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FUE Hair Transplant Montreal

Hair loss can have various causes: alopecia, baldness, among others. Hair grafting is a personalized treatment that permanently increases hair density. Face MD Clinic offers FUE hair transplant service in Montreal. 

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What is a Hair Transplant Procedure?

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia, involving the relocation of individual hair follicles from areas of high density (mostly the back of the head) to areas of lower or no density (such as the crown or the front of the head). Essentially, transplanted hairs are used for a redistribution of hair to densify sparse areas of the scalp. 

The results of a hair transplant are permanent because the hair from the back of the head retains its characteristics when moved to the front. These procedures usually take a long time : a full day (8 to 12 hours) to be performed.

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Advantages of Hair Transplantation

FUE hair transplantation offers numerous advantages:

  • The procedure is performed under local anesthesia with minimal pain.
  • Minimal scarring on the back of the head like strip hair transplantation.
  • Scars left by the procedure (usually at the back of the head) are microscopic and practically invisible to the naked eye, regardless of hair size.
  • The survival rate of hair grafts is very high, usually exceeding 95%.
  • The transplantation creates a very natural look due to the small size of the hair and the minimal scarring.
  • Unlike strip hair transplantation, it is a painless procedure. No sutures are used, allowing for quick and safe recovery.
  • Possibility to conceal scars on the scalp.
  • This hair transplant is a permanent solution, so you can enjoy hair growth for many years.
  • Hair can be transplanted on the head or other parts of the face, such as eyebrows or beard.

What Are the Alternatives to Hair Transplantation?

There are many different solutions to hair loss, including products that must be used for life, such as minoxidil or finasteride. Other alternatives for hair restoration include scalp micropigmentation (SMP) (semi-permanent tattooing) and PRP injections. However, none of these procedures stimulate the growth of new hair where there is none. Instead, they increase the density of existing hair.

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How Does FUE Hair Transplantation Differ from Traditional Hair Transplant Techniques (FUT or Strip)?

Traditional transplantation or follicular unit transplantation (FUT), also known as strip hair transplantation, is a hair restoration surgery that involves removing a strip of hair from the back of the head, leaving a large linear scar on the back of the head, which can be very unsightly. The hair follicles are then separated under a microscope and replanted elsewhere on the head. 

Follicular unit extraction involves the surgical team using micro-punches to extract hair follicles individually from the back of the head. These follicles are then replanted elsewhere on the head. This procedure is a much more challenging surgical technique, but it avoids the creation and appearance of a large linear scar on the back of the head. Aiming for a natural appearance, that’s why this surgical technique is the preferred one at Face MD Clinic.

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Who Is a Candidate for Hair Transplant?

The origins of hair loss are diverse, and before undertaking any steps, it is important to try to determine the cause as closely as possible to determine if you are a candidate for hair transplant. The complexity of this determination arises from the fact that hair can fall out due to physiological parameters, but also due to psychological problems. Intense fatigue caused by illness, heavy treatment such as chemotherapy, difficult pregnancy, but also the intake of certain poorly tolerated medications can lead to hair loss. In these cases, things return to normal fairly quickly when the situation returns to normal or when the treatment is modified. 

Where things sometimes get complicated is when baldness is caused by intense stress, in which case it will depend on the duration of the difficult situation. When all these causes are eliminated, it is often necessary to admit that baldness is androgenetic and therefore irreversible. Anyone prone to permanent hair loss is a candidate for this type of intervention, as well as men and women who want hair where they have little or none.

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How Many Grafts for a Hair Transplant Surgery?

In all cases, the younger you are, the less advanced your baldness is (then we talk about early baldness). In addition, if the upper edges of the crown do not show thinning and the frontal and temporal lines do not recede, we can guarantee a successful, perfectly natural and aesthetic hair transplant. 

It is obvious that no two people are identical, and that individual differences such as the size of your scalp can affect the density of your follicles. 

Depending on your follicular density, the amount of your scalp covered by a given number of grafts may change. However, there are methods to obtain an approximate estimate of the types of hair loss observed in male patients.

