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Solomon Facial Hair Loss And Hair Restoration

At Solomon Facial Plastic, we have over 20 years of experience in Hair Transplant Surgery. Our surgeons and technicians are experts in the field and have performed thousands of Hair Transplant Surgeries. We take the time to educate our patients about Hair Transplant surgery, and the importance of “take rate”. The take rate refers to the success of the implanted follicles. At Follicle HT the take rate is exceptionally high due to the cultivated techniques used by our transplant team.

ABOUT HAIR LOSS AND HAIR RESTORATION

Our focus is on hair restoration in men and women. Our goal of total patient satisfaction is achieved through state of the art technology and techniques, combined with artistry, skill, experience, and personalized care delivered in a comfortable setting.

This website will provide useful information about hair loss and restoration, and other cosmetic surgical options for the face. Our mission is to help you to decide which solution is most appropriate for you.

 

FUE Hair Transplant Surgery by Dr. Philip Solomon in Toronto

For both men and women, appearance is often regarded as a predictor of success in business and social spheres. We understand that balding or thinning hair can greatly impact your self-esteem and confidence, which affects others overall perception of you.

Fortunately, today’s patients have numerous proven and effective surgical and non-surgical options available to them. Prescription treatments can stop or even reverse hair loss and unlike the sometimes unnatural results of the past, modern surgical techniques can now yield results that are truly undetectable.

WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS?

There are many causes of hair loss in both men and women however the most common factor is genetics. Other factors that can cause hair loss include hormonal imbalances, medical conditions, scarring and traction from tight braid or ponytails. Nevertheless, the cause of hair loss in the vast majority of patients seeking hair restoration is what is known as male or female pattern hair loss. At Solomon Facial Plastics’ Hair Transplant clinic Follicle HT, our surgeons can help you regain your confidence with the most advance techniques in hair restoration.

MALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS (ANDROGENIC ALOPECIA)

Male pattern baldness is sometimes referred to as androgenic alopecia. “Alopecia” means “hair-loss” and “androgenic” refers to male sex hormones or “androgens” that are responsible for the progressive loss of hair with age. The effect of androgens on the male hairline can begin as early as the teenage years and most men will have experienced some degree of pattern hair loss by the time they reach their fifties. The hormone testosterone is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5-α reductase and it is now understood that DHT is responsible for beard and body hair growth as well as for scalp hair loss.

Androgenic Alopecia

The medication Propecia (finasteride) prevents androgenic alopecia by blocking 5-α reductase. In general, the horseshoe-shaped area of scalp hair starting above the ears and extending to the back of the head is resistant to the effects of DHT and so is not lost with male pattern baldness. The resistance of these hairs to DHT is retained even when they are relocated to other areas of the scalp and it is this property that makes modern hair transplantation possible.

Predisposition to male pattern baldness is thought to be largely inherited however the genetic process is complex and poorly understood. It is a myth that the “baldness-gene” is inherited from the maternal grandfather. Other myths include that poor scalp circulation, caps or hats, or shampoos cause baldness. (Although certain products such as strong relaxants can damage hair).

FEMALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Women are also subject to hair loss. While this can be particularly upsetting and can have a devastating impact on self-esteem, in most cases it can be effectively treated.

As in men, the most common cause of hair loss in women is inherited androgenic pattern baldness. However, the pattern is generally different from what is seen in males. While female pattern hair loss can start early, it often begins later than the male variety. It is more frequently (but not always), associated with a diffuse thinning effect over the entire scalp sparing the frontal hairline. Many women complain that the part in their hair appears to get wider.

While female pattern hair loss is extremely common, many women do not realize that treatment is available and effective, and so they continue to suffer from the embarrassment and anxiety that frequently accompanies thinning hair. Fortunately, more and more women are seeking advice from hair loss specialists like Dr. Korman and Dr. Solomon and are availing themselves of the excellent treatment options that are available.

CAN HAIR LOSS BE PREVENTED?

