You’re a woman or man experiencing hair loss of some form: alopecia; male-pattern baldness; female-pattern baldness; receding hair line; thinning hair; spot balding; among others. You look in the mirror and clearly see less hair on your cranium.  You’re not happy. You’re not alone. Your mind starts thinking about solutions for your hair loss.  Before you can settle on a solution, you need facts.  You need information about options available to you.  Options and their ramifications. Natural Choice Hair Replacement understands your situation, and presents a fact table as a starting point for your hair loss-to-hair-replacement journey:

Facts to ConsiderSurgical Response to FactNon-Surgical Response to Fact
  • Pain, Rest, and Side Effects
Like any surgery, there is pain.  You will need several days of rest after hair transplant surgery.  Some side effects that you may experience include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling of the scalp
  • Bruising around the eyes
  • A crust that forms on the areas of the scalp where hair was removed or implanted
  • Numbness or lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp
  • Itching
  • Sudden but typically temporary loss of the transplanted hair (called shock loss), unnatural-looking tufts of hair
No pain.  No rest required.  The side effect will be psychological…embracing your look with hair.
  • Permancy
Surgical hair replacement is meant to permanently mask balding.  This being said, some surgical hair replacement patients experience the death of hair follicles after surgery, in which case no new hair will grow.  Although the surgery was meant as a permanent solution, the patient may end up dealing with an unnatural look with a patchy hair pattern.The question then becomes “What if you don’t like the result of the hair transplant surgery?”  Now you’re dealing with the issue of reversing the outcome of the surgery; this is to say multiple surgeries.Non-surgical hair replacement involves masking thinning hair and/or baldness with a natural-looking hair system that maps a man or woman’s natural hairline.  Systems are bonded onto the scalp with medical-grade tapes and/or bonding adhesives, or clips that grip areas of a person’s scalp where there still remains enough of the person’s own hair to provide a hold.  Individuals who choose clips have the option of removing their system daily.  Individuals who choose bonding adhesives typically have their systems removed every 3 or 4 weeks for cleaning, re-application and styling.
  • Infection
With any surgery, there is risk of infection.  Infection of the hair follicles is known as folliculitis.No risk where hair systems are applied using clips.  Slight risk of infection where medical-grade tapes and bonding adhesives are applied.  In situations where an individual experiences an irritated skin reaction to a medical-grade tape or bonding adhesive, a different type can be tried until the “right” match is determined, or clips can be utilized.
  • Time
Surgical hair replacement is not quick and easy.   Treatment can often last one to two years.After mapping an individual’s natural hairline, the timeline for delivery of a hair system customized for the individual is typically between 1 to 12 weeks.  Then the individual comes in for the new system to be applied and styled…which takes 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Success/Failure
As with any surgery, there is always the risk of failure.  Failure associated to surgical hair replacement includes:

  • Hair grafts not surviving after hair transplant surgery
  • An unnatural look with a patchy hair pattern
  • On-going hair loss where gaps around the grafted area appear where the hairline has continued to thin or recede
  • New hair appearing more or less dense depending on:
  • Scalp laxity
  • Hair caliber/quality
  • Hair type (e.g., fine, coarse, straight, curly, etc,)
  • Density of follicles in the transplanted zone
Success/failure correlates to how a person feels with their new look with hair.
  • Requirement for Post-Operative Medical Prescriptions
In some instances with surgical hair replacement, a patient may be required to take medical prescriptions (e.g., Propecia or Minoxidil) for the long term to avert continual hair loss in the non-treated areas of your scalp.No operation; no requirement for post-operative medical prescriptions.
  • Cost
Up-front cost in the $12,000 range.Total costing typically includes the up-front, one-time cost for the hair system and a Hair-For-Life Service/Maintenance package, which is renewable from year to year.  Up-front costs are in the $800 to $2,500 range depending on the type and extent of hair loss,  Service/Maintenance packages vary depending on the extent and frequency of services provided to an individual based on their needs.

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Whatever solution path you ultimately choose, NCHR wishes you good health and a rejuvenated sense of self with your look with hair.

Best,
Casey.

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