In the hands of a skilled and experienced hair restoration physician, today’s ultra-refined follicular unit hair transplants can produce thick, natural looking results. However, many factors can affect the appearance of fullness. Among these factors include scalp and hair characteristics. In fact, the relationship between the hair and scalp are a key element in hair transplant surgery.
While a hair transplant surgeon’s artful placement of follicular unit grafts can enhance the look of transplanted hair leading to a thicker and fuller appearance, the following characteristics play an important role in creating a desirable result:
- The Number of Grafts: This number depends on the hair transplant patient’s available donor hair density and scalp elasticity. The larger the numbers, the fuller and thicker the result will appear.
- Hair Shaft Diameter: Thicker hairs can lead to an aided appearance of fullness.
- Hair/Scalp Color Ratio: Patients with a lower hair to scalp contrast ratio typically experience a thicker looking appearing result than those with a high hair to scalp contrast ratio, even if all other variables are the same. However, this additional appearance of fullness is just an illusion.
- Degree of Hair Loss: The more hair loss a patient has, a greater number of grafts will be necessary to achieve the same results as someone with lesser degrees of balding.
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