Top 3 Lies In The Hair Transplant Industry

2/21/2019 7:16:47 PM

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A long time ago, the hair transplant industry was like the wild wild west. There was no regulation, no standards and this led to thousands of patients being permanently disfigured at the hands of unscrupulous hair transplant surgeons. At the turn of the century, hair loss forums started to gain exposure and popularity.

This led to a revolution in the hair transplant industry. Now patients all around the world are able to share their stories and communicate with each other to keep other unsuspecting and naive patient from suffering the same fate. However, the "Darkside" of the industry still exists, even if it's smaller than it was years ago.

In this article, we will be going over the top 3 lies told by some in the hair transplant industry.

Lie #1 Guaranteed Growth

This is the biggest lie told today, in fact, many patients are fooled into believing that their hair transplant procedure will be a guaranteed success. Truth be told, even though choosing a hair transplant clinic with a long track record of producing excellent results can place the odds in one's favor; success can never be guaranteed. There are too many variables to consider, for any surgeon to guarantee the success of a hair transplant procedure.

In fact, even if a hair transplant is considered successful by modern standards, a patient may still be dissatisfied for various reasons. For one, patients must be fully informed of the limitations associated with hair transplant surgery. Secondly, the hair loss of a patient must be stabilized prior to performing any procedure. If these two issues are not addressed beforehand, even the best hair transplant will be considered a failure.

Lie #2 A Hair Transplant is Forever

Don't know what I'm talking about? Allow me to explain. Yes, technically the hair that is transplanted should, in theory, last a lifetime. However, the rest of the non-transplanted native hair is not going to last forever. Also, some of the hair that is transplanted may be susceptible to the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), if the grafts are removed from a non-safe zone. That said, these issues typically occur with unethical hair transplant clinics.

When done right, a hair transplant should last forever, but that doesn't mean that the patient's appearance will always be the same. As we age, all of the hair on our body starts to lose density, this is called involutional alopecia. Moreover, due to the progressive nature of genetic hair loss, a hair transplant patient will always require more than one hair transplant to maintain their appearance at some point in their lives.

Lie #3 A Hair Transplant Is The Answer to All Your Problems

We have all seen the commercials showing a guy with an unbelievably thick head of hair getting out of a pool greeted by beautiful women. These images captivate our attention and make us feel like a hair transplant is an answer to all of our follicular worries. However, that simply isn't true.

Hair transplants do not prevent, slow or stop the progression of hereditary hair loss. They do not guarantee happiness or success in life. Although, many commercial chain clinics would like us to believe that getting in their chair would solve all of our worries.

Fame, beautiful partners, money and success none of these things can be guaranteed through surgery. In fact, every patient must be fully informed about the possibility of their results not turning out as expected. The happiest patients are the patients who understand the hair restoration process and have been fully informed of the limitations associated with surgery.


While the hair transplant industry has improved by leaps and bounds, there are still a small number of hair transplant clinics that prey on naive and unaware patients. This is why participating in a popular hair loss forum like the hair restoration network is so important because prospective patients are able to educate themselves for free.

Hair loss forums like the hair restoration network have grown through the collective wisdom of thousands of patients worldwide and the knowledge patients gain is invaluable. As they say, knowledge is power. 


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    Melvin is an Associate Publisher and Forum Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center. He is a 3-time hair transplant patient, having received over 5,000 grafts via FUE. He has thousands of helpful posts on the popular hair restoration network discussion forum. Melvin writes articles, moderates the hair loss forum, and creates YouTube videos for the Hair Transplant Network YouTube channel. View Melvin's impressive hair transplant journey HERE.