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frequently asked questions about hair transplantation

Frequently Asked Questions about Hair Transplantation

On this page you will find the answers to the frequently asked questions concerning hair transplant. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can also book an appointment for a consultation with our hair specialists.

What is hair transplant?

Hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure that moves hair follicles from a high density area on the back to lower density areas on top. It is essentially a redistribution of the hair in order to densify the sparse areas of the scalp. The results of a hair transplant are usually permanent. Given that a good grafting result is always composed of grafted hair and pre-existing hair, always be sure to effectively control the hairloss of existing hair already present before the surgery. Fortunately, we now have a host of effective hair loss options. Read more about hair transplant »

Is the hair transplant procedure painful?

Performed under local anesthesia, the hair transplant procedure is usually minimally painful. Although the patient may feel some minor discomfort, our surgical and postoperative protocol is established to ensure the comfort of our patients during and after surgery. We provide our patients with all necessary instructions and medications to make this experience as comfortable as possible.

Is the hair transplant performed under general anesthesia?

The hair transplant is performed under local anesthesia. As hair transplant is a minor surgery, general anesthesia is not necessary. Local anesthesia promotes better recovery, dramatically reduces risks and complications, and also reduces intervention costs.

How long does a hair transplant last?

Depending on the level of graft required, a graft usually lasts between 3 to 5 hours. You will be aware and alert throughout the procedure. Our professional and dedicated staff will ensure your comfort throughout the operation. Read more about hair transplant procedure »

Is it possible to transplant another person's hair or artificial hair?

Unfortunately, this is not yet possible. Research is progressing rapidly but this type of procedure has not yet been practiced. It is very likely that hair cloning is available and used well before implanting artificial hair or from another person. Cloning will not pose any risk of rejection, which makes it a preferred method. It will then be possible to generate the desired amount of hair without having to make large samples. We will no longer have to redistribute hair and we can only replace the missing hair.

Can grafted hair fall back?

Grafted hair is hair that grows and falls like any normal hair. However, since they come from the crown (back and sides of the head), in which we find hair resistant to androgenic hormones responsible for hair loss, this hair does not weaken over time. Even after surgery, hair from the crown being moved to sparse places will preserve this genetic quality. After a transplant, the anxiety should never concern the grafted hair but rather on those that were already present BEFORE the graft. They are NOT safe from a possible hair loss. That's why our consultants will prepare a long-term maintenance strategy that will protect your investment by ensuring the durability of your entire hair. Rest assured, today we have simple and effective methods that allow us to keep your hair in all its glory.

Does hair transplant or hair treatment leave scars?

Hair transplant is the only procedure leaving a minimal scar. However, the PAI Medical Group only works with specialized surgeons perfectly mastering the art of surgery which allows us to obtain scars virtually invisible for the vast majority of our patients and even for those who want to keep the hair short in the back of the head. If you are worried about the appearance of the scar on the back of the head, come and meet us. We will be able to show you that it is useless to worry. Our patients are always pleasantly surprised at how natural and undetectable our results are.

What are the treatments to take after a hair transplant?

During a 10-day period, patients should follow our postoperative protocol. The patient will have to dip two times a day in the tub to accelerate the healing process and sleep in a semi-seated position 3 to 4 days after the transplant to avoid excessive swelling. Post-transplant care is meant to ensure recovery and return to normal habits as quickly as possible.

Can I go back to my daily activities after a transplant session?

You will be able to perform most of your common tasks. However, you should avoid leaning forward as well as any intense physical effort. The graft also leaves some visible traces for few days. It's up to you to see if you prefer the tranquility of your home or if you do not see any inconvenience in showing yourself in public!

Can I expose myself to the sun after a transplant?

Your scalp will not be more sensitive after the transplant. At all times you should however protect your head from sunburn. Always be sure to protect your skin from excessive exposure to UV rays.

The results of a hair transplant are permanent?

In the vast majority of cases, the grafted hair is permanent. Grafted hair is hair that grows and falls like any normal hair. However, since they come from the crown (back and sides of the head), in which we find hair resistant to androgenic hormones responsible for hair loss, this hair does not weaken over time. Even after surgery, hair from the crown being moved to sparse places will preserve this genetic quality. After a transplant, the worry should not concern the grafted hair but rather the hair that was already present BEFORE the graft. They are NOT safe from a possible hair loss. That's why our consultants will prepare a long-term maintenance strategy that will protect your investment by ensuring the durability of your entire hair. Rest assured, today we have simple and effective methods that allow us to keep your hair in all its glory.

