Hair Transplant Toronto Buyers Guide : [2019 Edition] Average Costs, FAQs, What to Expect and Much More
In The Toronto Hair Transplant Guide we’ll discuss the average cost of a hair transplant in Toronto & Ottawa Canada along with a few other cities in the GTA we sampled including Brampton, Vaughan, Mississauga and Hamilton utilizing data collected in 2019.
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We’ll establish an average price baseline so you’ll gain clear insight into what you should expect to pay for a hair transplant, so you won’t overpay and can steer clear of clinics that are obviously overcharging, we’ll explain why there’s a cost difference between a FUT or Strip Hair Transplant, and an FUE hair transplant, plus what you can and should do to get the very best final result while minimizing the final cost.
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The Type Of Hair Transplant You Choose Will Impact The Final Cost
We will also get into detail about the different types of hair transplant procedures, ie: FUE,FUT, STRIP etc. and their differences in order to identify and explain why they each have different price points and further discuss some of their inherent strengths and weaknesses.
How to choose the type of hair transplant based on budget, goals, needs, wants and lifestyle.
What you can do to avoid or minimize some of those high-cost factors to get the very best results from your hair transplant at the very best price.
“Must Know” Info. Based On Thousands of Hair Transplant Case Studies
And finally, we’ll offer you “Must Know” Info. in order to avoid the pitfalls and ensure you get the best results possible, important information gleaned from thousands of our own hair transplant patient cases, to help you understand what’s most critical to your final results, what situations to avoid, what is important to pay attention to and what’s not important, and lastly what you should be focused on to effectively reduce the cost of your overall hair transplant while simultaneously improving your odds for achieving the very best results.
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Understanding That “Average Hair Transplant Cost” Can Be a “Relative Term”
The first thing to understand when attempting to establish an average or baseline price of hair transplant surgery in Canada is that a standard or average price is somewhat of a “relative term”. Prices can and do vary widely from country to country, city to city, and particularly clinic to clinic. For the purposes of our article, we are focusing on hair transplant costs from clinics in cities across Canada including Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Hamilton, Ottawa and Surrey to get a good data sample.
Let’s consider two highly populated metropolitan centres; The Greater Toronto Area, and The Greater Ottawa area. In these two metropolitan areas alone there are approximately 24 different hair transplant clinics. Having these many clinics, each with their own relative pricing structures can make an average price difficult to establish, but more importantly, this highlights the importance of shopping around and visiting several clinics in order to get several quotes.
Being in a Major City Like Toronto or Ottawa Will Effect The Cost
Like most commodities supply and demand fundamentals factor into the determination of the cost of a hair transplant, therefore in larger metropolitan areas where you generally have a greater abundance of “supply”, ie: more hair transplant clinics and doctors, and of course because of the much higher population numbers more “demand” as well, but generally the supply tends to provide more than the demand requires, so with more hair transplant clinics in closer proximity competing with each other by offering better and more competitively priced services the consumer generally tends to benefit in this scenario by reaping better results at more competitive prices.
In addition to location, there are other factors that can influence prices such as the type of hair transplant procedure selected and the number of hair follicles harvested and transplanted. There are a few primary considerations to be noted when considering a hair transplant. These considerations, such as the type of hair transplant you choose can impact the cost significantly.
#1 Type of Hair Transplant or Procedure Choice
Which procedure will you choose? Will you have a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)?
The FUT or Strip Hair Transplant
Follicular unit transplantation or FUT for short is a hair transplant method where a long linear strip of hair-bearing skin is surgically removed from the back of the head using a scalpel. The strip of hair is then dissected into individual follicular units under a high power microscope and transplanted to the recipient area of the scalp. This surgical option will create a linear scar at the back of the scalp.
How The FUT Hair Transplant Procedure Works
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) on the other hand is a graft harvesting technique where the surgeon removes individual hair follicles from the donor region. In this method, donor hair is extracted using punches that make small circular incisions. When these circular extraction sites heal they create very small white dots. These scars are difficult to see and would require a close up inspection or a trained eye to locate them.
How The FUE METHOD Works
FUE is more labour intensive than a FUT. Thus the cost per graft for an FUE hair transplant can be more expensive as compared to a FUT hair transplant. In some clinics, FUE hair transplants can cost approximately 40% – 50% more than a FUT hair transplant. Caution is advised as an increase in price may not translate to better results. In fact, the final appearance of your hair transplant may not depend on what procedure you choose. In an experienced surgeon’s hands, the final results from both FUE and FUT hair transplants can look outstanding.
