Strategies to Recreate a Natural Hair Line
If our patients wanted the look and feel of artificial hair, they would seek out the option of hair extensions or toupees. We know that those methods produce a less than satisfactory visual aesthetic, and our patients want real hair regrowth, for their active lifestyles.
It wasn’t that long ago that all hair transplant procedures followed a pattern, that was visually noticeable to other people. To make your transplant undetectable, it has to look like your natural hair, and it has to follow the existing direction and growth patterns on your scalp.
This aspect is where the art and expertise of a clinically trained staff matters, and why you have to ask the right questions when you are weighing which hair restoration professional you want to work with, for an effective treatment plan and natural results.
The Art of Producing a Natural Hair Line
The most noticeable area for both men and women, when it comes to transplanted hair growth, is the forehead and front facing areas. Whether you have short, medium or long hair, the integration of new follicles and hair growth must follow the same pattern, or it’s very noticeable.
You don’t want to see a visible line where your transplanted hair begins. It’s visually distracting and not very discreet. Previous grafting methods were notorious for creating that definitive and noticeable line. Thankfully with advances in technology like ARTAS®, the AI technology scans to create a three-dimensional map of growth patterns, that helps the physician to place hair at the right depth, location and angle to integrate flawlessly with existing and healthy hair shafts.
If you can imagine it as an art form, the FUE extraction technology provides a more accurate and smaller brush to repaint the canvas of full and natural looking hair. The new hair line integrates so well, that it can not be detected; and many patients comment that after the regrowth phase post-procedure, that even they cannot remember where the transplant area begins and ends on their scalp.
The transition zones of hair growth on the scalp, must appear to vary in density to create a natural look. There are areas on the scalp that feature intermittent density clusters, where hair naturally grows a little thicker than other areas. This visual appearance is important for quality aesthetic results, and our team will prevent the ‘cookie cutter’ look in specific regions, which is a tell-tale sign of surgical implantation that our patients wish to avoid.
Hair follicle clusters are implanted to improve the visual appearance of natural hair growth, at varying angle and direction according the pattern of the patient’s pre-loss hairline.
The average male hairline has a central mound (around the widow’s peak) and two distinct lateral mounds on both the left and the right side of the center. The width and density of the transition zones are digitally calculated using the ARTAS® FUE three-dimension mapping tools, to diffuse the transition for a natural looking hairline.
Advanced technology and extensive training is required to paint the pallet of natural hair during a hair transplant procedure, and it is a painstaking and time intensive method that provides exceptional results for our patients.