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Surgical vs Non-Surgical Hair Replacement

There are many misconceptions around both surgical and non-surgical hair replacement. As a non-surgical hair replacement specialist, I’m keen to dispel any misconceptions, to help my clients understand the benefits of avoiding painful surgery and instead opt for non-surgical hair replacement.

However this doesn’t mean my critique of surgical hair replacement is disingenuous – for some people going under the knife is the best option, and many experience impressive and life-changing results. So surgical vs non-surgical hair replacement – which is right for you?

What is surgical hair replacement?

Surgical hair replacement, often known as a hair transplant, is in simple terms a procedure by which hair is removed from one part of the scalp and transplanted into another. It involves either removing a strip of hair (typically from the back of the scalp) dissecting out the follicles and implanting them into bald areas, or removing individual hair or follicular units one at a time (again from the back of the head), known as an FUE transplant . Of course, this does require that the client has a sufficient amount of donor hair to start with.

The advantages of surgical hair replacement are firstly that it’s a permanent remedy, which is of course highly attractive to many hair loss sufferers. Whilst the up-front cost is high, it is low-maintenance long-term, assuming all goes well, and the hair replacement doesn’t require substantial follow-up or specific hair care. Surgical hair replacement is a worthy option for young people, those suffering with patchy baldness, or thinning hair. In the case of an FUE transplant, this is most suitable for those suffering from pattern baldness.

However, many people report that hair transplants deliver a varied success rate in terms of thickness, density, length and wave – not what you expect after suffering a highly invasive and expensive procedure! The disadvantages of surgical hair replacement are the high cost (prohibitive for many people), the invasive nature of the procedure, the risk of surgical infection, and lack of guaranteed results. Surgical hair replacement is only suitable for those with abundant donor hair, but it can leave clients with damage to the donor section of the scalp, and donor follicles can diminish over time, necessitating repeat procedures.

What is non-surgical hair replacement?

Known as a Hair Replacement System, non-surgical hair replacement is sometimes also referred to as a hairpiece or wig. However this is a somewhat antiquated term. Hair replacement systems today are far more sophisticated and advanced, thanks to improvements in the materials, adhesives, hair types and construction.

Compared with a hair transplant, a hair replacement system is an instant and guaranteed solution, suitable for most types of hair loss whether due to hereditary factors, medical conditions, chemotherapy or indeed any other reason. The results of hair replacement systems are guaranteed, with limitless possibilities in terms of colour, style, density, length and texture – essentially hair replacement systems are customised to the client’s specific requirements.

Unlike the hairpieces of old, our hair replacement systems are made with high-quality human hair, sewn on to an ultra-fine undetectable layer of artificial skin, and bonded in such a way to fit perfectly on the natural contours of the client’s head. Unlike wigs or toupees, hair replacement systems do not blow off in the wind, and allow clients to swim, skydive or undertake any number of activities (extreme or otherwise) with no-one being any the wiser.

So the cons? I guess the big one is maintenance. Hair replacement systems don’t last forever; they do need replacing at regular intervals (maintenance routines differ depending on the type of system, the bond used, and the type of hair loss). They also need care to ensure they keep looking good and natural. But the upside to this is flexibility – if a client doesn’t like a particular hair system, or wants to change style, length, wave or colour, they can simply remove it and start again. The same cannot be said of a surgical hair transplant.

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No matter which way you choose to battle hair loss and regain a full head of hair, it’s important you understand all the options and make an informed decision.

At David Rozman, our unique hair replacement systems are revolutionary in the world of hair loss. We’ve helped hundreds of people with their hair loss problems. We’ll take you through your hair replacement options, demystify the process and remove uncertainty. We guarantee you’ll leave your consultation with a new-found confidence and sense of wellbeing. Don’t just take my word for it …