In the past I’ve preached about the issues of clinics using flash in their photos to enhance the final result they are highlighting. To summarize, using a flash when taking a photo of a hairline will make the hairline look twice as thick. Using a flash for an overhead shot or crown will make the hair in these areas look twice as thin. You’ll see this done often with the after shot overhead or of the crown taken without flash making the result that much better. As an experiment, try this yourself at home to see what I mean. I have photos already if anyone would like to see.
Now, I would like to draw attention to another issue with photos. Whenever you see a photo of a patient before surgery, look at any existing hairline remnants. Keep this in mind when looking at the after shot. Many times I’ve seen results where the grafts were placed completely behind already existing (albeit thin) hairlines. When results are shown you see a completely natural looking hairline that would be difficult to spot in public. Look further back however. You may be surprised to see thicker caliber hair that may not be so natural looking once it is exposed due to the remaining native hairline remnants disappearing in a few years.
A similar effect can be seen when the patient has wet or damp hair in the before photo and dry, styled hair in the after. One can get a significant appearance of fullness and density by simply pulling out their twenty dollar drugstore hairdryer for five minutes. I know it sounds simple and even obvious but it is surprising how often this is missed when viewing results. Keep these points in mind.
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