If you`ve been thinking about hair transplant for a while, I tell you, it can be confusing.. There’s so much information out there. Some is contradictory and many is just plain overwhelming,
And you’ve probably got a few questions:
Is it right for me?
Will it bomb?
How much it costs?
And where the hell am I supposed to find a good doctor?
Confusing I know, but don`t worry. In a few minutes you`ll get everything you need to know how to get your old hair again.
But first, we have to delve into the ten most common myths about hair transplant.
Let`s get started…
Myth #1: Hair Transplant is For Everybody
Unfortunately, not everyone with hair problems is a good candidate for hair transplant.
Though it`s doable, you`ve got to have more than just money for things to work for you. Factors like: age, gender and having enough hair supply play the role in the hair transplant game.
Factor #1 Age If you`re young – less than 30 y/o - a couple of hairs in your drain shouldn`t make you panic,
Or fear you`ll look like dad.
For most men, signs of baldness won`t show until the age of thirty. It takes years to develop and it`s way too early to do the transplant before that age. If this is your case; you`d better look for solutions to delay baldness, and save the surgery money for later.
Factor #2: Gender The majority of men can have a hair transplant, but what about the ladies?
Despite having enough hair supply the uniqueness of the female baldness patterns makes it hard for women to have hair transplant.
Women don`t get completely bald like some men. Their hair grows thinner all over the scalp which creates a problem since the quality of the hair used in the surgery (called: donor hair) will be low.
It will be thin, lacking thickness and won`t give the woman the look she wants.
The best options here are using medications to delay hair loss, or wearing a wig.
Factor #3: Having Enough Hair Supply (Enough Donor Hair) During hair transplant, doctors will use hair from your scalp to cover the balding areas. Luckily, most men have enough hair supply on the fringe areas. The problem however occurs when hair falls at a fast rate through your twenties and thirties leaving no hair for the surgery.
Myth #2: Body Hair is Also Used In Hair Transplant
Science is yet to find new donor hair other than the one on your scalp.
In hair transplant, doctors can`t use someone else`s hair, nor they can borrow hair from different body areas and used it.
Because the mechanism, and rate at which hair grows on your scalp is different from the way it grows in other body areas. So in this case, doctors are limited to use your hair follicles.
Myth #3: Baldness doesn`t affect your confidence
Yes, it all comes down to your deep sense of self, but many people, especially men, become insecure as baldness starts spreading across their head.
According to dr. William R. Rassman, two hundred patients were surveyed three years after a successful hair transplants and their responses revealed a huge improvement in happiness, and self esteem as well as a decent positive improvement in their dating and sex life.
If having no hair makes you feel low, you can try surgery.
At the end of the day:
Your head, your right.
Myth #4: You Can Have Hair Transplant More Than Once
This depends on the nature of your hair, but basically, the more you try the lesser your chances for having a successful surgery.
You`ll soon run on donor hair.
In fact, your chances for a thick hair will drop as you go on 2,000 or less donor hairs. This is why it`s crucial you choose the right doctor.
If you pick an inexperienced doctor just because that`s the cheapest option on the menu you`ll risk it big time.
If the surgery didn`t go well the next one will be tough both financially and medically.
Not only you`ll pay for two surgeries (the old and the new), there`s still chance you won`t have donor hair enough for the second surgery.
In this case you will need a very experienced doctor who can cook with the ingredients in hand, to give your hair that illusion of fullness.
Myth 5: Hair Transplants Are Expensive
You save much money if you go the hair-transplant route first, instead of shopping for hair replacement options.
Wigs are cheap, but not everyone can live with one.
They require intensive care, they`re intolerable in summer and may get smelly (so you`ll have to buy more than one).
Wigs` colors also wear off with consistent washing and can get very uncomfortable that you`ll pray for the day you take them off forever and face life without one.
(Some men will wait ten or twenty years for this moment).
Contrarily, hair transplant is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. You pay between $3 to $20 per graft (1,000 grafts = 2,000 hairs) then voila, you have your hair back.
No extra fees, no after sales services, and no more shopping for uncomfortable wigs.
Myth 6: Hair Transplant Is Complicated And Painful
Hair transplant is so simple and easy that you`ll probably do it awake, under local anesthesia to numb your scalp.
It`s more like going to the dentist with a simple tooth issue.
You won`t feel any considerable pain. Only a small need to itch which doesn`t last long.
Myth 7: People Will Tell You Had Hair Transplant
Unless they have seen you bald, no one will tell you had hair transplant.
Maybe your barber if the surgery left you a tiny scar on the scalp, but other than him, nobody would notice.
If you do your homework and pick the right surgeon your hair will look like Jude Law, John Travolta and Matthew McConaughey.
And yes, all three used to have hair loss problems.
Myth #8: Any Surgeon Can Do Hair Transplant
Like I said earlier, if the first surgery doesn`t hit bullseye, the second can be much worse.
(That if you find enough donor hair to supply it.)
This is why choosing the right doctor matters. Like all fields in life, there are good and bad players and you want to tell before the game starts,
Because otherwise… It can be costly,
So, how to shop for hair transplant?
Look for results that justify any claim the doctor makes. Step #1: Check your friends Before searching the internet, you want to check with friends, colleagues or family members who had hair transplant.
They`re living proof for how good or bad a doctor is.
Step #2: Don`t settle for catalogs. Look for results that justify any claim the doctor makes and ask him to refer you to some of their best clients.
You don`t want them to show you pictures. Pictures are good but still can be altered. The best way to judge a doctor is through examining his best work from every possible angle.
And remember, ask as many questions as you want. You should have a detailed plan for everything that will happen before the surgery begins.