- Tuesday.February 16. 2021
What’s the last thing hair transplant patients want? To look like they’ve had a hair transplant. Success and failure in hair transplant surgery is measured by how natural the result looks. And vital to this is the quality of the hairline.
Most often, the result they desire the most is natural-looking hair that gives them confidence when they look in the mirror. Key to this is the delivery of a natural looking hairline, its appearance being such that no one would ever suspect the patient has had surgery.
So, what needs to happen for a hairline restoration to be deemed a success? Below we have highlighted four crucial factors that successful procedures have in common.
1. A Professional and Experienced Doctor
The quality of hairline design is dependent on the skill and artistic abilities of the surgeon. So, choosing the right doctor is crucial. You should seek out practitioners with relevant years of experience and many happy customers.
No doubt, you will see examples of bad hair transplants that are usually the consequence of a surgeon’s inexperience, poor planning, quality control, and technique. You want a physician who has been there, done that, and knows what to do in a variety of situations relating to the challenges of hairline restoration.
2. The Correct Surgical Techniques
Matching the right hair transplant technique to the right patient is crucial to success. Experienced surgeons know this, lesser ones may not.
Dr Martinick consistently argued that the most natural looking hair transplants are created by the recipient design and placement of the hair follicles.
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.
3. Knowledge of the Importance of a Natural Hairline
Creating a natural-looking hairline takes forethought to ensure the correct density of replanted hair is achieved in the correct place. Carefully crafted prior to surgery, the recipient design must ensure the patient’s donor follicles are replanted in a manner that replicates nature.
Hairline should be considered a natural transition zone rather than a fixed zone. This randomly defined ‘snail track’ is recreated by placing follicular unit grafts along the newly created hairline in an irregular pattern and varying density to help create a feathered transition zone.
Often transplants fail because they don’t follow the rules established by nature. Consequently, the patient is left with hair springing up like a hay fork, or even an awkward-looking straight hairline. Some transplant mistakes gave patients an evenly dense curves on temple lines that are simian in their appearance, whereas in nature, the centre usually has a thicker appearance than the temples.
It’s vital to follow the natural way a patient’s hair grows. Again, something an experienced surgeon will pay close attention to. All hair has direction, angle, a natural curl and a certain orientation which must be followed when donor follicles are replanted. Doing so makes the most of nature’s propensity to achieve the impression of total coverage and natural look.
4. Careful Management of Patient Expectations
Hairline hair transplants are expensive, and patients will expect to receive value for money. If the hairline isn’t pleasing to the eye it really doesn’t matter how well the rest of the hair transplant has gone. The patient will be left with an unnatural look that will make them self-conscious about their hair. And wanting to feel more confident about their hair is likely to be the main reason why they opted for surgery in the first place.
The skills, techniques and technologies exist to give patients the results they want. These, combined with an increased knowledge of the features of natural hairline, give surgeons the tools with which to mimic nature through surgery.
But hairline restoration success really lies in the skills and experience of the surgeon carrying out the procedure. The best practitioners will explain their plan, proposed procedure to their patients, and ensure they are aware of the results they can expect before the surgery begins.