Hair plays a huge role in your appearance and self-esteem, so it’s natural to wonder about the possibility of a hair transplant if you notice that you’re starting to lose hair on your head.
To many people, however, hair transplants carry a stigma of being a risky and invasive procedure, while others simply have a number of questions they’d like to clear up. It’s important to remember though, that although hair transplant surgery has been around for years, current cutting-edge techniques make it easier, safer and more painless than ever.
Let’s dive into the most common myths that both men and women have around the hair transplant procedure.
1. Hair transplant surgery is painful
The developments in the science behind hair transplant procedures have meant that the surgery is becoming virtually painless. Hair transplant doctors are focused on minimising any discomfort felt, and will use a local anaesthesia and numbing cream during the procedure. Patients can usually return to their daily activities the day after the surgery.
While you don’t have to worry too much about post-surgery hair treatments, it is advisable to treat your scalp and hair gently for the few days after the procedure. At Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic, we will provide you with some clear aftercare tips.
2. Older people shouldn’t have hair transplants
This is a widely-believed myth, which actually has no scientific basis. Unfortunately, this common mistake stops many people over the age of 50 that suffer from hair loss from seeking out hair transplant treatment. The reality is that older people have a greater chance of success, as the hair fall pattern is more predictable and the chance of further hair loss diminishes the older you get.
The DHT (dihydrotestosterone) hormone which causes hair loss is only effective on the front and top of the head, so the real determiner of if you’re a good candidate is whether or not you have hair growth on the back and sides of your head – not age.
3. Hair transplants look unnatural
Due to the advancements in hair restoration techniques, the growth from the hair follicles in the donor area is virtually indistinguishable from natural hair. While you may be able to notice signs of the transplant immediately after the procedure, once the hair grows further, any sign of the transplant is diminished.
This is down to the use of modern FUE techniques, which entail taking grafts from the patient’s head and implanting individual hair follicles at the right angle to mimic the growth of their natural hair. This way, the transplanted hair looks no different to the existing hair, and the patient is left virtually scarless in the long-term. At Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic, there will be no risk of unnatural looking hair.
4. Results are temporary
Many people have the preconception that the newly transplanted roots will permanently fall off after a while. This is not the case, as the transplanted follicles are resistant to the effects of the DHT hormone, making it a permanent solution. So, while the hair that’s transferred over to the donor area may fall out a couple of weeks or so after the surgery, new hair will start growing again from the transplanted roots, which are then there for a lifetime.
Scalp hair transplants differ from body hair transplants, which are subject to loss after two to three years, meaning it is only a temporary solution.
5. You can see results immediately
When we invest in a cosmetic procedure, we love the idea of being able to see the results immediately. However, those that undergo a hair transplant need to have a little bit of patience.
Patients of a hair transplant shouldn’t expect to see the entirety of the results the next day – the outcome can take up to six to eight months to be noticeable, and the full result can take up to 12 months to be visible. Patients should wait until the one-year mark before judging how successful the hair transplant was.
6. You should avoid travelling abroad for a hair transplant
The price of a high-quality hair transplant procedure can vary from country to country, and there may be more economical options available if you travel abroad. Just because the medical practice is based in a different country doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice on quality, as long as the surgeon is experienced in the procedure and has the right accreditations.
In terms of post-surgery safety, there’s no issue with air travel the day after the procedure, so you could even squeeze in the transplant during a long weekend, with minimal disruption to your weekly activities.
While it can seem daunting, opting for a hair transplant is overall a safe and non-invasive procedure that promises lasting, natural-looking results. Do you have any more questions about hair transplants? Get in touch with Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic today and we can help you clear up any further reservations.
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