Blending a Hair Transplant With The Native Hair

An important aspect to make a hair transplant look natural is to ensure the transplanted hair blends well with the surrounding native hair; this can be from small hair line reconstruction to larger hair loss stages and meeting the temporal angles and lateral humps

To ensure there is no demarcation line from where the transplant ends and the native hair begins it is important to shave into the native hair slightly, and then place into the native hair to safeguard any loss in these areas does not impact on the result when grown out

Blending The Hair Transplanted Hair With The Native Surrounding Hair

Blending The Hair Transplanted Hair With The Native Surrounding Hair

This accounts for hair line work, into the lateral humps and the crown that has a tendency to expand on all sides, front, both sides and back, increasing the size of the crown aggressively. If any miniaturised hair is apparent hair must be placed into the area otherwise it can leave a low density line between the areas

Another aspect to blend with the native hair is the angle and orientation of the hair shaft as it exits the scalp to match with any surrounding native hair. This ensures all angles match, styling options are easier

Continuity between the hair angles can reduce the number of grafts needed whilst still maintaining a naturally looking density; this can also be aided by the natural curvature each hair has

Most hair shafts will naturally curve downwards towards the scalp; this is not the angle of placement but the natural curvature as it exits the scalp; and can only be controlled by the technician who places each graft in the recipient sites

Controlling the curvature at the point of placement can maintain the link between the native hairs and transplanted hairs; allows for greater coverage from one hair to another that increases the shadow created and blocking the light reflection allowing for greater coverage with fewer graft numbers

With a higher Norwood scale there is less native hair to blend with but care still needs to be taken when designing the hair line and crown; the temporal recession angles must meet the sides naturally with gentle orientation changes as well as finer calibre hairs

Matching the pattern of the crown as it can move down the sides and back; the angles can vary greatly due to the spiral nature of the crown and the way the hair drops down the back of the scalp

Graft placement can be aided with the use of custom-made blades as small custom sites can be made to take into consideration the varying sizes of the follicular units, depth control and being able to place safely a high density if required

There are many important aspects to make a cosmetically pleasing hair transplant result and how to blend with the native is one of the aspects that carries across medical and artistic ability and skill

 

 

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