Hair Transplant Toronto Guide : Costs, Results and more…

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Hello and welcome to the 2020 edition of The Hair Transplant Toronto Guide.

The Guide is based on more than 30 years of experience and thousands of our most successful hair transplant client cases performed at our own Sure Hair International surgical clinic.

So based on thousands of our client results you’ll gain the insights needed to navigate the often tricky and complex process of finding a surgical hair restoration clinic that is right for you, here are a few of the things we’ll discuss.

  • How the price of a hair transplant is calculated?
  • A Rule of thumb to estimate how many grafts you’ll need
  • Top 5 factors affecting the cost of your hair transplant in Toronto
  • Which type of “hair transplant clinic” you should definetly avoid
  • Which hair transplant clinic won consumers choice 6 years in a row?
  • FUE vs FUT which one is best? Which one is right for you?
  • The Advantages of FUE hair transplantation
  • The Advantages of FUT hair transplantation
  • Candid live video of Before and After patient results
  • Were to get medical financing if you choose to.
  • how to set up a completely free consultation with our clinic’s vetran Dr.
  • and much more…
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Sure Hair International's Official 2020 Hair Transplant Toronto Guide

Cost: Often one of the biggest obstacles to surgical hair restoration

Since one of the first and foremost obstacles to hair restoration surgery for many people is cost, The Toronto Hair Transplant Guide will begin by explaining how the price of a hair transplant is calculated, and we will look at examples of costs using data recently collected in the Greater Toronto Area and teach you the “rule of thumb” that allows you to approximate the number of grafts you’ll need and also your approximate your cost.

Getting The Best Results at The Best Price

The guide will also help you to understand how to ensure you are getting maximum value and the best results for your money by focusing on the factors that are truly important to maximizing your results, and explaining what is really just a distraction or a clever marketing tactic and can be safely ignored.

Helpful Even if You Don’t Get Your Hair Transplant In Toronto

Although most of the data in The Toronto Hair Transplant guide has been collected in The Greater Toronto Area of Canada, the principles and practices used to calculate hair transplantation surgery costs generally apply to most metropolitan areas, so no matter where you live, The Toronto Hair Transplant Guide should still be relevant and prove helpful to you in estimating the cost of hair transplant surgery in your own local area.

Hair Transplant Costs

The first thing to understand when attempting to establish an average or baseline price of a hair transplant in Toronto and in most other metropolitan areas as well is that the standard industry practice is to price a hair transplant on a per/graft basis.

The Price Per Graft Can Vary as Much as 500% Percent

In the Greater Toronto Area and also broadly across Canada, the per/graft price can range from as low as $2.50 per/graft to as high as $13.00 per/graft depending on the clinic and its location. Additionally, it is also common industry practice to include a “session fee” in the overall price as well.

The “session fee” is generally used to cover the cost of medications, equipment and other associated operating theatre expenses during the time you spend in the operating room for your surgery.

The Biggest Price Discrepancy

Prices do vary from clinic to clinic and city to city, but most particularly from region to region depending on the supply versus the demand in the regional market or to be even more specific, the number of hair transplant clinics available in your area versus how much of the regional population is interested in purchasing the service? Or otherwise stated, simply supply vs. demand.

Location of Clinic is Not The Only Factor

Whether you are getting your Hair Transplant in Toronto or another metropolitan area the regional market supply vs demand fundamentals do dictate pricing to a large degree, but that is absolutely not the only factor that influences prices.

Top 5 Factors affecting the cost of Your hair transplant surgery

  1. Location of hair transplant clinic
  2. Choice of FUT or FUE Hair Transplant
  3. Number of grafts required
  4. Number of sessions required
  5. Clinic Fee Structure
Top Hair Transplant Cost Factors in Toronto

Location of Hair Transplant Clinic: Toronto vs. Ottawa Example

In order to better understand the effects of regional supply vs regional demand on the price of your hair transplant let’s consider two relatively large Canadian metropolitan areas in Ontario, The Greater Toronto Area, and The Greater Ottawa area for comparison.

In these two metropolitan areas alone, there are approximately 15 well-established hair transplant clinics and a combined population of approximately 8 million people.

The Greater Toronto Area with an estimated 6,417,516 people. The Greater Ottawa Area with an estimated 1,323,783 people.

There are 11 established hair transplant clinics in the greater Toronto area if you include Hamilton, and just two established clinics currently operating in the Greater Ottawa area.

Where To Look For The Best Prices, Results and Value

Even though each clinic whether in Toronto or Ottawa will have some degree of price variance within their own relative pricing structures, their overall pricing will be largely constrained by the number of competing clinics or “market supply” within their immediate region versus the amount of “market demand” for the service within the region.

Another Distinct Benefit of More Competition

Also because of the higher degree of competition between clinics competing locally, they are generally obligated to produce or provide superior results, more refined, more natural-looking end result in order to be more competitive with the higher number of clinics in their region.

