How Natural Are Hair Transplants Today

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How Natural Are Hair Transplants Today

Advances in hair loss prevention and transplantation surgery have developed with medical improvements, knowledge, and skills to improve the results available for the right candidates. Patient results show that improving Hair Transplant techniques in the field of hair restoration can give a viable option to those looking for a permanent solution to areas of hair loss.

Hair transplants have been gaining popularity with many celebrities coming out about their own hair loss and undergoing hair restoration. Some celebs are more obvious and or vocal than others, Wayne Rooney, Robbie Williams, about their new hairlines and more youthful look but with only one permanent method of restoring your hair, using either the Follicular Unit Transplant, FUT, or the Follicular Unit Extraction, FUE, the results are undeniably undetectable.

The Customer Demands The Best Results

As patients have demanded more natural results from surgical procedures the hair transplant techniques have evolved, the doctor must master the intrinsic art of hairline design and temple closures, as perfection is now asked as standard. Hairline design now is an art, to create the natural irregularities we have rather than a sharp obtuse line of unnaturally placed hair, refined FU groupings that give a gradual increase in density, and hairline design that has been thought out to frame the individual person´s face rather than one design suits all.

With a greater understanding of the anatomy and body proportions, this has aided surgeons to be able to mimic nature and create natural hairline results for patients, with skills such as recognising angulation, orientation and spacing and the importance they all play. These medical and artistic skills will determine how the hair will grow in creating a look that is natural.

Follicular Unit vs The Pluggy Look

Follicular Unit Hair Transplant Surgery is now the most refined form of hair transplantation. Greater skills have to be applied as well as time to excise the natural groups of FU intact. Follicular Unit transplanting separates the natural groups of hairs, from 1-4 hairs in each group, and thus enables the groups to be utilised in the optimum place in the recipient zone.

Single hair FU are to be used on the hairline, two hair units behind, then three and four hair units to increase density. A Follicular Unit Hair Transplant is far more natural and can mimic nature with refined surgical abilities to place each unit close enough together to give the illusion of natural density, to position the units with precise direction and orientation making it impossible to differentiate from a person‟s naturally growing hair. As the basis of a hair transplant works because of the illusion of density, it is not possible to replace like for like hair lost, the distribution of FU is vital to attaining the desired result.

It Starts With The Hairline

Hairline planning can be a compromise between the patient and doctor, on occasions, people have a tendency to want the hairline too high or too low and this needs to be addressed for the long-term benefit of the patient. The low rounded adolescent hairline will look fine on a younger man but not match the age and facial features of an older man. The younger man still has vivid memories of his hairline and generally wants to create the same appearance; whereas the middle-aged man may fear that a hairline that is not adequately receded at the temples may seem unnaturally low for his age.

It is impossible to place like for like density when the man had a full head of hair; the effects of trying to reach the same density can result in trauma to the skin and a poor yield from the placed grafts; or by placing two hair units in the frontal line will create the thickness of the adolescent hairline but look “pluggy” at closer inspection.

Therefore some of the art is to give the cosmetic effect that the density is the same, this is most obvious when the hair is longer because it blocks the reflection of light on to the scalp. But when the hair is short or shaved this effect is lessened because there appears to be less density; although this is obviously not true.

The Difference Between An OK and A Great Hairline 

Mathematical guides do not assume the reality of the 3-dimensional head. The textbook approach relies on theories of anatomy and pre-disposed distances to create the “perfect” look. If all doctors followed a textbook template then hair transplants would never look natural. This one aspect can make the difference between a WOW result and a “good” hair transplant; the artistic skill of the doctor to recognise the small changes in bone structure and tailor the design to the individual makes a great result.

Three Areas To Treat

The areas of hair loss can be divided into three regions: the front, the mid-scalp, and the crown or vertex. It is not practical to place like for like density in most cases; therefore some of the art of a good hair transplant is to give the cosmetic effect, or the illusion that the density is the same. This is possible because the signs of thinning are first apparent when light reflects through the hair and back off the scalp, showing areas of thinning. If we had to place like for like this would make anything like total restoration impossible, but by blocking the reflection of light makes a hair transplant a viable option in regaining the look of regaining a good head of hair simply because a lower density can be placed and give a realistic effect of fullness. Some will have to be satisfied with less coverage but decent density rather than spreading the hair over the entire recipient area and having a low density, which may look unnatural or not reach the expectations of the patient.

The next step if you are interested in dealing with your hair loss and contemplating a surgical option is having answers to your questions with a free and without obligation consultation.

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