Thus far we have discussed various remedies and massaging gear that might assist you in ending your hair loss. In this section we briefly deal with some of the options available to people when hair loss treatment has not been effective. There are numerous methods and products on the market; so we shall focus only on some of the most successful and generally-used ways of covering the entire scalp or affected areas.
Hair replacement surgery, as a method of ending your hair loss, can enhance your appearance and can help you to regain your self-confidence. However, the results won’t necessarily be satisfactory. Before going for hair replacement surgery, think carefully about what you want, what your expectations are and consult a specialist in the field of transplant surgery. Hair replacement is expensive and you should make sure that you can live with the result.
The techniques of hair transplantation have signicantly improved since the late 1970s. Initially grafts of skin with hair were transplanted from the donor area to the bald patches.The results looked somewhat artificial, almost like the synthetic hair on the head of a doll - symmetric rows of plugs all over the scalp. But the methods have gradually become more advanced, so that follicle units could be transferred to the targeted area. Further developments have resulted in transplanting individual follicles through a micro-graft process. Patients are administered local anesthesia or in some cases are mildly sedated for this procedure. Generally the results are good and the transplantations virtually undetectable.
Unfortunately hair transplantation is not suitable for everybody, which may hamper your efforts to end your hair loss. People with sparse hair in the donor area (at the back and on the sides) usually have a much smaller chance of success. Also, an individual with very little hair in general might be adviced not to undergo hair replacement surgery. The surgeon should make the decision in such cases.
In some instances doctors can successfully use donor hair from other parts of the body. For example, if a man has a particularly hairy chest, some hair can be used from that area as donor hair for the head. This hair transplant procedure requires a surgeon skilled in the latest techniques in order to keep scarring to a minimum.
The cost of a hair transplant will differ from person to person. A full transplant can cost up to $9 000.
In the United States the Aderans Research Institute (ARI) is working on a project which is known as cellular regeneration. The basic focus is on replacing hair to the bald areas through stem cell treatment. Hair from the client’s donor area are multiplied in a laboratory and implanted into the scalp.The massive number of hair follicles should ensure a substantial growth of new, strong hair. At this stage the ARI’s results are being tested and verified. The general opinion among dermatologists and other specialist researchers is that although promising tentative results have been produced, a final research product is not on the horizon yet.
Implant of Biofibre
Another hair replacement method to end your hair loss is the so-called Biofibre Hair Implant System. Clinics all over the world offer this service.
The implants can be done at once to produce a full head of hair and a natural hairline immediately, or it can be done gradually. It can be combined with natural hair or transplants.
The procedure involves the implant of artificial hair into the scalp as a replacement for natural hair. The fibre is implanted into the scalp with a special instrument. The treatment is painless and no surgical procedure is involved. Treatment to cover the whole head with fibre may take 6 000 – 8 000 implants. Recovery of the skin after implants usually takes only two to three days. Although the hair is artificial substance, it looks like natural hair. It can be washed and dried like normal air, but must be washed according to specific instructions. Of course the implants do not grow.
Biofibre has a strict maintenance program that includes regular cleansing and regular check-ups at the clinics. Implants will be matched to existing hair. The hair is soft, flexible and fine. It comes in 13 standard colours. Clinical trials have shown only 1% of patients to be sensitive to the fibre and therefore not suitable for the implants.
The cost of the biofibre process also varies and will be determined by an examination of the client’s individual situation. One of the international clinics charges approximately $900 (clinic fees excluded) for implantations on a large scalp area. It would be wise to obtain a quotation of the fees before making a decision.
Hair pieces and wigs
Hair pieces or wigs of a high quality can also be part of your efforts to end your hair loss. Women as well as men can wear hair pieces or wigs that are tailor-made for them. Colour and style are delivered according to the taste of the client. Like the care prescribed for biofibre implants, hair pieces and wigs also require regular maintenance. Wigs are fitted on to a person’s head so that the (usually) synthetic hair covers the entire scalp. Hair pieces are usually attached to the scalp to cover bald patches. In both cases the strands of artificial hair are combed through the natural hair at the back and at the sides of the head to integrate with it. Prices differ widely, and clients should ask for individual quotations. In recent Amazon.com pages wigs have been advertised for $51 to $69.