There are certainly several myths about hair transplantation. It is only natural to have misconceptions about such an important topic. It is also due to media that we have some wrong ideas about hair transplant surgeries.
As in many other scientific areas, those who do not have the required qualifications might give wrong impressions and information. When it comes to health and science, one should trust the scientific institutions and scientists rather than the comments on the media.
Here are a few myths surrounding hair transplantation:
I will not lose my hair
We all wish that we will keep our full head forever. We sometimes think if we have a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle we will have our hair forever but it may not always be the case. Most hair loss is hereditary, and the exact genes causing it or the exact causes are not yet known.
Also, even if one’s parents are not bald, one might still experience hair loss. Genetics is complicated, and you might have a gene that makes you more susceptible to hair loss – or the effects of the Dihydrotestosterone.
In that case, hair transplantation is a permanent solution.
Transplanted hair does not look natural
The results of hair transplant surgeries do not have to obvious. It mostly depends on the surgeon and the hair transplant team.
Our hair follicles grow at different angles and directions. When the hair is transplanted, the surgeons make incisions on to the patient’s scalp to insert the hair follicles. These need to be inserted at certain angles to look natural.
Also, your surgeon should take into account your face, and natural hairline, and your hair loss pattern. Your hair transplant surgery should be made according to the cause of your hair loss and the pattern.
If performed by the right surgeon and a reliable and experienced team, one can have a very natural looking result.
Different procedures give different results. In the past, particularly some FUT surgeries did not always give good results due to wrong practice, but nowadays hair transplantation has advanced.
Transplanted hair does not grow
Even though hair transplantation is an amazing technique, it is not unbelievable. It is entirely scientific. If your donor site (the back of your scalp) has sufficient hair follicles, the hair on this site will be extracted and will be transplanted to the recipient (balding) sites.
This means that your own hair will grow in the balding site. Scalp hair grows faster and longer than body hair, therefore, the hair transplanted onto the scalp will grow as it used to grow in the back of your head – on your nape.
They will start falling within a few weeks after the transplantation. Then they will start growing back from 6-9 months, and will get thicker with time. One can expect to see all the transplanted hair grow by 1-2 years after the surgery.
If your body hair (beard, mustache, chest etc.) has been transplanted onto your scalp, how it will look totally depends on the quality of your body hair. Body hair often has a different structure and growth rate to scalp hair. It has a shorter life cycle, and grows slowly, and shorter than scalp hair. However, some people have thick body hair, and in that case, the results look better.
Hair transplant surgeries are painful
Each of us have a different sensitivity to pain and different pain threshold. Some of us start perceiving it as soon as we see a jab, whereas others can start feeling it much later, and endure it well. All natural, and there is not much one can do about this.
And yet, most hair transplant patients – if done in the correct environments, by reliable institutions and surgeons – do not feel any pain at all during, and after their hair transplant surgery.
Local anesthesia is administered on the scalp of the patient before the procedure, and the effect lasts after the transplantation.
Some people experience a bit of swelling after the surgery due to the extraction and incisions, and yet they go away on their own very shortly.
Women cannot undergo hair transplant surgery
This is another hair transplantation myth. Women who do not have diffuse – all over hair loss, who have androgenetic alopecia, a genetic type of hair loss may undergo hair transplant surgery, and have great results if they are suitable for it.
If they have balding spots due to other reasons, they can also have hair transplantation. They should have hair on the back of their scalp.
When you undergo hair transplantation, you will have all your hair back
How the resulting look will be, depends on the individual because each case is different even if there are patterns. The results can look like a full head, but when you were younger, you would have had more hair.
I should go completely bald before considering hair transplant
We naturally lose less than 100 hair strands per day. With age, we lose more hair. Once you start observing hair loss at a speedy rate, consult with a dermatologist. Find out the reasons for your hair loss.
Have the necessary treatment, and your doctor can tell you when it is best for you to undergo hair transplantation. When having a hair transplant, it is best to have some pattern of loss, and also have hair on the back of your scalp.
If I avoid stress, I will not lose my hair
While a few temporary types of hair loss are stress related, minor stress, everyday stress are not generally causes of hair loss. Extreme emotional stress and stress after the accidents can lead to hair loss but otherwise stress is not the major reason behind hair loss.
In all cases, it is best to avoid drastic stress though.
Do you know any hair loss or hair transplantation myths?