Hairpiece Expert

Who should use a hair system?

1. Hereditary baldness – Male pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness (Androgenetic alopecia) is a common form of hereditary hair loss. Dermatologists have proven that male pattern baldness is caused in part due to heredity and male hormones. Regardless of male or female, it may occur even before the age of twenty. Most male pattern baldness patients have normal endocrine but due to the effects of the 5α-reductases, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) (also known as hair follicle killer) will form in the hair follicles and join with the androgens to attack the hair follicles, shortening the hair growth cycle and causing the hair to become shorter and thinner as the hair follicle withers away. The hair loss mostly begins in the crown area and forehead area for males while the hair loss for women begins from the scalp center distribution line. Depending on the severity of hair loss, male pattern baldness may be classified into 7 stages. Generally, the optimal time for treatment would be from Stage 2 – 5.

2. Abnormal Hair Loss / Pressure Alopecia / Spot Baldness (Alopecia areata) Patients

Alopecia areata, or more commonly known as spot baldness, is a common form of hair loss in dermatology. It may happen at any age, even in youths, especially between 20-50 years old. In spot baldness, about 4-27% is attributable to HLA tissue antigens, such as HLA DR4 DR5, DR11 and DQ7, which may develop to full head baldness and body baldness. Spot baldness may be classified as hair loss period, dormant period, and restoration period. Expert physicians recommend that unless the patients are also suffering mental issues, they should not worry about seeking the source of their pressure. Hair loss is not the fault of the patient and should be treated normally.

3. Postpartum hair loss

Postpartum hair loss is a common issue faced by many mothers. Although the hair loss rarely lasts more than six months, it may sometimes persist up to one year. Patients often complain about the massive hair loss and worry that all their hair will fall off. In reality, postpartum hair loss is a typical form of Telogen alopecia where there will be substantial hair loss but not all. Most experts believe that during pregnancy, the high estrogen levels of the pregnant mother will lengthen the life of the hair follicles, therefore when the estrogen levels return to normal after birth, the massive number of follicles will enter a resting phase and cause massive hair loss. According to reports, the proportion of hair follicles in such resting phase is as high as 65% which means that in severe cases, about 2/3 of the hair may fall off.

4. Cancer Treatment, Severe Diseases, and Head Surgery Patients

Temporary hair loss may also be due to cancer treatment, brain diseases, accidents requiring head surgeries or external treatment. The medical grade hair system can be used to protect the scalp from direct injuries and keep warm, as well as restore the confidence of the patient in appearance.

5. Hair Loss and Hair Thinning of Senior Citizens

Due to the increase in age or pressures of life, many middle-age people or senior citizens face rapid hair loss and thinning, and are unable to style their hair. The hair system can restore their confidence. In Europe and US, besides seeking anti-aging skin treatment, the senior citizens also consider the use of hair systems a necessary option in cosmetology for their hair loss or thinning issues.

How to treat hereditary male pattern baldness?

A.Top-Quality Hair-Plus Hair System

Using a top-quality hair system, such as the Domo Hair Top-Quality Hair-Plus Hair System to change the image through physical means is the common choice of local and foreign celebrities, stars, and models alike. In advanced European countries such as Germany, females suffering from hair loss are eligible for subsidy claims from the health bureau due to the substantial impact on confidence while males are currently not yet eligible. In Taiwan, regardless of male or female, the buying of wigs for hair loss or baldness issues is not covered by the health insurance. However, if the medical grade hair system is diagnosed as a necessary medical tool in coping with hair loss by a dermatologist, then the patient may apply for tax reductions in accordance with the Income Tax Act as the medical grade hair system is considered under medical expenses. The taxpayer may obtain the certificate, the diagnosis from the dermatologist and the official receipt and submit to the tax authorities for tax reduction. In addition, some medical insurance also includes coverage. Classified as a medical grade hair system, the Domo Hair Top-Quality Hair-Plus Hair System offers high permeability and high antimicrobial properties while also allowing high level of authenticity and secureness. It is the reason for preference by the celebrities.

B.Baldness Medication Approved by the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration, MOHW, (FDA for short) reminds that, for medication treatment, regardless of external application or oral consumption, finasteride, the pharmaceutical ingredient used in male pattern baldness and prostatic hyperplasia treatment is classified as prescription drug. Baldness patients should refrain from buying without physician orders. Currently, only 15 types of medication containing finasteride are FDA-approved.

C.Transplantation Surgery

Transplantation surgery first originated in Japan when Japanese physician attempted to graft the patient’s own hair to correct the male pattern baldness. As of today, it has a history of over 80 years. Currently, the main hair transplantation technologies used in Taiwan and overseas include the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). A few things to note before choosing hair transplantation include:

  • Budget concerns will determine the selection of traditional hair transplantation, FUT, or the micro-invasive FUE. The advantage of the former is it conforms to the requirement for large area transplantation in male pattern hair loss which will greatly reduce the time in transplantation surgery to achieve the hair density but it’s disadvantage is it will cause scarring after the surgery. The latter will not cause scarring of the scalp but due to the limited number of follicles, it is suitable only small areas such as eyebrows, sideburns, and moustache. It will be very costly to use the micro-invasive procedure for large area transplantation in male pattern baldness. In recent years, technology has also introduced the laser guided transplantation technology which is even more expensive.
  • To reduce the pains of the patient, most transplantation surgeries will require a certified anesthetist to administer local anesthetics. Please verify that the professional anesthetist in the transplantation medical facility is certified (possess anesthetist certification) before the administration of anesthesia. As for the post-surgery pains, besides general oral medication, the patient may also choose long-term medical injections to alleviate the post-surgery discomfort.
  • Unnatural appearance after surgery Since the proposal of the follicular unit concept by Dr.B.Limmer, Dr.R.Bernstein, and Dr.R.Rassman after observing the natural clustering of hair follicles under the microscope in 1995, unnatural appearances after transplantation surgery have been greatly reduced. As the hairline position of every individual is unique, the patient should communicate with the physician before surgery to ensure both parties will be satisfied with the results.
  • Grafted Hair is not Long Hair Treatment results require a waiting period and patience in hair maintenance. Generally, for the transplantation treatment to achieve the effects of covering the hair loss, a period of at least 8-10 months is required for results to be visible. However, professional dermatologist stress that grafted hair is not new hair growth, so it will require a lot of efforts and expense in hair health maintenance, or the hair may still fall off.