Before a Hair Transplant Surgeon performs a hair transplant surgery he must have a complete knowledge of patient's past history related to his/her hair loss along with concise hair transplant information to help him decide the course of hair transplant surgery
Hair Transplant Information on permanent hair
An average person with male pattern baldness has about 100,000 hairs at peak density. Out of these only 25% hair are located in permanent donor area, which is the only source of hair available for the hair transplant surgery. Depending upon the degree of hair loss, the number of donor hair available for the surgery also varies.
The actual hair transplant information in terms of percentage of hair that can be harvested from the donor site without causing any visible scarring during its closing or causing very little hair being left at the donor site for future hair transplant surgery is very crucial for a hair transplant surgeon. And depending upon the Hair transplant information calculated as demand/supply ratio, an expert hair restoration surgeon exploits the donor hair for the greatest benefit of the patient, and this in fact is the biggest challenge of any hair restoration surgery.
Hair transplant information for maximizing supply
Out of the total hair transplanted, the hairs that actually grow only contribute towards the coverage of the bald scalp. By using the most recent hair transplant procedures like single donor strip harvesting and microscopic dissection of follicular units , this aspect can be taken care of to a large extent by the expert hair transplant surgeon and his skilled assistants. Designing the recipient area for hair transplant surgery so as to give an appearance of maximum coverage is as significant aspect of the hair restoration surgery as the actual hair transplant surgery itself, and depends upon making the most judicious use of hair transplant information.
Hair Transplant Information for Deciding Future Sessions
Although it is not uncommon to transplant around 1500-1800 grafts as a single procedure, hair transplant information also helps to decide the future course of hair transplantation surgery. Whether the surgery would be performed as a single session or as 2 or more surgeries to allow for the transplanted hair to grow and behave as permanent hair also depends a great deal upon the correct assessment of donor hair and deriving correct hair transplant information.
'Frontal Forelock design' as an example for Hair Transplant Information By making correct use of hair transplant information (donor/supply) ratio and due consideration for the future hair loss, a hair transplant surgeon creates a design for the hairline on the recipient area so as to result in maximum coverage and a look as close as possible to the natural look. Let's understand it by taking the example of 'Frontal Forelock Design' the ideal design for men with advanced degree of hair loss.
According to the hair transplant information available in the literature, the 'frontal forelock', design makes the best use of the donor hair. This is a naturally occurring pattern seen in most of the individuals with advanced male pattern baldness and is chosen by majority of hair transplant surgeons to serve as a template for the surgical hair restoration.
First popularized in the early 1990s by Beehner and his colleagues as a natural solution for people at an increased risk of further hair loss, the ‘frontal forelock’ design made use of the traditional micro-and mini-grafts for the hair transplant surgery. Though most of the hair transplant information sources quote the results with these techniques to be quite satisfactory, the introduction of single follicular transplant as unit of hair transplant surgery has greatly increased the scope of frontal hair lock design as would be evident by the following text
Hair Transplant Information for ‘Hair Line Design’
In the light of hair transplant information like the texture of hair and scalp, and depending upon the structure and shape of the face and skull, the ‘frontal forelock’ design offers a hair transplant surgeon the maximum flexibility of defining the hairline for his aesthetic vision and optimum use of donor hair .
The ‘frontal forelock’ design consists in placement of grafts in the central anterior scalp with maximum possible density. To avoid the abrupt look, the hairline is designed by irregularly placing one and, or at the most two-hair grafts along the periphery of this central area. Addition of triangular widow’ peak can make the coronary hairline to appear lower. With strategically placing a s few as 800 to 1000 grafts, (a small percentage of donor hair), the hair transplant surgeon creates an impression of maximum coverage to the bald scalp.
The most peculiar advantage of the forelock design is that further density enhancements can be achieved thorough further transplants in subsequent sessions of hair transplant surgery. Based upon the hair transplant information data and variables like hair quality, facial frame and the desired hair line, a hair transplant surgeon can choose a suitable ‘forelock pattern’. Availability of vast hair transplant information in literature for different patterns based on forlock design is an added advantage.
Hair Transplant Information for 'Transition Zone'
As already discussed, the beauty of a forelock design lies in its flexibility which is evident in most of the different patterns of frontal forelock design. As is true with the hairline, the forelock design also offers flexibility in placing a transition zone between the central forelock and the temporal (sides of the head). The transition zone, which can also be referred to as temporal horns in some cases, can be created by irregular placement of one or two-haired grafts along the periphery with a gradual increase in density towards center. Using his skills and aesthetic sense a hair transplant surgeon can place the grafts at acute angles to the scalp to offer a semblance of more coverage.
The last but not the least, an important piece of hair transplant information about the forelock design is the fact that the pattern can be extended in lateral, posterior or even the anterior direction by subsequent hair transplant surgeries with hairs that have endured the test of time and have emerged to be permanent.
Jefferey S.Epstein, MD: 'Hair Transplantation for Men with Advanced Degrees of Hair Loss', Plast Reconstr Surg, Vol. 111, No. 1 , 414-421