At Dr Paul Cotterill's hair transplant clinic, we provide a comfortable environment for your hair loss treatment surgery. The surgery itself can take anywhere between 4-8 hours. During that time, the patient is resting comfortably, watching movies and having snacks. Dr Paul Cotterill answers all your queries regarding your procedure, will only perform one surgery at a time, performs all the surgery himself and does not delegate any of the surgical steps to technicians. Most of our clients come through referrals from other satisfied customers. With a focus on patient care, his innovative techniques have helped hundreds of men, women and transgender people regain their confidence and sense of well-being.
Signs of Hair Loss
Hair loss can appear in many ways. It can come gradually or suddenly and lead to baldness. Some of the signs and symptoms of hair loss include:
- Thinning on top of the head: One of the most common hair loss symptoms is a receding hairline on the forehead. If you have noticed less hair on your temples or your crown, this may signify thinning hair.
- Bald spots: Hair falling out in patches and may be associated with an increase in scalp itch or pain before the hair falls out.
- Losing chunks of hair: Emotional and physical stress can cause hair loss. You may experience hair loss anytime you comb your hair or even during gentle tugging. But this loss or shedding is not necessarily permanent. It is important to remember that it is normal to shed 100-150 scalp hairs every day, which is replaced.
- Medication and treatments: Some medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, can lead to hair loss.
The Hair Transplant Procedure
We offer quality hair transplant surgery in Toronto that involves the following steps:
Before the hair transplant procedure
When you come to Dr Paul Cotterill’s hair transplant clinic, he assesses you and offers personalized solutions based on your needs. He doesn't follow a cookie-cutter approach. He listens to you and designs a treatment plan that is agreeable to you. We ask you to come to our office at 7:30 AM on the day of your procedure and offer a relaxed environment so you can wait in peace. You're offered a mild tranquillizer like Valium to calm your nerves and deal with any side effects of the anesthetic.
The strip excision procedure
The hair in the donor area is clipped to a particular length, and both this area and the recipient area are anesthetized. After the anesthetic has taken effect, a specially designed scalpel is used by Dr Paul Cotterill to cut an ellipse of hair-bearing scalp from the donor areas. The ellipse, with the use of a stereoscopic microscope, is then carefully slivered into smaller loaves of hair, which are then further dissected into single or double follicular units (follicular unit family). 'Micrografts' are obtained by slicing the donor tissue into very small sections, regardless of whether the naturally occurring bundles are kept together or not. Dr Paul Cotterill uses microscopic dissection to obtain follicular units on all grafts.
Dissection of the donor grafts
Once the strip graft has been dissected into individual follicular units, Dr Paul Cotterill will personally make each individual recipient site for each follicular unit graft, ensuring proper angle, direction, depth of incision site and spacing between grafts. While Dr Cotterill performs all steps of the surgery by himself, his team of experienced professionals is always there by his side in order to assist him with the planting of grafts in the proper area.
After the procedure
Once the hair transplant surgery has been carried out, the patient is given pain tablets, and Dr Paul Cotterill calls you in the night to assess your condition. You're asked to come back the next day so that the area can be cleaned. While the sutures are removed in 7-10 days, the crusts and scabs are gone by day 10-12.
Some Important Things to Keep in Mind After Your Hair Transplant Surgery
You should take 5-7 days off work to let yourself heal. Any forehead swelling goes down by that time. You're also required to refrain from any physical activity a week after the surgery.
The hair in each graft usually falls out (the roots remain dormant under the skin) 2-3 weeks after surgery. At three months, the hairs are just breaking through the skin and beginning to grow.
Six months after the operation, the grafts will be about 1.5 inches long. One can liken the appearance of cosmetic benefits after the surgery to 60% of the benefit at six months, 70% at seven months, 90% at nine months, and full growth and width of the grafts after 12 months.
Advantages of Hair Transplant
Hair transplantation can be an ideal solution for men and women with significant hair loss, thinning hair and bald spots. This involves the transplantation of your hair taken from the back of the scalp and planted in places with severe hair loss. Hair growth can start after 2 to 3 months of the procedure. It recovers within 8 to 10 months.
