Why Do People Fall for These 3 Hair Transplant Myths?
Millions of people around the globe suffer from hair loss. Thanks to the Internet and instant information-sharing, many more people now feel empowered to do something about it. Hair transplant surgery in Toronto is skyrocketing in popularity. As we receive more and more inquiries at our state-of-the-art clinic, we also notice a consistent theme of hair transplant myths that our clients have been exposed to. Why do people fall for them?
There are some common beliefs about hair loss and hair transplant procedures that just aren’t true. In some cases, false information about a treatment can cause you to miss out on an excellent restorative solution. In other instances, misleading info sets people up for disappointment. Don’t let this happen to you.
Hair Transplant Myths
- Have you heard that women can’t have hair transplants?
- Do you wonder if hair transplant results are permanent?
- Do you think that lush, full hair is an instant result of the procedure?
All of these ideas are misguided. Thankfully, the truth about hair restoration procedures is that they are an incredibly effective and safe solution for restored hair growth.
Modern hair transplant surgery offers rapid recovery, minimal downtime, and yes—it’s for the ladies too.
Hair transplant success rates are impressive, and the cost has become more accessible. There are a few things it can’t do though, and not everyone is a good candidate. If you’re considering your own procedure, a great place to start is separating the facts from the fiction. The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic is here to help.
Let’s set the record straight about a few interesting facts related to hair loss.
Wearing hats, brushing the hair, or a lack of “good circulation” to the scalp—do any of these cause pattern baldness? Nope.
Another idea that’s been around as long as anyone can remember is that baldness is indicative of old age. The 25% of males who begin losing their hair before age 25 would beg to differ. It’s also incorrect to state that genetic pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia) affects only men. They’ve even nicknamed it “male pattern hair loss”. While it’s true that the majority of sufferers are male, up to 50% of women will experience the same DHT-related, hormonal hair thinning that is classified medically as androgenic alopecia. DHT is a hormone that causes hair loss.
For females, the pattern and progression of hair loss typically appear later in life and look a little different. Rather than beginning with a receding hairline or peaks at the temples, they’ll see overall diffused hair thinning. Women rarely develop the characteristic “bald spot” at the crown that their male counterparts do. But they will see a widening hair part and visible scalp as their hair loss accelerates, and this is understandably devastating.
You may be a good candidate for hair transplant in Toronto if you have androgenic alopecia — hereditary hair loss that runs in your family. You should be in good health and not have untreated medical conditions or diseases of the scalp that could impair healing. Other causes of temporary hair fall-out include some medications and illnesses, malnutrition, extreme stress or trauma, crash dieting, and traction (pulling on the hair). Most of these issues can be treated and resolved, resulting in a return of growing strands to the follicles. If one of these factors is affecting you, a surgical transplant wouldn’t be the appropriate treatment. Talk with your hair transplant surgeon to find out if your hair loss will benefit from restorative surgery.
Myth #1: Women can’t have hair transplants
Social media can be both a blessing and a curse at times for appearance-conscious people. Happy patients can now share their hair transplant before and after photos around the world. With new connectivity and access to information, there’s enhanced awareness of just how widespread the problem of hair loss is for women. While the peer support, shared experience, and offer of solutions is a positive development, the unrealistic and consistently high beauty standards that people are faced with on social media may at times feel discouraging and may compound the embarrassment of hair loss.
FUE hair transplants (follicular unit extraction) have rapidly replaced the older FUT strip method. For men, the advanced technique of single hair graft removal is typically the preferred choice. At a slightly higher price point, the meticulous procedure results in very minimal scarring (if any) and rapid recovery times. Lastly, people can transfer living hair follicles from a dense area of growth to the thinner scalp zones without leaving tell-tale signs like a long scar at the back of the head. The FUT hair transplant method requires the excision of a strip of scalp that is then dissected under a microscope to create individual grafts.
Because of the characteristic pattern of male hair loss, men often have significant, dense, and DHT-resistant hair follicles at the back and sides of the head. This abundance of donor hairs placed closely together makes for an excellent FUE harvest site because a high number of grafts can be extracted without leaving visible spaces.
The situation is a little different for females, which is why you may read that they don’t make good transplant candidates. However, that’s not the whole story. Sometimes, FUE is not the best choice for a female patient. Because her thinning will tend to be spread out evenly over the entire head, there isn’t a dense hair growth region to extract sufficient hairs from. Any area where you remove more than 500 grafts may begin to show what’s known as donor depletion.
Two contemporary solutions that work well for women
- A slow, meticulous approach to FUE harvesting can be done. The hair transplant team will take extra care to diffuse the graft extractions artfully throughout the scalp so as to leave no apparent depletion. This is a time-consuming technique, and the volume of grafts to transfer will remain relatively low. Some improved density, especially at the natural hair part, can be achieved to help create the illusion of thicker hair.
