Hair loss is inevitable, and many men in their 30’s and 40’s can expect to lose their frontal hair in the few years ahead. Men already experiencing a premature aging to their appearance because of the loss of the frontal hairline (FHL), readily recognize the deficit of this critical landmark as the hallmark of an older or less youthful appearance. But help is here in the form of surgical hair restoration, where hair is taken from the back of your head and transplanted to the balding areas of the scalp.
Recreating the FHL is one of the most common surgical procedures performed. The design and restoration of the FHL is intended to reframe the face and restore a youthful appearance. The surgical goal for this part of the face is for the casual observer to view the frontal hairline ascend into the mid scalp with a cosmeticly appealing density. The FHL is considered the area of the scalp most looked at during casual conversations, or more importantly in pictures.
TWO PRIMARY RESTORATION TECHNIQUES-FUE AND STRIP
There are two techniques used by hair restoration surgeons to transplant hair from one denser region of the scalp to less dense area. These two techniques are known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and the Strip. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these procedures and patients need to be aware of the differences. After understanding the differences in the surgical techniques, patients then need to find a competent hair surgeon who can assist in the final decision making process.
“Surgical frontal hair restoration using the FUE technique is the most desired type of hair surgery. FUE surgery gives a natural look and is minimally invasive.” Dr. Ken Williams
BEWARE WHO PERFORMS YOUR SURGERY
Many plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, med spa owners, and even non-physicians such as aestheticians who own skin clinics, advertise they perform hair surgery. The reality is there are many charlatans in the hair surgical field who have no business being in hair restoration surgery. There are hair surgeons in private practice who have not obtained regular continuing education and training to be competent hair surgeons. Or even worse, as is documented in medical literature, these physicians purchased a hair transplant device without having any training and hire hair technicians to perform the entire hair surgery. Patients need to ask the question who actually performs the hair restoration procedure as well as the training and expertise of the physician.
FRONTAL HAIR DESIGN BASICS
After deciding on the best hair surgeon and the ideal surgical technique for you as a patient, the next hair design decision involves determining the FHL placement. This is typically the distance from the glabella (the region of the forhead between the eyes) to the FHL. The priority should be to recreate this height so it is age appropriate, and that it takes into consideration the progressive nature of hair loss and natural aging process.
Many patients believe they need the same placement of the FHL they once possessed during high school or college. Although the request may be sincere, a low placement of the FHL will look unnatural, and should be avoided at all costs. The problem with too youthful of a placement of the FHL is it fails to give a natural appearance, and it requires more hair grafts. Thus, more grafts used to create a low lying FHL will deplete the donor site of follicles potentially needed at subsequent surgeries.
The second surgical decision to make is what should be the shape of the FHL look like. Some patients have a natural bell shape to their FHL while other possess a more rounded appearance. The bell curved hairline is for patients with a narrower head and where temporal hair loss is prominent. The bell shape also conserves valuable grafts because of a smaller surface area. A round design is typically used for patients with a wider head and more stable temporal hair.
(Illustration from HairTransplant 360- Sam Lam, M.D.)
The good news is hope is available for balding men and women with hair restorative surgery. But according to Irvine, California hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Ken Williams, “The most important decision once you recognize you need surgery, is stabilization of any future hair loss with a consistent medical treatment program.” He adds, “Laser therapy, Rogaine, a DHT inhibitor like finasteride are key components to any future hair surgery.”
For men and women suffering from hair loss, or are interested in hair restoration surgery, call Dr. Ken Williams and his staff for a personal and professional consultation. The Orange County Hair Restoration center, is conveniently located in the beautiful city of Irvine, California, adjacent to the Newport and Laguna Beach coasts. Our office number is 949-333-2999