Hair implants: Partial or total? When you suffer from baldness or other types of alopecia, the hair prosthesis is, without a doubt, the best option to solve the aesthetic problem definitively and economically.

We have repeatedly talked about hair implants and how they work on our blog, but today we will talk about the difference between partial and total hair implants and when it is convenient to use each type of system.

What is a partial hair prosthesis?

The partial skin patch is a system that, as its name indicates, serves to cover only part of the head. Usually this prosthesis is used to solve the problems of androgenic baldness and, therefore, cover the upper part of the head. Consequently, it is used by men or women suffering from superior alopecia, which can range from 1 to 7 on a Hamilton Norwood scale.

If you don’t already know, the Hamilton-Norwood scale is used to classify the stages of androgenic baldness. Its phases are indicated by a number between 1 and 7. This scale was first created by James Hamilton in the 1950s, and later modified and updated by O’Tar Norwood in the 1970s.


That said, partial hair replacement can also be helpful for other forms of alopecia. In fact, it is also used to cover patches of alopecia areata or to camouflage scars and burns that do not occupy the entire head.

What is the total capillary prosthesis?

The total capillary prosthesis is a capillary system that serves to cover the entire head. Therefore, it should be used in cases of total or universal alopecia.

It is a modern wig that, unlike wigs, is totally invisible and undetectable and allows the wearer to recapture hair from the past quickly and painlessly. In short, to recover not only the hair, but also to help those who use them to lead a totally normal life, since they allow them to play sports, get wet…

When is it better to choose a partial hair replacement?

The partial hair prosthesis should be used when we have a limited area of ​​hairlessness and when the native hair is still present all around. In these situations, the skin patch integrates perfectly with our hair and allows us to solve the aesthetic problem effectively and naturally.

When, on the other hand, is a total hair prosthesis worth it?

The total capillary prosthesis is used in cases of total alopecia (either aerated or due to pharmacological treatment, such as chemotherapy) or in cases of diffuse alopecia. That is, in those cases where the hair on the head is there, but it is not very thick or uniform throughout the head. In these cases, instead of integrating the prosthesis with our natural hair, it is better to shave it all off and proceed to place the total prosthesis.

What type of prosthesis do I choose then?

If you have doubts and need a hand to find out which is the best option for you, you can send us your photos to our WhatsApp number, 348 568 18 60, and we will tell you which hair system is the most suitable for restoring your hair.

Xiufei Wu

Autora: Xiufei Wu

Xiufei Wu is an expert in hair restoration and has been working in this field for more than 20 years. She has an engineering degree from Qingdao University of Science and Technology with honors (1998). In the year 2000 he began working on the creation and commercialization of hair prostheses and wigs and then in 2005 he founded his personal company New lacecu wig co, which today has hundreds of companies (hairdressers and wig shops) among its clients and thousands of private customers. She today is considered one of the leading experts in China in the manufacture and marketing of hair prostheses and wigs.
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