Male vs. Female Hairline Design
It’s no secret that men and women differ emotionally, biologically, and physically. So when it comes to hair loss, it’s not surprising that the progression of male pattern baldness not does evolve in the same manner as female hair loss. Along these lines, the approach to male versus female hair restoration must be somewhat dissimilar to account not only for gender-related hair loss patterns, but for the nuances specific to male versus female hairlines.
Sara Wasserbauer M.D., an experienced Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery in Walnut Creek, California, is also a contributing editor to the International Alliance of Hair Restorative Surgeons, and according to her, every good hair restoration specialist needs to have a thorough understanding of the differences between male and female hairlines. Since hairline reconstruction and design are key components of a successful hair transplant, professionals in the field must first study the intricacies of male and female hairlines before attempting to treat patients in a hands-on fashion.
According to Dr. Wasserbauer, the primary difference between male and female hairlines is that the male hairline tends to be much more angular. As a general rule, the male hairline will look somewhat like a rounded arrowhead, and the mature male hairline will eventually develop some corner recession that may or may not grow over time. When designing a man’s hairline for transplant purposes, the key is to do so in a manner that allows the patient’s hair to look natural for the rest of his life.
The female hairline, by contrast, tends to be rather swoopy. Most female hairlines loop and curl around, as opposed to the male hairline that tends to follow a more uniform pattern. Similar to the male hairline approach, surgeons working on female patients must make certain to construct their hairlines in a manner that helps them look as natural as possible. The goal, says Dr. Wasserbauer, is to avoid having either hairline look like a solid straight line across the head, since pretty much every human hairline is somewhat irregular by nature. In fact, Dr. Wasserbauer insists that the best looking hairlines are the ones that aren’t actually noticeable at all.
While distinguishing between male versus female hairline design requires a fair degree of experience and skill, transgendered clients tend to demand even more specialized attention when it comes to hair restoration. When treating a transgendered patient, the surgeon must be able to both identify the original structure of the hairline and make accommodations for the “new” gender in terms of the hairline’s appearance. It’s a tricky task, but a truly seasoned hair restoration expert should be able to handle it.
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