Understanding Color Contrast in Hair Transplant Surgery

The Role of Color Contrast: 

The key to a great hair transplant is understanding the aesthetics of angles, proportions, direction, density --- and also "optics." The way that light is reflected from the scalp affects how an onlooker views the density of one's hair.

The basic principle of 'optics' in hair transplant is as follows:

The less contrast there is between the color of a patient's skin and the color of their hair, the easier it is to create a perception of naturalness. 

Therefore creation of an appearance of naturalness is easier for patients with light-colored skin and moderate thickness blonde, grey or salt-and-pepper hair. The same is true for individuals with darker skin and darker hair. Careful planning is needed for those with light skin and dark hair (or dark skin and light hair) to ensure a great result.



Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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