Hair Transplant is a permanent hair restoration procedure and so far the only definitive solution for baldness. Therefore, it is vital that the results are as natural as possible. But, how is this achieved?
The key to a natural looking hair transplant is a good hairline design. Careful design and planning is an essential part of the hair transplant process. It is this careful planning and consultation with each patient that ensures that a hair transplant will look natural not only today but also in the future.
What does Hair Restoration involve?
Hair transplantation is a hair restoration procedure with definitive results for baldness. Nowadays, alopecia is treated in different ways. If baldness is not advanced or is just starting, it can be treated with non-invasive treatments to prevent hair loss.
A hair transplant is a procedure that involves transferring hair from an area not affected by hair loss (the donor area) to an area where the hair is thinning or completely bald. For those who are eligible, there are two different methods of performing transplants: follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT).
- Follicular Unit Transplantation: For FUT, a physician would remove strips of tissue from the donor area and, once removed, cut these strips into individual follicular units. Small cuts are then made in the scalp to carefully place the follicular unit grafts, which may leave some scars.
- Follicular Unit Extraction: FUE is the modern approach to hair transplantation and is usually the patient’s favorite because it leaves less obvious scars. For FUE, individual hair follicles are taken directly from the patient’s donor area; which is usually the back of the neck, and then moved to the hair transplant site with a specialized microsurgical needle.
Why is it Necessary to Draw the Hairline for Hair Implant?
The hairline is where the person’s forehead meets their hair. It is the part of the hair that is most noticeable, both to us when we look in the mirror and to other people when we are in public. If the hairline doesn’t look natural, the hair transplant will be noticed.
A hair transplant should be seen, but never noticed. Any form of hair transplantation can result in poor lines if performed by an uncertified surgeon who does not understand how a natural looking hairline should be created.
Not considering future hair loss in the design stage can often leave patients with an unnatural and inappropriate appearance that becomes more pronounced and obvious over time. A patient who suffers from pattern hair loss will continue to lose untransplanted hair throughout his or her life.
What Does Hairline Design Involve?
In hair transplantation, the transplanted hair is permanent, which means that it will not fall out again. However, untransplanted hair will follow its natural course and will fall out over time, so it is likely that you will need another hair transplant later.
At the time of hair transplantation it is important to design a hair transplant that looks natural regardless of the patient’s future hair loss. When designing the hair transplant we take into consideration
- The patient’s age
- The facial features and dimensions of the patients
- The amount of donor hair available
- Any possible future hair loss
Based on the above factors, an outline is drawn that will form the new hairline. Similarly, the size and color of the hair grafts to be transplanted is taken into account, as well as the angle, depth and spacing of the transplanted hair to ensure that it blends perfectly into its new location.
When a hair transplant is well planned and designed to mimic nature, the results can be excellent. Most people will never know that a patient has undergone the procedure. As a result, for many men and women, a hair transplant can be a truly transformative experience.