Dear Dr. Rassman,
I will like to know if you can you tell that someone had a hair transplant by looking at it?
Hair grows naturally in units of 1, 2, and 3 hairs each. The frontal hairline always has single hairs and a transition zone of these single hairs starts at the forehead (more widely spaced) and they then get closer together as you look further back into the actual denser hair. Within Â¼ of an inch, these single hairs get noticeably denser and then groups of 2 hairs start appearing. I say this because to make a hair transplant look like God’s work, God’s design must be copied. The single hair leading edge of a non-transplanted person is erratic and disorderly. It is not heavy, so the idea that there is a â€˜line’ with a hairline is a misconception. The transition zone makes the hairline imperceptible. If the pattern is created by the transplant surgeon with enough hair to mimic the normal transition zone, an observer should not be able to see a hairline nor a hair transplant. At our open house events (which we hold every month at each office) the people are amazed that they can not pick out those who had hair transplants from those that did not.
So simply answered, in 95% of all cases, a hair transplant should not be detectable as a hair transplant if there is enough hair to address the needs of the patient. Look at this video of a completely transplanted frontal hairline worked with a comb. Please note that this patient has a high contrast black hair against a light skin color (the most demanding combination). If there is anything abnormal looking about a hair transplant, it will always show up in someone with black hair and light skin.
- Undetectable Hair Transplant – Flash required