Please browse the listing of frequently asked questions below to learn more about hair restoration surgery. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us or schedule a consultation with top Toronto hair loss specialist, Dr. Jamil Asaria.
How does hair restoration or hair transplant surgery work?
All hair transplantation techniques work on the same basic principle and method. To begin, healthy, bald-resistive follicles are harvested from the back or sides of the head (called the donor site). Next, very small micro-incisions are made in the thinning areas where more hair is desired (called the recipient site). The harvested follicles (called grafts) are then carefully embedded into the incisions. Typically, more than 95% of the transplanted hair follicles will take root, acting as a permanent and completely natural replacement for lost hair.
Is hair restoration surgery the most effective treatment for hair loss?
Yes. Hair restoration or transplant surgery is the only permanent method of treating hair loss.
We always recommend that patients seeking treatment for hair loss try other proven methods of non-surgical treatment before considering surgery. Similarly, for those experiencing early thinning, we highly recommend prevention strategies ahead of transplant surgery, but for those who have reached irreversible stages of hair loss or who simply want a complete and permanent solution, hair restoration surgery is the best treatment possible.
Is it possible to get results that are completely natural looking?
Yes. With modern hair restoration techniques it is possible to obtain results that look convincingly natural. The key is in the surgeon’s technique, their attention to detail and their understanding of how to create a hairline that is natural to your face.
Who makes a good candidate for hair restoration surgery?
Not everyone is a good candidate for hair restoration surgery. The procedure is typically best suited for the following types of patients:
- Men who have experienced hair loss as a result of Male Pattern Baldness for a period of five years or more.
- Men who have progressed to a Class 3 or above on the Norwood Scale of Male Pattern Baldness.
- Men experiencing hair loss that is progressing despite the use of prescription drugs.
- Men who have developed a stable pattern after many years of balding.
- Men or women who have lost hair as a result of trauma, surgery or burn injuries.
Dr. Asaria has earned the confidence his patients to provide & seamless results from male and female hair restoration.
What is FUE hair transplant surgery?
FUE (which stands for Follicular Unit Extraction) is a popular and proven hair restoration technique. It varies from the standard strip method of hair restoration (also known as FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation) in the method used to harvest healthy hair follicles. Dr. Asaria is currently one of the top hair transplant specialists to deliver some of the best FUE hair transplants Toronto patients can rely on.
What is the difference between FUE and FUT hair transplant surgery?
The primary different between FUE and FUT lies in the method of extraction. In FUE, grafts are removed one at a time with out the use of a scalpel. Conversely FUT requires an incision to remove a strip of hair-bearing scalp, which is dissected to harvest healthy follicles.
Which technique is best?
Here at Hair Toronto, we typically recommend FUE as the best technique for hair restoration however, each patient is different and there are sometimes reasons that a patient may be better suited for FUT hair transplant.
What are the major advantages of FUE hair restoration
FUE has a number of significant advantages as compared to FUT. These include:
- No larges incision, stitches or scars
- Faster recovery and little or no down time
- No restriction of movement after surgery (typically with FUT, the healing process requires patients to refrain from heavy athletic activity)
- Allows patients the option of wearing their hair short on the sides and back (no scar to hide)
Are there any disadvantages to FUE hair restoration?
FUE is a time-consuming and tedious process. Because of this, patients have to consider the following potential disadvantages:
- Longer procedure time is required for the same number of grafts as compared to the FUT/strip technique.
- Higher cost of procedure as compared to FUT/strip technique
Does Dr. Asaria use Neograft for FUE transplants?
No. Neograft is an automated method of harvesting hair follicles for FUE transplant surgery. Using a power-assisted technique, Dr Asaria harvests follicles one-by-one. This is a key aspect to Dr. Asaria’s FUE approach. In contrast to the Neograft method, the manually extracted grafts are handled with extreme care and there is minimal trauma to the hair follicles. This greatly improves the survival rate of the newly transplanted grafts.
Can FUE hair restoration be used to cover a scar from a previous hair transplant?
Yes. When sutured properly, a FUT hair transplant will leave only a hairline scar that is difficult to see once the surrounding hair grows longer, however there are cases where the surgeon fails to accomplish this. In these cases FUE is often used to hide or camouflage the visible scar.
How long does the hair restoration surgery take?
Each patient’s surgery is different. Procedure time varies significantly depending upon the individual needs of the patient. Some patients are only seeking to address a small area of receding hair, whereas others may be require a full fill in. Depending upon the amount of grafts to be transplanted, the surgery can be over in as few as three hours or last as many as to eight or nine hours.
How many hair restoration surgeries does Dr. Asaria do in one day?
Dr. Asaria believes in taking his time to get best results possible. That’s why he dedicates himself to performing only one hair transplantation surgery per day.
What is the average recovery time?
With FUE patients typically experience no down time and are fully recovered within a week. FUT hair transplant surgery may require two to three days of recovery before the patient can resume work and normal activities. FUT also has an average full recovery time of about three weeks.
Is the surgery painful?
Mild sedatives and local anesthetic are used to make the procedure as comfortable possible. Most patients report minimal discomfort.
When will I see results?
The transplanted hair follicles usually go into a dormant state for a short period after the surgery before they begin growing new hair. They typically begin to produce new hair after three or four months. You can expect to see a noticeable cosmetic difference within a period of nine to twelve months.
How long does the transplanted hair continue to grow?
In the majority of cases hair restoration surgery is permanent, with the transplanted follicles producing hair for the rest of the patient’s life.
Are there any possible complications or things to be concerned about?
Hair restoration surgery is a proven treatment with a very high success rate. It is very rare that complications of any kind occur. As with any surgical procedure we perform, when you come in for your initial consultation, we will discuss any and all potential concerns with you in detail, so you can make an informed decision.
How much does hair restoration surgery cost?
Each hair restoration that Dr. Asaria performs is individually designed for the patient. The cost of follicular unit hair transplant varies depending on the number of grafts required and the density desired. In your initial consultation, Dr. Asaria will help you to determine whether your expectations are realistic and how many follicles will have to be harvested and transplanted in order to achieve your desired goals. Click here to find out more about hair transplant costs in Toronto.