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- Overexposure To The Sun Causes Hair Loss
FALSE BUT SOMEWHAT TRUE
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause skin problems like accelerated aging and cancer, but it will not interrupt hair follicle function. However, overexposure of hair fibers to UV radiation can in fact weaken the fibres, disrupt the cuticle and make them more prone to dullness, frizz and breakage.
- Pluck One Grey Hair And Two Grow Back
The good news is pulling out grey hairs won’t make more grow back. The bad news is most people get grey hair as they age anyway.
- Over-Shampooing Can Make You Lose Hair
Many people may notice they shed daily after they shampoo or brush their hair. Hair follicles cycle on and cycle off and repeat that process over the course of their life span. Each day 100 to 200 hairs shed and these hair follicles are replaced by other hair follicles entering the growth phase.
- Standing On Your Head Makes Your Hair Grow
It may sound funny, but this is a commonly heard myth. Hair loss is not a blood flow problem, but instead can be caused by other factors like age and genetics. Even if increased blood flow helped hair growth, you could not stay in that position long enough to have an effect on the hair follicles.
- Balding Is Linked To Old Age
Genetic male and female hair loss gets more common as we age. However, another type of hair loss called alopecia areata is common in children and young adults and could result in complete baldness.
- There’s No Cure For Baldness
While there is no “miracle cure” there are certainly many treatments like government-approved drugs, laser therapy procedures or hair transplants.
- Higher Testosterone Linked To Hair Loss
What you inherit is the sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone or DHT (a hormone and natural compound of testosterone) that can cause hair loss in men and some women,. If you’re male and you take testosterone, it could accelerate the hair loss process.
- Hair Loss Comes From The Mother’s Side
There are approximately 200 genes that regulate hair and hair growth. We know today that there are generally some genes from both sides of the family that play a role. Your mother’s father deserves some of the ‘blame’ but perhaps not all of it.
- Hats Can Cause Baldness
Hats do not cause hair loss in any way or form.
- You Can Grow Back Dead Follicles
Medications or laser therapy, for example, can help hair follicles grow thicker and healthier, but once the follicle is dead and gone, the only option for regrowth is a hair transplant.
- The most sexually active men are the first to go bald.
This is one of the most popular myths. Research has also found that men who bald do not have more testosterone than their hairier friends.
- Only men suffer from genetic hair loss
Balding is often thought of as a man’s problem, but the fact is that over 40% of women suffer from significant thinning throughout their lifetime.
- Higher Testosterone Linked To Hair Loss
What you inherit is the sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone or DHT (a hormone and natural compound of testosterone) that can cause hair loss in men and some women,. If you’re male and you take testosterone, it could accelerate the hair loss process. -Hair loss is related to and inherited sensitivity to dihydrotestesterone or DHT (a hormone and a natural compound of testesterone) that can cause hair loss in men and some women, If you’re male and you take testosterone, it could accelerate the hair loss process.
- The most sexually active men are the first to go bald
Research has also found that men who bald do not have more testosterone than their hairier friends. This is one of the most popular myths one hears from patients. There’s no truth to it. Research has found that the men who bald do not have more testosterone than their hairier friends.
- Myth #1
If you are unsure about having a hair transplant, try a small procedure first to see if the procedure is for you.
Fact : Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure with a permanent result. If you decide that it is not for you after the fact, it is too late. It is best to do your research first and only go forward with hair restoration surgery after you are confident in the procedure, and the physician you have chosen.
- Myth #2
A doctor can tell if you have plenty of hair for a hair transplant just by looking.
Fact : To best assess a person’s donor supply there are several factors that should be taken into account. The physician should examine the persons scalp using trichoscan, an instrument that magnifies a section of the scalp. The patient’s scalp laxity is another important determinant of how much hair is available for a hair transplant. This can only be assessed by actually moving the scalp with an “experienced” hand. Merely “looking” does not give the doctor enough information for him to decide if a person is a candidate for surgical hair restoration.
- Myth #3
The larger the number of grafts transplanted in one session the better.
Fact : Although it is better to move hair in large hair transplant sessions – to minimize donor scarring and have each procedure look as natural as possible sessions that are too large risk sub-optimal growth and may force the doctor to transplant hair into areas that are not ideal.
- Myth #4
When large numbers of grafts are transplanted they do not get enough blood supply.
Fact : The blood supply of the scalp is so great and it is so collateralized (comes from different directions from blood vessels that are all interconnected) that it is able to sustain the growth of thousands of newly transplant grafts at one time. However, there are limitations. If the grafts are too large or if the sites are placed too close together the blood supply can be overwhelmed resulting in poor growth. Also, blood flow is significantly compromised by chronic sun exposure and smoking two conditions which significantly limit the number of grafts that can safely be placed in one hair transplant session.
- Myth #5
It is better to have a hair transplant when your hair loss is still early, so no one will notice.
Fact : Hair transplants grow in very gradually and take a full year to completely mature. The hair comes in so slowly that no one will notice the process. However, if the transplant is done too early (i.e. when you don’t yet need one) no one will notice the result either and the procedure will have been a waste of time and money. In addition, if a hair transplant is performed too early, it may accelerate hair loss.
- Myth #6
Large grafts produce more density than smaller grafts.
Fact : Density depends upon the total amount of hair transplanted to a particular area, not the size of the grafts. Larger grafts just result in an unnatural look, not greater overall density. In fact, part of our practice is the repair of old “hair plug” transplants that use large “plug” grafts.
- Myth #7
Scalp reductions conserve hair for future hair loss.
Fact : In a scalp reduction, the doctor tries to decrease the size of the bald area (usually in the crown) by literally cutting it out. However, to close the gap, the scalp must be advanced from the back and sides of the scalp. This decreases the hair density in the back and sides of the scalp and makes the scalp tighter. These two effects significantly limit the ability to remove more hair from the donor area, leaving the cosmetically more important front and top of the scalp too sparse. In addition, the scar that results from the procedure must be covered with hair, using up still more hair that would have been better placed in the front.
- Myth #8
Laser hair transplants are state-of-the-art.
Fact : Although many people think that “laser hair transplants” are a state-of-the-art procedure, lasers were introduced to hair transplantation over a dozen years ago and are not used by the most experienced hair transplant surgeons. In fact, laser hair transplants are really a misnomer, since the only part of the surgery that lasers have ever been used for is to make the recipient sites (the holes that the grafts are place into).
Even for this limited purpose, lasers are a problem. The reason is that lasers burn (destroy) tissue. In modern follicular unit transplant procedures, the delicate grafts fit into very tiny micro-slits that can be created without removing tissue. Regardless of how precise the laser beam, the procedure still makes a hole or slit by destroying tissue. Lasers will therefore always produce more injury to the skin than a small slit made with an instrument (such as surgical steel) that does not destroy tissue. As a result, the grafts placed into laser made sites will be less secure and there will be a greater chance of scarring in the donor area and poor graft growth.