The following thorough response to a question from the Hair Restoration Social Community and Discussion Forums, was written by forum member “Gillenator”.
I recently underwent a hair transplant of around 3k grafts. Since my bald area was pretty large, the results obtained from HT are very average to create the illusion of hair. Until I have more money to go for another session, I want to wear a hair replacement system so that it can act as a filler.
I don’t prefer to wear hair system, but in my culture, hair loss is really a stigma in your path to get married. My question is: does a hair system cause any kind of damage to transplanted hair? I am 7 months post my hair restoration surgery.
I wore hair systems for 11 years before my first hair transplant. One of the things that I noticed was that my native hair continued to be stifled and stunted from both growth and overall density. My systems covered the entire top of my scalp and polyfuse (glue) was used to hold it in place.
My first HT procedure involved strengthening my weak hairline that was diffusing and receding. The rest of the grafts were placed in the frontal zone. My hair transplant surgeon advised me to stop wearing the system because he felt that some of my native hair would grow back.
It did. I was shocked that not only did my grafts grow in but over the next year I even grew some native hair back that were not grafts. I never wore hair systems again. I have also observed this with several other men over the years who wore systems long-term and then had surgical hair restoration. Some of them had regrowth with their native hair along with their grafts.
So I have concluded that wearing systems long-term can, in fact, stunt some of the hair that exists under the system. I don’t think it matters so much in the short-term but long-term, if the systems do not allow the scalp to breathe underneath them, they can stunt hair growth.
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