How to deal with Hair Transplant Trypophobia
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How to deal with Hair Transplant Trypophobia

In the UK, around 10 million people are thought to have phobias [1] and around 1 in 6 adults suffer from trypophobia [2].

If you feel uncomfortable, anxious, or afraid when you see clusters of small holes together, it could be an indication that you are trypophobic [3].

Phobias can affect you in many different aspects of your daily life but, something that you may not have thought about is how trypophobia could affect you if you were think about getting a hair transplant.

People who suffer from trypophobia may worry about issues with getting hair transplants due to the process of creating small holes in the scalp to extract and reimplant hair.

If you’re worried that your phobia may affect your ability to get a hair transplant, keep on reading to find out more.

What is Hair Transplant Trypophobia?

Trypophobia is a fear of small holes [4] and is a condition that can affect a lot of people although the cause of it is largely unknown.

People who suffer from trypophobia can also have what’s called hair transplant trypophobia. This is where someone feels disgusted, afraid or extremely uncomfortable about the small holes that could occur in the donor and transplanted area of the scalp during a FUE hair transplantation.

Small holes are created during the procedure where surgeons use a micro punch device that removes grafts from areas of the head where hair is growing properly. Then they will reimplant the hair into areas that are balding, creating a multitude of holes all over the head.

This process could cause an issue for people who suffer with trypophobia, but it doesn’t mean they will never be able to get a hair transplant to reverse balding or male pattern hair loss [5].

How to Know You Have Trypophobia?

Some people are aware of their phobias from a young age, however for less common phobias – like trypophobia – you may not realise you have it until later on in life.

It may be triggered by a specific event, or discovered completely incidentally. No matter how you discover you have trypophobia, it could really affect your life.

There’s no scientific test that can be used to discover if you have trypophobia, but it’s something you’ll know for yourself. If you feel disgusted or fearful when you see small holes and repetitive patterns, it’s a good sign that you’re suffering from this condition.

You can speak to a psychiatrist or specialised doctor to determine the cause of your phobia, or to discover your triggers, and there may be ways that you can get treatment to cure you of your phobia.

What Does Hair Transplant Trypophobia Holes Look Like?

If you look online, there are many images that demonstrate what hair transplant trypophobia holes look like. 

After a hair transplant procedure, a patient’s head may be covered in small holes, but normally this will only occur if the surgeon uses the wrong micro punch tool, or they are using old techniques.

Although the process does involve making holes around the scalp, it shouldn’t result in these deep-set holes that you often see in pictures online. If you want to avoid these kinds of holes appearing on your head after a procedure, you should only get your hair transplant from a trusted and specialised clinic – like us at Wimpole clinic.

When a surgeon performs a hair transplant in the correct way, using up-to-date techniques, the holes created during the process should not be visible from the outside – you also shouldn’t experience any discomfort.

Modern techniques use tiny micro punches that create very minimal holes in the head, and won’t leave any noticeable marks that could trigger someone who has hair transplant trypophobia.

After your hair transplant you may see a few tiny holes on your scalp, but these should heal with a few days, and your clinic should advise you on the best recovery tips to help them heal as quickly as possible.

How to speed up the recovery process of your hair transplant

If you’re worried about small holes being on your head after a hair transplant, you may be thinking how you could speed up the recovery timeline.

Any scars that are caused from a hair transplant should heal within a few days, but it can be quicker if:

  • You follow all the recovery advice that your surgeon gives you
  • You use the proper recovery products – like shampoos, lotions etc.
  • You get your hair transplant from a trusted surgeon who uses up-to-date techniques
  • The smallest micro punch tool possible is used during your procedure
  • None of your hair follicles were damaged during the procedure

How to ensure your hair transplant is successful?

If you suffer from trypophobia, it may put you off of getting a hair transplant, which could affect your daily life.

A hair transplant can help you feel more confident and improve your self image when you have thinning hair so the benefits of undergoing this procedure really do outweigh the costs of potentially triggering your trypophobia.

It is possible for people with hair transplant trypophobia to get their full head of hair back. We recommend that, if you’re worried about this, you should always go to a trusted surgeon in a proper hair loss clinic who will minimise the chance of any hair transplant trypophobia holes appearing.

You should also do your research and ask for help before you go through with the procedure, this can help put you at ease and reassure you that your phobia will not be triggered.

Book a consultation

If you’re thinking about getting a hair transplant done but worried about your trypophobia, you can get advice and support from our experts at Wimpole Clinic.

Start off with a no-obligation consultation to discuss the hair transplant process, and get started with renewing your confidence and self image again. 

 

References:

[1] https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/phobias 

[2] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21834-trypophobia 

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5811467/ 

[4] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23982244/ 

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK278957/

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