Health Care

8 Hair Transplant Myths Busted!

Losing your hair is never a pleasant experience but thankfully hair transplant treatments are available to both men and women suffering from hair loss.

There are currently a number of common myths around the hair transplant process but today we bust them with the help of an expert.

Myth #1: You won’t experience further hair loss after a transplant

Unfortunately, having a hair transplant doesn’t mean that you will never experience hair loss ever again. Medical treatment in the form of creams, tablets and injections will be required following the transplant in order to prevent further hair loss.

Myth #2: Hair transplants are just for men

Yes, male pattern baldness is a common issue but this doesn’t mean that women can’t be hair transplant candidates too. Dr Spano is a top hair transplant specialist in Melbourne who treats both men and women experiencing different balding patterns with FUE and FUT transplant techniques.

Myth #3: Hair transplant results are immediate

The reality is that transplanted hair does generally fall off at around 3 weeks but this doesn’t mean that the roots stop growing. As soon as the root has a blood supply, it’s there to stay. It usually takes around 60 days for the roots to start growing, with the most growth seen between 9 and 12 months.  

Myth #4: Body hair transplants and scalp hair transplants offer the same results

In most cases, roots are taken from the back of the scalp in order to facilitate a hair transplant but if there are minimal roots available, body hair may be used. However, this isn’t always a viable option as the texture and growth rate of body hair is different so results won’t be the same.

Myth #5: Hair transplant surgery involves using another person’s hair

Hair transplant patients can only use hair from their own bodies for this procedure. A third party’s hair would be rejected unless immunosuppressant drugs are used, but doctors won’t prescribe them for this type of procedure.

Myth #6: Hair transplants aren’t suitable for older patients

Many people in their late 40s and 50s don’t seek treatment for hair loss because they’ve been fed this lie. The reality is that there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone hormones, only affect the top and front of the head, and being a good hair transplant candidate is more dependent on whether you have hair on the back of your head.

Myth #7: Hair can be grown externally first

Dr Spano, a top hair transplant specialist in Melbourne, confirmed that even though scientists have been able to grow skin outside of the body for burn victims, the same does not hold true for hair. Further research and experimentation still needs to be done before this becomes possible.

Myth #8: Younger men are the best hair transplant candidates

Many people have been told that the younger you are when you receive a hair transplant, the more likely it is that results will last longer, but this is not true. The reality is that if you begin losing hair from a younger age, you will probably need more sessions to maintain your results. Younger men should start with medical treatments first and opt for surgical intervention at an older age.