because a 14 cm x 3 to 4 cm chunk of skin had to be removed from the scalp. The scalp hair was sliced to produce the necessary grafts.
The resulting cut was then stitched together. Thus, a nasty scar on top of the nape area was inevitably created. It is known as a “strip graft scar.”
Once healed, these scars appear as fine white lines. Usually, the scars will only become a concern for you if you prefer wearing your hair short. This can be addressed by covering the area with longer hair. But, some people are not satisfied with this quick and temporary fix so they opt-into more complex solution.
In some unfortunate and worse case scenarios, the procedure leaves patients with obvious and wide strip graft scars. That is why our specialization is focused on FUE hair transplantation procedures. But, we also offer options to fix strip graft scar for people who may have undergone the old strip graft hair transplantation procedures.
A procedure to improve a strip graft scar is usually done once every 4 to 6 months. At least 4 sessions are necessary to pull the ends together and minimize the appearance of the scar. However, most of our patients are already satisfied after the first 4 sessions, and no longer need extra treatments.
If, after undergoing 4 to 6 treatments, however, you are not satisfied with the results, and you still want to further improve the scar appearance, we can insert FUE grafts into the scar itself. We will perform the finishing touches, so to speak, and finally, hide the strip graft scar, and make it non-visible. As a patient, you can expect a wide range of improvement in your scar. Depending on the scar’s characteristics, hair colour, local tissue, and your commitment, you can experience an improvement anywhere between 50 and 100%. The best case scenario is you will see almost no traces of the scar at all.
The Hair Transplant Clinic Toronto is among the pioneers in bringing and using robotic and automated FUE hair transplant in Canada. Led by Dr. Philip Solomon, the HTCT team has trained hundreds of medical professionals in Canada and US in performing the innovative procedure.
The entire HTCT FUE Toronto team is well-trained and skilled in using the Artas and NeoGraft devices to come up with a painless and efficient experience for their patients. We have extensive experience in providing our patients with long-lasting and permanent results.
After undergoing the procedure, you will notice natural and much denser hair growing in your head than before. To date, the HTCT team has transplanted over a million FUE grafts, and still counting.
We understand that you may require multiple sessions throughout your entire lifetime. Thus, we will come up with a design on the kind of hairline and densification that can be maintained and sustained in your lifetime. In short, we will design a personalized treatment program for your specific circumstances and preferences.
At the time of your consultation, we will determine the type of FUE system that would be suitable for your specific needs and preferences. Having said that, the following are the different types of FUE hair transplants:
ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant
The minimally-invasive FUE hair transplant Toronto surgery is divided into 2 main parts. Extraction of the hair follicles from the donor or preferred area ideally at the backside of the scalp, then implanting the harvested grafts into the target areas or the scalp with balding or thinning hair.
Just before the extraction takes place, the area where hair follicles will be harvested is shaved. In many cases, patients prefer shaving all the hair – even in areas that will not be affected by the procedure. Local anesthesia is also applied to numb the harvest area. Laughing gas may sometimes be applied so the patient would not feel any pain when the anesthesia is injected.
After the application of local anesthesia, either the NeoGraft automated or Artas robotic hair transplant system is utilized to painlessly harvest your FUE grafts. This is the second stage in the entire hair transplant procedure. It involves implanting the newly harvested FUE grafts into the recipient areas.
At this point, SpaMedica will use the technique known as the stick-and-place method that involves the use of a tiny hypodermic needle in creating small slits between hair strands or along the front hairline. This method will result in the most natural-looking and densest possible hair that the patient can achieve.
When preparing to undergo an FUE hair transplant surgery, you need to keep some specific instructions in mind. These include:
- Refrain from taking anti-inflammatory medicines, as well as vitamin E and B tablets a week before the scheduled procedure. These medications can affect the results of the procedure.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol 1 week before undergoing hair transplant surgery.
- On the day of your surgery, deep wash your hair using shampoo and conditioner.
Unlike the traditional and outmoded transplant techniques, after undergoing an FUE hair transplant Toronto procedure, you will experience less discomfort as well as a faster recovery period. There is likewise no specific maintenance steps that you will be required to follow. You can resume your regular routine the day after.
The small slits resulting from the deployment of the hair follicles in the donor area do not need any stitches. They are simply allowed to scab over time. Once fully healed, they will generally be inconspicuous and go unnoticed by the naked eye.
You undergo an FUE hair transplant procedure.
You can go back to work or resume your regular low impact daily activities.
You may notice that swelling peaks at this time.
Swelling slowly subsides but some mild pains remain.
The remaining mild pain will be completely gone.
Hair will start to grow but maybe unnoticeable at this point.
The new hair growth will start to be visible.
Attention: For the first 4 weeks after the surgery, refrain from doing heavy exercises. In fact, it would be better to avoid doing any form of exercise at this time. You can resume performing your regular exercise routines after one month.
An FUE hair restoration procedure is often paired with a neck or face lift, double chin liposuction, or blepharoplasty eyelid surgery. Non-surgical treatment options that combine well with FUE include dermal fillers, Botox injections, as well as energy-based solutions for skin enhancement.