When you’ve made the decision to do something about your hair loss, there are many things to consider. You want to find a permanent solution which means choosing hair transplant procedures rather than a medication that stops working if you don’t take it. You also want to avoid painful options like strip surgery which can be painful and require longer recovery times. You also want the healthiest and most natural looking head of hair possible, which you can find at RHRLI. We use the ARTAS® system, a state of the art procedure which employs robotic technology to give you a healthy head of hair. When you come in to discuss the ARTAS® procedure, we’ll take you through each component of the process including hairline design. This is a critical part of making sure the result of your transplant looks natural and that you have a design that serves your needs.
What to Look for in Hairline Design
The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) outlined guidelines for patients who are considering the procedure. They suggest that you look for a doctor with a record of experience and results in designing natural looking hairlines. Among the suggestions they give about looking for the right doctor is to ask about their ideas and suggestions regarding hairline design, discussing how they will design a unique and personal hairline for you and making sure that you ask the doctor to provide before and after results.
As for the actual hairline design itself, there are several things your doctor should keep in mind, according to ISHRS. Among the factors that need to be considered is the type of hair the patient has, for example, thin versus thick hair. They should also consider the curvature of the hair and the number of hair follicles.
The Hairline Design Process
Dr. Paul McAndrews, a professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, tells the Dermatology Times that he considers four key factors in designing new hairlines: The anterior, starting point of the frontal hairline; the lateral portion, or width, of the frontal hairline; hair direction; and irregularity of the hairline. There are certain rules that are often followed such as dividing the face into thirds and or starting at the point where the steep angle of the forehead meets the flat angle of the top of the head. But he adds that “you can’t apply these rules to every patient,” he says. “It’s important to be conservative and not put the point too far forward because it could eventually look like a hair piece.”
RHRLI Offers State of the Art Hair Design
Because each design must suit the individual, the consultation is critical. At RHRLI, we will answer your questions and take you through every step of the procedure. We’ll incorporate your personal photographs into your hair transplant design. The doctor will draw a hairline and other markings directly onto the scalp to delineate the area to be transplanted. With the design in place, we’ll use the ARTAS® system’s robotic technology to identify donor hairs and transfer them with more accuracy than any other procedure available. RHRLI is the only hair loss specialist on Long Island that has the ARTAS® system. If you’re looking for a permanent solution to hair loss, contact us today.
Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.