There are an abundance of myths about hair loss, and there are many myths concerning hair transplant surgery, also. Some of them are hold-overs from the early years of the hair transplant industry, while some have no basis in fact at all. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the most common myths about hair transplant and why they are false.
Myth One: You can always tell that someone has had a hair transplant.
In the early years of hair transplant surgery, this may have been true. Happily, modern focus on hair transplant procedures involving the smallest follicular units possible has had a positive impact on the end results. The combination of smaller follicular units and a greater understanding of the esthetic value of hair placement techniques produces a completely natural looking result.
Myth Two: Hair transplant surgery is not a permanent solution.
This myth does contain a grain of truth. Simply put, the transplanted hair lasts as long as the hair follicles in the donor site. The hair transplant surgery is permanent, but you may need multiple sessions, depending on the progression of hair loss you experience. You may also need additional sessions if hair loss occurs around the original transplant site. It does not indicate loss of the transplanted hair.
Myth Three: Get a Hair Transplant as soon as Hair Loss Begins
Hair loss in its early stages cannot be predicted with accuracy. The pattern of balding may consist of a receding hairline at the temples, and nowhere else, or it may progress to a balding crown. The best option is to stabilize the hair loss, allowing your hair transplant specialist to design the best plan to accomplish the best result.
Myth Four: Everyone is a Candidate for Hair Transplant Surgery
I wish this was true, but it is not. Good candidates for hair transplant surgery must have adequate and healthy hair follicles in the donor area of the head. The scalp needs to be healthy in the transplant area. Some autoimmune diseases affect the scalp and prohibit hair transplant surgery. Consult with a qualified hair transplant surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate.
Myth Five: Hair Transplants can Be Performed with Body Hair or Another’s Hair
For a hair transplant to be successful, the donor hair must come your own body. Healthy follicles that are your own are needed. Body hair transplants do not have the same characteristics as scalp hair and will not produce a natural look.