Common Myths About Hair Transplants

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If you’ve been experiencing hair loss for a while, you may have given some thought to getting a hair transplant. This surgical procedure removes hair from one part of your body and then implants it into your scalp. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about hair transplants that keep floating around. It’s important to be able to separate truth from fiction before getting a hair transplant.

Here are some of the most common myths about hair transplants.

You Will See Immediate Results

As a society, we want instant results with everything. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible with hair transplants. You won’t have a full head of hair immediately after the procedure. In fact, a lot of the transplanted hair will fall out after three weeks and that’s perfectly normal. The new hair will grow back again. However, you probably won’t see the full results from between six months and a full year after the procedure. While it can be frustrating having to wait this long, it’s important to be patient. The end results are well worth it.

A Hair Transplant Will Help You Grow New Hair

A hair transplant doesn’t create new hair. Instead, it moves hair around the scalp so that the balding area receives hair from an area of the scalp where there is a lot of hair. For example, many balding men still have sufficient hair around that back and sides of their scalp. This is where the donor hair is taken from for the transplant. 

Hair Transplants Are Only Suitable for Men

While a large percentage of hair transplant recipients are men, women also get them. Believe it or not, many women experience hair loss at some point of their lives. If the hair loss is permanent, they can benefit from a hair transplant just as much as men.

You Can Use Someone Else’s Hair

If you are completely bald, you’re unfortunately not a good candidate for this procedure. You need to have sufficient hair from your own body for the procedure to work successfully. If you try to use someone else’s hair, your body may reject it.

It Won’t Look Natural

Many people shy away from hair transplant because they think it will look too obvious. However, if you go to a skilled hair transplant surgeon, there’s a good chance that your transplant will look very natural. The surgeon will implant the hairs so that they mimic your natural pattern. It will take several months for you to see the full results, but you will be pleased with how natural everything looks.

A Hair Transplant Is a Painful Surgery

With the modern advances in hair restoration procedures, you should feel minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic will be applied to your anesthetic before the procedure, so you won’t feel a thing. After the surgery, you may experience mild swelling and tenderness, but pain medication should relieve your discomfort.

If you’re interested in a hair transplant, schedule a consultation with a reputable hair transplant surgeon today.


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Dr. Robin Unger, MD, Female Hair Transplant, Manhattan