Hair transplants have taken on something of a mythical legend in the past decades due to the over-abundance of misconceptions and sometimes blatantly false information spread around in magazines and online. Let’s take a closer look at 5 of the most common myths about hair transplants and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Hair transplants only really work for _____
You’ve no doubt read, heard or been told that hair transplants only work for certain men. Younger men, older men, men with certain types of hair loss, and so on. This myth is a particularly frustrating one because it can lead to many men never seeking out hair transplant solutions that would help them achieve the hair results they desire. The truth behind this myth is simple: hair trans-plants work for men in many different age brackets and levels of hair loss.
Myth #2: Hair transplants are high maintenance
This myth encourages the belief that transplanted hair requires a lot of maintenance and special care. This may have had some truth 40 years ago or so, but today transplanted hair can be treated as normally as real hair within as little as a few days. So transplanted hair is no more high maintenance than the patient’s own hair. The only special treatment required is treating the scalp carefully while it recovers and heals from the procedure.
Myth #3: Hair transplants look fake
This may have been true for some shoddy work done decades ago when the only option was to graft large sections of hair at a time. Today, modern hair transplant procedures are extremely successful at creating a natural look that will appear as naturalistic as possible for the patient. Hair transplantation procedures have come a long way in recent years, and modern techniques such as FUT (follicular unit transplantation) and FUE (follicular unit extraction) can create highly nuanced, effective results.
Myth #4: Hair transplants use other people’s hair
This myth likely has its roots in the fact that other types of transplants involve using someone else’s body parts, but for hair—it’s a complete myth. There is currently no way to transplant hair from someone else in to the head. The hair follicles would be rejected by the body if they were from another person, which is why transplanted hair is actually hair from your own scalp and body.
Myth #5: Results fade quickly
Yes, your transplanted hair will fall out--but this is part of the procedure! A few weeks after your hair transplant surgery, the hairs which were transplanted do come out. What occurs next is new growth at the site of the transplanted hair, which usually starts to occur about 4-5 months after the procedure. Most new growth after a transplant occurs in the 6-9 months after hair transplant. Hair loss in the area of the transplant will never occur after the procedure; yes, hair follicles and strands will still fall out, but this is the natural part of the cycle of hair growth. With a hair transplant, the results themselves are long-lasting enough to be considered permanent.
For more information, or to find out if hair transplant surgery is right for you, contact the hair loss specialists at Hair Replacement Clinic in Dayton, Ohio.