The term non-surgical hair replacement covers a number of technologies which are used to artificially attach hair pieces onto sections of thinned and bald scalps. The term is relatively new and is more properly associated with newer technologies which have been developed to improve upon the concept of the wig or toupee.
Non-surgical hair replacement methods have only recently gained wide acceptance because it is a direct descendant of the old wigs. Wigs are known to look like wigs. In fact it is easy to spot someone wearing an old-style wig even from a great distance. That is how artificial those things looked. And as far as attachment to the scalp is concerned, the old ones were attached to remaining hair using pins and/or had black laces which help hold them down. A strong gust of wind or sudden movement would be enough to dislodge an old wig from its precarious perch above the wearer’s head.
New hair pieces are made of sterner stuff. Where old pieces fell apart after about a year, new ones can last anywhere from four to seven years. New adhesive technologies hold new hair pieces securely atop one’s crown. These new hair pieces will not detach when the wind blows. They will continue to hold fast even while you’re bathing or swimming. Vigorous exercises will not cause them to detach.
When the technology was relatively new, modern non surgical hair replacement cost a lot of money. But with the recent surge of popularity of non surgical means of hair replacement, costs have been steadily going down. This can be attributed to the growth of the market which allows for economy of scale, and competition among companies offering different technologies. Organizations like the American Hair Loss Council have a lot of useful information on available hair replacement options.
So how much does non surgical hair replacement cost? It really varies with the company providing the hair replacement and the technology used. On average, a good hair piece can cost a thousand dollars or so plus monthly maintenance of just about the cost of a good haircut. One thing is sure though, surgical methods of hair replacement cost more. Hair transplants, which surgical hair restoration methods really are, take a lot of hours of work by specialized technicians and medical specialists. And to make matters worse, it usually takes a series of hair transplant operations to complete the process. The procedure is only meant for people with deep pockets and time to wait for results to be visible.
People may not realize this, but if they choose to have non surgical hair transplant, it may be advantageous for them to have two sets of hair piece; one they have on while the other is undergoing maintenance. While some may argue that surgical methods of hair restoration is more permanent, it does not really add hair – it just redistributes hair so it looks a little better. It is more relocation than real restoration.
In the end a non-surgical hair transplant procedure costs less, give more immediate results and really add hair where it is needed.