Medical Hair Loss Treatment And Prevention

Medical treatment can slow or stop pattern hair loss in a large proportion of patients. Some patients will even experience re-growth of hair. The key to medical prevention of hair loss is to start as soon as possible and preserve your existing hair. Although there are many options to restore hair that has already been lost, our philosophy is that problems are almost always easier to prevent than to treat.

The mainstays of modern medical treatment include Propecia and Minoxidil. Propecia blocks the action of 5-α reductase and will stabilize hair loss in approximately 90% of men who take it. The mechanism by which Minoxidil affects hair growth is unclear however it has been shown to be effective in both men and women. Propecia and Minoxidil appear to work synergistically, meaning that a greater effect is achieved by using both medications at the same time. We also offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss.

There are numerous other products available that are marketed as hair loss cures. While some of these may have an effect, many are unproven and some can even be harmful. We will be happy to answer any questions that you have about other hair restoration products. For more information about preventing hair loss please refer to the Non-Surgical Hair Restoration section of this website.

WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER TREATMENT?

The decision to proceed with a hair transplant or other surgery is a major one, and the timing must be right for you. However, it is important to realize that hair is a non-renewable resource. Dr. Korman and Dr. Solomon strongly recommend that early treatment is key to halt major hairloss.

It is important to note that if left untreated, male pattern baldness will progress relentlessly. By the time an area has a thinned appearance, 50% of the hair in that area has already been lost. Halting your hair loss will conserve valuable donor hair and prevent progressive baldness, possibly reducing the extent (or even eliminating) the need for future surgery.

While some patients experience re-growth, the primary goal of medical treatment is to prevent additional hair loss. If there is no change in the appearance of your hair during the treatment period, this should be viewed as a success, not a failure.

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

There are a wide variety of medical and surgical options available. Propecia and Minoxidil are the mainstays of medical treatment, and hair transplantation is the backbone of hair replacement techniques. Platelet-rich protein (PRP) therapy can also play a role.

Please see the Our Services area of this website for more information regarding specific treatments.

WHAT IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT?

A hair transplant is an operation in which hair follicles that are not susceptible to pattern hair loss (usually from the permanent fringe of hair at the back and sides of the head) are relocated to areas of the scalp that are bald, or destined to become bald. Hair can also be transplanted to other areas including the eyebrows, eyelashes, moustache, beard, and body.

Depending on the goals and individual characteristics of each patient, the follicular units from the donor area can be removed all at once in a long strip. It can then be divided into individual follicular units using microscopic surgical dissection. Under some circumstances, the follicular units are removed individually using an alternative technique referred to as follicular unit extraction. Regardless of the technique, however, our meticulous cosmetic surgical techniques usually result in virtually undetectable scars.

Once the follicular units have been prepared, precise instruments are then used to create tiny recipient sites in areas of the scalp that are bald (or destined to become bald). The creation of the recipient sites requires surgical skill and artistry in order to achieve a long-term result that will continue to look totally natural even as the patient ages.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M A CANDIDATE FOR A HAIR TRANSPLANT?

All patients are thoroughly assessed by one of our experienced surgeons to determine their candidacy for Hair Transplant surgery at Solomon Facial Plastic’s Hair Transplant clinic Follicle HT. This assessment will allow us to identify the cause of your hair loss and rule out any underlying, treatable conditions. Other factors that will be considered include age, extent and rate of hair loss, and availability of donor hair. Non-surgical options such as medical treatment and PRP injections will also be considered.

FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPLANTS (FUT)

Follicular Unit Transplant - FUT - Hair Transplant Surgery

Follicular unit strip surgery (FUT) is the conventional method of obtaining grafts for follicular unit transplantation. In an FUT procedure, a strip of hair is removed from the back of the scalp. Once the donor strip has been removed, it is then slivered under a high powered microscope in order to obtain the individual follicular unit grafts for transplant.

The advantages of FUT is that it is a faster technique, and because the grafts are prepared under a high powered microscope, they are less susceptible to damage or injury during the harvesting process. The disadvantage of FUT is that it leaves a scar that can be visible if the hair is cut very short or shaved. At Follicle HT and Solomon Facial Plastic, we use an advanced “trichophytic closure” technique that allows the surrounding hairs to grow right through the scar, often making it virtually undetectable. At Solomon Facial Plastics’ Hair Transplant clinic, Follicle HT, we offer both FUT and FUE techniques to address all patient concerns and needs.

