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What is a Cranial Prosthesis?

A hair prosthesis (or cranial prosthesis) is a custom-made wig specifically designed for patients who have lost their hair as a result of medical conditions or treatments, such as alopecia areata, alopecia totalis, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, or any other clinical disease or treatment resulting in hair loss.

But how does it differ from a wig, you may ask.

People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are truly different. Basically, a wig is worn for cosmetic reasons, while cranial prosthesis are primarily used by people with health issues related to hair loss.

Additionally, cranial prosthesis are made more in detail than wigs. Each prosthetic is custom made to fit the shape of the patient's head. Cranial prostheses also feature materials that are custom designed to be comfortable for the patients head.

Here are some benefits of having a Cranial Prosthesis

1. Covered by many insurance companies!

2. Lasts up to 2 years and plus with proper maintenance!

​3. Breathable/Ventilated! 

4. Can be dyed, shampooed/conditioned, straightened/curled and swimming is allowed!

5. Comfortable around the ears

6. Perfect Fit/Mold Creation included for selected units!

7. Non-Allergenic/No irritation!

8. No Slippage!

Cap Construction of a Cranial Prosthesis

Polyurethane (PU)

Thin Skin - This is a material that is used in a specially designed cranial prosthesis. It has a very natural appearance and is extremely fine and thin. It produces an effect as if hair is naturally growing from the scalp. This is often used for bonding a wig onto the scalp with a specialized bonding glue that will hold it in place for six weeks before it will need to be taken off, cleaned and reattached with fresh glue.

Monofilament (MONO)

Monofilament construction gives the appearance that the hair is actually growing from the scalp. Thin, breathable fabric is placed at the hairline or the front of the head toward the crown section.  The top portion of the cap is specially woven to allow for comfort and excellent ventilation. This helps to prevent irritation and itchiness. It will "Breathe" while being worn, thereby preventing heat and moisture build up.  Monofilament is considered to be one of the most desirable of wig types. Most women, especially those who wear wigs every day, feel that its superior ability to worn all the time and natural look more than justify the additional cost.

Lace Front

A hair prosthesis that uses a lace front is a very thin lace lining across the front of the wig that gives the illusion of a natural hairline. This allows for the wearer to be able to part their wig in the front ONLY. The front of the wig can be parted into a side bang, middle part, and put up into a bun/ponytail.

Full Lace with Polyurethane (PU) Skin

Just as the Lace Front wigs, the lace is sewn at the front of the wig as well as throughout the entire wig cap. The wig wearer is able to part the hair anywhere, not just at the front. In addition, the the person is able to pull the hair up into a high ponytail and/or updo style. This type of cap construction typically lasts longer than Lace Front Wig.

Would your insurance cover the cost of Cranial Prostheses?

In most cases, insurance companies may cover the cost of cranial prostheses. Most generally, insurers will not cover the cost of the wigs, and that's one of the reasons why it's essential to focus on the difference between these two products.

Typically, you need to be diagnosed with a serious condition that causes hair loss, and your doctor will need to write a prescription or recommend one of these hairpieces. To find out if your insurer covers cranial prostheses, contact your representative directly. They should be able to advise as to what's covered and what out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.

To learn more about cranial prosthesis, contact RBS Wig Studio today. We can help you design the perfect solution for your needs, and we take pride in giving all of our clients the care and compassion they may need throughout this time.

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