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How Hair Replacement Works and Different Techniques

As important as a person’s clothes and accessories might be to his sense of fashion, the hairstyle can completely make or break the overall look. Unfortunately, many men suffer hair loss and eventual baldness.

Although baldness has become generally accepted by society and is often a sign of maturity and sophistication, some individuals do not find their baldness attractive, and lose quite a bit of self-esteem along with their hair.

However, if you are suffering a receding hair line or bald spots, don’t fret. There are numerous hair replacement procedures and techniques available to you. Let’s take a look at some effective hair replacement treatments.

 

Non-Surgical

With non-surgical hair replacement, the aim is to conceal or otherwise reduce visible bald spots without the use of any invasive procedures. Non-surgical methods are generally reserved for those with extensive hair loss.

-Hair duplication. Non-surgical hair replacement techniques include hair duplication. This technique in itself has many options, but generally consists of matching real human hair and/or finely crafted synthetic hair to your own. Experts match the texture, thickness, curliness/straightness, and growth pattern perfectly to your own.

This hair is then acutely implemented into a base (of which there are many choices). The final result can be attached to your scalp with whichever method you prefer, but includes various advanced adhesives and other methods. It is breathable, natural, and durable. You can even go swimming and shower without having to worry.

 

-Pharmacological options. If you are suffering from hair loss, you may consider turning to pharmaceutical options, although results with hair duplication are generally more satisfactory.

Minoxidil is the only FDA approved drug on the market and can be taken orally or applied topically to the scalp. Minoxidil works to increase the strength of your existing hair, and though there have been a few reports of hair growth, the drug is mainly effective in increasing the thickness of hair that still exists.

Finasteride is available over the counter and claims to reverse the effects of balding by decreasing DHT. DHT is the main hormone that causes hair loss and baldness. Though there aren’t any guarantees, Finasteride has a fairly loyal following of men touting its hair growth abilities.

 

Surgical

Some men and women are more interested in surgical options. However, in order to be eligible for these slightly invasive hair replacement treatments, you must have existing hair either on the sides or the back of your head.

-Hair transplants. Although hair transplantation held some risks in the past, recent advancements in technology have made the procedure much safer and thus more popular. This method takes hair follicles from areas of your scalp with healthy, thick hair growth and transplants them into the balding areas.

With a few treatments, you could get back that full head of hair you want. Even better, the hair transplants are all natural because they came from your own head. This procedure has also made significant advancements, and looks completely natural. The hair can continue to grow in its new place naturally.

 

Preventing Hair Loss

While if baldness is hereditary for you, or otherwise unavoidable, there are some things you can do early-on to at least slow or reduce balding.

You may not think there are significant effects of stress on your scalp, but constantly being bombarded with physical and emotional stress is not healthy or enjoyable. Get enough sleep. Exercise reduces stress and keeps your blood circulating.

Take care of your hair. Wash regularly, but not too often. Be gentle with your hair. Don’t use harsh hair products. Remember that hair is like any other organ in your body and needs nourishment. Eat right and make sure you have a balanced diet to ensure healthy hair and a healthy scalp.

If you’re experiencing balding, remember that there are options for hair replacement that are effective and undetectable (even to you). You’re also not alone. Millions of men and women deal with hair loss all around you. However, you no longer have to passively accept it.

 

 

Choosing Between Surgical and Non-Surgical Hair Replacements

For many men, male pattern baldness is a natural part of life – for some, from as early as their twenties. Though baldness has become perfectly acceptable by social standards, most men find the loss of hair inconvenient in addition to its effects on self-esteem and confidence.

Fortunately, recent advancements in science and technology have allowed men to replace and restore their hair, through both surgical and non-surgical methods.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the things that might cause hair loss.

Why Am I Losing My Hair?

No two doctors have the same opinion on the direct cause of hair loss, mainly because no single cause exists. Some of the more common causes include:

Hormonal changes. Hormones regulate all operations in the body, from physical growth to mood changes to hunger cravings. Hair growth is also maintained by hormones.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a naturally occurring male sex hormone and generally does not pose much of a problem. However, an excessive amount of DHT prevents nutrients from reaching hair follicles. Hair, like any other living thing, needs nutrition in order to stay healthy. A lack of nourishment causes your hair follicles to reproduce at a slower rate, inhibiting growth, and eventually causing loss of hair.

-Aging. Next to hormonal imbalances, aging is one of the top reasons for hair loss. As you age, the rate at which your hair follicles reproduce and replenish begins to gradually decline.

Aging may also lead to excessive DHT production.

-Medications. It is well known that many cancer treatments can cause dramatic hair loss, but other medication types can also lead to baldness. Steroids and blood thinners, for example, could cause unexpected baldness.

