The hair line is arguably the most important aspect of a hair transplant procedure; it is what we and others first see and the area that frames the face, so vital it looks perfectly natural. When rebuilding a hair line, besides the natural placement of grafts the design and placement is crucial to restore a cosmetically pleasing look today but also in the future as we age, so a compromise if often required.
The design must take into consideration future potential hair loss, if a hair line is placed too low and hair loss progresses aggressively the design may look out of place and unnatural in the future. This can make it difficult to treat minor hair loss, especially on younger men when future hair loss is impossible to predict, and sometimes it is better to use hair loss medications to prevent hair loss.
Dependent on the calibre, curl and colour of hair the density placed will alter. The hair line not only consists of the typical frontal area but is a continuous line from the sideburn, to the temporal recession and then along the front to the other side of your head.
The placement does not always have to be aggressive but sometimes a subtle change can make a huge improvement to the overall result; correct orientation of the hair as it moves around the hair line into the recession and then down the sides.
Ensuring the hair used blends with the sometimes softer and finer hair in these areas. As well as hair calibre to take into account other factors such as density placed are important as this will change around the hair line. This is where artistic licence and medical expertise combine; understanding bone structure, and then the medical expertise to be able to change the angle and orientation of graft placement.
As a hair transplant is permanent it is important to understand that the hair line placement is crucial. A hair line fixed for a younger man will look out of place as we age, so it is important to always look to the future.