Hair Restoration Considerations
Choosing to have a hair restoration procedure is a big decision, and patients have many factors to consider when opting whether or not to pursue treatment. Several factors can contribute to the type of hair restoration procedure recommended for you, and the outcome you can expect.
Future Hair Loss
The goal of each hair restoration procedure is to improve the density of your hair and to make it appear thicker and fuller. Naturally, most patients want the maximum amount of coverage possible. We understand this goal. However, it is important not only to assess your present hair loss but also to also consider any future hair loss that you may experience. We will discuss a plan for your current hair restoration procedure but also ensure ample donor site supply should you require additional hair restoration in the future.
Amount of Donor Hair
Individuals have a limited amount of hair on their donor sites that can be used for hair restoration procedures. The hair on donor sites can never be replenished; therefore it needs to be used wisely. Patients with limited hair loss will have a greater amount of donor hair to use, while patients with more extensive hair loss have less donor hair available. Donor sites can be maximized by proper management and proper FUE techniques.
Most patients want as much hair as possible restored into the bald or thinning area. The main priority in hair restoration procedures is to provide hair to the hairline and front of the head to frame the face. Patients with widespread thinning will need their donor hair to cover a greater area, and since priority is often given to the hairline and front of the head, they may be left with thinner hair covering the crown. Thinning or balding hair on the crown can be addressed, particularly if hair loss along the hairline is very minimal. The less hair loss you have the greater coverage can be obtained.
Number of Grafts
The number of grafts that can be harvested for any individual is influenced by the number of follicles needed to create an ideal hair restoration, the laxity of the scalp and the density of the hair. In general the higher the patient’s hair density, the more follicular units there are available for the hair restoration. Clients who have low hair density, little scalp laxity and/or poor hair characteristics will not be able to achieve the same number of grafts as a client with higher donor density, some skin laxity and good hair characteristics.
The number of grafts will be carefully determined based on your current level of hair loss and any indicators of future hair loss. Dr. Barr will assess your specific pattern of hair loss and with his years of experience, educate you on the recommended plan for donor site use and management.
Your Hair Type
The length, thickness, texture, and colour of your hair all play a role in the outcome you can expect from your hair restoration procedure.
Longer hair can give the appearance of more volume than shorter hair, and is also good at concealing thinning areas due to the “overlap” of the hairs. As additional hairs overlap the ones under them, the “thickness” and coverage of the scalp is more significant. Styling your hair shorter on the sides and longer on the top can also help to improve the appearance of your hair restoration procedure.
The thickness or coarseness of your hair can also significantly impact your hair restoration appearance. Fine hair naturally does not provide as much coverage on the head as more coarse hair, but often contains more hairs per follicular unit. Coarse or wavy hair covers more area than finer hair, and can often be styled in a way that provides more coverage as well.
All hair colours are suitable for hair restoration procedures. The key to a fuller look is hair colour that is fairly similar to the colour of the scalp. Sharp contrast between your scalp colour and hair colour results in the scalp being more visible if there is sparse hair coverage. Dr. Barr has experience working with all types of hair and has the expertise and artistry to design a customized natural look for you.
The Condition of Your Scalp
The condition of your scalp will not generally affect the final outcome of your hair restoration procedure, but it will have an impact on the ease with which your surgeon can transplant the hair, thus affecting the length of your procedure. Scarring on the transplant area and medical conditions which affect your blood circulation may affect your outcome to a certain degree.
Taking Care of You
From the time of your initial consultation to your procedure, Dr. Barr and his team of hair restoration specialists ensure that your outcome is maximized by taking into consideration the array of factors that can impact your hair restoration procedure. By taking into account this multitude of factors, Dr. Barr and his team often do full restorations in a single session to create extremely natural, large volume hair restorations.