Should Hairlines Created During a Hair Transplant Procedure be Symmetrical or Slightly Asymmetrical?
This question was asked by a member of our Hair Restoration Social Community and Discussion Forums:
After a recent hair transplant procedure, I noticed the hairline created by my hair restoration physician was slightly irregular or “jagged.” After reviewing cases on the discussion forums, I noticed that most surgeons design hairlines this way. This made me wonder, should hairlines created during hair transplant surgery be perfectly symmetrical or slightly asymmetrical and irregular?
Although each hair transplant patient’s case is unique, surgeons generally do their best to recreate naturally occurring hairlines. Despite the fact that the “jagged” appearance seen in most post-operative pictures may look a bit odd, it actually mimics the way natural, non-balding hairlines grow. In many cases, transplanted hairlines that are perfectly symmetrical or straight create an unnatural appearance because, although it looks neat and aesthetically pleasing post-operatively, this is not the way hairlines naturally grow. For example, here is what Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Glenn Charles had to say regarding irregular versus symmetrical hairlines:
Since most hairlines in real life are not perfectly symmetrical or straight, there should be some degreee of randomness in any transplanted hairline. The term I use to describe this to patients is a regular irregularity. This means that the hairline will have a slightly staggerred/irregular pattern, but there is a method to the madness in how it was created.
Blake – aka Future_HT_Doc
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