Both FUE and FUT have their respective strengths and weaknesses, however, the main benefit of using FUE is that you can avoid creating a long linear scar in the donor region located at the back of the head. For some people, not having to worry about concealing this long linear scar is a compelling enough reason to choose FUE over FUT. Avoiding linear scarring can be of particular interest to men who prefer hairstyles where the back hair is very closely cropped or shaved. Conversely, for other hair transplant candidates, FUE may not be worth the additional cost as they may prefer medium to long hairstyles which generally conceal any linear scarring.
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The main advantage of a FUT hair transplant over an FUE hair transplant is obviously cost, since it can be 40% – 50% less. However, the number of grafts that can be obtained from FUE vs FUT can be quite different. FUT will yield proportionally more hair grafts then FUE. Therefore, if you have relatively large areas of hair loss one FUT hair transplant might be the most cost-effective option as it will give you lots of grafts in one session, getting you closer to a full head of hair for less money. FUE hair transplants might be more cost-effective for smaller hair loss areas. Also, it may be of value to note that typically, the FUT method results in a somewhat higher density in the transplanted area (recipient site) compared to FUE.
Reducing Costs by Improving Outcomes
At Sure Hair International, we offer both the FUT and FUE hair transplant procedures. Using our proprietary surgical protocols we can minimize the inherent weaknesses of FUT and FUE procedures to help improve outcomes while reducing patient costs.
Our FUT procedure utilizes a special type of surgical closure that we have pioneered in Canada. This closure is called the trichophytic closure which allows hair to grow right through the scar, camouflaging the recipient area. This can make the scar appear much smaller, lowering its visibility. This can allow patients to wear relatively short hairstyles without worry.
Examples Of Our Trichophytic Closure Technique Typical Donor Area Scar
Our clinic, Sure Hair International is also a leading Canadian FUE hair transplant clinic. We have incorporated highly advanced techniques into our hair transplants to provide the best quality grafts for our patients. The use of these methods results in high-quality standards and final results.
We have two robots that can be used to extract grafts; however robotic technology has not yet reached a level that exceeds the capabilities of our handheld motorized drills. Additionally, robotic extraction is much more expensive as compared to the handheld methodology. After a lot of thought, we have decided to stay with the handheld technology until such time that the robotics have improved in their ability to extract consistently high-quality grafts with minimal damage at a cost-effective rate.
#2 Estimating How many Hair grafts you need
The second significant factor that will affect the cost of your hair transplant is how many grafts you will need. If you are like most patients you probably don’t know how many grafts it takes to fill a given area on the scalp. To help you estimate how many grafts you may need to use the following “rule of thumb” to get a rough estimate.
Hair loss regions that are about the size of your fist usually take about 1,500 grafts to fill. Using this trick you should be able to estimate how many grafts you may need. Do you have a balding area of one fist, two fists, or more?
Cost Per Graft Do Vary Significantly from Clinic to Clinic
Most clinics charge based on the number of grafts transplanted. For a FUT hair transplant, the average cost per graft can range from $2.50 to $6.00 per graft. For an FUE hair transplant, the average cost per graft can be 40% – 50% higher, ranging from $6.00 to $12.00 per graft. So as you can see, the type of hair transplant you have directly affects the cost per graft.
#3 How many Hair Transplant sessions will be required?
The last main factor that can affect the cost of your hair transplant is the number of sessions required. In some cases, particularly those in the more advanced stages of hair loss, more than one session is required to completely cover all hair loss regions.
Due to the number of grafts that may be required some clinics may prefer more than one session because you may require more grafts than they can extract or produce in one session. Breaking up the hair transplantation into sessions can also help you financially. As with all surgical procedures, there may be additional costs associated such as medical costs (e.g., cost of medications), and administrative costs. Breaking up the procedure with several months between intervals may make the cost of the hair transplant more manageable. However, with the addition of more sessions could easily multiply your final cost by 100% – 200%. Thus the number of sessions is perhaps one of the biggest factors affecting the final cost of a hair transplant.
Many clinics routinely transplant 1,500 – 3,000 grafts per session.
