Hair loss has become a common problem in today’s day and age and people, especially men, face difficulty in accepting the fact that their hair is thinning and they dread of the possibility of undergoing a hair transplant procedure. Bald patches and a receding hairline often hurts a person’s confidence and naturally people opt for a hair transplant. But there are a lot of myths associated with such hair restoration procedures which often prevent people from going ahead with their decision of undergoing a surgery. In this article, we shall put an end to all those myths and tell you why it is absolutely fine to go for a hair transplant.
Myth #1: Hair Transplant is not permanent
Fact: It is a common misconception that hair transplant treatments are not permanent and even after undergoing a surgery, hair fall may occur. In reality, hair transplantation is the only and most effective solution to male pattern baldness. This is because hair transplant procedures are usually done using two methods, FUT and FUE hair transplant technique. Both of them involve harvesting hair follicles from one location, usually the back of the scalp, and relocating them to the affected area (bald surface). Since each hair follicle is extracted from your own scalp itself, the transplanted hair is destined to remain permanent.
Myth #2: Hair Transplant is costly
Fact: Hair Transplantation is a cosmetic surgery and like any other cosmetic procedure, it involves costs but where you get it done from determines how much you need to pay. The average cost of hair transplant in California (United States) ranges between $4000 to $15000 whereas, in countries like India, the average cost of hair transplant in Mumbai (India) can be as low as between Rs. 30,000 ($450) to Rs. 80,000 ($1200). Countries like Turkey and Dubai are also considered as hubs of hair transplant treatments owing to their affordable cost.
Myth #3: Only expensive transplants can ensure quality
Fact: This is absolutely not true! In case of hair transplants, the price is not a determinant of quality. As mentioned above, you can see there’s a vast difference in hair transplant cost in India as compared to the US but there’s no difference in the quality. That is why many people choose India, Turkey, Dubai and other such countries to get a hair transplant treatment rather than getting it done from their home countries. It is not only cost-effective but medical advancements in trichology treatments in these countries make sure you get the best treatment at minimal cost.
Myth #4: Elderly people cannot undergo Hair Transplant
Fact: Age has nothing to do with hair transplant. Yes, it is true that people are bound to lose hair with age but as long as you have good and healthy hair on the back of the head, you are eligible for hair transplant. It is a cosmetic surgery which is not a critical procedure and hence even the elderly can opt for the same. Though it is safe for people of all age groups, it is not advisable for teenagers and people in the age group of 18-24. Experts recommend hair transplant treatment for people above the age of 25.
Myth #5: Hair Transplant is painful and leaves a scar
Fact: Hair transplantation is a completely painless procedure, where the surgery is done using proper local anaesthesia. But depending on the procedure, scarring may or may not occur. As mentioned above, there are two hair transplant techniques, namely, FUT (Follicular unit transplant) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). In a FUT hair transplant procedure, a strip of hair is removed from the back of the scalp and transplanted to the bald surface which often leaves a scar behind. Whereas in FUE procedure, individual hair follicles are extracted and implanted as grafts to the affected area. This is a more preferred choice of treatment among patients as it takes less time to heal and leaves no visible scars behind.
Myth #6: Transplanted hair cannot be treated like normal hair
Fact: A common question that many people ask is how should they treat their hair post-surgery. They fear that if they do not give special attention to the transplanted hair, they might damage them or start losing them again. However, this is not true. After a few days of your surgery or when your doctor advises, you can start treating your transplanted hair same as your normal hair. You don’t even require special shampoos or lotions for your transplanted hair, you can use your regular shampoo or other hair care products.
Myth #7: Transplanted hair does not look natural
Fact: Many prospective patients do not go for hair transplant because they feel transplanted hair does not give a natural look and it is noticeable to others that they have undergone a surgery. Well, that is not true. Hair transplants are permanent and since they have been extracted from your own scalp, transplanted hair is bound to look and grow naturally.
So, these were the top 7 myths that people have while opting for a hair transplant procedure. Hair transplantation is a general cosmetic surgery and it is completely safe. It’ll not only give you a great look but also give you more confidence. So, go ahead with your decision and book an appointment today.
Author Bio: Debarun Talukdar, a niche blogger who loves to write about health and fitness. I strongly believe and live by the proverbial saying, “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”.