Top 10 Myths About Hair Transplants Explored

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Hair transplants are one of the most popular methods for hair restoration today—but they are also one of the most misunderstood. Many people do not fully understand hair transplantation and can become intimidated or even scared at the thought of undergoing a surgical procedure, even though it could be the best option for them. To ease your worries, let’s explore some common myths about hair transplants:

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Myth 1: Hair transplants don’t work

Fact: A hair transplant is the most effective treatment option available for hair loss today. While prescription drugs and formulas can only slow hair loss or promote mild regrowth, a hair transplant is the only option that can give you extensive regrowth that lasts. This is because hair transplants use hair that doesn’t fall out, typically from the back and side of your head. Once you have a hair transplant, you will never lose what was transplanted.

Myth 2: Hair transplants cost a lot of money

Fact: Hair transplants are actually one of the most cost-effective treatments for balding and hair loss. Unlike formulas and drug prescriptions, which typically require lifelong use to work, a hair transplant is a one-time cost which will benefit your hair for the rest of your life. Most hair loss options require constant purchases that eventually start to add up. With a hair transplant, the larger initial cost typically ends up being cheaper in the long run.

Myth 3: Hair transplants should be done as early as possible

Fact: Hair transplants actually work best for older patients with significant hair loss. At this stage, your hair loss pattern is known and any affected area on your scalp can be treated. Hair transplant procedures can be ineffective for younger patients with mild hair loss, as often they will continue to lose hair in other areas later on in life.

Myth 4: Hair transplants work better with a large amount of hair grafting

Fact: Like any surgical procedure, hair transplants depend on the patient. Hair transplants graft hair onto your scalp. However, hair grafting depends on a number of factors, including your health and the reasons for your hair loss. While grafting a larger amount of hair is generally seen as desirable, as it reduces scarring and can appear more natural, there are times where it is inappropriate and can lead to poor regrowth of hair. A hair transplant is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Your individual needs have to be taken into account.

Myth 5: Hair transplants are painful and dangerous

Fact: Not only are hair transplants very safe but they cause almost no pain or discomfort. There is typically almost no recovery period. You can expect to resume your normal day-to-day life within days or hours of the procedure. During the procedure, a local numbing agent will likely be used on your scalp. Most patients will not feel a thing.

Myth 6: Hair transplants look obvious

Fact: There was a time where hair transplants looked obvious or fake. Fortunately, this has not been true for a long time. The treatment has progressed significantly and now is virtually indistinguishable from the hair of people without hair loss. As hair transplants involve grafting your own hair to your head, the result is hair that looks and grows naturally.

Myth 7: Medicine Is Needed to Avoid Hair Loss

Fact: Many people believe that after hair transplant surgery, drugs and pharmaceuticals should be taken to protect against hair loss and eliminate the risk of future balding. There are indeed some medications that can help with hair loss. However, these drugs never need to be used following hair transplant treatments. Hair transplants return permanent, fully growing hair to your head. This hair will never fall out and no extra treatment is needed to protect it. As long as your hair has been surgically transplanted, it is safe from balding. However, hair that wasn’t transplanted could still potentially fall out. In these situations, a hair loss specialist may prescribe medication, but it is usually unnecessary.

Myth 8: Surgical Hair Loss Treatment Is Only for Men

Fact: Hair restoration surgery can be used for both men and women, depending on their hair loss pattern. Often, hair transplants are associated with men, and most marketing and testimonials focus on male patients. However, women suffering from baldness can also benefit from hair transplant surgery. With women, the pattern of baldness is often different and more difficult to treat than in men, but hair restoration is still possible. Part of the reason why we don’t hear about hair loss surgery being used for women is because there is still a stigma surrounding female baldness.

Myth 9: Body Hair, From You or Someone Else, Will Be Used in Hair Loss Surgery

Fact: This myth is actually wrong on two accounts. First, hair transplant surgery never uses another person’s hair. For the surgery to be successful, hair follicles from the patient need to be used. Second of all, body hair follicles are never used for hair loss transplants. Body hair is different than scalp hair, and it does not look or grow like your head hair. In hair transplant surgery, hair follicles from the back of your scalp (around the lower back of your head) are used, resulting in a completely natural and normal-looking head of hair.

Myth 10: A Hair Loss Surgeon Can Tell if You Need the Surgery Just by Looking

Fact: To determine if a patient would benefit from hair transplant surgery, a hair loss specialist needs to perform an analysis and inspection of the patient’s scalp and hair. Depending on the hair loss pattern and the progress of balding, hair loss surgery may not be advisable or may be more effective if performed at a later date. As well, hair loss surgeons need to ensure that patients have enough hair to perform the procedure. This requires surgeons to assess patients’ hair density and scalp laxity, ensuring they have enough of a donor supply for a successful result.

For a free hair loss consultation, The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is an experienced hair transplant organization located in the heart of Mississauga. We have 20 years of experience in hair transplants, replacements, and hair loss treatment procedures. Feel free to contact us for more information about hair transplants or any other hair or scalp concern at 905-272-0190.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.