So with more hair transplant clinics in closer proximity competing with each other by offering better and more competitively priced hair transplant services the consumer generally tends to benefit by receiving better results at more competitive prices as well as much more in the way of choice.

However having said that it does absolutely not mean that if you are searching for a hair transplant clinic in Toronto or any other large metropolitan area that you should just assume you will get a great result because you’re in a “big city” with lots of competing clinics, that is absolutely not the case.

Can We Quantify The Difference in Cost of Clinic Location?

In this example the cost of a hair transplant in Toronto as compared to a hair transplant in Ottawa there is an average of 200% – 250% price difference per hair graft between the two regions, your hair transplant will cost on average twice as much in Ottawa because there is a much more limited “supply” relative to the population and because there is approximately 500% more supply of hair transplant services available in the Greater Toronto Area.

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, and we will discuss these additional factors in detail below.

Type of hair transplant FUT or FUE?

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, FUT for short is a hair transplant method where a long linear strip of hair-bearing skin is surgically excised from the back of the head using a scalpel.

The strip of hair is then dissected into individual follicular units under a high powered stereoscopic microscope and transplanted to the recipient area of the scalp. The FUT surgical option is generally less expensive and usually yields proportionally more grafts per session, but the downside is it will generally leave a linear scar at the back of the scalp. How detectable or undetectable the resulting linear scar is generally determined by a combination of elements including your scalp skin elasticity and the doctor’s level of experience, but most significantly by the quality of surgical technique of doctor and or clinic.

  • Important If performed correctly by an experienced clinic the FUT donor area strip incision can be closed using a highly specialized surgical technique that will minimize and camouflage the surgical scar quite well.This is certainly something that you will want to carefully consider when choosing a clinic because an improperly sutured or closed FUT donor area incision can become very unsightly and will be noticed by others if it sutured area stretches over time.
  • Important to note In the right hands the FUT Hair Transplant method can produce a very feathered, soft and completely natural looking hairline, as well as high quantities of quality hair grafts to fill in larger balding areas of scalp adequately. In the wrong hands, the FUT Hair Transplant can leave an unsightly scar in your donor area that is very difficult to camouflage.While much of the difference between a great result and a bad one lies in the doctor’s surgical technique what is also important to note is whether or not the clinic uses a stereoscopic microscope will have a huge impact on the quality of the final results, by using a stereoscopic microscope many of the hairline grafts can be dissected into very fine single follicular units which allow for the re-creation of a very soft and natural-looking hairline, vs the two, three and even four hair follicular units which are generally produced without a stereoscopic microscope..

    Due to the fact that stereoscopic microscopes are very expensive, many clinics do not use them, and unfortunately, their clients don’t get the best results possible. So before choosing a clinic for a FUT hair transplant, ask them if they use a stereoscopic microscope? Better yet ask them to see it, your final results are highly dependant on it!

FUT Hair Transplant Illustration

Follicular Unit Transplant or FUT Hair Transplant Surgical Procedure Illustration

The FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplant

Follicular unit extraction or FUE hair transplant for short 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 to excise the hair grafts. When extracted properly in an intentionally randomized fashion, these circular extraction sites heal rapidly and leave very small, almost imperceptible white dots in the donor area easily camouflaged by the remaining hair. These tiny extraction sites are difficult to see and would require a closeup inspection or a trained eye to locate them at all.

FUE Hair Transplant Illustration

Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE Hair Transplant Surgical Procedure Illustration

FUE is much more labour intensive than FUT. Thus the cost per graft for an FUE hair transplant can be relatively more expensive as compared to a FUT hair transplant. Clinics offering FUE hair transplants in Toronto, can cost approximately 30% – 40% more than a FUT hair transplant.

However, caution is advised as an increase in price may not necessarily translate to better results. In fact, the final appearance of your hair transplant may not, and should depend on whether you choose FUE or FUT. In an experienced surgeon’s hands, the final results from both FUT or FUE hair transplants can look outstanding.

FUT Hair Transplant Vs FUE Hair Transplant

Both FUE and FUT each have their respective strengths and weaknesses; however, the main benefit of using FUE is that you can avoid producing a long linear scar in the donor region of your scalp, generally 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 any linear scarring can be of particular interest to men who prefer hairstyles where the hair at the back of their head 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 longer hairstyles which should easily conceal a correctly sutured FUT scar left behind by any experienced doctor or clinic.

Safe Hair Transplant Donor Zone

Safe Hair Transplant Donor Area Zones Illustration

The 3 Biggest Advantages of FUT Over FUE

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 Can Be Less Expensive Then FUT In This Specific Case

FUE hair transplants might be more cost-effective for smaller areas of hair loss. Also, it may be of value to note that typically, the FUT method can result in a somewhat higher density in the transplanted area (recipient site) compared to FUE because the FUT grafts can be trimmed into proportionally smaller grafts under a stereoscopic microscope.

