Did your quickly receding hairline given you the jitters of late and making you consider a hair transplant? Well, you are not the first! Many like you in the age group 25-35 are mortified with a hairline that is fading away. With surgical hair restoration techniques currently available, you can cover the visible scalp areas and perhaps increase the density of remaining hair. FUE is a non-invasive process and can deliver amazing results. However, there are a few things that many do not know or are misinformed about as regards hair transplants.
So, to bash all the misconceptions one by one, we present to you the 7 important facts that everyone contemplating a hair transplant should know.
1. There Must at Least Be a Few Hairs to Work With
For all those with thinning hair, having a head full of hair may be a life-changing experience. Unfortunately, not everyone who wishes to get a hair transplant is eligible for it.
To perform the hair transplant surgery, it is crucial to have enough hairs to work with. If the patient has thinning hair, a patch of baldness behind the head or has an issue of receding hairline,all these patients are eminently eligible for hair transplant surgery. However, if you are someone with an entirely bald head, then the hair transplant surgeon we shall have to proceed with caution since each strand counts. Sometimes it so happens that the donor area is scanty and is miniaturised. This is not sufficient to give any semblance of a near fulfilling result, and hence Dr Bhatti usually dissuades such persons from a person. A lot of time effort, money and emotions go into a hair transplant. We do want want to break the trust you repose in our practice.
2. Hair Loss Doesn’t Stop Due to Hair Transplant Surgery
Many prefer hair transplants because they suffer from too much hair fall. These people are misinformed about the benefits of a hair transplant. Hair transplant can only help in filling the balding areas with hair, but it cannot add volume or density in areas which have full density but hair are thinning. This is an unrealistic expectation and Dr Bhatti will counsel you and try to recalibrate your expectations from a hair transplant.
3. Hair Transplant Surgery Is Irreversible
Once you get a hair transplant done, the die is cast. While hair transplants can seem exciting to finally get some good hair density, it is vital to remember that there is no going back from it. Hair transplant surgery is a permanent procedure and before you take this step, have an honest conversation with the surgeon and do diligent research in forums like www.hairrrestorationnetwork and www.baldtruthtalk.com (reliable sources for research) to decide if you are ready to take the plunge. Better be careful than sorry forever.
If you are a bit doubtful about the hair transplant surgery, make sure to explore other options to stop your hair fall and grow your hair naturally. There are many DHT blocker medications available to treat hair loss. Especially when you have just started experiencing acute hair loss, it is best to try out medical mesures before turning to hair transplant surgery.
4. Hair Transplant Surgery May Not Be a Single-Time Process
If you think that you’ll get one hair transplant surgery and be done with it, you are wrong.
Let’s think of the situation objectively. You are getting a hair transplant in the first place because your natural hair has started falling at an alarming rate. Though the new hairs that are transplanted will stay on forever, we cannot say the same for your nativethinning hair. Native hair afflicted with the balding gene will continue to shed as per the genetic encoding in the cells till your finality of balding as predeterimed, takes shape. This is usually achieved after the age of 35.
On average, a person going for hair transplantation at 25-35 years age group, may need to come back twice more to maintain a full head of hair.
5. No One Can Be Your Hair Donor Except You
If you are thinking about getting donor grafts to add density in balding areas, you will be disappointed. For, unlike the other transplant surgeries,hair transplant does not allow use of donors. It is only your resource of own hair that shall be redistributed economically, strategically and skilfully through the technique of surgical hair restoration.
6. Transplanted Hair Do Not Need Extra Attention
Often, we have patients coming up to us and asking for the special products to use on their newly transplanted hair. You can treat the transplanted hair in the same way you treat your natural hair; no special attention required.
After hair transplantation, the surgeon may give you some precautionary measures to follow to ensure that the transplanted hair does not get damaged soon after the surgery. Apart from that, you do not need to exercise too much caution with the transplanted hair. They are just your natural DHT resistant hair and being permanent they need no care at all other than the usual cleaning.
7. You Cannot Return to Work the Next Day Itself
Though hair transplant is a fairly minimally invasive process compared to other cosmetic surgeries, it does take its time to cure. The grafts placed during the procedure may take time to heal and it is vital to take rest for the next few days.
The average time recommended to take rest after hair transplant surgery before returning to work is 3 to 5 days. Your hair transplant surgeon will advise you regarding the minimum duration you should take rest and stay indoors.
Think it through, do your research well, do not fall for aggressive clinic campaigns, discuss all of your doubts with the hair transplant surgeon, reassure your immediate relatives and go for it. Get all the details about how life will be after the hair transplantation and ensure that you are ready for it.