The majority of men and women suffering from hair loss first notice because of changes in their hairlines. A hairline frames the person’s face. It can have a great impact on how the individual looks. Fundamentally the design can create a youthful or mature look to the person’s appearance. Faces come in all different shapes and sizes. Bone structure varies and no two faces are the same. In fact the face is not symmetrical. With differences from one side to the other. The same applies to the hairline design also. Can you choose your hairline for a hair transplant? Not a question to give a simple answer. Yes and maybe or a no. Dependent on if you choose the correct hairline to suit you today and in the future.
Why is a hairline so important?
Given the opportunity most of us want to keep a youthful looking hairline. This does not necessarily mean it has to be low and aggressive is style and design. A hairline must reflect your natural characteristics and ethnic background. If not the design will look unnatural and draw attention for all the wrong reasons. Another important aspect when it comes to a hair transplant. The results are permanent and not easily removed. The placement and design of the hairline never moves. It is fixed for life. Only corrective surgery can change the design. This is costly, technically demanding for the Doctor and will potentially leave visible scarring. This should not be considered as a viable option but as a major cosmetic repair. To chose the wrong hairline for your hair transplant can have long lasting detrimental consequences.
A correctly designed hairline will establish a suitable frame to the face as well as fix a design suitable long-term.
To create a natural hairline is truly an artistic skill. It requires surgical experience and an artistic eye. The surgeon must consider how the hairline will properly fit a person’s facial features.
A natural hairline does not always mean creating the same hairline you had when you had a full head of hair. This may not be appropriate for your current or potential future hair loss pattern. Or considering age and changes in facial appearance. During the consultation process the Clinic will discuss your options. Give advice and guide you to what they feel will suit your look. What result they expect to realistically be able to achieve with your natural hair characteristics. Whilst taking into consideration the future. As a result, once your hairline has been agreed upon planning can start on the rest of your hair transplant.
Making a compromise is often wise
It is common with a younger hair loss sufferer who remembers well their old hairline to want it back. When designing a hairline, some patients who do not understand the principles of natural hairline design request a hairline that is too low. This is not to be dismissed. It is natural to want to create the same old hairline. But it needs to be explained why this is not a reasonable request. If male pattern baldness has started relatively early there is a greater chance it will advance. As genetic hair loss is progressive and often slow. This may not seem significant at first. But will be in the future if the hairline is position too low.
Can I choose my hairline for a hair transplant? Deciding to have a hair transplant is a big decision. It should be undertaken only after sufficient research to understand the pros and cons. Understanding that often a compromise is necessary. A hair transplant cannot replace like for like hair lost. The donor hair is a finite resource. Technically it is impossibly to create the same density as natural hair coverage. Even if there was enough hair to do so. Meaning a hair transplant is part illusion looking like a full head of hair. Balancing the hairline position with the hair coverage. To not leave a front-loaded, unnatural appearance if the donor hair runs out. The same can apply to those that want a hairline too high. Thinking it will save grafts or they fear having low will look unnatural.
A Clinic with your interests in mind will advice you of matters such as this. Often turning younger patients away due to unrealistic expectations. Often not willing to understanding the principles of hair loss and surgical hair restoration. The hairline is often a compromise between patient and Doctor. With input from both until a mutually agreed design is achieved. This way you can choose your hairline for your hair transplant. Which is important. To feel you have been listened to. It is your hairline after all.
How to design a natural hairline
A hairline is continuous from one side of the face to the other. It is not just the central area that covers the forehead. It incorporates the sides, temple points and recession as one. To naturally frame the face. Adjusting one aspect means it will affect the hairline as a whole. When initially design the line it can be hard for the individual to really imagine it in reality. Often with their focus on changing minor angles along the hairline. Largely due to not being able to visualise the end grown out result.
The initial hard consistent line drawn is nothing like the final result when grown out. is actually carried out. The strong line is replaced with a soft progressively dense line of hair. With the angles and hair density naturally changing as the hairline moves over the forehead and down the temples. Taking into consideration the the irregular contours of the bone structure of either side of the head. A male hairline naturally slopes upwards from the centre of the hairline. Directly above the bridge of the nose is the apex of the hairline.
Follow the Laws of nature
Naturally, a hairline will recede during puberty. This can be by around 2 cm. Commonly known as a maturing hairline. As a result any design should bear this in mind. Creating the new hairline is not about mimicking the position of the old hairline. But creating a natural looking hairline that complements the facial features and hair loss pattern. At the time and in the future. A man in his 40´s who has thinning hair should avoid going too low and rounded with his new hairline, as this might appear unnatural. In reality designer hairlines do not exist. Only in the hairdressers chair.