Replacement and Restoration Techniques
There has been a great deal of progress in the field of hair replacement and restoration in the past few years. Surgical techniques have improved greatly from the days when hair replacement first began.
Surgical Hair Replacement
Punch grafting takes about 10-15 hairs and places them in the scalp. This was the first type of technique to be developed, and when first developed caused a patchy look in many candidates. The technique has been improved since the first days of being developed, and the new mini-graft technique has also been added as an option.
Mini-grafts contain only 2-4 hairs per graft, and therefore look much more natural.
Micro-grafts are still smaller grafts that contain one to two hairs each. To maintain healthy circulation of the scalp, grafts are placed 1/8th of an inch apart. Local anesthesia is usually sufficient for these procedures, and several procedures are usually required to achieve the desired result.
Post-surgery, a period of approximately 10 days of no sexual or strenuous activity is recommended, as strenuous activity may cause bleeding from the graft areas.
Non-Surgical Hair Replacement
Of course surgery is a serious option, and often an expensive one as well. For
those not wishing to undergo surgery for either reason, the option of
non-surgical hair additions is often explored. Many professionals have developed
techniques to add hair to existing hair on your scalp that look very natural.
Weaves, fusions, bonding, cabling and micro linking are some of the techniques
used to bond hair to the existing hair or scalp non-surgically.
Today's toupees and wigs are often made of real hair and are very well styled, causing them to look ore natural on the wearer. These hairpieces are held in place by affixing adhesive to the scalp and stay in place through vigorous exercise. Of course, you will need to seek a professionally made toupee in order to make it worth your while, and you should purchase at least two so that you can maintain them properly, servicing one while wearing the other.
A professionally styled and fitted toupee is expected to cost upward of $600 to $1000 in today's market. Of course no one wants to go through the embarrassment of wearing the obvious "rug" on top of your head, so if you are not willing to spend the money it takes to purchase a professional toupee then it is probably best to not wear any hairpiece at all.
Semi-Surgical Hair Replacement
Structured hairpieces, as they are called, are a semi-surgical approach that permanently attaches hair to the scalp by stitching the hair to the bald scalp. This procedure is not recommended, as it is a process that involves introducing a foreign material to the scalp. Most ethical surgeons do not perform this procedure any longer as they are generally deemed to be ethically inappropriate. If this procedure is recommended to you, get a second opinion from a trusted physician.
A much safer procedure is hair weaving, yet this can only be used if hair is thinning and large balding areas are not present. The process is also called hair intensification or hair integration.
Strands of synthetic or real hair are braided or
weaved into your own existing hair giving an appearance of a full head of hair.
This procedure does have its drawbacks, because it can make the scalp difficult
to access, interfering with proper hair and scalp maintenance necessary for the
health of your remaining natural hair, and this method can also stress existing
hair since the artificial hair introduced through weaving is attached to it.
This method is usually expensive, costing several thousand dollars per
application, and being that because of the aforementioned drawbacks it can only
be left in for a few weeks at a time it is usually impractical for the average
Of course, if you are undergoing chemotherapy or are in the early stages of diagnosed alopecia areata then these procedures should be avoided as the hair they are connected to is likely to fall out as well. Either waiting for a period of time or obtaining a full prosthesis is recommended in these cases.
Spray-on Hair Replacement
Yet still there is another type of treatment, which is a spray of micro fibers made up of the same substance that hair is made of: keratin. If your hair is simply thinning, while you are investigating a more permanent solution to your hair loss problems or in the process of employing a particular process that takes some time, you can use these substances to cosmetically produce the appearance of thicker and fuller hair. Being a temporary solution it is relatively inexpensive, and can provide some immediate aesthetic results to bolster confidence and optimism as you work on more permanent solutions.
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