The Importance of Direction and Angling in Hair Transplantation

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Hair transplant experts pride themselves on creating hairlines which are natural and elegantly undetectable.

Creating such a cosmetically flawless hairline requires mastery of hairline design, something our own Dr. Yazdan has been internationally recognized for. Artistry and care must be used to decide where the grafts are placed. For men, this involves angling the transplanted hair forward and in a pattern that is consistent with the existing hairline.

Dr. Yazdan explains: “The directional growth of transplanted hair is dependent on the direction of the incision and placement of that graft.

Hairline incisions are made in the exact direction the hair at the frontal hairline naturally grows, which is angled. This will give a natural and undetected appearance. If the incisions are created improperly, it will give a manufactured look.

As such, the surgeon you choose to go with must be a technical expert and follicular artist who is very methodical in the directional placement of each graft. Hair grows at different angles in various areas of the scalp, and it is up to the surgeon to angle the incision appropriately for each area.

For example, when transplanting hair for the crown, recreating a whorl or cowlick will require some of the most technically precise work in hair transplantation. Recreating a cowlick is very careful and exacting work wherein every receptor incision is precisely angled around the spiral axis matching every subtle shift in angulation. See some of Modena’s best examples below:

Anytime there is a whorl such as those that occur in the crown, more scalp shows through because of the natural separation of hairs. Thus, when restoring a cowlick, higher density is required to hide the scalp than if the hairs are all transplanted in the same direction. This all being said, cowlicks, undulations, and widow’s peaks are the ‘elegant’ details of a handsome hairline, and when they are reproduced accurately some of the best-looking hairlines results are achieved.

At Modena Hair Institute in Orange County, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, we believe that the best hairlines are recreated only by observing the highest artistic principles of graft direction and angulation.

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.