Hair Restoration Blog Dallas

The Concept of the Lowest Acceptable Point for Hairline Design

Published on November 7, 2013 by

How to determine the lowest acceptable point for the hairline (from Hair Transplant 360, Lam SM, Jaypee Brothers, 2011) When designing a hairline that are many ways to create one.  In almost all cases, my hair-transplant colleagues and I start with the most fundamentally important point that defines and sets the remainder of the hairline, […]

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Shoreline Understanding of a Hairline in Hair Restoration

Published on November 7, 2013 by

Shoreline model for understanding natural hairlines in hair restoration I really like using the idea of a shoreline to educate my students and my patients on the proper design of a hairline.  A shoreline from a great distance looks relatively straight but the closer you get to the shoreline, the more jagged and imperfect the […]

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The Lateral, Anterior Point in Hair Transplantation

Published on November 7, 2013 by

The lateral, anterior point in hairline design When we discussed the bell shaped design of the hairline, we talked about a point known as the “lateral, anterior point”.  This point is relatively aligned with the mid-pupil and it represents where the shape of the hairline goes from convex toward the midline and concave toward the […]

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Two Fronto-Temporal Hairline Designs in Hair Transplant and Why

Published on November 7, 2013 by

Fronto-temporal Design Options (illustration taken from Dr. Lam's book, Hair Transplant 360) Although we have discussed the bell and the round patterns for hairline design in other blog articles, we did not discuss what the impact is on the temple hair when creating these types of hairline shapes.  When the temple hair is not simultaneously […]

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“Doctor, I am Concerned Someone Will Notice My Hair Transplant?”

Published on April 3, 2013 by

I have heard these words many times throughout my hair-transplant consultations, usually leading to the next sentence, “Please make my result as conservative as possible.” That sounds intuitively appealing but it is really not the right answer. I totally understand the issue with one’s fear that a result will be spotted out, especially since hair […]

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The Fundamental Shape for the Hairline From a Profile View

Published on August 27, 2012 by

Hair Transplant Hairline Principles from a Profile View (from Hair Transplant 360, Lam SM, Jaypee Brothers, 2011) When I design a hairline I not only stand in front of the patient, but I go to every angle of the patient to make sure my design work looks good, symmetric, and natural. The side view of […]

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Understanding Global Hair Angles and Directions used for a Hair Transplant

Published on July 7, 2012 by

Throughout these blog articles, I have emphasized the need to respect natural hair angles and directions when performing a hair-transplant procedure for optimal naturalness in the result as well as for superlative visual hair density. However, I have not globally discussed all of the hair angles and directions required for the entire head. As a […]

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Thinking of Visual Walls When Building Up the Frontal Region of the Scalp

Published on May 5, 2012 by

The goal of hair restoration is to build up enough hair density that one does not have much see-through effect. Put another way, rows upon rows of hair grafts must be placed so that each row adds to the visual effect of blocking one’s view of the bald scalp behind it. This brief article will […]

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The Concept of the Extended Central Forelock in Hair Restoration

Published on April 29, 2012 by

The central forelock is one of the most important concepts that exist for hair restoration. If the central forelock, that lies immediately behind the hairline looks empty, the person will remain looking bald. Every graft that is situated in the central forelock also blocks light from the front and the two 45-degree side angles as […]

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Passion in Hair Restoration and in Everything

Published on April 9, 2012 by

At times I get the question during a consultation, “What makes you better than [fill in the blank name]”? Even though I may spend 30 minutes detailing every little nuance of what makes us better: a more artistically designed and customized hairline, better donor harvesting and donor closure, better recipient site creation, more gentle graft […]

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Regional Hair Restoration: How to Select Hairs for Optimal Graft Placement

Published on March 29, 2012 by

Many times hairs are just moved from the back of the head to the front of the head based on the number of hairs that are bundled in each follicular unit. For example, 1-hair grafts are placed into the front hairline and 2-hair grafts behind that and so on. However, little is paid to the […]

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Hair Transplant Recovery: Social and Professional Concerns During Your Recovery

