Your hair transplant journey begins with your decision to make a positive change in your appearance. Many of our patients tell us that when they look in the mirror or see themselves in photographs, that it does not reflect how they feel and that this affects their confidence.
From initial consultation to long term follow-up, our approach at Follicle HT is to make each patient’s experience totally comfortable.
During your initial comprehensive consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons, you will have the opportunity to discuss all of your concerns and we will be able to advise you as to the best combination of medical treatment and hair transplantation to address your specific situation. Initial consultations can be done in-person or virtually via telemedicine.
On the day of your hair transplant, you will attend our fully accredited surgical facility where you can expect a safe and comfortable hair transplant experience. Dr. Korman is in fact the Lead Assessor for Cosmetic Surgery for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario and is himself a professional assessor of out of hospital surgical facilities so you can be assured that at Follicle HT, we adhere to the highest standards of safety and sterility.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our team and complete our infection control screening protocol. You will then meet with your surgeon to review any changes in your medical history, current medications, or allergies. You will then review the goals and objectives of the procedure and the planned hairline will be carefully marked out, taking into account your current and anticipated future hair loss patterns. Your transplant will be designed to look completely natural and undetectable. Pre-operative photographs will be taken for future reference and comparison.
Once the plan is finalized and all of your questions have been answered, you will change into a comfortable gown and be given light oral sedation and pain medication.
Once in the procedure room, the donor area at the back and sides of the scalp will be carefully trimmed and prepared. If you are having an FUT procedure, only a narrow strip of hair is trimmed. If you are having an FUE procedure, a larger area will be prepared. Next, you will be positioned face down, on something similar to a massage table, and local freezing will be administered. This part of the procedure can be associated with some discomfort, but almost all patients report that this is minor.
Next, you will be positioned face down, on something similar to a massage table, and local freezing will be administered. Hair transplantation is performed under local freezing and not a general anesthetic, so our patients rarely require an intravenous. This part of the procedure can be associated with some discomfort, but almost all patients report that this is minor.
Once the scalp is fully anesthetized, the surgeon and his team proceed with the harvesting the grafts. This precise and painstaking process is performed under magnification in order to ensure that each delicate hair follicle is selected and extracted with maximal precision. If you are having an FUT procedure, the donor area will be carefully sutured using our “trichophytic” technique that encourages hairs to grow directly through the scar in order to minimize visibility. If you are having an FUE procedure, no stitches are necessary as the donor sites are less than one millimeter in diameter and will heal over by themselves withing a few days.
Once the grafts have been harvested and as our team prepares them for implantation, the doctor will administer freezing to the recipient areas where the follicles are to be placed. Once again, this can be associated with a few minutes of relatively minor discomfort. After this has been completed, your surgeon will personally create the recipient sites that will define your new hairline. This is where the artistry of the procedure and the skill and experience of your surgeon come into play.
After the hairline has been created, the team will spend the next several hours meticulously implanting the follicular units one by one into the recipient sites that have been created by the surgeon. At Follicle HT, we use a combination of pre-made sites and “stick and place” techniques that allow for maximal precision, fine tuning, and micro-adjustments along the way to ensure a totally natural final result.
The hair transplant procedure usually takes most of the day, so you will be provided with lunch, snacks, and plenty of breaks throughout the process. Most patients spend the day listening to music or podcasts, watching Netflix or movies, or just relaxing. It is a long day, but our patients report that it is a comfortable and relaxing experience overall.
Your transplanted hair follicles will generally begin to grow within 2-3 months, and some of our patients will use medical treatments such as injection therapy in order to promote graft growth and prevent further loss of surrounding non-transplanted hair over time. Within four to six months, most patients will notice a significant improvement, and the full effect of the transplant procedure can generally be seen in 12 to 18 months. The transplanted hair is your own and will continue to grow for a lifetime.
Your hair transplant journey begins with your decision to make a positive change.
At Follicle HT, our philosophy is that modern hair transplantation is a freedom granting procedure. We strive to help all our patients look and feel their very best by having the full range of options available.
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