As we age, some of us begin to consider hair replacement options because we are experiencing the preliminary stages of balding. There are a number of replacement surgeries that people can have performed in order to restore their appearance and replace their lost or thinning hair. In some instances, the physician or hair replacement surgeon that you discuss your situation with will recommend trying a non-surgical method rather than surgery.
Despite the fact that hair replacement surgical procedures have been options for many individuals, there have been a number of technological advancements and innovations that are non-surgical in nature and are considered to be effective courses of action. Here are a few that you may not be aware of and how they function:
Transdermal membrane grafts – this hair replacement option is similar to another process known as vacuum prosthesis (see below) except that it uses a thinner type of polymer to attach to your scalp. This polymer is no thicker than a contact lens and is undetectable when attached to a person’s scalp. Hair is then injected into this polymer base which creates an appearance that is very realistic and is difficult to discern the difference between the TMG’s and your real hair.
Vacuum Prosthesis – one of the newer technologies concerning non-surgical hair replacement is known as vacuum prosthesis. It is actually a method that is currently employed for attaching hair pieces. This involves a shell made from silicon which has human hair already imbedded in it by hand in order to achieve a more natural look once the shell is attached to the scalp. This is then applied to the skin of the scalp and a strong vacuum seal results.
Additionally, this vacuum is created by applying clear film made from co-polyester and then attaching it to the bottom of the silicon shell. Vacuum prosthesis is also a much more reliable option if the scalp has been damaged by burning or has deformations in it. Regardless of the shape or smoothness of the scalp, the piece conforms to the head.
Waterproof adhesives – this one of the more important advancements in the industry, especially for those individuals who have used non-surgical hair replacement methods on their scalps (e.g. hairpieces or wigs). The wearer doesn’t have to worry about scalp sweat degrading the effectiveness of the adhesive and in most cases, it forms a strong enough bond so that even going swimming will not affect its effectiveness.