Planning, Distribution And Hair Characteristics

As hair loss progresses the hair shaft begins to atrophy, the hair shaft shrinks in diameter and losses some pigmentation, and this is known as hair miniaturisation

When hair loss starts to become cosmetically visible it is common that an individual will change their hair style to camouflage the areas of thinning; combing forward or to one side to add fullness. This has the effect of blocking light from reflecting back off the scalp exposing hair loss

As hair loss is not obvious until we have lost around 40% of the hair it makes a hair transplant possibly as it is impossible to replace like for like hair lost. A lower than original density of hair can be placed and still maintain the look of fullness

A hair transplant relies on moving genetically strong hair that has the best hair calibre to create the maximum fullness. When planning surgical hair restoration the surface area of the recipient area needs to be calculated and then the amount of hair required covering the area with a natural looking density

When creating a hair transplant the idea is also to block light reflection to give the appearance of a full head of hair; allowing different hair styles, and hair length to be worn; but surgical hair restoration does have limitations

Dependent on the hair qualities of the individual and the ultimate hair loss pattern some individuals will be able to achieve total coverage from hair line to crown with an even look of fullness, whereas others may have to be satisfied with a lower hair thickness in areas

From the first procedure, taking into consideration long term hair loss and the donor hair qualities and master plan can be designed to ensure that a natural distribution of the hair is achieved to cover the area with as much fullness as possible, maintaining a balanced and natural result that continues to look natural as we grow older

The hair line, frontal third and mid-section are the areas that from a cosmetic aspect need to achieve the greatest fullness of hair with the crown for many hair transplant candidates having a lower look of fullness

Along with the density in which the hair is placed and the hair characteristics allows the doctors to cover a wide surface area and still give the illusion of thickness and fullness, even on high Norwood scale hair loss sufferers. Placing the follicular units at certain angles will increase the shadow each hair creates over the head; the longer the hair shaft is will create a longer shadow, the shorter the hair length less shadow is created

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