Restoring the Lost Hairline
When mapping out a hair restoration surgery, an experienced surgeon will take into account a number of different factors. This allows the surgeon to design a hairline that looks natural and undetectable. Each hairline should be unique for every individual and is as much about a surgeon’s artistic aesthetic sensibilities as it is about being an expert surgeon. This is a critical component in restoring the lost hairline.
Only a physician with years of dedicated practice can discern all of the characteristics and intricate nuances required to ensure that a surgical hair restoration is able to mimic nature.
The Importance of the Hairline
Most patients wish to restore a resemblance of the hairline they once had before experiencing hair loss. Past photographs of patients can serve as an excellent tool to help a surgeon realize a patient’s former appearance.
Creating a new hairline using the lost hairline as a blueprint is often possible if the donor area is sufficient. The design must also be capable of taking into account future hair loss considerations.
Patients often bring in photographs of hairlines they would like to have, be it from celebrities or magazines, which if factors permit, can also be taken into account as a possibility when designing a restored hairline.
Age and Ethnicity Considerations
An age appropriate hairline is crucial for creating a natural result.
Because of the progressive nature of hair loss, poor planning can lead to patients having a hairline that looks less than natural later on in life. Keeping this in mind, juvenile hairlines will never be designed for a patient as a teenage hairline is not found in nature on a mature or aging face.
Additionally, limitations in donor supply may limit how aggressive a doctor can be with hairline placement and density. More importantly, the physician must be able to take into account the limitations of a patient’s donor resources.
A person’s ethnic background and facial structure can have some bearing on the straightness, shape, and position of their hairline.
For people of African descent, the look of a straight hairline will generally work better. However, it may be more suitable for people of Asian heritage with a broader and rounder hairline . The shape of the head of all ethnicities will likely determine the placement of a hairline along the forehead.
The ideal hairline design for every patient should seek to complement their specific facial shape.
Managing expectations is part of hairline design, patients must realize the limitations of their donor supply. They should also know the age appropriateness of what they want.
But with realistic goals, a patient and doctor can capably set out to create an aesthetically significant hairline that reframes the face and brings a more youthful appearance to an individual.
The impact of a well designed hairline can be profound, not just as a cosmetic change in appearance, but as a morale boost to a patient that has suffered from the frustrations of losing their hair.
Contact The Gabel Center
To learn more about hair loss, the latest medications and the latest techniques in hair restoration and surgery, contact Dr. Gabel’s Hair Transplant Oregon office. Our team at the Gabel Center look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in greater detail.