-Environmental factors. We all live our own lives and are subject to all sorts of environmental factors that affect our moods and physiology. Some chemicals, like those found in hair products, can be detrimental to your hair and potentially destroy hair follicles.

Constantly being bombarded by physical and emotional stress can also have negative effects on a person’s health, including baldness.

Now that we understand some of the causes behind hair loss and male pattern baldness, what are some solutions for that receding hair line and which should you choose?

 

Non-Surgical Hair Replacement

Non-surgical hair replacement does not actually help you grow new hair. Instead, non-surgical methods act to reduce visible baldness. Generally, there are two non-surgical methods used by professionals today.

-Hair duplication. Modern technology has made non-surgical hair replacement look completely natural, seamlessly blending with your own hair. If someone were face-to-face with you, they would never know that all the hair on your head wasn’t simply growing there naturally.

The hair duplication process involves real human hair and/or synthetic hair that is precisely matched to your own, regarding thickness, texture, curliness, growth pattern, et cetera. During your consultation, experts take time to make sure the new hair will be effortless and natural. There are several different methods for attaching the hair to a base, as well as for attaching the final product to your scalp. With hair duplication, you can swim, shower, be active, and do everything you normally would without having to worry.

Again, this method feels and looks completely natural, and millions of people who utilize hair duplication are satisfied and confident again. You can always learn more about the different options of this method from our experts.

-Pharmacology. Minoxidil, the only FDA approved drug on the market, can either be taken orally or applied topically. This drug increases the strength of existing hair, and although some people have reported hair growth, Minoxidil is not proven to effectively grow new hair.

 

Surgical Hair Replacement

There are also surgical hair replacement options. The only requirement of surgical replacement is that you must have existing hair, either on the sides or back of the head.

-Hair transplants. Hair transplants are a safe and popular option for surgical hair replacement. In this procedure, hair follicles are taken from donor areas of your scalp that have strong hair growth and are precisely, surgically placed into the areas of baldness. For example, if the back of your head can spare some of its more plentiful hair, it can be replaced with very small incisions to your receding hairline. You will get a natural look that makes use of your own hair. It will even continue to grow there, naturally.

Imagine transplanting a patch of grass from your back yard to your front yard. The roots are still intact, so the grass lives and breathes, just as it did in its original place.

What’s the Right Choice?

Between surgical and non-surgical hair replacement, which is right for you? Remember, surgical hair replacement does require pre-existing hair on the sides or back of your head. In terms of price, surgical hair replacement is much more affordable than, say, taking medication the rest of your life. If you don’t have much hair to spare for transplantation, remember that hair duplication is a great option. You may need to have a touch-up once in a while, but it’s a small price to pay for a full head of hair.

 

How Hair Replacement Works

Hundreds of thousands of people experience some level of balding in their lifetime and not a single person enjoys their newfound receding hairline. Over the past several decades, there have been many doctors working to alter the balding progress or cover it up completely. Unfortunately, the old methods and lack of technology left many men with unsightly toupees and wigs.

The times have changed and now there are several options to cover up bald spots that will leave you good as new. The advancements in technology give those thousands of men and women an opportunity to have their hair look young again. Never again worry about being the recipient of bald jokes and feel as if you should constantly wear a hat to cover it up.

While there are two types of drugs on the market that are known to slow down hair loss, increase hair thickness, and even sometimes improve hair growth, they are not a guaranteed permanent solution for balding. Although they can be expensive to use for long periods of time, over the counter drugs can be a great short term solution while you are deciding on whether or not to fix the problem forever by going in for hair transplant surgery. Although hair transplant surgery can be used to help restore many areas including eyelashes, eyebrows, beard, and chest hair, the procedure is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness on the scalp.

How Hair Transplant Surgery Works: The latest surgical advancements can permanently fix your balding scalp by transplanting hair follicles to the bald areas of your head. The procedure works by identifying strong hair follicle groupings of 1-4 hairs in areas of hair that are not balding and then physically moves those follicles to the bald scalp areas. This is different from older procedures because when the follicles are moved they can be placed in a way that mimics nature and gives your scalp a more natural look.

One of the common questions regarding hair follicle transplants is whether the hair will grow in the new bald area or if it will die out like the original hair follicles. Dermatologist Norman Orentreich proved that the new hair follicle would grow in the same way as it would have in its original location. The theory is called donor dominance and was a breakthrough in hair transplant practice in the 1950s. Later developments included the practice of sourcing the hair follicles from areas of the scalp known to have the strongest hair growth. This resulted in the transplanted hair follicles growing just as strong in the bald areas and giving the patient a new head of hair.

