There are many men and women out there that simply do not want to undergo a surgical hair transplant procedure for either personal reasons or they are just not good candidates for the medical procedures. The alternative is a non-surgical hair loss solution.
The alternative to a hair transplant
Hair systems, hair units, toupees or wigs are all variations of the same hair replacement system. They can be mass made in small, medium, large and extra large. Then cut down to suit the desired shape. Or they can be custom made. Designed specifically to the individual´s head measurements and shape. Probably more popular than realised as many film stars and celebrities use a hair system for movies and television.
Actors and celebrities such as Sean Connery, John Travolta, Nicholas Cage, Elton John all famously have worn a hair system for their business and or personal lives over time.
Often the base or membrane of the unit is made of a synthetic material. Anything from a synthetic mesh to latex or a lace type material. Depending on the material the base can breathe to help the quality of the scalp. Hair is then woven or injected into this membrane. The hair density can be varied around the unit base. The hair used ranges in quality. From natural virgin hair quality, to chemically treated to synthetic hair. Colour is used to match the hair colour to an individual´s swatch.
The system can be attached with tape or clips or a more permanent bonding adhesive. This lasts approximately four weeks before the unit lifts and needs to be adjusted. The systems can last anything from a few weeks to months and years depending on the base material and wear and tear.
If you like the shaved look
For advanced hair loss sufferers, there is often a trade-off between coverage and hair density with a hair transplant. Scalp Pigmentation, SMP, mimics the look of hair stubble. The ink or pigment is applied with artistic skill to the skin. Gradually building up the tone to match the contrast of the surrounding natural hair. Tone variants can be fine-tuned over one or two sessions further sessions. It´s important to leave a reasonable period for each session. This allows the skin and pigment to relax. As a result, it is then possible to judge properly how to refine the result.
SMP can help hair loss sufferers of alternative hair loss conditions; such as Alopecia Universalis, the total loss of hair over the scalp and sometimes the body. Alopecia areata can sometimes be hard to hide if the patches spread or are large, and can also fill in these areas, but a concern here can be the irregularity of AA and how it can close and spread to other areas of the scalp.
By combining the FUE hair transplant technique and SMP each technique can complement each other. In this case, resulting in the natural feel of hair, and an even, strong look of density from hairline to crown.
Surgical Hair Restoration
Hair follicles are genetically programmed from birth, the genetic coding determines the behaviour of the hair follicles through life. Traditionally scalp hair is used but recently body hair is also considered donor hair. The donor hair, even when moved, behaves as if it were still in its original state.
It should be understood that not all hair transplant procedures are the same. Due care should be taken to ensure you understand the consequences of being on the wrong side of a poorly performed hair transplant. A hair transplant, when performed to a high standard, is a technically skilled surgical procedure. As a result, a hair transplant requires medical and artistic skills perfected over the years. This dedication will ensure the required care and attention is given to achieving the best possible results.
Hair Growth and Hair Loss
During the growth phase, your hair can grow up to one inch per month. At the end of the resting phase the hair strands in this pattern fall out and new hair enters the growth phase with the average person shedding from 50 to 100 hairs each day. Anagen is the growth phase of hair and it lasts about two to three years. Telogen is the resting phase of hair growth and it lasts only three to four months.
Not all hair grows at the same time. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, at any given time 90% of your hair is in a hair growth phase and 10% is in a resting phase.
Hair loss can be caused by hormonal problems, disease, medication, medical treatments, heredity, infection and nutritional deficiency. Can effect men and women, there are many forms of hair loss; the hereditary hair loss condition is called androgenic alopecia. Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) in men and Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) in women. This form of hair loss is passed down genetically from family members, and there is a predestined potential this gene will be inherited by one or more family members.