If you are in the later stages of hair loss, typically anything higher than a four on the Norwood scale, then it is important to consider how many grafts a given clinic can transplant per session as this significantly impact your hair transplant costs. The number of grafts per session is very much dependent on the clinic you choose. Many clinics routinely transplant 1,500 – 3,000 grafts per session. Three thousand grafts can be suitable for most patients who are four or less on the Norwood scale. The clinics that can produce higher grafts per session are usually more established and experience as they have access to greater resources and a larger staff. Larger graft sessions could lead to wider scarring in the donor area.
To summarize, the harvesting technique chosen, the number of grafts required and the number of sessions needed will impact your hair transplant cost significantly. Ultimately you should not focus solely on finding the lowest cost hair transplant, but instead on getting the best results for the best price. The goal is to obtain a great hair transplant that you are happy with.
Top Frequently Asked Hair Transplant Questions
1. Am I a Candidate for Hair Transplant Surgery?
Most people with hair loss will find that they are eligible 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. A Free consultation with our board-certified hair restoration surgeon is the best way to determine your eligibility.
2. How young can you be to undergo a hair transplant?
Patients in their early 20s may be good candidates for hair transplantation. In cases with young patients, future hair loss must be carefully considered to ensure an aesthetically viable long term outcome. Additionally, a second hair transplant procedure after a few years may be considered as new areas of hair loss develop. Determining a family history of hair loss greatly improves the ability of the hair restoration surgeon to determine the best course of treatment. It is especially important to consider non-surgical methods to preserve the ‘natural’ or ‘native’ hair. This might include the use of topical Minoxidil, Propecia, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or low-level laser therapy.
3. How old can you be to undergo a hair transplant?
Anyone who is fit enough to undergo a multi-hour surgery with waking sedation can undergo hair transplant surgery. We have conducted successful hair transplant surgery on several patients in their seventies with good results. It really all depends on the general overall health of the individual. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic medical ailments can rule you out as a good candidate; however, if conditions are well managed they may not be a determining factor at all. Ultimately our board certified hair restoration surgeon will determine your individual fitness for surgery to ensure your safety first.
4. How many grafts will I need?
A region of balding or thinning scalp the size of a closed fist requires approximately 1500 grafts to fill in appropriately. The number of grafts required is best determined during a consultation with your hair transplant surgeon.
5. What is Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)?
Follicular Unit Excision or FUE for short is a process of surgically removing hair grafts (each containing 1-3 hairs) and implanting them into premade incisions to fill in bald or thinning scalp. The process produces very small almost imperceptible scars in the donor region. The hairline is carefully reconstructed one hair at a time avoiding the old fashion plug look of previous techniques. The hairline will be completely natural- appearing. The main advantage of the FUE procedure is that it does not leave a long linear scar through the donor area and the donor area heals relatively quickly when compared to the healing time of the strip procedure.
6. What is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?
Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT for short is a process of removing a thin strip of hair bearing scalp from the donor region of the scalp. The hair follicles are dissected into 1-3 hair groups under a high powered microscope and implanted into premade incisions to fill in bald or thinning regions of the scalp. The process produces a thin scar that is easily covered by hair. Once again the hairline will be completely natural-appearing. The main advantage to the FUT or often referred to as a “Strip” hair transplant is that it’s usually less expensive than an FUE and that with a FUT procedure it is possible to implant more hair per session so it is usually a better choice for patients with higher Norwood class hair loss.
7. Why is my hair falling out?
Hair loss in men is linked to 5a-dihydroxytestosterone (DHT) and its effects on hair follicles. Hair loss in women has not been found to be linked to androgens like DHT. In both men and women there is a strong genetic link with hair loss in parents, especially on the maternal side of the family, predicting hair loss in children. There are also some autoimmune conditions that can lead to hair loss.
8. Why is my hair thinning?
Hair undergoes a process called follicle miniaturization where follicles cease producing thick pigmented hairs (called terminal hairs) and instead produce thin unpigmented hair (called vellus hairs). This process occurs as a normal part of the hair loss cycle and eventually leads to hair loss and baldness.
9. Can I regrow my hair?
At present we have not discovered any reliable way to regrow a full or near-full head of hair without surgical treatment. The process of follicle miniaturization (hair thinning) can be partially reversed or suspended with pharmaceutical treatments like Minoxidil and Propecia (finasteride).
10. How much do you charge for a hair transplant?
At Sure Hair International our average hair transplant sessions usually cost between $6750 – $8750 + HST. The best way to get a final price for your specific case is to sign up for a free hair loss consultation at Sure Hair International.
