Having A Hair Transplant vs Wearing A Wig

Having A Hair Transplant vs Wearing A Wig

Having A Hair Transplant vs Wearing A Wig

People who suffer from hair loss, both men, and women, often face the choice between having a hair transplant or wearing a wig to hide their hair loss. The traditional word for artificial hair that is placed on a person’s head is a “wig”. The word ‘toupee’ is often used to describe a small piece of artificial hair that is used to cover a specific bald area, particularly by men.

Frequently the word ‘hair piece’ is used to refer to the wig, especially if the product covers a large area of the scalp. Nowadays, the term ‘hair system’ has been introduced, giving a more sophisticated and personalized connotation. Other terminology of this type includes “non-surgical hair transplants”, “hair additions”, “transformation” and a variety of less explicit words such as “rugs” or “units”.

Why choose hair transplant surgery over a wig?

Why choose hair transplant surgery over a wig?The results of a hair transplant are permanent or at least long-lasting, provides a natural look and often represents even a less expensive option than wigs. Currently, the wide availability of hair transplant surgeries with a high level of satisfaction for clients has relegated the use of wigs for a large number of people suffering from hair loss.

However, this does not exclude modern wigs in their function of helping people hide their baldness. For a small proportion of patients, hair pieces represent the most appropriate solution for their condition, either as a single measure or in conjunction with hair transplant surgery and/or pharmacological treatments. Sometimes hairpieces are an excellent choice, however, there are several reasons why a hair transplant is often better.

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Fear of detection

The largest proportion of wig users lives with the fear of any situation that may reveal the fact that the hair on their head is not natural. To hide this ”secret” they avoid close contact with other people. Living in the constant preoccupation of being discovered is emotionally exhausting. On the contrary, a hair transplant puts real hair on that area of the flesh, and stays there for life.

Cost comparison

Many people maintain a misconception in believing that a hair transplant is the most expensive solution for hair loss, and a wig is a more affordable method. With the passing of time, it turns out to be exactly the opposite. While it is true a hair transplant requires a significant investment, once made, lasts forever. In addition, the maintenance of the transplanted hair costs little more than a good shampoo and a trip to the barber every two months.

Obviously, in the beginning, the purchase of a wig is cheaper than a hair transplant. However, wigs require meticulous maintenance, generally, a ‘service’ must be applied every six weeks, which represents a significant cost. When a wig is serviced, the owner has to continue with their normal lives, so a second wig or a third wig will be required. These additional wigs will also require regular service and will have to be replaced as they wear out, or when the owner’s locks and hair change color. Of course, wigs can be purchased at a low price, but those that look more natural can cost several thousand dollars each.

Therefore, what at the beginning represented a solution at an affordable price will become a set of expensive wigs with regular maintenance costs. When those costs add up over a period of twenty or thirty years, there is no doubt that wigs are a much more expensive option than a hair transplant in MI.


A particular type of permanent baldness is produced by the method of fixing the wigs to the scalp. It is called traction alopecia and is associated with the weaving method that uses natural hair strands, weaving through the base of the wig to hold it in place. Over time, the fabric pulls weakened hair and favors its fall.

When is a wig a suitable option?

A wig can achieve better coverage and density of hair than a hair transplant. In addition, the modern hair system allows you to have a head with hair that looks and feels natural. One of the advantages of wigs is that the hair supply is unlimited, while in the hair transplant the hair surgeon can only transplant what is available in the donor area of the patient.

Temporary baldness

For people who undergo chemotherapy, or some other type of stress or drug therapy that causes temporary baldness, a piece of hair is a more appropriate solution than hair transplant surgery. Women often opt for this option, buying several wigs in different styles and colors.

Diffuse baldness

In those cases in which hair loss is very extensive, the donor area is usually not sufficient, so a hair transplant would not completely solve the problem. Severe cases of male pattern baldness can leave too much scalp to cover, with too little hair to do it with.


The development of advanced Michigan hair transplant techniques has made wigs mostly redundant as a solution for baldness. However, they remain the best solution for some patients with hair loss, particularly those with temporary or extensive baldness. 

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