FUE and FUT Hair Restoration
Hair loss is an exceedingly common concern that affects both men and women across Canada. For many years, the preferred clinical treatment for hair loss was an invasive technique known as “strip” hair restoration. Although effective, the strip method left behind an obvious scar and required significant recuperation time. Dr. Marc DuPéré is happy to welcome to newest generation of hair restoration and transplant to his Toronto practice: SmartGraft. The SmartGraft procedure creates natural-looking results with minimal downtime and nearly no visible scarring.
A Closer Look at Male & Female Hair Loss
Male and female bodies share a number of differences, some obvious and some less so. One key difference is in the way they develop hair loss. While baldness can strike men and women alike, the distinctions between male and female hair loss shape the way the condition is treated.
Men are more prone to hair loss than women, and male patients make up a large portion of our hair restoration clients. Typically, male hair loss—commonly called “male-pattern baldness” —first appears as a receding hairline. For some men, hair loss can progress quite slowly. For others, the transformation is faster. Hair may also begin to thin around the crown. Male hair loss can be categorized based on the Norwood Scale, a tool for measuring the severity of baldness.
Because the back of the head tends to be less affected by male-pattern baldness, this area is typically the preferred site for harvesting donor follicles.
Women also experience hair loss, albeit in a different way. Both male and female hair loss often has a genetic component and a hormonal component. Women may be more affected by hormonal fluctuations. Unlike men, women tend to experience hair loss primarily at the crown, with the hairline being less affected. While thinning can extend beyond the crown, complete baldness in otherwise healthy women is uncommon. Female hair loss is classified using the Ludwig Scale.
How Can SmartGraft Help?
SmartGraft is an excellent choice for replenishing areas of thinning hair or baldness on both male and female patients. SmartGraft uses follicular unit extraction (abbreviated as FUE) technology to remove individual hair follicles from a donor site elsewhere on the head. SmartGraft, similar to the NeoGraft® FUE treatment, is Toronto’s choice for hair restoration because:
- It creates a natural-looking result. The treatment uses your own hair, taken from another area of your head, to fill in thin areas.
- It can usually be completed in a single office visit. Occasionally, a repeat procedure may be required to treat significant hair loss.
- It doesn’t leave behind a scar. Previous hair restoration techniques created a very obvious linear scar on the back of the head. SmartGraft does not.
- It doesn’t necessitate a lot of downtime. Most patients can go back to work the next day and begin washing their hair as normal within a few days.
7 Reasons to Choose a Plastic Surgeon for Hair Restoration
- The field of plastic surgery has a long history with
hair restoration. In fact, hair restoration topics are
an important part of the plastic surgery training
curriculum. Additionally, since the early 20th
century, plastic surgeons have been at the
forefront of and have made many advancements to
the field of hair restoration. Some of these
developments include scalp restoration techniques,
such as scalp advancement and rotation flaps, forehead reduction, and
tissue expansion. Ultimately, plastic surgeons are generally more
well-versed than other types of doctors in the nuances of hair restoration.
- Hair restoration was previously unregulated in the province of Ontario. However, now that the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons has realized that all out-of-hospital premises (OHP) and Community Health Facilities (CHF) in Ontario should be regulated, our facility has been inspected and earned the highest level of accreditation. That means Visage Clinic has been found to be among the safest and most sterile facilities for hair transplantation.
- Visage Clinic boasts an underground parking area right in Yorkville, an overnight facility for out-of-city patients, a private entrance and exit for improved privacy, a private surgical area that’s sequestered from busy clinical areas, and a patient concierge that’s available to you 24/7.
- Visage Clinic has operated in downtown Toronto since 2001, and we’ve developed a very strong male client base who select for us a variety of treatments. Some of the most popular include male eyelid surgery, male liposuction and etching, male facelift, pectoral and calf implants, BOTOX COSMETIC®, and more. We have a keen understanding of the men’s aesthetic needs, and we utilize that knowledge with our hair restoration patients.
- Visage Clinic is staffed by a very strong support team and some of the most caring male and female nurses in metro Toronto.
- Dr. DuPéré and his team are experts in PRP therapy, an important adjunct therapy for hair restoration. PRP, short for platelet-rich plasma, contains several growth factors that are important for the survival and growth of the hair follicles.
- By nature, plastic surgeons also tend to be quite artistic and meticulous, traits that are crucial for successful results. In particular, Dr. DuPéré’s extensive history with hair restoration makes him an exceptional choice for hair replacement in Toronto.
Dr. DuPéré’s SmartGraft Techniques
SmartGraft is an innovative hair restoration procedure that uses pneumatic suction to harvest donor hair, typically from the back of the head where it grows the thickest. The donor follicles are delivered immediately to a saline-filled container. It is a “kinder” way to extract hair with less potential damage to the follicle, less dehydration, and less mechanical disruption.
On the day of your procedure, wear comfortable clothing and plan to be in our office for several hours, depending on the estimated grafts needed to cover the area of hair loss (alopecia). Dr. DuPéré’s hair team begins by shaving some hair at various donor sites. Local anesthetic solution will be infiltrated to the donor sites as well, ensuring your comfort during treatment. Mild oral sedation will be discussed and offered, assuming you have someone to drive you home after your procedure.
The SmartGraft device gently removes follicles without making an incision. The harvested grafts are kept “alive” in a temperature-controlled saline container until they are ready for grafting.
Once a sufficient quantity of follicles has been harvested, Dr. DuPéré uses local anesthetic to prepare your recipient area for grafts. The hair team places follicles one by one into the scalp through a pinpoint incision, making sure the hair is inserted at the correct angle and in a natural-looking density.
The anterior hairline is the most common area to be grafted, followed by the crown of the head. Hair can also be grafted to increase density throughout the scalp surface. Hair can be grafted to eyebrows, beard, moustache, or any other parts of the body where hair is missing. Both men and women can benefit from hair grafting.
PRP therapy is a useful addition to hair restoration with SmartGraft. This treatment uses your own blood platelets, collected from your arm in a standard blood drawing practice, to deliver growth factors and other nourishing ingredients directly to the scalp, stimulating the transplanted hair follicles.
It’s accurate to think of PRP as “fertilizer” for the growth of new hair follicles. Dr. DuPéré obtains a special, “super-rich” PRP through longer centrifugation. The resulting PRP is up to 6 times greater than normal blood concentration, which creates more effective growth factors. Once the blood is harvested, it’s spun in a centrifuge until the plasma has been almost completely isolated from other components of the blood. We recommend multiple sessions of PRP administered both several times before and several times after your hair transplant.
Recovering from SmartGraft
Most hair transplant patients require mild sedation, so it is important to have someone you trust drive you home after your procedure. Dr. DuPéré provides you with thorough instructions for caring for your hair immediately following the procedure. It’s important to follow these directions closely so the grafts can successfully integrate.
Typically, it is safe to get back to work and light activities the day after your SmartGraft procedure. More vigorous activities can be resumed several days after the procedure.
The transplanted follicles will begin to produce hair at a normal, natural rate, so it’s important to be patient. Within several months, your results will be easily appreciable.
Risks & Complications
Follicular unit extraction, including SmartGraft, is a notably safe and effective procedure. However, no medical procedure is without risk. The most common reported side effects and complications include scalp bleeding, itching, or swelling. Pain and discomfort after the procedure are possible, but usually can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Finally, temporary hair thinning in native hair has been reported, but this symptom self-corrects within several months.
Please note that not all follicles are expected to survive the procedure. Depending on your specific needs, a second SmartGraft procedure may be required.Back to Top