11. Can I finance a transplant?
Yes, we work with Medicard and Paybright, companies that offer simple and affordable medical financing solutions.
12. How long is a recovery from hair transplant surgery?
Full recovery from your hair transplant will require 7 to 14 days. Depending on the type of surgery, 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 with the exception of strenuous physical activity. Returning to work may be at the longer end of the 7-14 day spectrum if you cannot wear a hat at work or if your work environment is dusty or dirty.
13. Can I have more than one hair transplant?
Yes, and that is very common, your surgeon may recommend more than one session to obtain the optimal results. A second hair transplant can be performed many years later to accommodate future hair loss. It can be a strip (FUT) or FUE transplant.
14. Will my hair transplant appear pluggy?
Hair Plugs are no longer performed by surgeons in Canada. The industry has made amazing strides to improve the aesthetic appearance of reconstructed hairlines and ease of patient recovery. At Sure Hair, we practice precise hairline construction. In both FUE and FUT single follicular units (grafts of 1-3 hairs) are prepared for implantation allowing for soft and imperceptible design. Single hair grafts are placed at the front in the hairline with 2-3 hair unit grafts being placed further back to increase hair density, just like natural hair.
15. How long does the surgery take?
The surgery can take anywhere from 10-12 hours depending on the complexity and size of the case.
16. How long will my transplant last?
Hair transplants are a permanent solution to hair loss. Regions of the scalp that possess permanent hair have been determined by the careful study of thousands of balding scalps. Hair grafts are only harvested from these permanent regions to ensure the baldness will not occur in those regions again. When grafts are moved from the donor area in the back of the scalp to the recipient site (typically the front of the scalp or the crown area), then these grafts show ‘donor dominance’, that is they retain the permanence of the donor area.
17. Can women have hair transplants?
Women have excellent success with hair transplants.
18. What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is the implantation of hair follicles into recipient sites (small incisions) of bald scalp. Harvesting of the hair follicles can be performed two ways, FUE and FUT. All hair transplants, regardless of the name or acronym given by various clinics are either a FUT or an FUE or a modified version of either. FUE involves the careful excision of single follicle groups with specialized tools leaving a very small follicle-sized scar in the donor region. FUT involves the removal of a long thin strip of hair-bearing scalp followed by its careful dissection. FUT results in a thin scar that can be covered with hair.
19. What is robotic (ARTAS) hair transplantation?
Robotic hair transplantation involves the process of FUE using the ARTAS hair restoration robot. The device using advanced robotics to perform the delicate task of harvesting grafts. The ARTAS robot must be supervised by a hair restoration surgeon.
20. Will a surgeon perform my surgery?
At Sure Hair, our hair transplantation procedures are ALWAYS performed and supervised by board-certified hair restoration surgeons. We recommend that any procedure involving hair transplantation be performed and supervised by a surgeon. Please be aware that at some clinics this is not the case. Always be sure to research establishments offering hair restoration services.
21. Should I go to a cosmetic surgery clinic?
At Sure Hair, our hair transplantation procedures are ALWAYS performed and supervised by board-certified hair restoration surgeons. Hair transplantation is a very specialized surgery, there are many details that must be executed perfectly in order to have a natural-looking final result, doctors or clinics that offer general cosmetic surgery procedures do not usually possess the very well-honed and specialized skills and techniques required to do the very best job 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.
22. Is a hair transplant painful?
Hair transplants are performed with waking sedation. The anaesthetic used, prevents the patient from feeling any pain during the procedure and at worst some patients describe some minor discomfort during the initial anesthetization which passes quickly. During recovery, we work with our patients to ensure that they have adequate pain management and most patients are pain-free shortly after surgery.
23. How successful are hair transplants?
Hair transplants require a very high skill level. At Sure Hair, our board-certified hair restoration surgeon and his current medical team have performed 1000’s of successful hair transplants for over 20 years.
24. How noticeable is hair restoration surgery to others?
Immediately after surgery, the transplanted area may have some very small circular scabs that will last less than a week. They can be covered by hat during that time. The small scars left by FUE are almost undetectable shortly after the surgery. A FUT excision scar will only be visible if hair surrounding the scar is worn extremely short.
