Due to social media exposure and dissemination of half-truths and wrong information, many people have developed wrong impressions about various aspects of hair transplants.
In this educational video, renowned trichologist, dermatologist and one of the best hair transplant experts in Hyderabad Dr John Watts demystify the top 10 myths about hair transplants in layman’s language.
This is what most people normally think: Will harvesting more hair grafts increase the success rate of a hair transplant? “It is unlikely,” answers Dr John Watts in this educational video.
For the success of a hair transplant, various factors come into play. However, harvesting more hair grafts does not get credit for that as it is not considered an important yardstick to measure the success rate.
“It is for your hair transplant surgeon to decide how many hair grafts need to be harvested. The patient cannot make a demand on this issue. Two people with the same level of baldness may never require the same number of hair grafts for transplant,” he reasoned.
This myth is funny but it is also a logical query raised by patients as a dearth of information makes them suspicious about the nature of a hair transplant procedure.
“The reason why some people might have this wrong notion is that in the past, the older Strip (FUT) method of hair transplant used to leave a big Ghajini (a Bollywood/Tollywood movie) like a scar on the scalp, creating this suspicion,” says Dr John.
However, the advanced methods we use today for hair transplants are undetectable. This is possible with single hair follicle harvesting with micro punches, leaving no scope for any damage.
“There are five layers in our scalp, followed by the skull bone which houses the brain. The micro punches we use in hair transplants never reach the brain as hair transplant is done at the superficial level of the scalp,” explains Dr John.
This is another myth that claims that common people especially the middle class cannot afford to have hair transplants. “The cost varies from one hair transplant to another depending upon the type of hair transplant one wants to have with the number of hair grafts. There is a separate video link which would provide more information,” explains Dr John.
While demystifying this myth, Dr John says that the cost of hair transplants are almost equal to a bike cost that even the middle classes can afford nowadays.
Demystifying this myth, Dr John Watts explains that many people wrongly believe that they will get immediate results in a week or two weeks or say in two months.
“This is not true. For complete results, one may have to wait for almost a year maximum to see the impact of a successful hair transplant,” he says.
If one underwent a hair transplant today, the stem cells would stay fixated in the transplanted region but in the next 3-4 weeks, the upper shaft of the hair would fall. In their place, new hair gradually starts growing and takes some more months to show complete results.
Disclaimer: While hair transplants are generally safe and effective, as with any medical procedure, there can be minimal and temporary side effects based on specific or underlying medical condition of the individual patient. Please consult in person with our qualified medical team at Trichos for a thorough assessment of your specific condition and individualized guidance on the potential risks and benefits associated with our hair restoration treatments.
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