7 Hair Transplant Myths that Fool Toronto Patients
At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we’ve heard plenty of interesting ideas and more than a few myths regarding the art and science of hair restoration surgery. Many of our clients are avid researchers who are already well-informed when they visit our clinic for their first consultation. Even Toronto patients who’ve been battling hair loss for years are often surprised to have some hair transplant myths busted.
Losing your hair can be a painful experience, diminishing the confidence of men or women at any age. People often have hope renewed when they discover safe, reliable, and effective means to restore real, growing hair. It can be confusing to navigate the digital landscape of hair loss cures, however. Knowing what a hair transplant in Toronto can and can’t do for you must save you some unnecessary frustration. Read on for a list of 7 myths that you can clear up before you even set foot in the office of your hair transplant Toronto specialist.
This myth is always circulating, no matter how many women share their personal restoration experiences. Since hereditary androgenic alopecia is often called “male pattern baldness”, people may think it only affects men. Though the progressive pattern of genetic hair loss develops differently for men and women, both can benefit from hair transplant surgery. The meticulous hair transplant method used for female patients usually allows them to keep long hair intact, and longer hairstyles mean either FUT (strip method) or FUE (follicular unit excision of hair grafts one by one) can create satisfying results.
Transplantation is not always the best option, and it’s not always an available option for people with hair loss. Some patients are too young and will be advised to wait at least a few years while the rate and severity of their shedding stabilize. Some people have medical issues precluding safe surgery. Others have a type of hair thinning that’s temporary and doesn’t require surgical intervention. If the loss of hair has progressed to the point where there’s no longer enough density of growth to harvest graphs, a good result can’t be reliably offered. Severe hair loss patients are usually directed to other methods of improving the appearance such as scalp tattooing.
A hair transplant surgery will relocate follicles that are naturally resistant to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Once they establish themselves, the grafted hairs will tend to thrive and resist fallout in the future. However, follicles native to the recipient zone at the hairline and crown may continue to shut down and cease producing hair. Genetic hair loss is progressive. Because each person has a different rate or pattern of thinning, it’s possible to see changes over time that warrant a second hair transplant surgery.
Planning a second FUE session or undergoing scalp PRP (platelet-rich plasma therapy) to encourage hair growth is recommended for people who are concerned about healthy-looking hair. PRP is often an excellent complement to Toronto hair transplant procedures. The injection of concentrated platelet-rich plasma can encourage faster healing, inflammation reduction, and new hair growth from grafted follicles. Your surgeon will explain the benefits and process of adding PRP to your treatment.
Most hair restoration surgery utilizes hairs from the back and sides of a person’s scalp. The latest innovations in hair transplantation have experimented with body hair, but those processes are far from reliable or perfect. The nature of hairs in various locations like the chest, legs, or armpits is very different from the scalp. The texture of hair, growth rate, and root characteristics in other areas of the body make those follicles challenging to transplant successfully, and they don’t offer satisfying results in most cases.
In a sense, you can see transplanted hairs in their new location right after surgery, but that doesn’t represent your final result. The hairs that travel in the follicle graft often fall out a few weeks after surgery. The follicle itself produces strands and once healed, it can begin creating new ones. The anagen stage of hair growth will start after transplant, and it takes at least 3 months to see the wispy new hairs grow in. Full growth and thickness are noticed between 8 and 12 months in most cases. The results following FUT or FUE hair transplant require much patience, but they’re long-lasting and well worth the wait.
People in their late 50s or 60s may hesitate to seek hair loss surgery, but there’s no scientific basis for assuming that they’re too old for a hair transplant. DHT (the dihydrotestosterone hormone) affects only the front and crown (top) of the head in most cases. The density of remaining hair at the back of the scalp indicates whether you’re a good candidate for hair transplant in Toronto. Age doesn’t necessarily factor in unless you have medical issues that would impair healing. Talk to your hair specialist about your health and restoration options.
A hair transplant in Toronto relocates from 1,000 to 2,500 hairs on average. Each unit may contain 1 to 4 hairs. A significant restoration can take place, which dramatically improves appearance. However, much of the advanced skill and artistry involved require strategy and creating the illusion of thicker hair. Your experienced transplant specialist will aim to maximize the coverage of your available grafts, and that means that densely packed implants wouldn’t be the most effective use of them. You can expect your result to “fill in” the hairline and crown, creating the look of more hair. The density will depend on what you have to work with. In a patient with severe shedding, the density of 35 to 40 units per square centimetre is typical. That will be about half the thickness the patient had in their youth, but the primary goal of a hair transplant in Toronto is coverage.
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Not sure where you stand? Do you have questions about what a hair transplant in Toronto can really do? (And what it can’t?) Gathering facts to make an informed decision is a critical first step for all our clients. We welcome you to review our THTC learning centre online. You’re also invited to schedule your own consultation free of charge. Visit our hair loss specialists at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic and learn about your exciting possibilities for hair restoration.