General Considerations for Design

Hair Design FactorsAt the Seager Hair Transplant Centre we pride ourselves on our artistic design and our ability to provide hair transplantation that is extremely natural and usually undetectable as a hair transplant. We feel that “a hair transplant should not look like one.”

Hair transplantation design has to take into account many factors.

A key component of the design is the transplanted hairline. In nature, the hairline is not a line at all. There is actually a transition zone with an irregular border where the hair gradually becomes more dense. This border contains peaks and valleys of varying heights and there is variation of the spacing between the peaks and the valleys and of the density of hair.

Natural Hairline

Natural Hairline

Transplanted Hairline

Transplanted Hairline created at the Seager Hair Transplant Centre

At the Seager Hair Transplant Centre, our transplanted hairline mimics this natural hairline. We create a “no-line-hairline” by creating irregular peaks and valleys with varying density. With our microscopic dissection of follicular unit micrografts, we are able to “cherry pick” the finer, single-haired grafts to use for the leading edge of the transplanted hairline.

This “no-line-hairline” is a key factor but is still just one of many factors that leads to the extremely natural results from hair transplantation performed at the Seager Hair Transplant Centre.

Any design must take into account possible future hair loss and possible donor hair limitations. Often a balance must be struck between current goals and future needs. Priority must be given to the key cosmetic areas and the donor hair should be used to provide the maximal cosmetic benefit.

Follicular unit hair transplantation lends itself well to these principles. With careful strip excision and microscopic dissection of grafts, donor hair is preserved so that ultimately more grafts will be available for transplantation. Follicular unit hair transplantation provides great flexibility to make the hair more dense in some areas and less dense in others.

After the hairline, the next most important cosmetic area is the “frontal” area, from the hairline to the horizon, i.e. the most distant part of the visible scalp from the frontal view. This is the most visible area of hair that is seen when someone looks you in the eye, you look in the mirror, or when you have a photograph taken. The hair here frames your face to soften your features and give you a more youthful appearance. Especially in the front of the frontal area just behind the hairline, density of hair is very important and the follicular units should be placed closer together.

The further back from the hairline you go, the more you can get away with spacing the grafts a little further apart to cover a larger area. In part, the reason is that density is less important in a less visually conspicuous area and, in part, the reason is that hair from other areas is often styled to layer over the middle or the back of the head, which adds to the visual density in these areas. In other words, if the front is transplanted reasonably densely and the hair is combed back or to the side and back, the transplanted hair from the front will layer over the hair in the area behind. If, however, the grafts are spaced too far apart to try to cover too large an area, the results will look too thin everywhere. Thus the perfect balance between density and coverage should be achieved in each part of the transplanted area.

Other very important components of the design include hair direction and angle. In other words, we pay a great deal of attention to the three-dimensional orientation of the hair. Through experience and observation and using your own existing hair as a guide, the hair is oriented appropriately for each part of the transplanted area to ensure that the results mimic nature as closely as possible.

There are too many other factors that are considered in design to mention them all. Suffice it to say that at the Seager Hair Transplant Centre, no hair is transplanted until we are confident that we have agreed upon a master plan for now and for the future that incorporates a detailed, natural design.

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