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How Long Does It Take to See Results with FUE Hair Transplant Solution?

The result of the hair transplant process is considered definitive after one year. Of course, preliminary results will be visible much earlier. After hair transplantation, the grafts will start to fall out after a few weeks. This is perfectly normal, and there is no reason to worry. Then, nothing special happens for a while before the hair starts to grow back after 4 to 6 months. Hair regrowth is slow and varies from patient to patient. In most cases, the changes are most noticeable 6 to 10 months after the operation. Hair gains density month by month. After the 11th month, significant improvement results are still expected, which is why we can only talk about definitive results after 12 months.

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How Is FUE Hair Transplantation Surgery Performed?

  • FUE hair transplantation is a painless procedure as it is performed under local anesthesia. The duration of FUE hair transplantation is a minimum of 6 hours, depending on the number of grafts harvested (500 to 1500 follicular units per procedure). 
  • In the donor area, a strip of hair follicles  is shaved to facilitate the extraction of follicular units. The shaved hair grows back in a few days, and the donor area becomes undetectable. 
  • In cases of severe baldness, it is possible to consider multiple interventions to achieve a satisfactory result. When baldness is too severe, we would rather propose scalp micropigmentation (semi-permanent tattooing). 
  • There are no activity restrictions, after the operation, patients resume their normal activities, and specific shampoos are recommended to ensure good hygiene of the transplanted areas.

Do You Have Questions About Hair Surgery?

Book a consultation at Face MD Clinic to learn more about various transplantation techniques and solution to hair loss.

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What Are the Risks and Side Effects of FUE Hair Transplant Surgery?

Hair transplant surgery is an operation that poses minimal health risks. Its success is easier when the patient has good blood circulation in the scalp. However, even if this is not the case, the equipment used by Face MD Clinic is sufficiently appropriate to ensure the success of the operation. This hair surgery is always performed under local anesthesia, making it painless for the hair transplant patients. After the procedure, the patient may feel some pressure on the forehead and slight swelling due to the transplantation of the individual follicle. The doctor usually prescribes antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatories to prevent possible infections and swelling of the eyes and/or forehead. Most of our patients do not experience complications with this type of hair restoration technique. 

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What You Need to Know Before Undergoing FUE Hair Transplantation

What Is Follicular Extraction?

Hair Follicular extraction, also known as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), is a hair transplantation technique used to treat hair loss with pre-existing hair. This method has become popular due to its precision and natural results. This authentic hair transformation involves the individual extraction of healthy hair follicles, one by one, from the donor area of the scalp, which is usually at the back or sides of the head where hair is genetically programmed not to fall out. The follicles are extracted using a fine instrument called a micro punch.

Are Hair Grafts Effective?

FUE hair transplantation provides natural results, and no scar is made on the donor area. There are very few contraindications to FUE, but indications must be well established during consultations before any intervention or hair treatment. In the majority of the time, patients notice that hair falls out of the grafts after hair replacement surgery.

How Long Do the Results Last?

In the case of a hair transplant, the implanted hair will resume its normal growth cycle in the recipient sites and have the same lifespan as the hair in the donor area.

What FUE Hair Transplantation Device Do You Use?

At Face MD, we use the Devroye WAW hair transplantation device. The Devroye WAW is a smooth funnel-shaped hair extraction device that gently penetrates the skin and removes hair follicles from the donor with minimal stress on the scalp. It was designed in Belgium by Dr. Devroye, is a world leader among hair transplant specialists. 

What Is the Cost of Hair Transplantation?

If you want to learn more about our cost of hair transplant, our prices are listed on our website;

Can You Use Hair Transplant Technology to Replant Facial Hair?

We can perform a hair transplant to restore eyebrow or beard hair. Hair follicles to be used outside the neck area can be harvested from a few areas of the body, then transferred to the hair transplant area. This type of technology can be used as a treatment of hair loss for different part of the body. Contact us to learn more on facial hair transplants.

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