View Full Version : Dr. Lindsey Discussing Hair Characteristics Using Trees as an Analogy

Dr. Lindsey
05-13-2015, 06:35 AM
So many of you know, from visits to the office and from my posts over the past 7 years, that I frequently discuss hair transplantation as being similar to trees in a forest. I'm a tree hugging hair transplant surgeon.

Here are some similarities between the human head and a forest:

A forest has a random pattern at the border...not a straight line. The natural human hairline is random...not straight like so many of the old style hair transplants we see on TV here in the DC area.

A forest has individual trees which you can see at the edge, but behind that all you see is "the forest"...not clumps or individual groups of trees...same with a hairline, thus we put singles at the edge, followed by doubles and triples.

Lastly a forest of thin trees conceals the ground less than a forest of bushy leaf filled oaks. Patients similarly have hair which can be thin...and less concealing no matter how densely packed, or thicker hairs with better coverage...even with decreased hair count.

So I made this video, recall that I'm not a professional video maker... It should help explain how differences in donor hair quality and thickness can alter hair transplant results, and what the differences are between single and multiple haired follicular units.

The video link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUhJIlh9V7g


Dr. Lindsey McLean VA