Unfortunately, hair restoration is still a taboo subject in society and many men and women suffer in silence because of shame and embarassment. Today, when done right a hair transplant is completely natural and undetectable, but some may still picture the unsightly hair plugs of the past. In this article, we will go over the top 3 hair transplant misconceptions.
Number 1. All Hair Transplants Look Like "Barbie Doll" Hair
Many still believe that hair transplants today still look the same as they did in the 80's and 90's, but this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, many still call hair transplants "hair plugs" which is inaccurate and no longer the appropriate terminology. A long time ago hair transplantation involved the removal of large "plug" grafts which contained 10-12 hairs per "plug", these large "plug" grafts were then transplanted on the patients scalp in a "corn row" like fashion. Needless to say, the procedures of old were unnatural and could be detected a mile away. However, today hair restoration involves the removal of follicular units which contain one (1), two (2), three (3) and four (4) hairs per graft. In nature, hairs grow in 1,2,3 and 4 hair grouings, this means that hair transplants today are indistinguishable from the hair a patient is born with.
Number 2. Hair Transplants Provide Instant Results
Contrary to popular belief, hair transplant surgery does not provide instant results. In fact, hair restoration requires a great deal of time and patience for the results to fully manifest. The majority of patients do not begin to see any noticeable growth until three months after surgery and even then the growth may not be noticeable to the patient. At seven months the patient should be noticing a lot of new hair sprouting and growing, but even at seven months the growth is not finished. The final results are not seen until twelve months after surgery however, the hair may take eighteen months to fully mature and grow in diameter.
Number 3. Hair Transplants Are A Cure For Hair Loss
Androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss) is a progressive condition that spreads and gets worse over time. Hair restoration does not prevent, slow or stop hair loss. In addition, hair transplant surgery does not create new hair, it simply places existing hair in another location. Hair loss can and will continue if left untreated, this is why hair transplant surgeons recommend patients treat their hair loss for a year prior to considering surgery, this is to ensure the patients hair loss is stable enough to withstand hair transplant surgery. Many have the misconception that their hair loss will be cured by having a hair transplant. Sadly, this is not the case and prospective patients should be aware of this fact prior to committing to surgery. Currently, there are two treatments that have been approved by the FDA to treat genetic hair loss, the treatments are Rogaine (minoxidil) and the Propecia (finasteride). Both of these treatments have been shown to prevent, slow and even stop the progression of androgenic alopecia.