1. Hair Systems
Hair systems or wigs have been used by men for a very long period of time. Some of the newer hair systems, especially the new I've seen made at Advanced Hair Studio, look a lot more aesthetically appealing than the older systems.
A lot of celebrities have benefited from these hair systems. However, it is important to understand the implications of wearing the system. Mentioned below are a few advantages and disadvantages of a hair system.
- Obviates the need for going through surgical restoration and the process of preserving existing hair through the use of medication.
- Results are pretty much instantaneous and the client walks out of the clinic with a system of his or her choice.
- Initial outlay for the system is slightly less (around £3000 for a good system).
- Pretty much zero downtime as the patient can get back to work the next day and also unlike a nine month window with a hair restoration surgery, the client need not have to wait that length of time to see the results.
- Despite significant improvements in quality of systems, they do appear unnatural and to a trained eye, it is always obvious if someone's wearing a system.
- Though the initial outlay is less than a hair transplant done by a reputable surgeon, the ongoing costs of maintenance and of replacing systems can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
- Once a client starts wearing a system, he pretty much has to wear it for the rest of his life as the patients existing hair can gradually die due to blockage of pores.
- Because of persistent blockage of skin pores with use of glue, the skin in the forehead and back of neck can become sensitive and red.
South African cricketer Jacques Kallis who has admitted to using a hair system:
Source: Times Live (www.timeslive.co.za)
2. Scalp Micro-Pigmentation
Scalp Micro-pigmentation (SMP) has become a very popular option for clients who wish to keep their hair short (buzz cut to be precise).
A micro needle is used in SMP to tattoo the scalp to create an illusion of hair. SMP can also be used as a camouflage to disguise thinning hair. It is also a very useful tool to camouflage strip & bad FUE scars.
- Unlike surgical restoration, lack of donor hair is not a concern and that significantly increases the number of clients suitable for SMP.
- It is a much quicker procedure than surgical restoration as a desirable outcome can be made in a couple of sittings.
- It is relatively pain-free procedure.
- It is slightly cheaper than a hair restoration surgery.
- With SMP, the only hairstyle the client can have is a size zero or a buzz cut. This is a big limiting factor as a lot of clients would want to have a choice of growing their hair long.
- Unless performed by a trained technician, the outcomes can be undesirable.
- Human scalp is very vascular and this can play a significant role in the final outcome of colour.
- Certain skin types are unsuitable for SMP.
- Unlike other tattoos, the colour tends to fade with exposure to the elements and the client needs constant touch ups.
- Being a relatively new procedure, it will be interesting to evaluate long term outcomes as to how the colour changes with ageing skin.
- Of particular interest would be to know how the client might feel in a couple of decades when the rest of the hair starts going grey and the top of the scalp might resemble that of the initial tattoo.
An example of Scalp Micro Pigmentation:
3. Hair thickening products
Hair thickening products like Toppik, Couvre and DermMatch have been very popular as a cosmetic product among clients with thinning hair. Recently, their use has become more popular in clients who have hair restoration surgeries with sub-optimal growth or density.
- Instant thicker and fuller looking hair
- Can be bought over the counter
- Some products like aqua match are used by sportsmen who do not wish the product to wash off through rain or sweat
- The product cannot be used on an empty scalp and needs hair for it to have its desired effect.
- No long term studies have been done on effects of existing hair. It is advisable to wash the product out everyday as it might block the pores in the scalp and cause damage to existing hair if its left on for long durations.
Pictures of Wayne Rooney before use of Nanofibres:
Wayne Rooney’s hair looks thicker immediately after use of Nanofibres: