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What is hair transplantation?

Hair transplantation is a minor surgical procedure that moves permanent growing hair from the back of the scalp to bald and thinning areas.

Who qualifies for hair transplant surgery?
Most healthy men and women. A thorough consultation with Dr. Mowchun will analyze your individual hair loss and outline your treatment options. Factors that determine whether you are a good candidate for a transplant include the number of grafts necessary to produce the results you desire, availability and density of donor hair, hair color, skin color, hair texture and potential future hair loss.

Virtually any man or woman who is experiencing some degree of hair loss can be a patient. There are no absolute age limits and patients generally range from 24-75.

Does it really work & are the results permanent?
Yes! Hair transplant surgery redistributes existing, healthy hair, which is genetically encoded to last a lifetime.

Will I get a full head of hair?
No, remember, the technique redistributes existing, healthy hair. However, a comparatively small amount of hair transplanted expertly can produce the illusion of substantially more hair than there actually is. The results will improve how you look to others and to yourself. It is important to have realistic expectations for your hair restoration plan to make sure that you are happy with the results you achieve.

What appearance benefits can I expect with one standard procedure?
Please see before and after photos of varying types. Currently most of our procedures are in 1500 - 2500 graft range.


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How long will it take?
Transplanted hair begins to grow about 10-12 weeks after the procedure at the normal rate of approximately one half inch per month and thus your transplant will be fully grown approximately 9 months after your session.

Will this procedure mean time off from work?
Little or no time off from work is required. Most patients return to their normal routine in one or two days.

Is it painful?
Most patients watch a movie or take a nap while the procedure is being done under a local anesthetic. Any discomfort afterwards is usually very temporary and nearly always minimal. Only approximately 25% of patients elect to take pain relieving pills during the 1-2 days, following a procedure.

Is it dangerous?
No. It is minor surface surgery, literally only skin deep, and one of the safest surgical procedures every performed.

Is it expensive?
Comparatively, no. While there are costs involved, the benefits of growing your own hair make hair transplantation much more cost-effective than other methods, because afterwards no further expense is incurred. Fees vary between $8,000 - $10,000 (CAN) for procedures in the 1000 to 1500 graft range. Smaller procedures of 600 grafts or less, including Eyebrow and Eyelash Transplants are at a flat rate of $7,500. Fees, in general, may vary somewhat based on number of grafts needed to achieve optimal results.


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If I am unhappy with a transplant performed by another doctor, can you correct the problem?
We have methods to modify poor transplant work into desirable results. See an example of a hairline before and after corrective surgery.

Given that millions of people suffer from hair loss, why do some suitable candidates hesitate to have
transplantation procedures?

Most concerns arise out of lack of proper reassuring facts about current safe and sophisticated surgical techniques and undetectable results; as well, hair loss for a lot of people is an intensely personal, self conscious matter where people suffer in silence. At our clinic we have considerable experience in effectively dealing with the psychological aspects of hair loss and through detailed discussions will correct any misinformation on the subject, to properly construct a realistic effective affordable plan for a permanent, natural, growing solution to your hair loss.

Where is the procedure performed?
At our state of the art, private out-patient surgical centre staffed by Dr. Mowchun and four highly trained surgical assistants.

What are the different classifications of hair loss?
Since balding patterns vary, the common classifications are listed as 2-7 from slight hair loss to severely bald. Your baldness or thinning classifications can change over time.

2


2A
Receding Hairline
Micro-grafts are utilized without dense packing, mini-grafts are used sparingly to achieve density.

3


3A


3V
Vertex
Generalized Frontal Thinning
Utilization of both micro and mini-grafts can create a natural frontal zone with density.

4


4A
Frontal Area & Crown Balding
Moderate hair loss is countered with mini-grafts for density and micro-grafts for a natural frontal hairline.

5


5A


5V
Vertex
Top of Scalp & Crown Balding
Bald tissue removal (possible scalp reduction, possible Frechet Extender®) with utilization of mini-grafts can produce cosmetic results.

6 Extensive Hair Loss With Limited, Yet
Viable Donor Area

Moderate hair loss is countered with mini-grafts for density and micro-grafts for a natural frontal hairline.

7 Severe Hair Loss, Only Rim of Hair Remains
A strategic surgical plan can produce satisfactory results for this classification. Frontal forelock often used.


Where does transplanted hair come from?
The transplanted hair comes from your own genetically programmed permanent hair from the back of your head. The donor area is shown in the image to the right. (The donor area is simulated and highlighted.)

Only a small portion of the above donor zone is actually utilized for a single procedure; the incision in the donor area is closed with microstaples or sutures and is cosmetically undetectable immediately after the procedure.


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