From Hair Replacement to Hair Transplant

Although we do not do hair replacement (also known as hair systems or hairpiece), we do know quite a bit about them. The biggest appeal of hair replacement is that it provides an immediate solution for someone dealing with hair loss. There are two incidences in which someone who already has a hair replacement may require or benefit from our services. First, a person that has moderate hair loss and good donor density may be a favorable candidate for hair transplant. This individual could undergo a hair transplant and slowly transition from a hair replacement to transplanted hairs (see more details below). Second, a person who has advanced hair loss and has lost hair above the sideburns called temporal points can make a hair system look unnatural. Oftentimes this type of hair loss makes a hair system difficult to style, requiring hairs to be combed over so as to hide the receded corners. This individual would benefit from a combination procedure where hair would be transplanted into the temporal points to create a more natural frame to one’s face. As follows, someone wearing a hairpiece and considering a hair transplant would need to consider caring for a hairpiece when planning a hair transplant procedure. We have outlined a step-by-step process to assist you in your planning.

If you want to find out if you are a good candidate for hair transplantation, please schedule your consult with us. Plan on visiting your stylist beforehand so that he or she can remove your system before coming to our office. Once we visit with you, evaluate your hair, and design the best plan of action for you, you can return to your hair stylist to reattach your hair replacement as you would normally.

FIRST SCENARIO: HOW TO TRANSITION FROM A HAIR REPLACEMENT TO A HAIR TRANSPLANT

If you are a good candidate for a hair transplant that would eventually replace your hairpiece, you may want to know that the transition may be easier than you think, and this is how you would do it:

  1. In preparation for the procedure, you would need to change the way your hairpiece attaches – you would need to switch from a bond to clips. Your hair stylist can help you with it.
  2. You will be required to remove your hairpiece the day before your surgery and have to refrain from wearing it for about 5 to 7 days. During this period of time, you are allowed to wear a hat. You will also have to make sure that the hairpiece is clean when placed over the transplanted area.
  3. You will need to use clips for a minimum of 2 weeks. You will still be able to use tape to secure your hairpiece around your hairline but we will teach you how to do it without damaging the transplanted hairs. You will be required to remove your hairpiece daily to wash your hair and treat the transplanted area with the products we will provide for you. After 2 weeks, you could return to your preferred method of attachment.
  4. Transplanted hairs should begin growing about 3 months after your procedure. It is important not to place tape or glue over the transplanted area. Your hair stylist should work with you.
  5. Depending on the size of the hair transplant procedure you receive and whether your plan for hair restoration requires two procedures, you should expect a possibility of transitioning out of your hairpiece within 9 -12 months from the surgery. Our patients usually see significant hair growth within 6-9 months. During the consultation and planning, we will help you figure out your hairstyle and if and how facial hair may help you during the period of transition.

SECOND SCENARIO: HOW TO COMBINE A HAIR REPLACEMENT WITH A HAIR TRANSPLANT

If we determine that you are a candidate for temporal point reconstruction, you would need to prepare in the following way:

  1. You will be required to remove your hairpiece the day before your surgery and wash your hair with a special shampoo we will provide.
  2. There should be a sufficient space between the edges of the hairpiece and the transplanted area as well as the donor area in order to allow for proper healing. If that is not the case, then you would need to use clips for a minimum of 2 weeks. During this period of time, you are allowed to wear a hat. You will also have to make sure that the hairpiece is clean when placed back on your head.
  3. You will still be able to use the tape to secure your hairpiece around your hairline but we will teach you how to do it without damaging the transplanted hairs. You will be required to remove your hairpiece daily to wash your hair and treat the transplanted area with the products we will provide for you. After 2 weeks, you could return to your preferred method of attachment.
  4. Transplanted hairs should begin growing about 3 months after your procedure. It is important not to place tape or glue over the transplanted area. Your hair stylist should work with you.
  5. Depending on the size of the hair transplant procedure you receive and whether your plan for hair restoration requires two procedures, you should expect a better frame to your face and easier hair styling within 6 to 9 months. During the consultation and planning, we will help you figure out your hairstyle and if and how facial hair may help you during the period of transition.