Myths and Facts Hair Transplant
Is hair transplant for men only?
The Facts: Today, because of the advanced techniques used, hair transplantation is helping an increasing number of women to restore their own living and growing hair.
All hair transplants look like ‘plugs’ or ‘corn-rows’
The Facts: Instead of yesterday’s ‘plugs,’ today’s hair transplants are done using an advanced procedure called micro grafting. This enables the hair restoration surgeon to redistribute the hair follicles on your scalp—filling in your thinning spots with your own living and growing hair. A surgeon using advanced techniques can transplant up to 3,000 micrografts in a single session (some of which contain as little as a single hair follicle). The old-style ‘plugs’ had 20-30 hairs each and required a large number of repeat sessions to achieve results.
Hair transplantation is a painful process?
The Facts: Today, Fine needles are used to more comfortably administer local anesthesia without much pain, and after anesthesia, there is no pain. At the end of the process again we infiltrate local anesthetic to reduce post-operative pain to a great extent.
The myths related to FUE hair Transplant are.
Myth 1 – The most common myth that a patient has is regarding the density of hair that is lost from the donor area after FUE. The patient always feels that as we extract hair from the occipital area the hair density in that area is compromised eventually.
Fact – This needs to be explained to the patient that the density in occiput is 130—150/sq cm and we would extract just a few strands so density will not be compromised.
Myth 2 – Transplanted hair is very obvious and looks artificial. The patient says the transplanted hair is clearly differentiated from the existing hair.
Fact – This needs to be explained to the patient that it’s the patient’s own hair which we have implanted from occiput to the vertex or frontal, so the look is very natural.
Myth 3– Patient asks will he lose all the hair post t transplant and will they come back.
Fact -This should be told to the patient that post-surgery the original hair goes in shock sometimes, but they will grow back. The transplanted hair will start coming from 3rd month of surgery and need not worry about the same.
Myth 4– The patient feels that he will develop postoperative infections. The patient feels after the transplant he will develop headaches and swellings on the head and face. The patient also feels that he will get damage to the brain as it the scalp that is focused.
Fact – We need to anatomically explain the patient in a simple language that the brain is covered with 3 coverings (dura, pia, and arachnoid) then there are the skull, muscle tissues which is much stronger than the needle. Needle (plucker and implanter) length is very short which will never reach the brain.
Myth 5 – Patient thinks post-surgery the hair density is going to be fuller and scalp won’t be visible at all.
Fact – This also needs to be explained to the patient that density can’t be fuller, we can give him good coverage but density won’t be the same as he had before.
Myth 6 – The patient feels there are lots of precautions he has to follow the example he can never step out in sun ever in his life after FUE, he can never color, never cut his hair.
Fact – We have to explain to him it’s his own hair which we have transplanted from one location to other, so they will grow naturally, he can cut and color them. Regarding sun exposure, it’s only for a few days that he needs to avoid sun exposure, later he can go in the sun.