I’m undergoing hair transplant surgery to re-establish a nonexistent hairline. What type of density can I expect in my hairline after the hair restoration procedure?
Although most hair loss patients would like a very dense, fully restored hairline, experts agree that the goal of hair transplantation is creating the illusion of density. Now, this statement does not imply that modern hair transplants are unnatural, sparse, or aesthetically insignificant; simply that restoring a hairline to a juvenile level or to the density of the unaffected donor region is unrealistic and disregards progressive balding. However, through appropriate planning and refined skills, expert hair transplant surgeons are able to create the appearance of full hairline density.
Regardless, post-operative hairline density is an important factor, and achieving a satisfactory result depends on various physiological elements. Factors like hair characteristics (coarse versus fine; straight versus wavy), pre-hair loss density, hair and scalp coloring, level of thinning (if follicular units are only transplanted to the frontal hairline the density can be greater), and donor region availability affect the number of grafts implanted and the post-operative density.
For example, after this community member revealed he has semi-fine, brown, slightly wavy hair characteristics and wanted the frontal third of his scalp restored, Coalition surgeon Dr. Glenn M. Charles said the following:
Although it’s nearly impossible to determine what percentage of the patient’s original density would be necessary to give the illusion of full density, patients with your hair characteristics usually require a density of 40 – 60 follicular unit grafts per square centimeter of balding scalp. This level should create the appearance of full density.
Blake Bloxham – formerly “Future_HT_Doc”
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