Don’t assume that everything you hear about hair is true. As a medical consultant in the hair restoration industry, I’ve heard just about everything you can imagine. Whether it’s grandma passing down an old wive’s tale or some slick marketing spin that’s 5% true and 95% fake hair facts, people have a tendency to believe and spread misinformation without doing their research. Today I’m going to put four common hair transplant myths to rest.
Myth #1: Hair Transplants Don’t Look Natural
That is simply not true. With today’s technology, hair transplants can be completely undetectable. Finding the right clinic is step number 1, and experience is vital for a successful transplant. Do your research to find a credible physician, a clinic with good reviews, and lots of great before and after photos (that have the look you desire). It’s also important to find a place that makes you feel comfortable. After all, they will be altering your appearance – so find a place that you can trust!
Myth #2: Hair Transplants Are For Younger Men
Hair transplants are effective and beneficial for men and women of all ages. Over 50% of people worldwide will suffer from hair loss in their lifetime. A hair transplant can be successful for anyone who has adequate donor hair. Wondering if you are a candidate? To be sure, I suggest finding a reputable clinic that will give you a thorough evaluation.
Myth #3: The Results Aren’t Permanent
There is what’s called “an occipital notch” on the back of the head. Hair in that area is resistant to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair loss. When the surgeon moves hair from this ‘safe’ DHT resistant area, the follicles remain the same genetically, even after they are moved. This means that the hair will continue to remain permanent even though it’s been relocated.
Myth #4: FUE is better than FUT
FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplants) are very different procedures. FUE is optimal for people who don’t have a lot of hair loss, while FUT is better suited for people who are experiencing a significant amount of loss. FUE leaves small circular scars and FUT leaves one linear scar. The remnant of both procedures depends on the skill of the physician. FUE tends to be more expensive than an FUT, especially since you can get more hair in a single procedure with FUT. More hair means less procedures, and that means a lower out-of-pocket expense overall. FUE tends to use up ones donor area more quickly. That means the patient’s chance for additional procedures is limited. One thing is for sure. Each case is specific to the patient – hair transplants are not a one size fits all. A clinic that offers both FUE and FUT will be able to recommend which transplant is best for you.
Be careful out there, get the facts and don’t believe everything you hear! Have a question about something you heard? I would love to answer your questions. Simply fill out the form on this page, and we’ll cover it here or on our next podcast!