Dispelling 5 Myths About Hair Restoration
November 15 2022
If you are among the millions of people that struggle with hair loss you’ve probably given some thought to undergo some type of hair restoration procedure. Many who are considering hair restoration are often dissuaded by the many myths that exist about hair transplants, despite all of the life-changing success stories of patients who have had them. So today we will dispel five of the most persistent myths about hair transplants so that you can pursue this hair restoration option with confidence. Now, let’s separate some facts from fiction.
Myth #1 Transplants Are Only Successful In Younger Men
One very common myth surrounding hair transplants is that the procedure is only successful in younger men. This leaves many elderly patients misinformed, believing that a hair transplant isn’t an option for them. The truth is that any man or woman between the ages of 25 and 70 years old can benefit from a hair transplant to manage their hair loss. And if you’re under 25 it may actually be a good idea to wait until you’re just a little older to undergo the procedure. Hair loss patterns are sometimes unpredictable and if your hair loss has only just begun it may be too soon to determine the best transplant placement. Your hair loss may continue after the transplant and leave you with more than patches needed to be treated.
Myth #2 Hair Transplants Don’t Appear Natural
Another common myth is that hair transplants are glaringly obvious. While this may have been true in decades past during the era of hair plugs, it is not true today. With modern equipment and techniques the hair transplants available today blend seamlessly with your existing hair for undetectable, natural-looking results. You never have to worry about the appearance of your transplants under the care of our experienced and highly reputed surgeons. They take great care in selecting the number and location of follicles to be transplanted as well as their final placement and angle of insertion to give you a very natural look.
Myth #3 Transplanted Hairs Require Specialized Treatment
Another myth about hair transplants is that they require specialized care and treatment and some will even tell you that you can’t wash your hair after a transplant. While your hair and scalp may require some special care during your recovery period, that is to be expected after any kind of surgery. As soon as your scalp is fully recovered you can go right back to shampooing, conditioning, combing, cutting, and styling your hair. Now that you’ve got it, flaunt it with confidence.
Myth #4 You Can Receive Someone Else's Hair
We’re not sure just how this myth got started, but it is absolutely false. Your body would reject transplanted follicles obtained from someone else. When you receive a hair transplant it is your very own hair obtained from donor sites on your own scalp. In some very rare circumstances, donor follicles might be obtained from other areas of your body to augment your scalp hair, but this is not at all a routine procedure. Typically follicles are harvested from the thicker areas on the back and sides of your scalp where they are still plentiful and then relocated to the top of your head.
Myth #5 The Results Aren't Long Lasting
And here we’ve saved the best for last. Some people promote the myth that hair transplant results are only temporary. How this myth got started is a mystery because the main advantage of a hair transplant is that the results are very long-lasting, in fact, it’s intended to last a lifetime. What you do need to understand is that about 5-7 weeks after the surgery your freshly transplanted hair will start to fall out. This is a natural part of the process as the follicles acclimate to their new location and progress through the growth cycle. It can be disheartening to see all of this hair coming out, but rest assured that it will start to grow again within the next 5-6 weeks and provide you with many years of enjoyment.
Now that we’ve dispelled these common myths about medical hair restoration, it’s time we talked about restoring your hair. The caring hair loss professionals here at the Hair Restoration Institute will discuss your options in a discreet and private appointment where we will assess your overall health, your degree of hair loss, your concerns about hair replacement, and your hair replacement goals. Then we will create a customized hair replacement plan to meet your unique needs. You can find us at 1201 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, or call 817-854-HAIR (4247) for a discreet and complimentary consultation.