The characteristic of the hair greatly influence the result of an hair transplant.
When we talk about features of the hair we refer to:
- The color;
- The size and diameter of the hair (thin or thick);
- The fact that the hair is straight or curly;
- The contrast between the color of the hair and the color of the skin;
All these aspects play an important role for the surgeon who has to plan the hair transplant surgery and are fundamental to determine the density that the doctor considers necessary in order to achieve a natural result that perfectly integrates with the native hair.
It is also important that the patient clearly knows which result can be achieved depending on his hair features.
The expectations are fundamental during the planning phase of the transplant and on them often depend the reviews left on the forums and on the blogs of the field.
The fundamental factors of the hair
The fundamental factors which help to foresee the result are:
- The size of the hair;
- The number of hair in each follicular unit;
- The general features of the hair.
The size of the hair is probably more important that the density of follicular units per cm2.
A patient can have an above average density but if his hair is miniaturised and thinned, the achievable result would not be that good.
The better the hair characteristics are, the easier it will be to achieve a good density.
A good density in the recipient area will allow to obtain a natural look also in Norwood 5 or higher cases.
In these cases, to make a long term plan is easier since a thick hair allows a wider coverage while keeping a good density.
The ideal hair characteristics include:
- A thick size;
- Curly or wavy hair;
- An elastic scalp;
- A low contrast between the color of the hair and the color of the skin.
This explains why hair transplant works and why it can give to a Norwood 5 or 6 the right illusion of coverage and density (donor area permitting) without substituting one by one all the lost hair.