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Top 3 Hair Transplant Myths Debunked

7/31/2018 5:39:19 PM

We have all heard the stories about hair transplants looking like "dolls" hair and being detectable from a mile away. The truth is, hair transplants have come a long, long way from the days of "hair plug" procedures that gave patients the unnatural appreance of "dolls hair". In this article, we will be debunking the top 3 most common hair transplant myths.

Myth #1 Hair transplants will never look natural

This is a complete and total myth, when done right a hair transplant is completely undetectable even under close scrutiny by hairstylists and barbers. In today's modern hair restoration, hair follicles are havested in their naturally occuring one (1) two (2) three (3) and four (4) hair "follicular unit groupings" in which they grow natrually. This ensures that the hair that is transplanted on the thinning/bald scalp grows as natural as the hair one was born with.

Myth #2 Hair transplants provide instant results

Today, many men who wear hair pieces or hair systems are often confused with having had hair transplants. The truth is, hair transplants are a process which include recovery, shedding, growth and maturation. The results from a hair transplant can take up to 18 months to fully manifest. Therefore, it is impossible for a man to have had a hair restoration procedure in one day and return with a full head of hair the next day.

Myth #3 Hair transplants are scarless

Unfortunately, this myth has been perpetuated by some unethical clinics that use this myth as a marketing gimmick. Additionally, with the advent of Follicular Unit Excision formerly known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) it has become increasingly more popular for patients to assume that surgery could be achieved without any scarring. This is simply not true. A scar is defined as any mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn. Both harvesting methods Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) and FUE permanently remove tissue from the sides and back of the scalp. Thus, causing wounds that heal that ultimately lead to scarring.

Conclusion

Hair restoration today can restore the appearance of fullness in most hair transplant candidates. However, the patient must select a hair transplant surgeon capable of performing state of the art hair restoraiton. Find a pre-screened surgeon in your area and  discuss all of the options available both surgical and non-surgical.

Written and Published By, 

Melvin, Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.