Some of the advantages of hair transplants include:
- High success rate compared to other alternatives
- Hair transplants are safe. No special chemicals are used in this process.
- Transplanted hair works like your naturally grown hair and does not require any special care
- It helps boost your confidence
It is less costly than other options that require numerous visits
There are minimal side effects, except minor swelling and irritation at the treatment site for a few days
It is an ideal alternative for wigs and extensions
- It will continue to grow for the majority of your adult life
We offer effective hair treatment and bald treatment, call us now to learn more.
Who Might Benefit from a Hair Transplant?
Suffering from hair loss can substantially impact the quality of your life and self-esteem. Dr Paul C. Cotterill understands your concerns and offers effective hair transplant surgery in Toronto.
A hair transplant can prove highly beneficial for you if you are experiencing:
- Male or female pattern baldness: This is the most common type of hair loss, which is usually caused by genetic factors.
- Scarring alopecia: This is a form of hair loss that is caused by scarring on the scalp, usually due to injury, burns, or infection.
- Thinning hair: People with thinning hair due to age or other factors may also be good candidates for a hair transplant.
It is important to note that a hair transplant may not be suitable for everyone, and a qualified hair restoration specialist should evaluate each case to determine the best course of action.
Hair replacement may not be a suitable solution for you if you fall into any of the following categories:
- Individuals who do not have sufficient donor hair available for transplantation.
- Women who experience hair loss all over the scalp.
- Individuals who experience hair loss as a result of medication such as chemotherapy.
- People who are prone to forming keloid scars after surgery or injury.
Dr Paul Cotterill offers free consultations; make an appointment with us and learn more about a hair transplant in Toronto.
Hair Transplant Surgery in Toronto | FAQs
Am I the Right Candidate for Hair Transplantation Surgery?
The typical candidate for a hair transplantation procedure has hair present on the back and sides of the head. Those with well-defined hair loss are usually appropriate candidates for this procedure. Schedule an appointment with Dr Paul Cotterill to get yourself assessed.
Is the Treatment for Balding Painful?
No, the treatment itself is not painful. Our patients tell us the only pain they experienced was when the anesthetic was injected or some discomfort the night following the transplant. Dr Paul Cotterill is always present to attend to your needs when carrying out the procedure. Watch our videos if you'd like to get an idea of how the procedure is carried out.
Does Hair Transplantation Work?
Yes, hair transplantation is a reliable way to get your hair and confidence back. We've helped many clients like you by addressing their balding problems with hair transplantation in the past.
Is Hair Transplantation a Costly Procedure?
Hair transplantation surgery is costly, but it is a great investment in one's future happiness, given the final results. The number of sessions required will be determined by the scalp area being treated, the quantity and size of grafts, and the patient's desired hair density. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any other questions.
Will the Treatment Have Any Side Effects?
Minor swelling treatment may occur during and after the procedure. You may experience crusting, small scabs and itching that can last for 7 to 10 days. Some may experience numbness to the scalp, which should also subside within a few weeks to months. Please note that these side effects are typical after the hair transplant surgery. Your hair surgeon will recommend follow-up visits to take care of the side effects by prescribing medication.
Are There Any Complications from Hair Transplant Surgery?
Hair transplantation, like all other kinds of surgery, carries a risk. However, the risk from hair transplantation procedures is minimal, especially when you have an experienced practitioner like Dr Paul Cotterill. He will have a thorough consultation regarding risks and side effects with the patient.
Why Choose Dr Paul Cotterill for Hair Transplant Surgery in Toronto?
Hands-on approach with personalized solutions
Expertise from years of experience
Many successes with clients
- We examine the patient's hair loss pattern, health history and offer a personalized treatment plan
Always available to attend to your queries before, during and after your procedure
Priority is given to the satisfaction of the client and not to the fee
Services get promoted with genuine word of mouth referrals
Past president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
- ISHRS Golden Follicle Award winner for significant clinical contributions to the field of hair restoration
Was chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the ISHRS for 17 years
Board certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
Affordable and effective treatments in Toronto
Dr Paul Cotterill offers bald hair treatment and hair loss treatment and transgender hair transplants in Toronto. Get in touch with us now to book your appointment.