We offer both virtual and in person consultations. To schedule your consultation, contact our office at 905-764-7799 or email us at officestaff.solomon@gmail.com

FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE)

Hair naturally grows in groupings that contain between one and four hairs. These natural groupings are called follicular units (FU’s) and about 80% of FU’s contain 2 or 3 individual hairs. When donor hair is harvested for transplantation, preservation of the integrity of the FU’s allows the hair to be transplanted in a way that maintains a completely natural appearance.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) refers to a technique of harvesting donor follicles from the back and sides of the scalp for transplantation to the hairline and other areas. With the FUE technique, follicles are removed one by one using a small punch. The donor sites are so small that they do not require stitches, but rather heal over on their own within a few days.

The advantage of the FUE technique is that it is minimally invasive and does not require stitches. FUE avoids a long linear scar across the back and sides of the scalp, which can be a concern for patients who wish to preserve the option of cutting the hair to a short fade or even shaving the head. The main disadvantages of the FUE technique are that it is more time consuming and requires that a larger area be shaved at the back and sides of the scalp.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “FOLLICULAR UNIT STRIP SURGERY (FUSS)” AND “FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE)”?

Follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) refer to different techniques of harvesting the hairs that are to be used for transplantation.

FUSS involves removing one or multiple strips of donor tissue from the back or sides of the head. This strip is then dissected into smaller grafts, usually individual follicular units, using stereo-microscopes or other high magnification. The resulting wound in the donor area is then meticulously sutured, usually using a cosmetic surgical technique known as “trichophytic closure”, which allows adjacent hair to actually grow through the fine linear scar thus rendering it almost completely invisible.

FUE is a different technique whereby individual follicular units are individually extracted from the donor area using a very small cutting tool called a punch. The resulting holes in the donor area are so small that they simply heal over on their own with no need for sutures. The purported advantage to this technique is that unlike in FUSS, there is not a single, long donor scar.

Many centers only offer FUE surgery, aggressively marketing it as a “no-scalpel” technique. This can be misleading for some patients because while strictly speaking, no scalpel is used, FUE is still a surgical procedure requiring similar preparation and having the same (albeit low) potential for complications such as scar formation. It is just that instead of one long incision, hundreds, or even thousands of smaller ones are required.

FUSS and FUE techniques for hair transplantation each have their advantages and disadvantages and can achieve excellent results. Our philosophy is that each candidate for hair restoration should be assessed and the most appropriate technique selected.

MEET THE DOCTORS

Given the range of options available and the sometimes confusing or even misleading claims that you may be confronted with, it is critical that you choose a doctor with the knowledge, training, and skills to guide you through the process.

As surgeons with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Korman and Dr. Solomon are qualified to consider the entire range of options that might be appropriate for each individual patient.

Dr. Korman

Dr. Korman

Dr. Korman is Board Certified in Otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery) by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well as by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Both organizations are dedicated to ensuring the highest standards and quality of care. Following board certification, Dr. Korman undertook additional training in hair restoration surgery.

Dr. Korman is an acknowledged expert in hair restoration. He has been appointed by the Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) as a Medical Inspector under section 75(1)(a) of the Health Professions Procedural Code.

He has consulted extensively as an expert in cases involving hair restoration and other aspects of head & neck surgery. He is a Peer Reviewer for the CPSO, and is the Lead Assessor for both the Otolaryngology and Cosmetic Surgery for the CPSO Practice Assessment & Enhancement Department, Quality Management Division. He is also an inspector of surgical facilities under the CPSO Out-of-Hospital Premises Inspection Program.

Dr. Solomon

Dr. Solomon

Dr. Solomon is double Board Certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery. He has one of the largest facial plastic surgery practices in North America, offering a full range of surgical and non-surgical services.