Published on February 18, 2012 by

One of the major topics that patients ask about hair transplant surgery is “What is the recovery process like?” or “When can I go back to work?” I try to frame the answer in such a way as to help that person understand the situation as well as possible so that he can make a […]

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Kevin James, Ralph Macchio, Their Hairpieces, and Understanding the Lid Effect

Published on February 11, 2012 by

I was watching the movie Grown Ups the other day and I could not help but stare at Kevin James’ hairpiece. Most likely you did not even notice it. The reason that I see results that look fake and you may not is that I have significant experience with hair restoration and know how to […]

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The Principles of Making Results Seamlessly Natural Results for Hair Transplants Even Close Up

Published on February 4, 2012 by

Many of the other blog articles have touched upon various elements of quality control that lead to excellent surgical outcomes. What I would like to do is to talk more globally about problems that I see that make a hair transplant result look fake when looking closely at the work. Unfortunately, the public thinks that […]

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Basic Hairline Shapes Created for Hair Transplant

Published on January 8, 2012 by

Although there are many types of hairlines that can be designed, for the sake of simplicity I try to discuss two basic shapes when I lecture to students at my hair-transplant course in St. Louis every year. They are the bell-shape and the round-shape. The bell shape is a narrower design that changes from a […]

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Understanding the Role of Sentinel Hairs in Hair Transplants

Published on December 26, 2011 by

A sentinel hair is defined as a single-hair graft that stands 1 to 3 mm in front of the hairline. These 1-hair grafts are intended to blur the hairline visually, i.e., to make the line look less like a line. They are the tiny archipelagos/islands that border and float near the hairline that make the […]

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Understanding Global Hair Angles and Directions used for a Hair Transplant

Published on July 31, 2011 by

Hair Angles and Directions for Good Hair Transplant Results Throughout these blog articles, I have emphasized the need to respect natural hair angles and directions when performing a hair-transplant procedure for optimal naturalness in the result as well as for superlative visual hair density.  However, I have not globally discussed all of the hair angles […]

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The Mirror Effect: Combining 2-D and 3-D Hairlines in Hair Restoration

Published on July 25, 2011 by

One of the original ideas that I have been working on is why and how to use a mirror when designing a hairline. What I am always shocked by is that I will look at a patient and draw in a proposed hairline then look at the hairline with the patient in the mirror to […]

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Defining Hair Transplant Scalp Regions: The Lateral Crease

Published on May 4, 2011 by

Throughout many of these articles on hair restoration, I am trying to open up to you the reader the technical terms that I use in my day-to-day discussions and thoughts. This article will focus on one particular region of the scalp, the lateral crease. The lateral crease may be more colloquially defined as the line […]

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Vertex Transition Zone: Why It is Important and What Does it Mean

Published on April 14, 2011 by

The vertex transition zone (VTZ), or vertex transition point, can also be thought of as the posterior “hairline” in that it forms the transition from the flat, horizontal midscalp and the vertical plane of the crown. As a reminder, the anterior hairline, or hairline, is formed at the intersection of the forehead and the horizontal […]

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Hair Transplant and Young Men: Safety First

Published on April 2, 2011 by

Male hair transplant procedures for young men is perhaps one of the most important if not the most important article I will be writing in this blog series, especially considering the preponderance of young men who are on the Internet searching for solutions for their hair loss. With my YouTube channel, I have personally encountered […]

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Regions of the Head for Hair Transplant Part 2 of 4: The Midscalp

Published on March 23, 2011 by

The midscalp is the term used to describe anything behind the hairline zone, which in turn is defined as the first 2 to 3 centimeters in the front part of the transplant. The midscalp extends from behind the hairline zone all the way back to the crown. The area at which the midscalp turns into […]

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Recognizing Fake Hairlines in Hair Transplants

Published on March 7, 2011 by

I was at a conference two weeks ago in San Diego sitting next to a colleague of mine who deplored how fake hair transplants can be. I said that my results can look utterly natural even at close range and I showed him some of my photographic results. He was impressed. However, I challenged him […]

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