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Hair transplant – the myths and facts


Posted By: Dr. Rajesj Rajput in Hair Transplant


Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Hair transplant – the myths and facts

Almost every individual is suffering from an untimely hair fall, hair thinning, and baldness. Although hair transplantation is becoming popular among the people who are suffering from several hair-loss conditions, there are still some myths regarding the hair transplantation surgery that prevents some of them from going for the surgery. So, here are some of the myths and the facts behind those:

The myths and facts:

Myth 1 – You can get back a head full of hair.

Fact – The fact is that you cannot get a head full of hair in one sitting. You cannot replace every lost hair with new hair but you can use additional beard hair, chest hair, body hair to look better. The aim of hair transplantation is to recover the balding area and restore your hair to take away the bald look. You should not have any unreasonable expectations from just one procedure.

Myth 2 – Old people cannot undergo hair transplantation.

Fact – it is a common belief that hair transplants are only for young people. The sooner it is done, the better it is. Hair transplantation can be done at any age if you have adequate donor hair on the sides and the back of the head. Hair transplant can also be done if you are diabetic, hypertensive or having cardiac stents, making sure these conditions are well controlled with medicines.

Myth 3 – Hair transplant is best done in young age.

Fact – The fact is hair transplant is avoided in very early stages and in very young age. A young person should have adequate amount of donor hair which is enough to fill the present and future hair-loss area. This fact cannot be assessed if the person is too young. The hair fall may even continue after the transplantation if the donor supply runs low. So you may need to go for transplantation once again.

Myth 4 – Hair transplantation is done by using someone else's hair.

Fact – The fact is that it is impossible to perform the procedure by using another person’s hair because the body rejects a foreign hair. Even if you find a hair donor, the surgeon will not do the surgery using someone else’s hair.

Myth 5 – Many people think that they should go for a hair transplant only when they become bald.

Fact – This is totally untrue. Hair transplants can help people retain their looks and lower the impact of looking extensively bald. So, when the hair loss becomes a matter of concern to you, you should immediately consult a specialist and undergo the treatment.

Myth 6 – A person will be covered in bandages and everyone will know about the transplantation.

Fact – You will only be left with a dressing on the donor area for 2 days. You can have limited shaving of the sides and the back retaining hair on the top of the head like footballer or popular sports style. You can immediately wear a cap and get back to work in 2 days with partly shaved trendy look. OR After 7-10 days the shaven area grows well enough to get back to your work without anyone ever knowing about the transplant.

Myth 7 – The procedure is very painful and they leave behind scars.

Fact – hair transplantation procedure is done under local anesthesia. The area is numbed with a skin cream, use of cold packs and use of particular frequency vibrations to further reduce the pain. Moreover, it depends on the surgeon. If the procedure is carried out by an experienced and highly qualified surgeon, then it should not be painful.

All patients are given pain killers and enzymes for faster healing. With advanced technology using micro FUE instruments less than 0.9 mm the patients are left with tiny white spots that can be seen only on complete shaving and are easily covered with short 1-2 cm hair.

Myth 7 – The procedure is very painful and they leave behind scars.

Fact – Yes, it is better to do more transplants in one session. It minimizes scarring and gives more natural effect. But there are also many risks because this may affect the growth of the hair. The unit area of scalp has a limited blood supply which can support a certain number of grafts, adding too many grafts will make all of them non viable.

All patients are given pain killers and enzymes for faster healing. With advanced technology using micro FUE instruments less than 0.9 mm the patients are left with tiny white spots that can be seen only on complete shaving and are easily covered with short 1-2 cm hair.

Now as you know the facts behind the misconceptions and wrong beliefs for hair transplantation, you can create a new outlook for the procedure. This will help you to make the correct decision!