As commonly known, human hair exists in many colours and forms and is, hence, a symbol of individuality. For this reason, the appearance of the hair is important for the aesthetic perception of most people. However, not every hair type fits best the needs for a hair transplantation. The following chapter will provide an impression of which type of hair is best suited for transplantation.
Concerning the colour, blond or white hair fits best because, in general, blond people have a higher number of hair follicles, hence, more hair is allocatable for transplantation. Furthermore, blond hair contains less pigments than dark hair. In the case of transplantation, this leads to a less accentuated contrast on the light, bald scalp.
Another advantage is to have curly hair. Visually, this type of hair is perceived bulkier than smooth hair. This makes it easier to coat bald scalp areas and helps to ensure a therapy result of high quality.
On the other hand, the transplantation of light and curly hair provides a special challenge for the surgical assistant. This is due to the fact that, in most cases, such hair has elliptic follicles. Hence, a high degree of precision is needed while extracting and implanting the grafts.
At the same time, the assistant must act very carefully while splitting the grafts (also see “Possibilities and Limitations of Modern Hair Transplantation Techniques”) to exclude possible injuries of the extracted follicles, which would lead to loss of donor follicles.
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