Best Coverage and Density from a Hair Transplant
As we cannot replace like for like hair with a hair transplant it is vital to gain the most coverage from each hair as possible, especially if the donor resources are limited. As well as coverage achieve a natural looking density. There are a few “tricks of the trade” to achieve maximum coverage and density with a limited number of follicular units; firstly, paying attention to the hair curvature.
Even a straight hair has a curvature, the lay of the hair when it is held up or when in the scalp will always fall in a certain direction when it exits the scalp, normally facing downwards. Watching the natural curvature ensures maximum coverage from each hair, allowing the hair to blend with the native hair more effectively; even with a shorter cut the curvature does not oppose the surrounding hair.
Controlling the curvature has three major benefits:
1. it will blend with the surrounding hair and not give the appearance of misdirected hairs
2. It will allow each hair to give greater coverage allowing for fewer grafts to be used over an area of the recipient zone
3. Ensure more fullness or density can be achieved as the hairs are laying in a uniform pattern
Now the slit making for the recipient site hairs to be placed in:
Since each follicular unit is individual and varies in size, we use different blades to create custom reception slits of varying width and depth to the follicular units. The width of the blade is very small, about 0.6-1 mm
Our use of custom-made instruments also promotes speedier healing in the recipient area; the use by some of standard tools have to be large enough to facilitate the larger FU´s so do not take into consideration the variant in sizes or depth of the slit that needs to be made.
Custom blades allow for greater precision of placement, allowing for larger sessions to be performed and higher densities placed, whereas standard tools restrict the density that can be placed due to circulatory disorders when trying to place too high a density.