Hair Transplant

  • Standard Recovery Time:
    Days - Months
  • Average Cost:
    $3-$8 (per follicle)
  • Anesthesia Required:
    Yes

About Hair Transplant

A hair transplant is a procedure done to add more hair to an area on your head that is thinning or balding. Hair is taken from the thicker part of the scalp and then grafting it to the section of the head that is thinning or balding. A hair transplant is a restoration method that people choose to undergo as a more permanent solution. In most cases, hair transplants are more effective than over-the-counter products.

Commonly asked questions about Hair Transplant

Before undertaking any procedure, you will want to be confident in your knowledge. Find the details on Hair Transplant here.

1. What is a hair transplant?

A hair transplant is a procedure done to add more hair to an area on your head that is thinning or balding. Hair is taken from the thicker part of the scalp and then grafting it to the section of the head that is thinning or balding. A hair transplant is a restoration method that people choose to undergo as a more permanent solution. In most cases, hair transplants are more effective than over-the-counter products.

2. Am I a good candidate for a hair transplant?

Not everyone is a good candidate for hair transplant surgery. There is a limit to how much hair can be moved to another section. There are several characteristics of hair that may make you a good candidate for a hair transplant:

1. Hair Colour
Hair colour is one of the most significant factors that will determine how effective the result of your surgery will be. Those with a significant contrast between the two (e.g., dark skin and dark hair, or light complexion and light hair) are less ‘noticeably’ bald. They are usually suitable candidates for hair transplantation because of this.

2. Hair Density
Surgeons will look for a high density of hair follicles in the donor areas of the scalp, which include the back of the head and the sides. To transplant donor follicles throughout the scalp, you’ll require a moderate-to-high level of hair density.

3. Hair Texture
People with curly or wavy hair can usually expect better results with a lesser number of follicular units used.

4. Hair Thickness
Similar to hair texture, hair thickness can determine whether or not a hair transplant will be successful. Those with thick hair require fewer drafts to get the same cosmetic effect as those with thinner hair. This is because baldness appears due to light penetrating past the hair and then being reflected off the scalp. Those with thicker hair will block more of the light from being reflected off the scalp, resulting in a better cosmetic effect.

5. Scalp Flexibility
Scalp flexibility, also known as scalp laxity, is also considered when determining the suitability of a candidate for a hair transplant. For example, if you have low laxity of the scalp (e.g., a tight scalp), it will be more challenging to remove follicles from the scalp and transplant them than someone who has high laxity (e.g., a loose scalp).

3. How do hair transplants work?

In simple terms, hair is taken (typically from the back of your head) and transferred to the area of your head where your hair is thinner or balding. There are two methods in which a surgeon can perform a hair transplant: FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) or FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS)

Step One – The surgeon will remove a piece of your scalp using a scalpel along the back of your head. The strip is usually 6-10 inches long.

Step Two – Using stitches, your surgeon will close the area of the scalp where the strip was removed.

Step Three – The scalp strip will then be separated into smaller sections using a scalpel – this strip of the scalp can be divided into up to 2,000 pieces, called grafts. These grafts may only contain one hair each.

Step Four – Using a needle or a blade, your surgeon will create small holes on your scalp where the hair will be transplanted.

Step Five – Your surgeon will then insert hair from the removed strip of scalp into the puncture holes – this process is called grafting.

Step Six: – Your surgeon will then cover both surgical sites with bandages to protect them.
How many grafts you get depends on a few factors depending on:

  • The type of hair you have
  • Size of your transplant site
  • Quality/thickness of your hair
  • Hair colour

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Step One – They shave the hair on the back of your head

Step Two – Your surgeon will remove individual follicles out of the scalp.

Step Three – The surgeon will then, similarly to the FUT operation, create small holes in your scalp and graft hair follicles into these holes.

Step Four – The surgeon will then cover the surgical site with bandages.

4. What is the recovery like after hair transplant surgery?

Day 1-7
Directly after your procedure, the grafts will be very sensitive. It will take about five days for the follicles to attach to the blood vessels under the skin. There will be mild swelling/redness and blood clots at the site where the hairs were implanted.

Day 10-14
The transplanted hairs will shed; this is normal and should be expected. The hair follicle lives and creates new hair even if the hair falls out.

Month 1-2
New hair will start to sprout through the surface of the scalp. The average time for new growth is around three months but will vary from person to person. The hair tends to grow unevenly and relatively thin, but it will thicken over time.

Month 5-6
There should be a considerable amount of growth by months five and six. New hair should be approximately two to three inches long, and the hair shaft should begin to thicken.

5. How long do the results last?

The hair follicles’ migration is irreversible, as there is no means to return them to their original location. However, just like the rest of your hair follicles, the hair that has been transplanted has a lifespan, and at some point in the future, it may stop producing as much hair as it used to.

6. How much does a hair transplant cost in Canada?

Hair transplant cost is based on the number of follicles transplanted. On average, the cost of each follicle is $3-$8. These numbers can fluctuate depending on the area you are located in and the person doing it. On average, a person will get 2500-3000 grafts per transplant.

7. What are the risks to hair transplant surgery?

There are risks to any surgery, but with hair transplant surgery, there are minor risks and complications, including:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness/lack of sensation around the scalp
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling of the scalp
  • Inflammation or infection of hair follicles (folliculitis)
  • Shock loss – this is the sudden but temporary loss of the transplanted hair
  • Unnatural-looking hair growth

8. Is a hair transplant worth it?

601/642 people who have gotten a hair transplant have rated the procedure “Worth It” (94%)

– Source: Realself