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Hair transplant myths: Busted

By Alex

The internet can be a scary place when you’re researching hair transplants, or any medical procedure for that matter. There are so many different myths and misconceptions associated with different medical procedures that can sometimes be off-putting. Today we’re taking a look at some of the most popular hair transplants myths and letting you know if they’re actually true.

It’s better to have a hair transplant whilst you’re young

A lot of people think that getting a hair transplant when they’re still young is the best thing to do. However, this isn’t always true, in most cases waiting until you’re slightly older will be more beneficial.

Some people want to get a hair transplant as soon as they notice their hair receding, no matter how young they are at the time. When you’re young your hair loss pattern can be unpredictable and your hair loss can continue in the future. Having a hair transplant too early means your hair loss in the future could affect the appearance of an early transplant.

If you wait until you’re older your hair loss will become more predictable and our hair loss specialists will be able to address your current hair loss and look into future hair loss. By doing this we can work out the best way to transplant the hair to ensure your results look natural when finished and in the future.

Your hair transplant scars will be obvious

Some people believe after having a hair transplant it will become very obviously to those around you due to the scaring. At The Harley Street Hair Clinic you won’t leave our clinic with any noticeable scarring. We use the revolutionary FUE hair transplant procedure where hair follicles are removed and transplanted singularly, leaving minimal scarring that will not be noticeable to the human eye.

Although we will not leave you with any obvious scars this myth is not untrue. Some hair transplant clinics that use older hair transplant methods might leave you with visible scarring. FUT hair transplants are still used in some clinics and this process removes a strip of hair follicles, rather than removing them individually, which can result in a large scar at the back of the head.

Hair transplant surgery is painful

One of the most popular questions we get asked at the clinic is ‘will my hair transplant hurt’. It is a common misconception that as you’re undergoing surgery on the scalp area you’ll be in quite a lot of pain. The truth is, most of our clients don’t feel a thing through out the procedure.

Before we start the transplant we administer local anaesthesia to minimise any discomfort you may feel throughout the procedure. The initial injection can sting a little, and it feels similar to having a blood sample taken. However, once that is done the procedure will feel relatively painless.

At the Harley Street Hair Clinic, our aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Our state of the art clinic offers a TV, iPad and a music system in each patient room allowing you to keep entertained and as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

The recovery process is tough

The recovery process for a hair transplant is very simple and straightforward and you can be back to work within 7 days. We advise 7 to 14 days off work for patients to rest, this does depend on the size of the procedure and individual healing characteristics.

We advise all of our patients of a personalised after care program which is very simple and involves taking a 4 day course of antibiotics to ensure against infection and some optional medication to avoid post-operative swelling. All medications required, including a special shampoo are prepared and dispensed with full instructions, which you will be able to take home straight after your procedure.

You should wait until you’re bald for your hair transplant

This is one myth that is definitely not true, waiting until you’re bald to get a hair transplant would be almost impossible. A hair transplant works by transplanting hair follicles from one area of the head to another, and this could not be done if you had no hair at all.

Hair transplants work best on those whom have quite full hair at the back and sides of their head but have thinning to no hair at the top of their head.

If you have any questions about hair transplants or how we could help you contact us for a no obligation consultation today.

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