Hair Loss: 3 Common Misconceptions

Both men and women are unsure how to distinguish reality from fiction when it comes to the subject of hair loss. Hair loss is a common but misunderstood condition, and the misconceptions surrounding it can be confounding and frustrating for those looking for successful and healthy solutions to their thinning hair. 

Dr. Deepesh Goyal, who is known for the best hair transplant in Jaipur, and his team at Rejuvena Cosmo Care are dedicated to helping you battle hair loss with the best resources available. Dr Goyal is here to help if you’ve ever struggled to learn the truth about what causes hair loss and what you can do to avoid it. Here are three common hair loss myths that have been debunked. 

1. Only men are the victim of hair loss. 

Hair loss, unfortunately, does not discriminate. Age-related hair loss affects both men and women, making it a universal issue. Women account for about 40% of hair loss sufferers in India, according to the Hair Loss Association. Women, on the other hand, appear to have more diffuse hair loss scattered across the scalp, which means it might not be as visible as balding is for men, hence the misconception. 

“Male or female pattern baldness is a term used to describe age-related hair loss, which is caused by a form of hair loss known as androgenetic alopecia. While androgenetic alopecia is one of several forms of alopecia, it is by far the most common.”- Says Dr. Goyal. He also added that if you are starting to lose hair as you get older, you’re probably suffering from androgenetic alopecia. Everyone experiences age-related hair loss to a different degree, and if you act quickly, you will have a variety of successful treatment options. To ensure you optimize your results and enjoy a future full of youthful, thick hair, schedule a consultation with a doctor as soon as you notice any hair loss. 

2. Hair Loss Can Cause Complete Baldness 

Hair loss in men follows predictable trends that can be classified using a tool called the Norwood Scale. Baldness typically starts with a receding hairline and thinning hair on the crown of the head. The hairline may recede further until it meets the rising bald spot, resulting in baldness on the top and front of the head. The hair on the back and sides of the head is more prone to the effects of male pattern baldness for an unexplained cause. Most men keep a fair amount of hair in those places, but many tend to shave their heads entirely once their hair loss has progressed to that stage. 

Hair loss in women can occur all over the scalp, making it difficult to identify. Some women may develop a widening portion down the middle of their scalp, which rarely progresses to full baldness on the top of the head, as many men do. Men and women, on the other hand, rarely go absolutely bald. Total baldness may be caused by certain unusual forms of alopecia, but these hair loss patterns are unrelated to male and female trait baldness. 

Hair transplants may be a useful and efficient tool for men and women who have enough hair in donor sites (typically the back and sides of the head) to restore a dense head of hair using natural means. Since total baldness is uncommon, many patients who are diligent in their care and prepare ahead of time are excellent candidates for hair transplantation surgery. 

3. Hair Transplants Have an Unnatural Appearance 

Hair transplants are also associated with unnatural outcomes, which can be much more humiliating than going bald. Previously, huge clusters of hair were transplanted at a time, resulting in circular grafts that were easily identifiable. Hair plugs, which are older forms of transplants, have earned a bad reputation for new hair transplants, which could not be more different. 

Hair transplantation surgery has progressed well beyond the limitations of hair plugs, resulting in seamless outcomes with no visible signs of the operation. Follicular unit excision (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT), the two most common types of the operation, use hair from healthy areas of the scalp to spontaneously regenerate and reshape hairlines. 

During both procedures, the surgeon will remove healthy follicular units one at a time and implant them one by one, ensuring that the new hair grows to complement the surrounding hair. You will wash, clean, and style your new hair as normal once it has grown in. During an in-person appointment, the surgeon will explain the differences between the two treatments and decide whether you are a good candidate for hair transplants.

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