Hair Transplant FAQ

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Common Misconceptions

If you’ve decided that a hair transplant is the right hair restoration treatment for you, you have probably done considerable research on the procedure.

However, your investigation into practitioners and procedures may have left you feeling confused due to conflicting information regarding this treatment option. The best way to learn more about it is to schedule a private consultation with your chosen hair loss specialist, as each patient’s unique needs will determine the transplant options available to them. However, for your convenience, we have identified a number of common myths and misconceptions regarding Miami hair transplant procedures below, to set the record straight.

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Hair Transplant Myths

Your Miami surgeon will be a valuable resource for information, but in the meantime, let’s dispel some myths and misconceptions so that you are better-informed on hair transplant procedures.

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Myth #1: The results will not appear natural

Many patients worry that this procedure will yield fake-looking results; however, that is a myth. Sometimes the unnatural rows of overly large plugs that defined hair transplant results of the 80’s and 90’s still come to mind when people imagine the possibilities. Thankfully, we’ve come a very long way, and truly flawless outcomes are now the norm in a qualified surgeon’s hands. While it will take some time to achieve a full head of natural looking hair, it is possible to do so thanks to advancements in technology.

Previously, the strip hair transplant method required making a long incision in the back of the head and placing hair grafts with several follicles closely grouped together. The results of this procedure have often varied, but in many cases, unskilled division and placement made the plugs visible and created unrealistic patterns on the scalp. Scarring was also inevitable with previous transplant techniques. However, today’s Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) devices are incredibly precise which means that one or two hairs can be extracted at a time and placed in small micro-slits created on the recipient area. A skilled surgeon will carefully implant the follicles in a way which mimics the natural pattern, density and hair growth direction of your hair, allowing for seamless results.

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Myth #2: Only a small number of follicles can be transferred at one time

The blood supply to our scalp tends to be extensive and robust since it is fed from several directions and many blood vessels. A healthy scalp can support thousands of hair follicle grafts after transplantation without affecting the blood supply. However, there are some limitations to the transfer of follicles. If the hair graft is too big, or if several grafts are placed too close together, it can lower the hair’s survival rate and may also lead to unnatural looking results. Luckily, the revolutionary FUE devices utilized today enable surgeons to use extremely small grafts which contain 1-2 hairs and are inserted through small slits in the scalp.

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Myth #3: The hair that is transplanted will fall out

Although it is true that the transplanted hairs themselves will fall out, this is not actually bad news. Following your hair transplant, your hair will continue to go through the natural hair growth cycle, which means that the newly transplanted hair will fall out approximately one or two months after the procedure. However, this is a natural and temporary part of the process and should not be viewed as a cause for concern. The implanted, healthy hair follicles which “take” during the procedure will still produce new hair, and it begins to grow approximately 3 to 4 months postoperatively. Thus, it is imperative to have patience during the months after your treatment as it may take up to 12 months to see the final, full results.

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Myth #4: Young men are not good candidates for Miami hair transplants

Although many men begin to notice hair fall in their early 20s, it is a myth that they are ineligible for a hair restoration procedure. In most cases, hair fall at a young age is a result of a genetic predisposition to baldness and most patients who notice their hair thinning have relatives that are bald or balding.

Although young men are suitable candidates for this procedure, older clients who have an established pattern of baldness and have been dealing with their hair loss for many years tend to have higher patient satisfaction after a hair restoration procedure. Talk to your hair restoration specialist about your particular rate and pattern of hair loss when deciding whether this is the best time to intervene.

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Myth #5: Hair restoration is painful

Many people interested in a hair transplant express concern that the procedure will be painful. However, unlike previous hair restoration surgeries which involved strip harvesting, and traumatic techniques, the FUE SmartGraft® device enables one to two hairs to be extracted at a time and grafted into extremely fine slits in the scalp. Also, a topical anesthetic is used to numb the scalp, and a local anesthetic is injected with a fine needle to ensure the patient’s comfort during the process. A long scalp scar will not be created during the procedure, which makes the recovery more comfortable as well.

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Myth #6: The hairs that are transplanted will last forever

Most of the hair transplanted during the procedure will thrive where it is placed, especially when the advanced SmartGraft® device is utilized, as it can carefully extract the follicles in a way which ensures that 90% survive and “take” once transferred. However, it’s important to recognize that not all of the transplanted hairs will remain in place forever. For example, within 10-20 years, patients may notice that their hair is less dense in the treatment area. That is because they likely have a genetic predisposition to hair loss, which means that the original hair that was in place before the transplant will eventually fall out. Luckily, in most cases, the transplanted hair demonstrates considerable longevity since it is taken from areas of the scalp which are DHT resistant, and DHT is one of the factors responsible for both male and female pattern baldness. Men often lose their hair in a horseshoe pattern, which means that hair at the lower back and sides of the head remains. The hair fall in those areas tends to be much slower and may never be a problem for some men. Androgenic alopecia, which is a type of genetic hair loss is a progressive condition, which means that patients, particularly those who are younger, should expect to experience further hair thinning in the future, necessitating a touch-up procedure.

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It is imperative to remember that a variety of factors will determine which procedure is right for you as well as the success of any given system.

The best place to start is through scheduling a consultation with an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in hair transplants. Be sure to ask plenty of questions to help you understand the technology and have a clear idea of what to expect from the procedure. Although you can find a wide range of information about the treatment on the internet, it’s crucial to keep in mind that not all sources are reliable, and the experiences shared by some patients may only represent a small segment of the population. A reputable plastic surgeon will provide you with a clear picture of the procedure while also disclosing any risks and considerations to be sure that you have realistic expectations.

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