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Losing your hair can have a devastating psychological effect on a person. Traditionally wigs and hair pieces were all that was available cosmetically to recreate the hair we once had. New technology has produced superior hair systems (also known as non-surgical hair replacement, hair bonding or hair integration). Modern day advancements in products along with the technical skills of an experienced specialist are essential and the benefits include being able to sleep, shower, swim and carry on with your life as if you had your own hair. The hair replacement systems are all hand made and therefore take between 8 and 12 weeks to come back for the final fitting. If the replacement is well looked after, it is expected to last around 3 years. Depending on the hair length, density and size of the custom hair replacement, system prices can range from £1,250 - £1,500.
The history of baldness cures that don’t involve some form of surgery can be summed up rather succinctly. From prehistory to the late 1980s, nothing worked. All baldness cures were figuratively and often literally snake oil.
Then came Minoxidil (marketed in the UK as Regaine®) followed quickly by Finasteride (marketed in the UK as Propecia®); see the hair loss drugs section. These products can prevent hair loss and in some cases, grow new hair.
Genes are behind most of the bald and thinning heads out there, male and female. You can inherit baldness from your mother or your father. Baldness is not passed only through the mother's side, a quick look at the countless number of bald fathers and sons will nullify this myth.
There are now a wide range of products, from laser hair loss therapy to custom hair replacement systems available on the market, which claim to provide a solution to every type of hair loss problem, from the early stages of thinning, through to advanced or total hair loss.
Traditionally wigs and hair pieces were all that was available cosmetically to recreate the hair we once had. New technology has produced superior hair systems (also known as non-surgical hair replacement, hair bonding or hair integration). Modern day advancements in products along with the technical skills of an experienced specialist are essential and the benefits include being able to sleep, shower, swim and carry on with your life as if you had your own hair.
For women with hair loss who need full coverage, or who suffer hair loss due to medical treatment (chemotherapy etc.), there are very light, thin, comfortable alternatives to heavy outdated wigs available nowadays, with the option of a semi-permanent attachment. These come with an invisible natural lace front hair line, a super ultra thin base with 100% European human hair attached. It is also possible to wear styles back off the face and up into a ponytail so that the finished style looks undetectable as anything but your own hair!
If you are considering a non-surgical hair replacement system the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure. It can't answer all your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the practitioner. Please ask a practitioner about anything you don't understand.
In your first consultation with a practitioner, you should clearly explain your expectations of the hair replacement treatment. Your practitioner should then tell you whether this is the right treatment for you and whether it can achieve the results you’d like.
Make sure that you obtain as much information as necessary to enable you to make a fully informed decision about this procedure.
The practitioner should also ask for your medical history to make sure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t undergo hair replacement treatment. At this point, you would also normally be asked to sign a consent form which means that you have understood the future benefits and possible risks associated with the procedure.
Photographs of the area to be treated may also be taken by the practitioner for a “before and after” comparison later.
At your next appointment, or sometimes straight after the consultation if you are happy to proceed, the practitioner will start on the design stage of the hair replacement treatment. This is where measurements and details such as hair colour and type are taken to make a custom fit product for each individual.
The hair replacement systems are all hand made and therefore take between 8 and 12 weeks to come back for the final fitting, which can take up to 2 hours. At this point, the hair replacement system is professionally ‘cut in’ to match the style and length of hair you had/want, and blended into your own hair (if you have only partial hair loss) so the finished look is undetectable.
Maintenance of hair replacement systems will be necessary once every 3 to 4 weeks whereby the hair system will need to be removed, cleaned and re-attached. This takes approximately one hour and is a pleasant experience, rather like visiting a regular hairdresser.
Side Effects and Risks
There have been no reports of any side effects on those wearing non-surgical hair replacement systems.
Who Can Do It
Design and fitting is carried out by hair replacement specialists trained by experts in the art of hair replacement.
Depending on the hair length, density and size of the custom hair replacement, system prices can range from £1,250 - £1,500.
If the replacement is well looked after, it is expected to last around 3 years.
You may be advised to purchase two systems, so like prescription glasses, you always have one available to wear whilst one is being cleaned, repaired etc.
Medical prosthesis systems designed only to last for the duration of medical treatments such as Chemotherapy, which induce hair loss start from around £850.
These have a shorter life-span of 6 - 8 months as in such cases it is expected that your hair will regrow post-treatment.
Losing your hair can have a devastating psychological effect on a person, most especially women, knocking your self-confidence and potentially making you withdraw from your social life.
Many wigs, hair pieces and hair replacement systems available on the market offer a solution to hair loss, however many simply look unnatural as they are unable to recreate a realistic hairline. With advances in technology there are now non-surgical hair replacement systems available that are virtually undetectable as not your natural hair, due to the way that the base secures to the scalp and the hair appears to then be growing straight out of your skin; thus creating a more natural and realistic hairline.
Combined with the ability to match hair style, colour, thickness and texture to your original hair and the versatility to swim and shower in the system; it offers a solution to hair loss that provides impressive and non-invasive results.
Before and After Pictures
20 year old male with thinning hair due to male pattern baldness. He sought treatment before baldness set in and his hair loss became too noticeable. After treatment with a non-surgical hair replacement system.
Female with her own hair, before undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer (left). She sought treatment before her hair fell out. By cutting off her hair in advance, and having a replacement device fitted, she chose to avoid the trauma of hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment.
Female with medical hair replacement device, designed to match her own hair (right). The device will no longer be required post cancer treatment when her own hair should re-grow.
Images above courtesy of White Cliffs Group.
All before and after photographs are actual patients, your results may differ.