Why Do Some Hair Transplants Look More Natural Than Others?

Ever wonder why some hair transplants look more natural than others?

If you’re considering hair restoration surgery to treat your hair loss, you are probably very interested in the answers to this question.

We’ve all seen it – someone who has obviously had a hair transplant, where the hair doesn’t seem to blend in properly or match all over, or the hairline just looks plain wrong.

And while it’s less common to see old-fashioned hair plugs all lined up in a row, looking completely unnatural, you do still see this sometimes, too.

Which is a real shame, because a skilled hair restoration surgeon using the latest techniques and tools should be able to achieve incredibly natural-looking results, even for those clients with advanced baldness.

What you’re seeing when you see unnatural-looking hair transplant results is usually a combination of bad surgical technique, low skill and poor planning.

We see this a lot at North Atlanta Hair Restoration – patients who spent a lot of money and invested a lot of time having a Shave-Less FUE procedure, only to find that their hair transplant surgery left them with an unnatural appearance.

These patients come to us to find out what went wrong with their hair transplant and what we can do to fix it.

Our team has helped a lot of patients achieve natural-looking results after a poor previous hair transplant procedure, but of course, it would have been better if they’d come to us the first time.

Scar Revision Shave-Less FUE Procedure

Telltale Signs of an Unnatural-Looking Hair Transplant

Even if you’re not an expert who looks at hair all day, you can often tell when someone has had a poor hair transplant procedure.

But can you pinpoint why that hair transplant doesn’t look natural?

Since the goal of hair restoration surgery is to restore your natural appearance – with a fuller head of healthy hair that looks like it’s actually yours – you should know some specific red flags to look for.

Look out for these warning signs when you’re looking at before and after pics from a hair clinic, or if someone you know recommends a hair restoration practice:

  • Hairline is too straight
  • Hairline is too dense, with no natural fade at the temples
  • Patchy results
  • Hair that seems to grow at unnatural angles, including straight up
  • Hair texture varies noticeably in certain areas
  • Noticeable scarring
  • Obvious rows of transplanted hair
  • Hair density mismatch between front, crown and back

A lot of people assume that when they see results like these, it’s because the person had such severe hair loss that this was the best the hair transplant surgeon could do.

That’s not usually the case – even those high on the Norwood Scale should emerge from a hair restoration with natural-looking, age-appropriate results, even if those results aren’t necessarily the full head of hair a 20-year old would have.

Natural-Looking Results Should Be Tailored to You

Another big obstacle to achieving natural-looking results from a hair restoration is that a lot of clinics take a one-size-fits-all approach.

In order to get the most natural-looking results, individual patient factors like age, ethnicity, gender, and overall appearance need to play a big role in the process.

Be sure to choose a surgical hair restoration practice that has ample experience serving clients like you.

We talk to a lot of unsatisfied patients who went to clinics that don’t specialize in ethnic hair, or hair restoration in women, and were less than pleased with their hair transplant results.

Natural-Looking Results with Hair Restoration

For this reason, it’s usually a good idea to ask to see a portfolio of any prospective hair clinic’s work beforehand.

Check to see if their results look natural – but also be sure to note if their before and after pics include patients like you.

North Atlanta Hair Restoration routinely cares for clients across a wide range of ethnicities, and we serve both men and women as well as patients across a range of ages.

The Importance of Choosing a Skilled Hair Transplant Surgeon

A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that if you can just get enough hair transplanted into all those thinning areas, the results will look good enough.

That simply isn’t the case, and it’s why even non-experts can spot a bad hair transplant from a mile away.

Getting natural-looking hair transplant results involves quite a lot of planning and skill, so you need to carefully choose your hair restoration surgeon.

An expert hair transplant surgeon will have an artist’s eye for detail and the surgical skill to carefully select and place hair grafts – at natural angles of growth – to ensure any transplanted hair looks like it grew there naturally.

Importance of Choosing a Skilled Hair Transplant Surgeon

A lot goes into it – achieving natural results includes planning out a natural-looking hairline, seamlessly blending in all transplanted hair, and ensuring high graft viability through well-honed skill and technique.

Not all hair restoration practices have surgeons who can do this, and many leave this important surgical work to less-experienced surgical techs or robots who lack the human touch required.

At North Atlanta Hair Restoration, all of our surgeries are performed by Dr. Daniel A. Danyo and his veteran surgical team using the most advanced techniques and tools.

Dr. Danyo holds the title of Diplomate from the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, the only recognized certification for hair restoration surgery and an honor bestowed on less than 250 doctors.

He’s been performing hair restoration surgery for well over a decade – aided by his highly skilled medical team – and he settles for nothing less than completely natural-looking results.

The Best Type of Hair Transplant for Natural-Looking Results

When it comes to achieving hair transplant results that look natural, the type of hair transplant you get matters a lot.

Luckily, some of the less natural-looking hair transplant techniques – like FUT (follicular unit transplantation, aka strip transplantation) – a have been replaced by better, more advanced techniques like FUE (follicular unit extraction).

FUE is widely considered the gold standard for hair restoration surgery, and in the hands of the right surgeon and surgical team, this advanced technique can provide incredibly natural results.

Aesthetic advantages of FUE include:

  • No linear scars – this technique leaves little to no visible scarring
  • Uses individual hairs or small follicular units for transplantation instead of strips –allows for more natural placement and better blending
  • Smaller hair grafts allow surgeon to carefully craft a custom, natural-looking hairline
  • Cutting-edge FUE tools avoid the “hair plug” appearance of older hair transplant techniques
  • Leaves the donor site looking more natural and helps prevent overharvesting
  • High follicular viability for a better success rate
  • Can be used for large hair transplants of several thousand grafts

Dr. Danyo and his team specialize in FUE hair restoration surgery, and they have perfected their technique to ensure natural-looking, truly transformative results for patients of all types.

They are experts in both traditional Shaved FUE and the more technically challenging Shave-less FUE technique, which doesn’t require shaving of the head.

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Achieve the Natural-Looking Results You’ve Been Wanting

If you’ve been considering a hair transplant, but hesitated because you’re worried that it might not look natural, don’t wait another minute.

Call us at (678) 845-7521, or click here to book a virtual or in-person consultation online.

Dr. Danyo will assess your case and make personalized recommendations on how to get the natural-looking hair restoration results you desire.

Our 5 star Google reviews and results speak for themselves – you can see our patient portfolio and hear from satisfied clients who achieved results so natural, gradual and discreet that even friends and family couldn’t tell for sure if they’d had a procedure.

Take the next step to restoring the natural-looking hair you’ve been missing by contacting us today.

Dr Daniel A Danyo

Dr. Daniel A. Danyo

As a hair transplant patient himself, Dr. Danyo intimately understands his patients’ desire to achieve natural-looking results. He combines extensive training, experience and artistry with surgical precision to provide innovative solutions to hair restoration.

Daniel A. Danyo, MD is one of less than 250 doctors in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, the only recognized certification for hair restoration surgery. He founded North Atlanta Hair Restoration in 2012 to provide advanced restoration techniques in a medically safe environment. As a triathlete who has completed two full Ironman triathlons, Dr. Danyo brings a high level of stamina, focus and perseverance to each procedure. He frequently takes on 2,500 grafts or more, a size most other clinics don’t attempt.

Dr. Danyo recently completed a Physician Executive MBA at Auburn University. The extension of the MBA to his resume greatly enhances the patient experience through improved efficiency and effectiveness techniques learned during his program at Auburn. It represents Dr. Danyo's pursuit of perfection and his desire to place his patients first.

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