Medical Wig Terms

Understanding the terminology related to hair loss and its treatments can make your journey smoother.

This glossary is designed to help you understand these terms:

Alopecia: A medical term for hair loss from the head or body. It can occur in many different patterns and for many different reasons.

Androgenetic Alopecia: Commonly known as male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss, it is a type of hair loss that is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones.

Cranial Prosthesis: A custom-made wig specifically designed for individuals who have lost their hair due to medical conditions or treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, or alopecia.

Dermatologist: A doctor who specializes in conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails.

Durable Medical Equipment (DME): Equipment and supplies ordered by a health care provider for everyday or extended use, including cranial prostheses for many insurance companies.

Follicle: A small organ in the skin where hair grows.

Hair Density: The number of individual hair strands per square inch on the scalp. It's often confused with hair thickness, which refers to the width of individual hair strands.

Hair Shaft: The part of the hair that is above the skin. This is the hair you can see.

Medical-Grade Wigs: Wigs that are designed to meet the needs of individuals dealing with hair loss due to medical conditions. These wigs are made with high-quality materials and designed for comfort, durability, and a natural look.

Scalp: The skin that covers the top of the head. It's where hair grows.

Telogen Effluvium: A temporary form of hair loss that usually happens after stress, a shock, or a traumatic event.

This glossary is a starting point for understanding the language of hair loss and treatments.

For more detailed information or clarification, feel free to contact us.