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Is it me or does anyone else notice that all surgeons (even the best ones) draw that same round tapering curve at the hairline before operating? There seems to be no attempt to salvage the temple area nor replace what was once a fairly straight hairline. And they never try to come down as low on the forehead as you once had it, saying an older guy should have an older guy's naturally receding look. BS! I've seen many a gray-haired man with a thick straight hairline low on the scalp who looked great. Is there any medical reason for this, or does it even matter to patients who are happy to get any hair put anywhere it's not? Feedback anyone ? - Mr. Rocco

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Is it me or does anyone else notice that all surgeons (even the best ones) draw that same round tapering curve at the hairline before operating? There seems to be no attempt to salvage the temple area nor replace what was once a fairly straight hairline. And they never try to come down as low on the forehead as you once had it, saying an older guy should have an older guy's naturally receding look. BS! I've seen many a gray-haired man with a thick straight hairline low on the scalp who looked great. Is there any medical reason for this, or does it even matter to patients who are happy to get any hair put anywhere it's not? Feedback anyone ? - Mr. Rocco

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There are a couple of reasons for this.

 

First, the transplanted hairline will never change, so the better doctors usually try to design a hairline that will still look good when you are older too, even if all your other hair falls out. If you have the hairline of a 20 year old and a big bald area behind that, it doesn't look so hot (the Senator Joe Biden look). Recessed temples look correct on an older guy. It's long-term thinking.

 

Second, there is a limited amount of donor hair, not enough to cover an entire bald head. By not placing the hairline low, and squaring off the temples, you are saving precious donor hair for other parts of your head where you need it more.

 

The bottom line is that it is not realistic to think a hair transplant can eliminate all signs of hair loss, which seems to be the goal of the guys who want low hairlines and square temples. There is not enough donor hair for that. You may erase the evidence of hair loss in the short run, but in the long run these guys often need corrective surgery, as they continue to lose hair.

 

The whole point of a hair transplant is to make your hair loss a non-issue. If you are 60 years old with a teenage hairline, you are possibly going to get a lot of funny looks. That's not making it into a non-issue, that's making your hair loss into the center of attention.

 

I agree that there are a lot of bad hairlines out there, and some doctors seem to have a pre-set hairline for their patients. There are very few excellent doctors doing transplants, so if you get one, pick your doctor carefully. But the problem is not "recessed temples", the problem is the shortage of great doctors doing HT. Recessed hairlines can look good, when they are done well. When they're not done well, they look bad, just like anything else.

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I agree with Arfy. Its not only an art to create a hairline. It is an art to understand what will look good on a patient in the future. Do posters actually think that most top doctors can't give most patients a teenage hairline if they wanted to? Top doctors refuse to do it because they understand what may happen in the future.

Some doctors that are aggressive give the patients the young hairline that they want. What bothers me is that they also think that they are specialists at it. I don't want to mention names but this particular doctor actually considers himself one of the best in the industry. Please remember that the masterpieces of today could end of being the mishaps of tomorrow.

 

Be careful...we all have dreams..

 

Lorenzo

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