Main differences between FUE and FUT

Reducing Costs by Improving Outcomes

At Sure Hair International, we offer both the FUT and FUE hair transplant procedures. Using our proprietary Uni-Strand™ surgical protocols we can minimize the inherent weaknesses of the FUT and FUE hair transplant procedures to help improve outcomes while reducing patient costs.

Our proprietary Uni-Strand™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 donor area. This can make the scar appear much smaller, lowering its visibility. This can allow patients to wear relatively short hairstyles without revealing the scar to anyone.

Our Scar-Minimizing Trichophytic Closure Technique FUT Donor Area Scar

Strip Hair Transplant Donor Area Resulting Scar Example Image 1Strip Hair Transplant Donor Area Resulting Scar Example Image 2Strip Hair Transplant Donor Area Resulting Scar Example Image 3

Leading Canadian FUE Hair Transplant Technology

Sure Hair International is also a leading Canadian FUE hair transplant Toronto 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 medical robotic systems that can be used to extract FUE grafts; however robotic technology has not yet reached a level that exceeds the capabilities of our handheld motorized drills.

ARTAS FUE hair transplant medical robotics
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.

Estimating How many Hair grafts you need

Another 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 relatively accurate self estimate.

Number of Hair Transplant Grafts Required To Fill an area of hair loss the size of a fist

Hair loss regions that are about the size of your fist usually take about 1,500 grafts to fill. Using this rule of thumb, 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?

How many Hair Transplant sessions will be required?

The last main factor that will 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, a 4.5 or above on the Norwood scale will require more than one session.

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, more sessions will easily multiply your final cost by 100% – 200% because you will incur at least two “session fees” instead of just one. 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 or five on the Norwood scale, then it is important to consider how many grafts a given clinic can safely transplant per session as this can 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 experienced as they have access to greater resources and a larger staff. However larger graft sessions could also lead to wider scarring in the donor area, and it is important to take many other factors such as the age, health and tissue quality into account before determining whether it’s safe or appropriate to proceed with a “mega session”. As a general rule, unless you have an extremely pertinent reason for wanting more than 3000 Grafts in a single session, then it is generally safer and advisable to err on the side of caution and break it up into two or more sessions.

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 or value at the best price point. The goal is to obtain a great hair transplant that you are happy with first and foremost.

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

Hair Transplant Financing Solutions in Toronto

In the past financing has been a hurdle that frequently stops people from making the decision to move forward, but presently most hair transplant clinics do offer financing options which will reduce, “upfront” costs to zero or nearly zero. Here at Sure Hair International, we do offer financing options to our patients.

It’s relatively easy to qualify for our financing options, and payments can be as low as $119.00 – $149.00 per month for an average hair transplant session. By financing your hair transplant procedure, you can spread the cost of your surgery over the course of a year or a few years if you choose. We feel that we do all that we can to offer an incredible value to our clients by providing world-class results at highly competitive prices.

If you need or choose to finance your surgery, here at Sure Hair International, we do not offer direct in-house financing to our clients. However, we have aligned ourselves with select financial institutions that specialize in medical financing to assist you with funding your surgery at affordable rates. See below for financing payment examples.


Financing Repayment Schedule on $6000 Financed

Example Repayment Schedule on $6000 Hair Transplant Financing.

Financing Repayment Schedule on $7000 financed

Example Repayment Schedule on $7000 Hair Transplant Financing.

Apply for Hair Transplant Financing in Canada With Medicard

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Insurance Coverage for Hair Transplants in Canada

For most candidates, hair transplant surgery is a cosmetic, elective surgery, which means the costs are usually not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), or even most private health insurance plans.

Hair transplants that are a part of reconstructive surgery or a result of an injury or disfigurement could potentially be covered under some medical insurance plans.

Seeking a Discount?

The initial upfront cost can feel a bit daunting to patients at first glance, but the value of the operation is often life-changing.

When you are shopping for a qualified hair transplant surgeon or clinic in Toronto or anywhere else, 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 first and foremost. Saving some money on your surgery will be of little to no consolation if you are not happy with your final results.

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 hair transplant surgeons and technicians in the entire Greater Toronto Area. This enables us to ensure that every patient experience will be excellent and their final results outstanding.

Client Before and After Videos

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.

Artas Robotic Hair Transplant offered at Sure Hair International in Toronto, Canada

3300 Graft Hair Transplant

Indian Male FUT 3500 Graft Hair Transplant - Norwood 3

Caucasian Male 6 Months post-op 3500 Grafts

3500 grafts FUE high density transplant Norwood 3

4200 Graft Hair Transplant Norwood 7

3700 Graft FUT Hair Transplant

2000 FUE Lowering of Hairline

2000 FUE Crown Hair Transplant – Crown Hair Loss

Norwood 3 - FUT 3300 Grafts

FUE Hair Transplant shaved hair style

High Density Hair Transplant recreating widow's peak

Asian Male Hair Transplant Video

Artas Robotic Hair Transplant Explained

Perfect Crown Swirl Hair Transplant

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