Hair restoration continues to gain in popularity and many people benefit from the confidence boost it offers them. However, some people still find that myths about hair transplants prove a barrier to them booking the potentially life altering surgery. We hope that by debunking these myths, more people will be able to benefit from the opportunities that hair restoration gives.
Myth: Hair transplants are not suitable for older people
This myth has no scientific basis. Only a surgeon can decide if an individual is suitable for surgery and this decision is not based on age alone. In fact, many surgeons decline to carry out surgery on clients under the age of 30 as they prefer to wait until a hair loss pattern has been established which is more difficult in younger patients.
Myth: Hair transplantation will be painful
This is not the case. Anaesthesia is used to numb the area during the procedure and patients can quite comfortably sit and watch television or DVDs whilst undergoing the treatment. There is very little discomfort after the procedure either.
Myth: Hair restoration will result in visible scars
Whenever the skin is punctured, a scar will form. This is the body’s way of healing itself but any scars resulting from a hair transplant are minimal. After an FUT procedure a linear scar will be left but this is usually covered up by remaining hair. FUE treatments leave tiny circular scars that are barely noticeable.
Myth: Hair restoration is only suitable for men
This is untrue. Hair restoration works well for sufferers of both male and female pattern baldness.
Myth: Hair restoration surgery may affect the brain
There is no truth in this myth. Hair transplant surgery is only concerned with the skin on the scalp. This is no impact whatsoever on the brain.
Myth: Another person’s hair or my own body hair can be used for a transplant
The hair used for a transplant needs to match your own hair so must be taken from your own head. Bodily hair has different qualities to the hair on your head so wouldn’t provide successful results.
Myth: Hair washing will affect growth
After around day 10, the hair follicles will be well established and so hair washing, along with combing and cutting is permitted. In fact, shampooing the area keeps risk of infection to a minimum.
Are you surprised by any of the above myths? Why not call us today at The Wimpole Clinic to see what else may surprise you about hair transplantation?