Modern technology has taken the knowledge of the past and made it much more efficient. The sizes of each incision are much smaller, leaving practically no scar whatsoever and allowing surgeons to place many more grafts in a smaller area. The latest ultra refined follicular unit hair transplantation can place over 50 grafts into one square centimeter area. The best part about the new advancements is that patients can be in and out of the doctor’s office in just one visit without any downtime or needing to stay overnight. There is almost no recovery time, pain is limited, and the patient doesn’t need to miss any work. This is why there are thousands of people finally opting to permanently fix their balding problem once and for all.

Types of Hair Transplants

Strip Harvesting: The most common hair transplant procedure today takes a strip of hair follicles and transplants them to the balding area. The strips of hair are taken from the side or back of the scalp and leave tiny vertical scars in their place. Once the strip is removed, it is cut up into numerous smaller follicular units that are then implanted into the bald scalp in a way that looks as natural as possible.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): While not every patient is eligible for FUE, it is generally the most sought after procedure. Instead of removing a strip of hair follicles, this method removes one hair follicle at a time, leaving minimal scarring; causes almost no pain, and the recovery time is so short that you can be back in action in less than a day.

Differences between Surgical and Non-Surgical Hair Replacement

Hair loss can be a difficult period in a man or women’s life and the thought of losing your lovely locks can have a negative emotional effect. Sometimes the best way to cope with hair loss is to accept it and change your hair style, but some people just can’t do without their hair. You probably remember your dad and grandpa wearing those obnoxiously fake looking hair pieces and wigs. Today, the technology has come a long way and you have plenty of options to help you keep that full head of hair. Whether your hair line is just starting to recede or you have lost all of the hair on your crown, there are both non-surgical and surgical procedures that can help you overcome hair loss.

 
Non-surgical hair replacement techniques

Although non-surgical methods are not able to re-grow lost hair, they can help reduce the visible baldness. There are two general non-surgical methods that are used today. First is a hair piece that either uses your hair, other human hair, or synthetic hair to create a wig that looks natural and fits into the balding area of your head. The second method is to use oral or topical drugs. Drugs may not be the all they are marketed to be, but they still can be effective for certain types of balding issues.
• Hair duplication process: The best way to match your hair style, color, and thickness is by using your own hair. The latest technology is capable of duplicating the hair from the back and sides of your head and then using that hair in a modern hair piece. Your hair will look natural and will seamlessly blend with the hair that is left on your head.

• Hair additions (Hair piece) – The wig or toupee has come a long way from the old uncomfortable and unrealistic pieces of the past. The technology for attaching both human and synthetic hair to a practically microscopic hair piece has allowed both men and women to live their lives without anyone noticing they have a hair piece in place. Quality hair pieces can be attached using either double-sided surgical tape or glue, and will look, feel, and function the exact same as your original hair. You can treat it the same every morning in the shower and be confident it won’t fall off during even the most active day.

 

Drugs

• Minoxidil: The only FDA approved drug on the market. It can be taken orally or applied topically and works to increase the strength of your existing hair. Although some people have reported hair growth after using the drug, testing hasn’t proven that it is effective for re-growing hair, only increasing the thickness and what is left.
• Finasteride: This is another drug that is often available over-the-counter and has a large following of men that use it for hair strengthening and growth. While it may not be the best fit for everyone, some people can see great benefits from using this drug. It reverses the effects of balding by decreasing the DHT hormone. It is only an effective treatment for male patients.

 
Surgical hair replacement techniques elitist

If you are not happy with the way your hair is growing and a simple hair piece or hair strengthening drug doesn’t work for you, there are surgical options that can be considered. While almost everyone is eligible for a hair replacement surgery, there is one exception. The patient must have existing hair still remaining; either on the sides or back of their head. Hair replacement surgery is surprisingly low cost compared other options like taking drugs for the rest of your life. Surgery is quickly becoming one of the most popular options for dealing with balding in both men and women.
• Hair transplantation (hair replacement): With the latest technology available, hair transplantation has become safer and more popular than ever. The method takes hair follicles from areas of your scalp that still have strong hair growth and transplants them into the balding areas. This permanent procedure can give you back the full head of hear that you were looking for with just a few easy treatments. Your physician should be trained to give your hair a natural look that gives you back your hair but also takes into consideration a slight receding of the hair line that would occur naturally in all men.

• Scalp reduction (scalp stretching): This is an invasive procedure that removes the bald skin from the scalp and stretches the skin with hair over that area. Patients with large bald areas will not be able to use this method because it would require removing too much skin. But, if you are only experiencing slight balding, scalp reduction may be your best choice.

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