20 False Facts About Hair Transplantation

20 False Facts About Hair Transplantation, internet is filled with false information about hair transplantation operations. There are myriads of forums filled with information that is not based on concrete evidence. Consequently, these forums create myths about the procedure that deter people from seeking treatment. Let’s have a look at some of these myths and how they play out.

1- Hair transplantations leave permanent scars.

The contemporary FUE and DHI methods leave no scars. In FUT transplantation, however, patients get a linear scar from ear to ear.

2- Transplanted hair also falls off.

This is not true. Since the roots harvested from your donor area are immune to the effects of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). What is possible is that the remaining hair on your transplanted area might still fall off. Because they are still genetically programmed to react to DHT.

3- Hair transplantations leave a “pluggy” look on the recipient zone.

This was true around 50 years ago. In contrast, modern methods implant follicles one by one. And operators implant the hair homogeneously.

4- Everyone can undergo hair transplantation.

Everyone has a different kind of hair structure unique to themselves. Some people may have very thin hair, or some might not have enough density on their donor zone. Still, if you are willing to give it a shot, book a consultation and address this issue to a doctor.

5- Hair transplantation is for young people.

Even though younger people recover from injuries faster in general, this does not hinder older people from getting hair transplantation. Still, getting it early on can mean that in 10 years you will need another transplantation. Ideally getting transplantation around 40 years of age is preferred. Because hair loss fully settles at that age. 

6- Hair transplantation is only for men.

Women can get hair transplantations as well. Also, women (and men) can get eyebrow transplantation too. On top of that, with the help of DHI method, the hair of the patient can partially be left unshaven.

7- The transplanted hair will require constant care for the rest of your life.

It is true that the first few months are pretty essential and require special care. Though, patients can casually use their hair after a couple of months. You don’t need any extra care; you can brush, wash, cut as you wish.

8- Hair transplantation is an expensive procedure.

Well, it depends. Clinics in countries with high GDP and high taxes will require more money to operate. Still, you can travel to a cheaper country to get a cheaper deal.

9- The operation is really painful.

The only painful part of the operation is the local anaesthesia. After the operators introduce the anaesthesia, patients don’t feel anything at all. 

10- It gets painful after the operation.

Depending on the patient’s pain threshold, this may be true. Still, clinics provide patients with painkillers if they require any. Most of the pain goes away after the first night.

11- Hair transplants look obvious to other people.

With the new methods, the hair is implanted homogeneously on the scalp. Overall, this provides a natural look.

12- Hair transplantation results are immediate.

Your implanted hair needs 12-18 months to reach its full potential.

13- Shock loss means trouble.

Shock loss is a natural response of the body to the procedure and has no permanent effects on the procedure

14- They cut your skin off for the procedure.

This applies to FUT style transplantations. Generally, they are not usually preferred nowadays. Whereas, the new methods don’t leave such a scar.

15- You can get the hair from other people for transplantation.

This is completely false as your body would not accept such a thing. Indeed, hair transplantations are strictly autologous. Meaning all the grafts come from your own body.

16- There is no need for after-treatment.

Well, after-care is essential for the first two weeks. Anything over 2 weeks is optional. Conversely, we still recommend longer aftercare.

17- Beard and chest hair is incompatible with scalp hair.

In some treatments, when the patient does not have enough hair on their donor zone, we use chest/beard hair. While this hair is not as high quality as scalp hair, they still function quite well on your head.

18- Second operation is always necessary.

This depends on your hair loss amount and age. Younger patients usually lose more hair as they age. And thus, in around 10 years this may call for a second hair transplantation. But, still, this is not always necessary. 

19- Patients over 50 cannot get a hair transplant.

We have seen patients up to age 70 who had successful treatments.

20- Flight cabin pressure can harm follicles.

No, cabin pressure does not affect transplanted hair.

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