There are as many rumors and myths about hair restoration as there are stars in the sky. The constellation known as Coma Berenices is said to have been placed there by the goddess Aphrodite as a sign showing that the offering of Queen Berenice II of Egypt’s beautiful hair was accepted.
While most rumors aren’t as grand as starry locks, let’s shed some light on the more common misconceptions.
➣ Is Hair Restoration Possible?
Not only is it possible, but hair transplants are an effective method of restoring hair growth. The success of a transplant depends on a variety of factors ranging from a person’s age, gender, hair thickness, and their surgeon’s overall experience with the procedure.
➣ Does Hair Restoration Last Forever?
The results of a hair transplant procedure are essentially permanent and will generally last quite a long time. It’s important to understand that after about the first two months the newly transplanted hair from the initial surgery will start to fall out as part of your natural hair growth cycle. This is expected… and new hair will begin growing naturally from those grafts not long after.
Like all your hair follicles, your transplants have a natural lifespan and may gradually stop producing as much hair as you get older.
➣ Does Hair Restoration Look Natural?
A transplant performed by an experienced surgeon will look completely natural, especially FUE hair transplants (because individual hair follicles are transplanted). A good surgeon will ensure the correct position of the follicles and the angles of the hair to give the grafts a genuine appearance.
➣ Do Hair Transplants Hurt?
The latest techniques in transplanting hair involve the use of a local anesthetic. After the procedure, you will likely experience some slight discomfort in the areas where the transplant happened – though it is easily managed. The procedure is simple enough that it allows patients to resume normal day-to-day activity quickly.
➣ More Grafts Are More Effective
While it may seem obvious that the more you do something the more success you will see, it is not a qualifier for determining an effective hair transplant. The number of grafts your surgeon will need is determined primarily by the area that needs to be covered. The doctor will determine that by examining your scalp and specific hair loss issues. Taking too many grafts – or “Over-harvesting” – can make your hair look patchy and the new hair will look “pluggy.”
➣ Will a Hair Transplant Affect the Brain?
Only by offering peace of mind and renewed confidence. The transplant only uses the skin of your scalp. No part of the procedure digs below the surface of your scalp and certainly comes nowhere close to penetrating through your skull (or brain).
➣ Only Men Get Hair Transplants?
While hair loss and baldness seem commonly associated with men, the truth is people of all genders can experience hair loss for a wide variety of reasons. Hair loss in men and women generally looks different though.
Men tend to develop balding on the front or back of their heads, while women experience more of an overall thinning. Even though there are many considerations when it comes to who makes a good candidate for hair restoration procedures, hair transplants work effectively across the gender spectrum.
Call RHRLI for a Free Hair Loss Consultation
If you’re experiencing hair loss, give us a call today. RHRLI is the premier facility on Long Island and in New York City. As a board-certified hair restoration surgeon who has transplanted more than one million hair follicles using state-of-the-art hair restoration techniques, Dr. Baiju Gohil has the experience to evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment option. Call us now for a free consultation to determine whether you’re a good candidate for ARTAS® hair restoration.