Thanks to the rumour mill on the Internet and the general lack of knowledge about hair transplant, there are many erroneous and bizarre myths about hair transplant that people come across all the time. Often people read ill-informed opinions or plain wrong information, and decide to not get a transplant at all.
Here are some myths about hair transplant that people need to stop believing:
- it’s for young people
Hair fall and baldness can happen at any age, and the option of hair transplant exists for people everyone despite their age. While people as young as early to mid-twenties can undergo the procedure, the pattern of their hair loss is not very clear and still unpredictable, and it is hard for the surgeon to design an aesthetically-pleasing hairline which will work even after more hair loss.
But in older patients, the pattern of hair loss is much clearer and predictable, which makes it easier for the surgeon to design a hairline without worrying about how it will be affected by future hair loss.
You can be of any age, but as long as you have enough donor hair, you can undergo a hair restoration procedure.
- It will hurt
Hair transplant is an almost pain-free procedure. The patients are administered local anaesthesia before the procedure to make the extraction and transplantation of the follicles painless. Post surgery, once the anaesthesia wears off, the patient might feel some stretchiness or mild ache, but it is nothing that a normal painkiller won’t fix. Most patients don’t even need it.
There might be mild swelling on the patient’s face, but both the stretchiness and swelling subside within three to four days.
- There will be big scars
Medically, a scar signifies the process of wound repair on the skin and other tissues. Scarring is a part of the healing process. But that does not mean that hair transplant leaves big, ugly scars. There is some amount of scarring, but it is minimal. The FUT method causes a thin linear scar, which is about a millimetre wide and about 2-3 centimetres long in size. It starts fading on its own in about a month after the surgery and will become progressively lighter. It can be well hidden by not cropping your hair too close.
While FUE causes small dot-like circular scars in donor areas, where hair follicles are extracted. Depending on the number of hair follicles needed for the transplant, the number of scars can vary in different patients. They are usually spread over the donor area, and are less noticeable.
The scarring can actually be taken care of by choosing an experienced surgeon for the procedure, who is skilled enough to ensure minimum scarring.
- It will look unnatural
One of the most common myths floating around is that other people will be able to tell that someone has had a hair transplant, or that it will look like fake hair. Having these doubts is absolutely natural. But hair transplant today is an advanced and sophisticated procedure. A good surgeon can make sure that you get aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking results. If the hairline is designed well, keeping in mind the shape of the patient’s head and face, the end result will be quite natural. Surgeons place great importance on the placement of grafts; it is done keeping in mind the direction of hair growth and future hair loss.
The end result is not the same as it used to be in older types of hair transplant which would result in pluggy or doll’s hair like appearance.
- Recovery is difficult
The recovery time and healing process are a big concern for hair transplant patients, and there is a fair amount of false information on how long the recovery is.
The recovery timeline for both FUE and FUT is quite similar; they both have a short and easy recovery period. There is some level of discomfort that the patient might feel in the first week of surgery, but they can easily return to work after that. The bandages come off, and the crusting will fall off within 10 days. Post which the patient can re-join works, eat normally, exercise mildly and have an absolutely normal life.
The hair from the transplanted follicles first sheds a few weeks from surgery, and then eventually regrows within some months; the patient will have full growth in nine to 12 months post surgery. The surgery of hair transplant in Delhi is done by an experienced surgeon.
Instead of believing all these myths and information from unverified sources, it is better to book a consultation with a good surgeon and get them to help you address your concerns. Hair transplant in India is the best solution out there for baldness, so make sure your information comes from the right sources so that you don’t just dismiss it as an option.