Hair transplant have become the norm. No matter how popular they are, the prospective patients and general public do not have all the information they need to know about hair transplants.
Briefly, hair transplants are operations where hair is moved from one part to the balding part.
“What hair transplants are not” is important. What is not a hair transplant?
- It is not the transfer of someone else’s hair on to the patient’s scalp.
- It is not moving the hair on any part of the body to the scalp. Body hair can be used for transplantation but because the body hair has a different life cycle than the scalp hair, not all body hair is suitable for scalp hair transplant.
- It is not having your entire full head as you had in your childhood, and adolescence. We all lose hair with age, and getting a hair transplant means, your hair follicles on the back of your scalp, and the sides which are prone to hereditary hair loss will be transplanted. This means the moving of some of your hair follicles on the back of your head to the front. It resembles a full head, and if your hair is thick, the result can be close to that of a full head, but you should expect to see hair as suits your age.
- A hair transplant is not having your scalp covered in hair the day after surgery. Hair needs to grow in its natural growth cycle, and this means that the transplanted hair will fall off, and grow back. The results can be visible after one year, and better in two years.
- It is not only for men. Some women who have similar patterns to male pattern hair loss can be suitable for hair transplant.
- A hair restoration is not covering all types of hair loss. Those which can repeat, are not suitable for hair transplant.
- It is not a cosmetic treatment – it is a minor medical procedure, a cosmetic surgery.
- It is not an operation that is painful, whose results are easy to identify, nor it has to take several sessions. In most cases, one session is enough.
There is a lot of misunderstanding, and misinformation about hair transplants out there. If you are a prospective hair transplant patient, you might feel more ease with the procedure when you know what it is and what it is not.
Try to avoid information from third parties, and choose to talk with professionals if you any have questions. It is a simple procedure, that is also quite common all around the world. No need to put yourself under risk. Meet your surgeon in advance of the operation.
Hair transplant is also not stem cell therapy where the hair follicles of a patient are extracted, and multiplied in laboratory conditions. Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in California, the US, succeeded in developing human stem cells into the derma papillae. Derma papilla cells form hair follicles. The study results were published by the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, in January 2015. Alexey Terskikh who is an associate professor at Sanford-Burnham said: Our next step is to transplant human dermal papilla cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells back into human subjects. The researcher need more trials and they need to conduct more research before stem cell hair transplant becomes available. When will they become available? Nobody is sure.
Some sources say 2020 could be the year. Here is hoping.
Do not fall into the trap when you hear the words stem cell and hair PRP. There is a black market for everything. Stem cell therapy and hair PRP are similar procedures that enhance hair quality, and yet, they are not types of hair transplants.