Hair transplants: myths and facts

If you're considering a hair transplant, you probably have some questions – perhaps even reservations – about the procedure. Although hair transplants have been around for decades, thanks to improved techniques and an increasing popularity among high-profile figures, they have gained plenty of media coverage in recent years.

With so much information out there, it can be hard to know what to believe. Take a look at our myths and facts below, to debunk some common misconceptions.

MYTH: There's only one kind of hair transplant procedure.

FACT: There are actually two kinds of hair transplants: FUE and FUT. We offer FUE, or Follicular Unit Extraction, which means extracting individual healthy hair follicles and implanting them elsewhere on the head. This method is precise, unobtrusive and has a very high success rate. The only scarring will be small dots, which the hair will naturally cover.

FUT, or Follicular Unit Transplantation, is a different procedure that instead involves extracting a full strip of hair from the back of the head, from which smaller units are then taken and transplanted. Although this is a quicker procedure that is also highly effective, it tends to leave a much larger scar and greater discomfort during recovery.

MYTH: The younger you are, the more successful your transplant will be.

FACT: Although there are no age restrictions, a hair transplant is in fact likely to be most successful on an older patient. This is because in a younger person, hair loss patterns can be unpredictable, and it can be harder to judge the permanency of the donor area.

MYTH: The effects of the transplant are immediate.

FACT: You will be able to notice the difference straight after the procedure, but to admire the full effects of your transplant, you might have to wait a little while. As with your normal hair, transplanted hair can take some time to grow, so it can be several months before you notice a full head of healthy locks.

MYTH: Hair transplants can only restore head hair.

FACT: Here at the clinic we also offer eyebrow transplants using a procedure that is very similar to the FUE treatment. Donor hair is often taken from the scalp – as in the ordinary hairline procedure – and then carefully transplanted onto the brow, to ensure symmetrical regrowth. Like the ordinary hair transplant procedure, eyebrow reconstruction is effective, unobtrusive and does not cause extensive scarring.

To find out more about the treatments we offer at The Chiswick Hair Clinic, contact us to book a free consultation.