Monday, September 8, 2014

Myths of Hair Transplant

It’s an amazing fact that a developing fetus has all of its hair follicles formed. At the fetus stage of our life there are about 5 million hair follicles on the body. Out of which a total of one million of those follicles resides on the scalp. This is the largest number of hair follicles a human will ever have, since we do not generate new hair follicles anytime during the course of our lives. Most people will notice that the density of scalp hair has reduced as they grow from childhood to adulthood. The reason: Our scalp expands as we grow. But as we grow we surmount ourselves with several myths and notions about our continuous hair loss problem that becomes inevitable due to so many unavoidable factors of heredity, stress, changing lifestyle, pollution of water, medications etc. And this misconception continues even at the stage of hair transplant. So, today we take a step further to raise the curtain from the innumerable myths related to hair transplant where the first one being:

1) Large grafts produce more density than smaller grafts.
    Fact: Density depends upon the total amount of hair i.e follicles transplanted to a particular      area, not the size of the grafts. Larger grafts just result in an unnatural look, not greater        overall density.

2)     Hair transplants can fall out.
     Fact: Follicular units are impossible to dislodge after the first day when the healing                  mechanisms have set in. In the first 24 hours, follicular units are kept in place by tiny blood      clots which are strong enough to withstand most forces but it is important to take it easy          during this period.

3)     People will be able to tell that you've had a hair transplant.
      Fact: The principle of transplanting hair as follicular units (which is the most basic natural         grouping of hair) allows the transplanted hair to follow the patterns of native hair giving a         natural result. Even a soft hair line can be achieved using single follicular unit grafts to blend     the area seamlessly.

4)     After hair transplantation hair starts growing immediately.
     Fact: After transplantation most of the external hair falls over three weeks. The roots however continue to grow. To see the final results of transplantation, it may take anywhere between 4-8 months. Patience hence is important.

5)     After hair transplantation, the hair should not be washed.
     Fact: One or two days after transplantation, the head can be shampooed normally. It is very important to keep the area clean to avoid infection. Regular care with shampoo bath is the best method.

Though knowing the myths of hair transplant and keeping ourselves well informed is necessary but also reaching the right clinic for our surgery is also a major task that has to be embarked upon with full knowledge. The highly advanced techniques for hair transplant are DFI (Direct Follicular Implant) and DT(Direct Tricho) where as for hair loss is RPPL (Rich Plasma Platelet Laser) but it is also our responsibility to follow all the pre and post procedure guidelines to get the assured results.

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