OUR APPROACH

Our ultimate goal is to achieve a satisfying result for our patients.

We believe in a combined approach where the patient’s wishes, as well as technical factors such as hair and skin color, donor supply, hair caliber, and curl, are taken into account. We strive for an appropriate balance of coverage, density, and naturalness for each patient’s hair transplant.

Dr. Korman and Dr. Solomon and their professional staff provide boutique, individualized service to every single patient. Our goal is to attain completely undetectable results in a comfortable, safe environment and thereby achieve total patient satisfaction.

The decision to undergo surgery is never easy. We urge you to take your time and explore your options. If you have any questions regarding which alternatives might be right for you, or if you would like to learn more about hair transplant surgery, costs, or anything else, we invite you to contact us to arrange a personal consultation.

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Hair Transplant Q&A

  • How much will treatment cost?

    The cost of treatment depends on the nature of the treatment, and the extent of hair loss. For example, treatments such as Propecia and Minoxidil vary in cost from $25-100 per month depending on the combination and format of medications that are used.

    Grafting procedures can vary widely in cost depending on the area to be transplanted. More advanced procedures such as scalp-plasty or scalp-reduction operations are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Under some circumstances, elective surgical procedures are deductible from your income as a medical expense. Patients are encouraged to contact their tax professional. Consultations with your family doctor regarding the medical management of hair loss are generally covered by OHIP.

    You are encouraged to contact us to arrange an appointment so that your specific questions can be addressed.

  • Does it hurt to have a hair transplant?

    Part of our philosophy is that hair transplantation should be a comfortable and virtually pain-free experience. With the use of light sedation, local anesthetic, and gentle and meticulous techniques, the vast majority of patients report that they experience little or no pain. Many actually enjoy the experience, asking questions, chatting with the staff, listening to music, or watching a movie as the procedure progresses.

  • How many procedures will I require?

    The number of procedures required depends on several factors including treatment goals, the degree of hair loss, and the availability of donor reserves. Some people are satisfied after only a single procedure, while others will desire further treatment in order to add density, refine the hairline, temples, or crown, or keep up with progressive hair loss over the years.

    Regardless of the number of transplant sessions that are ultimately carried out, we design each one as a “stand-alone procedure.” This means that each transplant will be specifically designed to look natural throughout your entire lifetime regardless of the extent of future hair loss or future surgery.

  • What if I don’t want to look like I’ve had a hair transplant?

    Many potential patients state that the only thing that they would find worse than baldness would be a bad hair transplant. The sight of obvious, pluggy, and frankly embarrassing results produced by older, outdated techniques would give anyone second thoughts.

    The field of transplantation has come a long way. Grafts have gradually gotten smaller, hairline design more sophisticated, and technology more advanced. The advent of follicular unit transplantation with stereo-microscopic single-hair graft preparation is now generally regarded as the end refinement in surgical technique, able to yield results that are predictable and undetectable. Often, patients’ hair stylists are not able to tell that a transplant has been performed.

    Using modern techniques and instrumentation, our team is able to create a natural appearance with the hairline, density and coverage that are appropriate for each individual patient.

  • What can I expect after my hair transplant?

    Hair transplantation is done as a day surgery procedure, with patients able to go home on the same day. Most patients have only mild discomfort following a hair transplant, and hair can be gently washed on the first day following surgery.

    Most people choose to take a few days off work but some people resume their normal schedule within 1-2 days. We discourage heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for one week following surgery.

    Following a hair transplant, new growth will commence within about 3 months and the transplanted hair then grows at the normal rate of about 1cm per month and continues to thicken over time.

  • How long will the results from Hair Transplant Surgery last?

    In males, the newly transplanted hairs will continue to grow for as long as they would have in their original location. In women the results are also long lasting or permanent, however the donor area can be less reliable than in men. In some cases, female hair loss can continue where the patient was originally experiencing hair loss, however the transplanted hair will remain. Some patients may choose to undergo a second procedure to catch up with the progressive hair loss. It is important to note, a well done hair transplant result should continue to look extremely natural regardless of any future hair loss or additional surgery,

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