Too High or Too Low Density

An important aspect in gaining a natural looking hair transplant result is the ability to place the grafts close enough together; the hairs are naturally divided into groups of hairs called follicular units, from 1 to 4 hairs per natural group

One aspect that can aid in placing the required hair density is the use of custom-made instruments; custom blades can be made to reflect the varying sizes of the follicular units and controlling the depth

Custom-made instruments promote speedier healing in the recipient area. Custom blades allow for greater precision of placement, allowing for larger sessions to be performed and higher densities placed

A Hair Transplant cannot replace like for like lost hair and it is also not necessary to achieve the look of fullness and a natural looking density that blocks the light from penetrating the hair and reflecting off the scalp

Dense packing is important to achieving the desired result but that does not mean it is imperative to place the highest density possible. Donor hair management and using the resources to the best ability can allow for individuals will progressive hair loss to achieve total restoration

If too high a density is placed it can impair the growth rate achieved and create visible scarring over the recipient area; even if the yield is successful placing too high a density will reduce the overall coverage that can be achieved

Dense packing is a skill; it requires an understanding of the scalp anatomy, correct angulation, orientation and depth control of the slit or recipient site so as not to impair the skin, the surrounding slits and the growth or yield of the hair

Correct donor hair management, understanding the power of hair characteristics and using the precise instruments will allow for a natural looking fullness to be achieved and treat progressive hair loss to sustain natural balanced hair coverage

The density required is also governed by the natural hair characteristics, curly, wavy hair, hair colour and coarseness; the better the hair characteristics the lower density can be placed allowing for a greater hair coverage with fewer grafts

The hair line requires single hair FU´s along the first few mm´s to ensure a natural progressive density is achieved rather than an unnatural wall of hair. This can require a high density of follicular units to be placed as only single hairs are used

Behind the hair line multiple hair follicular units are placed. The 2, 3, and 4 follicular units are not randomly placed but strategically in areas to create the best thickness. Generally the higher the number of hairs a lower density can be placed

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