25. When will my hair begin to grow?
The full results from your hair transplant will be apparent within 12 months. The hair restoration surgeon will meet with you during this time to access and track your progress. Most patients begin seeing some very evident hair growth within 4-6 months.
26. Why Sure Hair International?
At Sure Hair you will get a top-quality hair transplant performed by a highly experienced medical team including a board-certified hair restoration surgeon. The surgeon will be with you for every step of the process from consultation, surgery, and follow-up. At SureHair, we provide individualized care and are sensitive to the needs of our patients ensuring safety, quality, and satisfaction. Each of the staff has been with the clinic for at least 15 years and the team has performed thousands of procedures together as a team, in fact, the medical team at Sure Hair International posses over 100 years of cumulative hair transplantation experience. We use the latest technology available anywhere. The clinic is dedicated to hair transplants and does not perform other cosmetic procedures; we specialize in just hair transplants!
Obtaining a Final Cost Estimate
Before your surgery, our hair transplant doctor will provide you with an estimate of the number of hair transplant graft units required to achieve the results you desire and the number of sessions required, usually only one session is needed. Our hair transplant sessions usually cost between $6750 – $8750 + HST. Our free consultation is designed to help you achieve your hair restoration goals and provide you with a precise cost estimate for your specific case.
Where To Apply For Appropriate Medical Financing?
How to Obtain Medical Financing for Hair Transplant Surgery
We’ve been at this for about 25 years now, and we know that obtaining the financing required for a hair
If you need or choose to finance your hair transplant here at Sure Hair International we do not offer direct in-house financing to our clients. However, we have aligned ourselves with financial institutions that specialize in the finance of medical procedures to assist you with funding your hair transplant surgery at very reasonable and affordable rates. See below for financing payment examples.
Apply for Hair Transplant Financing in Canada With Medicard
Medicard has been proudly helping Canadians turn their hair restoration dreams into reality by offering simple and affordable financing solutions since 1996. They offer loans with no down payments, no prepayment penalties and industry-leading interest and approval rates. With flexible terms, from 6 months up to 72 months, and fixed low monthly payment options, they can provide you with the finances you need to start your hair restoration process. Applying is quick, confidential and easy, just pick up the phone and call 1-888-689-9876 or visit www.medicard.com
Insurance Coverage for Hair Transplants
For most candidates, hair transplant surgery is a cosmetic, elective surgery, which means the costs are usually not covered by medical or health insurance. Hair transplants that are a part of reconstructive surgery or a result of an injury or disfigurement could be covered under insurance. The initial upfront cost can feel a bit daunting to patients at first, but the value of the operation is often life-changing.
Seeking a Discount?
When you are shopping for a qualified hair transplant surgeon or clinic, discounted prices do not come with any quality assurance. There can be a very significant difference between the final results achieved at any two clinics so we encourage you to seek the highest quality and the most experienced hair transplant surgeon you can find.
How do you shop for a hair transplant surgeon?
Former patients are the best way to see the capabilities of a hair transplant clinic or doctor. Obtaining former patients’ before and after photos or videos or talking to former patients in person can provide you with an accurate idea of the quality of work produced by a given doctor.
Here at Sure Hair International we utilize proven medical protocols and use the most advanced equipment and technology available. We employ some of the most experienced and professional surgeons and technicians in the industry. This enables us to ensure that every patient experience will be excellent and their final results outstanding.
A Small Sample Of Our Work and Client Results
Please feel free to watch a few of our client videos below or visit our Reviews page Sure Hair International Reviews page to read what a few of our past clients have said about our services.
Hair Transplant Price Quote & $1000 Off
Just about all our patients express to us that “They wish they had done this sooner.” The vast majority of the time our patients wish they had taken action earlier and done this sooner. Don’t waste another day letting hair loss affect your self-confidence or self-esteem. Take the first step today, simply fill out the form below to get a no cost, no obligation hair restoration quote from one of our hair restoration specialists. By filling out the form below you’ll also receive a $1000.00 credit that you can use toward any of our hair surgical restoration services if you choose to, as our way of saying “thank you” for taking the time to consider Sure Hair International.
Free Cost Analysis: Plus $1000 Credit
Take the first step today, simply fill out the Online Consultation Form to get a no cost, no obligation hair restoration cost analysis done by our hair transplant doctor, and by filling out the form below you’ll also qualify for a $1000.00 credit that you can use toward any of our surgical hair restoration procedures should you decide to proceed with a procedure.
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