- Friday.May 26. 2017
Attending the 2017 Orlando Live Surgery Workshop in Florida, Dr Jennifer Martinick encouraged her international colleagues to follow the unrivalled example of nature when performing hair restoration surgery.
In her presentation, Cosmesis and Recipient Sites: How Nature Does It, Dr Martinick says hair restoration physicians have a responsibility to draw on all the skills, tools and research at their disposal to create natural looking aesthetic hair transplants for their patients.
She says while some may consider hair transplant surgery fairly straightforward, creating a natural looking hair transplant can be challenging.
Proof of this lies in the fact that there are many examples around the world of inferior hair transplants. This inferior work is often due to the surgeon’s lack of experience, poor technique, poor quality control in surgery and failing to properly plan the surgery.
Simply transplanting hairs does not make someone an outstanding hair restoration physician.
Committing to cosmesis involves taking additional steps to improve the aesthetic appearance of a hair transplant.
These steps must be taken to create a realistic natural looking hairline and planning is needed to ensure the appropriate density of replanted hairs, which includes planning graduated central density to avoid a see-through look.
Equally important for creating a natural looking hair transplant is attention to the natural direction, orientation, and curl of the replanted donor follicle.
Nature very cleverly directs, angulates, and orients each growing hair shaft which frequently is super imposed with curls to give an impression of total coverage.
Hairline should be considered a natural transition zone rather than a fixed zone. The reader should observe the youthful hairlines closely. Notice the natural hairline’s irregularity, rather than having a sharply defined edge.
This randomly defined ‘snail track’ is recreated by placing follicular unit grafts along the newly created hairline in an irregular pattern. It also has varying density where the hairs along the frontal fringe should be small, fine single hairs, then increasing gradually behind into two to three per follicle, to help create a feathered transition zone.
This is why it is critical that you evaluate a surgeon’s proven technique to achieve optimum coverage that is undetectable and natural looking. Patients often make the mistake of overlooking the basic rules that relate to artistic hair design because of focusing too much on price or how the doctor will extract the grafts.
Final hairline design results are dependent on the skill and artistic abilities of the surgeon practising the gold standard.
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