- The other method that works well for women is the traditional FUT option. Females who wear their hair long can have the strip of scalp removed to create grafts and not leave any area of the head depleted. She’ll acquire a long, thin scar, but this is not easy to see unless one is very close and looking for it. A higher number of grafts can be created this way, seemingly adding to the number of hairs on her head.
Myth #2. Hair transplants are not permanent
A known term in the hair restoration industry is “donor dominance”. Coined in the 1950s, it describes the ability of transplanted hairs to live and thrive in their new location. For the vast majority of patients, especially males, the hairs they have transferred to the top of the head and hairline will stay there and continue to grow throughout the natural lifetime of a follicle. The reason for this is that familiar horseshoe pattern of balding that men are known to have. Even when the hair at the crown has completely disappeared, many men will keep significant hair density at the back and sides, forming a horseshoe shape or an “M” shape. These hairs are believed to be resistant to DHT, the hormone responsible for androgenic alopecia. They carry that resilient character with them when they’re moved to another location.
A few critical factors that your surgeon will review with you include your family history of hair loss. Depending on what your grandparents’ and parents’ baldness looks like, you can get an idea of what to expect in your future. The rate of your balding is a factor too. Most surgeons will advise you to wait until your progression has slowed down somewhat and become predictable. When young men begin to lose hair, there is often no way of knowing how much or how fast it will fall out.
If a technician performing your hair transplant doesn’t have in-depth knowledge of the condition and progression, they may bring the hairline too far forward or make it too dense to achieve long-term natural results.
While the grafted hairs stay firmly in place, native hair at the top of the head can continue to shed. You could develop spaces behind your new hairline. The apparent incongruous effect may send you back to undergo another “fill-in” procedure. It’s always a possibility that you’ll require maintenance transplantation a decade or so down the road, but selecting a skilled and knowledgeable hair transplant surgeon will mean receiving a result that wears well and has practical as well as aesthetic longevity.
Myth #3: The results of hair restoration are instant
Your hairs grow in follicles that are individual units functioning in natural cycles. Toronto hair transplant methods like FUE with NeoGraft technology remove these follicles in groups of 1 to 4 hairs. This isn’t just a “hair” transplant. It is technically the transplant of living tissue, with each follicular unit functioning like a little biological machine that manufactures hair.
When the follicle has been gently grafted into its new home, the body will supply follicular tissue with blood and healing factors to lock it in place and keep it growing. Unfortunately, the process can come as a bit of a shock to hair follicles, and the hairs that are in place at the time of transfer will often fall out a couple of weeks later. Don’t worry! This “shock loss” is temporary. It’s the health of viable follicles that matters the most. They will begin growing their new replacement hairs within 3 to 4 months. What happened to “1-week recovery”, you ask?
The hair transplant timeline for recovery can be cited as “1-week” sometimes, and this leads to understandable confusion.
What happens in 1 week?
Not a full, flowing mane of hair. What you can count on is that the tiny micro-incisions created during your procedure will close and heal very quickly. Swelling will diminish, and in most cases, you’ll be able to return to work after only 5 to 7 days. The small scabs that form at graft sites will fall off between 7 and 10 days post-procedure. You’ll be able to wash your hair and return to most activities after the first week.
Here’s what you won’t see at 1 week: new hairs. Sorry, but the hair transplant before and after photos you find inspiring are likely hair transplant results after 1 year. You’ll need to pack your patience to enjoy a smooth, satisfying recovery.
Hair transplant results month by month will be more impressive to watch after the first 4 have passed.
Between 8 and 9 months, you’ll usually see strand density begin to thicken, and the hair shafts themselves will appear stronger. At the 12-month mark, you’ll see complete results! Although for many people, the fullness and improved character of the hair continues to improve throughout the next year. Once your hair has grown in fully, you can cut, wash, treat, and style it or do whatever you like.
- Do you have the patience to wait out a hair transplant timeline?
- Are you interested in lasting results to restore your real, growing hair?
Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic in Yorkville
The best way to learn what options you have and be encouraged about the next steps on your journey is to schedule a private consultation with the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic. We are leaders in advanced hair restoration, and we want to help you restore your confidence.
Dr. Cory Torgerson’s beautiful and fully accredited surgery facility in downtown Toronto offers advanced hair replacement procedures for men and women. Choosing Dr. Torgerson and his team to perform your hair transplant means a personalized, comfortable experience and realistic, natural results. Our consultations are no-obligation, because we believe people benefit from full disclosure and detailed information about their procedures. You can appreciate the freedom to ask questions and determine what’s best for you without any outside pressure. When you’re ready, we’ll be happy to walk you through the next exciting steps.