Hair transplantation is an aesthetic intervention that every woman and man experiencing hair loss may want to have. Although hair transplantation is basically a simple surgical intervention based on 3 stages, it has fine details as in every business. In this article, we will talk about some common misconceptions based on urban legends that may be on the minds of those who want to have a hair transplant and the correct ones. So let’s get started.
1. FALSE: Hair transplantation is a painful process
One of the most common misconceptions about hair transplantation is that hair transplantation is a painful procedure. However, this information is wrong. Hair transplantation is a painless and painless process thanks to the local anesthesia performed before the procedure. Hair transplant surgery is basically based on 3 stages. These are local anesthesia before hair transplantation, removal of hair grafts from the donor area and transplantation of the grafts to the target area.
In hair transplantation procedures, the donor area and the target area are prepared for transplantation by local anesthesia. Thanks to the local anesthesia given to the patient before the transplantation, the hair transplantation process is painless and painless.
FALSE 2: Men in their 20s and 30s are too early for hair transplantation
Contrary to popular belief, men in their 20s and 30s are not considered early for hair transplantation. Most people think that hair transplantation should be done after hair loss stops. However, there is basically no need to wait for hair loss to slow down or stop in order to have a hair transplant.
Contrary to popular belief, hair transplantation is a procedure that should not be left to a very late age. Since the hair between the 2 ears, which is determined as the donor area for hair transplantation, should be strong and healthy, it is more advantageous to have hair transplantation at an early age. After the 40s, both hair thinning and hair follicles in the donor area weaken in men. For this reason, it is very important not to leave hair transplantation to late ages.
FALSE 3: Only men can have hair transplantation
Hair loss is a problem more common in men, but it is also a health problem in women. Baldness or androgenetic alopecia in women can be caused by hormonal changes, menopause, thyroid problems, blood pressure medications and birth control pills. In this respect, women can also apply to hair transplant clinics and get rid of the unhealthy appearance caused by hair loss and thinning.
4. FALSE: An artificial appearance occurs after hair transplantation
Hair transplantation procedures always aim to produce a natural result. Hair transplantation from the patients’ own hair follicles in the donor areas is very effective in obtaining a natural result. In addition, it is aimed to get a more natural appearance by making a scattered transplantation on the front line of the hair.
5.FALSE: There are no complications in hair transplantation
Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure as well as an aesthetic intervention. Therefore, it cannot be said that there are no complications in hair transplantation. There may be risks such as edema, swelling, crusting and infection after hair transplantation. Infection is a possible risk in any surgical procedure involving incision or puncture. However, the risk of infection can be minimized by the expert team that performs the transplantation by paying the necessary attention and performing the right intervention at the right time.
6. FALSE: Hair transplantation is done by taking hair from someone else
At the end of the 70s, hair transplantation was performed using artificial hair fibers. Artificial or biofiber hair transplantation, which made a big impact at the time of its discovery, was subjected to scrutiny by some countries due to complications that occurred afterwards. In 1983, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned artificial hair transplantation in Northern Europe. Subsequently, different countries also banned artificial hair transplantation in their own countries.
Today, hair transplantation procedures are performed by transplanting hair follicles taken from the back of the head of the person, which are genetically difficult to shed, to the balding area. Today, hair transplantation is not performed with hair follicles taken from someone else’s head or body area. The person’s own hair follicles are used in hair transplantation.
Experts are investigating whether hair transplantation can be performed by taking hair strands from someone else. However, it has not been found that this type of hair transplantation gives successful results for the time being. Even if the hair follicles taken from someone else are transplanted to the patient, there is a possibility of rejection of the hair after a while, so this type of hair transplantation does not give successful results today.
7. FALSE: Actually hair can be grown with hair medicines, I don’t need a hair transplant
Hair medications are among the methods used by people with hair loss to prevent hair loss. There are 2 FDA approved drugs used to prevent hair loss. These are Finasteride and Minoxidil. Although these medications are very effective in preventing hair loss and strengthening the hair, they do not offer any solution for hair follicles that fall out and die completely. Hair transplantation is an aesthetic intervention especially for men or women who experience hair loss due to genetic reasons. Since hair follicles cannot come back in any way after genetic hair loss, transplantation in hair transplantation clinics will be a good option.
8. FALSE: I can reach the hairline of my youth
Hair loss starts in men in their 20s and continues intensely until their 40s. After the 40s, hair loss continues, although it slows down. If the balding rate of the patients is high, if there are not enough hair follicles left in the donor area, it is not possible for the hairline to be as it was in youth. In other words, patients with large bald areas should have high expectations from hair transplantation procedures.
9. FALSE: Hair transplantation is not done in summer
Hair transplantation can be performed in all seasons and successful results can be obtained in all seasons. The statements that hair transplantation cannot be performed in summer or that it is inconvenient to have a hair transplant in summer have remained in minds as urban legends today. Basically, when you apply to the right clinic and specialist, hair transplantation takes place flawlessly. When hair transplantation is performed in summer, there are some points to be considered.
When you have hair transplantation in summer, the treated area should not be exposed to direct sunlight for 1 month after the transplantation process. Apart from that, there is no harm in staying in shady environments. Entering the pool or sea after hair transplantation is inconvenient due to the chlorinated and salty water in the water. Patients who have hair transplantation should not enter the sea or pool for the first 2 weeks after transplantation and should not expose the graft area to water too much. After two weeks, there is no harm in entering the pool or water under the consultation of your doctor.
Daniel Willian was born in London in 1994. Willian, who was interested in writing from an early age, started writing articles for the school newspaper during his high school years. After graduating from the journalism department at university, Willian worked as a content editor in various media organisations. He is now working as a content editor at Hair Center of Turkey.