Hair Transplant Treatment: Questions and Answers

If you believe you’re a good candidate for receiving hair transplant services in Toronto, then you might have a few burning questions regarding the procedure and what to expect throughout the entire process. Making the final decision to undergo hair transplant surgery can be an extremely daunting revelation for a lot of people, which is worsened tenfold if they’re not adequately prepared for the procedure, recovery time, and aftercare. Below, we’ve prepared a list of some of the most frequently asked questions patients have regarding the hair transplant services and surgical procedures we offer in Toronto.

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 1. Is a hair transplant treatment permanent?

For the most part, the answer is yes. As long as the procedure is professionally and thoroughly executed by a renowned and experienced hair transplant surgeon, then there’s no reason for any major complications that could jeopardize your ability to enjoy thick and beautiful tresses for the rest of your life. That said, there are a few mitigating factors such as genetics that are beyond anyone’s control that you should always take into consideration before going into this type of procedure.

2. Do hair transplants work for everyone?

As mentioned, there are certain mitigating factors that could adversely affect or minimize the results of a hair transplant in individual patients. For instance, if you have any pre-existing unresolved medical issues such as autoimmune disorders, illnesses, or even if you’re currently taking certain medications that list hair loss as a potential side effect, then all of these factors must be taken into serious consideration.

3. Do hair transplants look natural?

This depends on the skills and experience of the physician who performs the hair transplant. The overall goal is to create a natural looking appearance so that other people won’t be able to detect that the patient underwent any kind of hair transplant procedure. For the first few days, there will be some scarring, scabbing, and redness in the affected areas but this should clear up within five to seven days after the surgery. Once the scalp is completely healed, no one should be able to tell that you’ve had a hair transplant or relocation operation.

4. Does hair transplant treatment lead to cancer?

No, hair transplants don’t directly cause cancer, nor will they incrementally increase your risk of developing cancer. However, as with any other medical or surgical procedure, you should always inform your physician and surgeon if you have any pre-existing illnesses or conditions.

5. Do hair transplants work for alopecia?

Typically, people who suffer from any form of alopecia don’t make good candidates for hair transplants due to the nature of their pre-existing condition. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the immune system mistakes healthy cells and tissues in the body, including hair follicles, for dangerous and predatory foreign intruders. As a result, even if hair was successfully transplanted from a donor site to a recipient site, eventually that hair would also fall out because the implanted hair follicles would be susceptible to attack from the immune system.

6. What’s the success rate of hair transplant surgeries?

Under the right circumstances, the success rate for hair transplant surgeries is fairly high—95%, actually. This means that the ideal patient should have no pre-existing or underlying conditions and that the surgeon is highly experienced and meticulous when it comes to completing their work.

7. How soon after my hair transplant surgery can I return to work?

Recovery time usually varies from one patient to another, but in most cases, patients can return to work after about five to seven days post-surgery.

8. Can I wear a hat after FUE?

Yes, you can wear a hat after undergoing an FUE procedure, but you must wait until the newly relocated grafts are fully integrated into your scalp. Depending on your healing capacity, this can take anywhere from one to several weeks. Speak with your physician post-surgery for specific aftercare instructions.

9. How, if at all, should I cover my head after a hair transplant?

Typically, you can begin to wear head covers or hats about five to seven days after having a hair transplant procedure. Make sure to discuss this with your doctor first to ensure that you won’t suffer any complications or undo the effects of the surgery. Also, if you do choose to wear a hat, scarf, or other headgear post-op, make sure it’s not too tight fitting and that it doesn’t pull on your scalp and cause your hair to fall out. As long as you’re not putting too much pressure on the newly transplanted hair, then you should be fine.

10. Can I shave my head after a hair transplant?

If you’re planning on shaving your head following a hair transplant surgery, then the ideal time to do so would be about two weeks after the procedure once the hair follicles have become fully situated and all of the scabs have completely healed.

11. Will I be able to scratch my head after a hair transplant?

Scratching your head immediately following a hair transplant is generally discouraged by most physicians because it can cause the newly relocated and still sensitive hair grafts to loosen or come out. As time goes on, however, you can begin to very gently rub or scratch any itchy spots on your head. If you notice that the itchiness is excessive or unbearable, then you should schedule an appointment with the surgeon who performed the hair transplant procedure and have them examine your scalp for any irregularities.

12. Can I apply oil to my hair after a hair transplant?

Always consult your doctor with questions about when and how to resume your normal haircare activities including shampooing and applying essential oils. Every physician has different post-operative haircare instructions and preferences depending on the nature and extent of the procedure as well as the patient’s personal history.

13. Can I dye my hair after a hair transplant?

Yes, you can start dying and styling your hair however you like following a hair transplant procedure. Most physicians would recommend waiting approximately two to three weeks before doing so to ensure that the hair grafts are fully implanted and that the recipient and donor areas are healed. If you have any specific questions or concerns in this regard, then it’s important that you speak with the physician who performed the procedure immediately.

14. Can I smoke or drink after my hair transplant?

It’s recommended that you wait at least two weeks before doing so. The reason for this is that both substances contain toxins that can severely diminish the amount of oxygen absorbed by the blood, which in turn slows down blood flow. Proper amounts of oxygen and blood flow are instrumental to ensuring your surgical wounds heal correctly and adequately.

15. How many hair transplants can I have?

The amount of hair transplants you can have depends on the availability of hair follicles in your donor area. Generally, hair grafts are extracted from the scalp, but if the quantity of hair needed surpasses the scalp’s capacity to produce hair strands and follicles, then other parts of the body can also be used as donor sites. Keep in mind that if you’re undergoing extensive hair transplant treatment, multiple procedures will be required. Again, this is something you need to discuss with your physician during the preliminary meeting.

16. Can transplanted hair fall out?

Yes, transplanted hair can fall out as it’s expected to adhere to the same growth and regeneration patterns as native hair. However, if you notice that the hair is falling out and not regenerating, then you should speak to your physician about your concerns.

17. What is the cost of a hair transplant in Toronto?

There’s no definitive answer to this question because it really depends on the nature of the procedure, the extent of the work that needs to be done, as well as the discretion and fees charged by each individual hair loss clinic or physician. In some cases, hair transplants might either partially or completely be covered by health insurance companies or your employer, but this is something you need to work out with them.

18. What are the causes of hair transplant failure?

There are several reasons why your hair transplant could fail including the following: poor aftercare; mishandling the grafts during or after surgery; graft drying out prior to transplantation; improper graft storage or placement; placing the graft too deep or too close to the surface of the scalp, and more. All of these are highly unlikely or rare scenarios in the industry.

19. Do you guarantee positive hair transplant results?

The answer to this question is an emphatic yes because the hair loss and transplant surgeons at the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists have many years of experience working in this field and we always demonstrate the utmost compassion and understanding when it comes to fulfilling the needs of our patients.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.