General Considerations for Design

Reasonable Goals

With hair transplantation, we generally aim to provide the density of hair that would make someone think that your hair has just become slightly thin.

You will have a “ fixed budget” of donor hair. Your donor hair has to be used to provide the maximal cosmetic benefit. Trying to spread the transplanted hair to cover too large an area will make the results look too thin everywhere. In general, it is far better to concentrate on the key cosmetic areas that are most visible with your usual hairstyle(s) and to style that hair to layer over other thin areas.

Hair transplantation usually cannot provide a woman with a full head of hair but can make a significant improvement to how her hair looks to others and to herself.

Extent of hair loss

Women have a finite amount of donor hair available for hair transplantation. Following in the tradition of Murphy’s Law, women with more extensive hair loss have less donor hair available.

A top priority for hair transplantation is to provide hair in the hairline and frontal area to frame the face. Women who have extensive hair loss or have the potential to have extensive hair loss unfortunately must adapt their expectations and accept that, even after hair transplantation, they will have a thin area in the crown.

Even women with very thin hair usually have enough donor hair to fill in the hairline and front of their scalp nicely. Having hair in these areas can make an enormous difference in your appearance and your confidence.

Donor hair density / availability

It follows that women with greater density of donor hair will be able to transplant more hair than women with more sparse donor hair.

Hair characteristics

Differences in hair types can make noticeable differences in results. The hair transplant design must be adapted to provide the optimum cosmetic results for your given hair characteristics.

As a general rule, fine hair looks extremely natural but has less covering power than coarser hair. Someone with very fine hair can either accept a thinner look or can place more hair into a smaller area. Nature often compensates for providing fine hair by providing more hairs per follicular unit. Special attention must be paid to the creation of a no-line hairline for women with very coarse hair.

Wavy or curly hair covers more of the thin scalp than straight hair, especially if the hair is grown a bit longer.

Longer hair provides more volume than shorter hair. A longer hairstyle will look more full than a shorter hairstyle and will allow more layering of the transplanted hair over the non-transplanted areas.

High contrast between scalp colour and hair colour makes the hair look more “see-through”, especially if the hair is spaced further apart. If the hair is fairly dense, dyeing the hair darker usually, but not always, makes it look more full.

At the Seager Hair Transplant Centre we have extensive experience working with all types of hair and can design hair transplantation that will make the most of the hair you were given.

Before or at least 4 weeks after hair transplantation, women are free to dye or perm their hair to make it look more full. Contrary to popular misconceptions, permanent waves and/or hair dye does not cause permanent hair loss. Over treatment, however, can lead to dry, brittle hair which can break off, however.

Scalp characteristics

For the most part scalp characteristics impact on the ease and speed of hair transplantation more than on the final results. Scarring can affect growth as can decreased vascularity due to heavy smoking or long-standing poorly controlled diabetes.


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