Hair regrowth begins how long after the transplant?

The grafted hair will begin to grow from the 2nd or 3rd month after the transplant. You will not get your results as soon as the procedure is finished. The result of a hair transplant is considered final approximately 18 months after surgery. However, thanks to new technologies in hair loss treatment, options such as low-intensity laser therapy (LLLT), injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or new products available, our patients benefit from results that do not cease to improve even after several years following transplantation.

How do I know if I need a transplant or hair treatment?

A simple meeting with one of our specialists will allow you to evaluate your needs according to a variety of criteria. Often people mistakenly think that they absolutely need a hair transplant while simple non-surgical treatments could very well resolve the situation. Our consultants will educate you on all possible options and help you make the best choice in an informed and transparent manner. At PAI Medical Group, we do not just transplant. We are one of the only centers in North America to offer all the services recognized as effective against hair loss. Preventive products, low-intensity laser therapy (LLLT), platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, hair transplantation and capillary prosthesis are among the options we have tested and retained. Let us guide you.

Is there an age limit for a hair transplant?

Age is not a factor. Only physical fitness and overall health is considered in the selection of our patients. If we find that the hair transplant is not safe in your case, we will not offer the procedure. However, your age will not be taken into account in our decision. Your safety is our only concern.

How much does a hair transplant cost?

The cost of a hair transplant depends on the area to be covered, the density, the type of hair, the amount of pre-existing hair and a host of other factors specific to each individual. Usually, fees vary between $ 5,800 and $ 11,500. Several methods exist and all give different results. The multi-unit hair grafting method (MUHG) exclusive to PAI Medical Group is the one that allows the largest number of hair to be implanted within a single intervention. Before making a choice, make sure you have all the information you need to analyze your costs. It is always advantageous to invest 20% to 30% more and get a larger amount of hair right from the start. This will reduce the number of interventions needed to achieve the desired result or even limit the need for a single intervention for many patients.

Is there a consultation fee?

The cost for a clinic consultation with one of our hair transplant specialists is $40.00. At PAI Medical Group, we will take the time to explain everything so that YOU can make the decision that is most appropriate to your needs, your budget and your time. Our consultations normally take 30 to 60 minutes. With our consultants, you will feel listened to and you will never feel disturbed. We firmly believe that it is essential to take the time to carefully assess the problems of each person we meet and we know that no case is the same.

What are the payment methods?

A person interested for a reservation will have to pay a down payment at the time of booking. This deposit is refundable in full as long as you inform us of any change at least 1 month before your surgery. The entire amount of the transplant, less the deposit paid, is payable the day of the surgery. We accept payment by debit and credit (VISA and Master Card) or certified checks (no personal checks). Financing options over 6 months to 6 years also exist via financing company.

Is there any financing options available ?

PAI Medical Group offers you the possibility of a complete funding for your hair transplant so that you can enjoy your investment all your life. Learn more here.

Are there effective shampoos to prevent hair loss?

A shampoo alone cannot usually prevent hair loss. Shampoos are used to clean hair and scalp. They can be very effective in relieving certain conditions like dandruff, itching, irritations and other disorders of the scalp. As hair loss is usually of genetic or hormonal origin, it is necessary to target the problem further. Shampoos remain very necessary in the treatment of hair loss since they must be used before any effective treatment to ensure the penetration of active ingredients into the scalp interiors. Rinse-free lotions are preferred when looking for an effective anti-hair loss product. These products are applied to the scalp and should not be rinsed in order to allow them to penetrate. Some shampoos are formulated specifically to ensure better penetration of lotions without rinsing.

How to make an appointment?

You can contact us by phone or email. Just select the clinic closest to you:
Laval | Montréal | Québec | St-Hubert

Why choose the PAI Medical Group?

The PAI Medical Group has 15 clinics in North America, recognized expertise and a renowned medical team. We are the only ones using the Multi unit’s hair Grafting (MUHG) method to implant more hair than any other method. Trust those who do the most intervention and receive the highest customer satisfaction. We represent the most advantageous alternative to both income and investment. We will accompany you before, during and after your transplant. At the PAI Medical Group, you will never be a number. Our patients always appreciate our sense of detail, our personalized care and our gentle approach. You will never be left to yourself. The choice is simple, get more hair, faster at the lowest possible cost while enjoying the best customer service. Hair transplant is our specialty and we define and surpass all standards for more than 4 decades. Read our patitents' testimonials »