A. The most common cause of hair loss is genetic. Men and women can inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. Men are most commonly affected by the inherited gene as the hormone, testosterone, is converted to Dihydrotestosterone by alpha 5 reductase, and as we know men have much more testosterone than women.
There is currently no known method of stopping this type of hair loss also known as androgenic alopecia. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Severe illness, malnutrition, or vitamin deficiencies can also accelerate this process.
A. Yes. The transplanted hair is removed from one area of the body (donor site) and transferred to another (recipient site) where it will continue to grow for life. Hair transplants work well in over 80% of cases and moderately well in 15% of cases.
A. Your postoperative expectations will depend on how well you adhere to the instructions provided after surgery. Small scabs will form on the scalp at the hair graft implant sites. Usually, these scabs fall off naturally in 4-7days. You should never pick at them or remove them before they are ready to fall off on their own.
Shampooing can be resumed 24 hours after surgery under gentle water, not high pressure. A baseball type cap can be worn at any time after surgery and should be worn somewhat loosely to avoid putting pressure on the scalp. You should also avoid physically strenuous activity for at least six days after surgery.
Typically the transplanted hair will shed in 2-4 weeks. New growth will begin in 3-4 months and length will increase approximately 1/2 inch per month.
A. Most people do not report any significant level of pain. Some discomfort is to be expected as the anaesthetic is injected into the scalp, very similar to the pain associated with a dental anaesthetic injection. Once the skin is anaesthetized, there should be no further pain.
If the numbing medicine wears off during the course of the procedure, more is injected to anaesthetize the area further.
A: We have multiple surgical centres across Canada. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions some centres are currently closed, the specialist will have more details for you as to which locations are still open.
A: Our surgical team has a cumulative total experience of 50 years, and Nuhair Medical itself has been established since 2017. We have helped thousands of patients in both surgical and nonsurgical procedures regain a full natural looking head of hair.
A. The grafts form small scabs within a day two following the procedure. If the patient has enough surrounding hair, these scabs can be camouflaged by creatively styling your existing hair. If not, the small scabs may be visible, they should not attract much attention but if you feel self-conscious about it you can wear a cap, carefully as to not tear the still healing scabs off the scalp. Also keeping the scalp moist helps the scabs heal and fall off in about a week or so.
A. We only perform FUE hair transplants here at Nuhair which heals quite quickly, it is often possible to go back to work the next day or within a couple of days. Your hair loss specialist will discuss this with you during your initial consultation.
A. Hair transplantation is initially more expensive than most other hair restoration treatments. A hair transplant here at Nuhair can range anywhere from $3500 for a smaller session to $12,000 for a large session, most sessions fall somewhere in-between.
Considering that the results are relatively immediate and permanent, the transplanted hair should grow in its new location for the rest of your life, most people consider it a good investment as there are no further ongoing costs as there are with all other alternative treatments.
A. Most people with hair loss are a good candidate for a hair transplant. Advances in technology and refinement of techniques have made the surgery possible for most types of hair curl, grouping and thickness.
People who are not good candidates are generally people who have very serious hair loss and do not have an abundant source of donor hair or very poor quality donor hair.
A. Patients in their early 20s may be considered candidates for hair transplantation depending on their degree of hair loss. In cases involving young patients, future hair loss must be considered to ensure an aesthetically viable long term outcome.
A. Any individual who is fit enough to undergo a multi-hour surgery with waking sedation can certainly be a good candidate for hair transplant surgery. We have conducted successful hair transplant surgery on several patients in their seventies with good results.
It depends on the general overall health of the individual. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic medical ailments can make you a bad candidate for the surgery; however, if conditions are well managed they may not be a determining factor at all. Ultimately our hair transplant specialist will discuss this with you during your initial consultation.
A. A good rule of thumb to determining how many grafts you will need is the following, a region of the balding or thinning scalp the size of a closed fist requires approximately 1500 grafts to fill in appropriately.
So will you need one fist, two fists or more? Ultimately this is something that our hair transplant specialist will discuss during your initial hair transplant consultation.
A. Follicular unit extraction or FUE hair transplant is a graft harvesting technique where the surgeon removes individual hair follicles from the donor region as opposed to surgically excise a strip of hair-bearing skin from the back of the scalp known as (FUT).
With the FUE procedure, donor hair is extracted using graft punches that make small circular incisions to excise the hair grafts. When extracted properly in an intentionally randomized fashion, these circular extraction sites heal rapidly and leave very small imperceptible white dots in the donor area which are easily camouflaged by the remaining donor hair. Properly done these tiny extraction sites are difficult if not impossible to detect and would require a closeup inspection or a trained eye to locate them.
A. Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT for short is a procedure where the doctor excises a thin strip of hair-bearing scalp from the donor region of the scalp. The hair follicles are dissected into 1-3 hair containing groups under a high powered stereoscopic microscope and implanted into the bald or thinning regions of the scalp.
Currently, at Nuhair medical we do not perform FUT hair transplant procedures, our opinion is that the FUE procedure produces better results with much less surgical trauma and the FUT procedure is rather outdated at this point in time.
A. FUE requires a shorter recovery period than a FUT surgery, you should be able to return to most of your regular activities with 2-3 days except for strenuous physical activity in which case you should wait 1-2 weeks before engaging in strenuous physical activity.
A. Yes, you can and that is also very common if you require more than 4000 grafts transplanted your surgeon may recommend more than one session to obtain the optimal results. A second hair transplant can also be performed many years later to accommodate future hair loss.
A. Hair transplants are a permanent solution to hair loss and should last a lifetime. However, hair loss is generally a progressive condition so in the future you may require further hair transplant(s) in order to replace hair that has or will continue to fall out.
It is recommended that hair transplant patients also find a medical solution to avoid ongoing extensive hair loss, typically through the use of finasteride, Propecia or dutasteride.
A. Hair transplantation is a very specialized surgery, there are many small details that must be executed very precisely in order to re-create a natural-looking final result, doctors or clinics that offer general cosmetic surgical procedures do not generally possess the very well practised and specialized skills and techniques required to get the very best results possible.
Our advice would be to have your surgery performed at a clinic that is exclusively focused on the practice of hair transplantation for the best possible results.
A. Immediately after surgery, the transplanted area may have some very small circular scabs that should last less than a week. They can be covered by a hat during the healing period. Once healed the small scars left by FUE are almost undetectable shortly after the surgery, so once healed your hair restoration surgery should not be noticeable to others at all. It should be 100% Undetectable to others.
A. At Nuhair, you will get a world-class hair transplant performed by a highly experienced medical team at a very reasonable rate. Because of NuHair’s innovative business model, we can reduce our infrastructure and property costs significantly.
We provide individualized care and are sensitive to the needs of our patients ensuring safety, quality, and satisfaction. We use the latest technology available anywhere. Nuhair is dedicated exclusively to hair transplants and does not perform other cosmetic procedures; we specialize in just hair transplants!