There is an abundance of hair transplant ‘before and after’ photos at the fingertips of anyone interested enough to perform a search online. However, educated consumers need to understand that certain clinics and physicians will deliberately publish misleading photos that do not accurately depict the true quality of their transplant outcomes.
When basing a hair restoration surgery decision on a physician’s photos, make sure the images are large, clear and very detailed. Doctors who are proud of their work will have nothing to hide and no qualms about posting high-quality images, showing details such as the patient’s hairline. Excellent hairline work should have a gradual “feathering” effect and a natural look. Look for consistent lighting in before and after photos; overexposure of the results photos can be misleading. There should also be consistency in hair styling (whether hair is wet, dry, gelled, styled, etc.) and the angles from which the patient is photographed.
Some doctors’ websites provide only small, dimly lit images, in an effort to disguise details that may detract from the results they wish to convey. Some photos may even be deliberately out-of-focus or blurred. Doctors who are trying to disguise the lackluster quality of their work will avoid showing detailed hairlines in their patient galleries, or will style the patient’s hair so as to conceal the hairline. Some doctors will even digitally alter images, using software such as Photoshop, to blur hairlines. One way to detect whether the images have been altered is to look carefully for detail; watch out for ‘blobs’ (where an editor may have tried to smooth the hairline appearance) and a lack of individual discernable hairs. Beware of doctors who hide behind poor quality images in hopes that prospective patients will not notice the lack of clarity or detail in their results images. A top quality physician will have nothing to hide.
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