Do Hair Transplant Results Always Look Natural?

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Do Hair Transplant Results Always Look Natural?

What makes the difference between poor, average and a great hair transplant result? Do hair transplant results always look natural? Do you need to use cosmetic products to enhance the look? How do concealers add the look of thickness to a hair transplant result.

Two Key Aspects To A Natural Hair Transplant

Expectations may differ from person to person. But aesthetically they are natural laws that dictate whether a hair transplant looks natural or not. One aspect is the hairline. The design, height and placement. Then, there is the hair density placed. The hair density creates the illusion of hair fullness.

Do You Know What A Natural Hairline Looks Like?

The hairline is considered to be the most important aspect of the entire head of hair. This is because it frames the face. As a result, it will change the appearance of the individual most dramatically. The hairline position can add or take years off the look of a man or woman.

A low adolescent hairline may look fine when younger but not match the age and facial features of an older person. The younger man still has vivid memories of his hairline and generally wants to create the same appearance. But, a middle-aged man may fear that a hairline that is not adequately receded. The temples may seem unnaturally low for the age.

It is not always advisable to just follow a trend in hairlines. But, best to mimic nature and your natural facial bone structure. Hairlines and facial bone structure are dictated by ethnic origin and genetic background.

A great hairline should not draw attention but naturally, blend with the surrounding hair and natural bone structure of the face

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The apex is always the lowest aspect of the hairline and all measurements must take this into consideration, as well as facial bone structure. The apex is the centre of the hairline before naturally moving up either side to the temple point recessions. The placement of the hairline needs to consider a number of important aspects before being permanently fixed. Considerations include current age, hair loss stage now, potential hair loss pattern and the natural hair characteristics.

A hair transplant uses genetically strong hair. Meaning once the hair is removed the hair will grow for life. As a result, a newly designed hairline is permanently fixed. Hair or graft removal of a fixed hairline is not a simple process. Hairline repair requires specific surgical skills to remove and redesign a new hairline. This may also require multiple repair procedures to achieve a satisfactory result.

The Illusion Of Fullness And A Natural Hair Density

It is not practical to place like for like hair density in most cases. Therefore some of the art of a good hair transplant is to give the cosmetic effect of hair density. The density is not the primary factor in determining coverage when treating hair loss. Natural hair characteristics play an important role. The diameter of the hair shaft, the number of hairs per follicular unit, hair and skin colour and curl.

Why Less Can Look More

Signs of thinning are first apparent when light reflects through the hair and back off the scalp. As a result, the scalp is visible showing areas of hair thinning. By blocking the reflection of light makes a hair transplant a viable treatment. By regaining the look of a good head of hair becomes possible. As a result a lower hair density is possibly and still give a realistic effect of fullness. Whether total restoration is possible with a natural looking hair density is dependent. Some will have to be satisfied with less coverage but decent density if their hair loss pattern is too advanced and or their hair characteristics do not allow.

Expectations Of Hair Density and Hair Coverage

The hair characteristics and surface area dictate the number of grafts required to achieve a natural looking hair density. Covering the treated area to block the site of the scalp with a reasonable hair length. Rather than spreading the hair over the entire area and having a low density. This will result in a look of unnatural density or not reach the expectations of the vast majoirity of individuals.

Dense packing describes the high density of hair grafts placed per cm2. This technique requires surgical skills. Creating recipient sites or “slits” in close proximity to adjacent slits. The skill is making the sites without impairing or damaging the growth and affect the surrounding skin tissue.
The technically skilled performance of dense packing results in a natural looking hair density. In inexperienced hands, there is a chance of a lower growth rate and scarring. Having to hide the unnaturally low hair density with concealers or other cosmetic products. Or undergoing multiple procedures at a later date. This can cause unnecessary trauma to the hair and skin.

Don´t Be Disappointed With Your Hair Transplant Result

The hair characteristics coupled with the extent of hair loss is the starting position for planning a hair transplant. It is harder to determine with younger individuals and in the early stages of hair loss. The hairline design and hair density must be in keeping with the limitations of the hair characteristics. The temptation is often to want to return to a stage before hair loss was obvious. This is generally not feasible. Some candidates, a lucky few have “home-run” hair characteristics. But this is far from the average hair restoration candidate.

Set your expectations against the quality of the Clinic you choose to restore your hair. Remember, expertise and quality can vary so always do your research to be happy

Being prepared for a hair transplant is very important. Research and contact a number of Clinics before making any decision. Question claims of expertise and have multiple consultations. With any hair transplant, there needs to be an open dialogue between doctor and patient. As a result, both understand and agree on the goals and expectations of the patient.

A hair transplant is a technically demanding procedure to perform. The standard of a hair transplant can vary dramatically. It takes time, patience and a lot of skill by the medical team. Lesser skills and expertise may result in hair growth. But the difference between a natural hair transplant and hair growth can be very different.

Natural hairline designs and the ability to dense-pack a natural looking hair density are only two aspects to consider. Do not assume that every Clinic understands or can perform these and other technically demanding factors. Those who do not understand can find themselves being unhappy short and long-term. With their initial expectations not being met and as a result, may never be able to be repaired. Do your research.

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