Can you tell the difference between a natural graft and a transplanted graft? I have very fine hair.
To a large degree, this is dependent upon the skill and artistry of the physician. When performed by a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon, ultra refined follicular unit hair transplantation is capable of producing undetectable results. The hair restoration physician must create the recipient sites to match the angle and direction of native hair growth. Placing them incorrectly can cause the transplanted hair to stand out like a sore thumb. When placed correctly and with adequate density as to create an illusion of density, then the grafts will look just like native hair, even upon close inspection. This is the beauty of follicular unit grafting.
Follicular units (see image below) are naturally occurring clusters of 1 to 4 hair follicles surrounded by small glands, blood vessels, nerves, and a connective tissue sac making it a tiny self-contained unit. They can be harvested via the “strip” method or individually via follicular unit extraction (FUE).
Below is a close-up image of a hairline restoration performed by Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Victor Hasson of Hasson & Wong.
And this is how the patient looked before and after surgical hair restoration:
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