ISHRS 2021 CME Webinar

Hairline Design and Recipient Area

Registration Fees Per Webinar:

  •          ISHRS Physician Member, $50.00 USD
  •          ISHRS Physician Pending-Member, $75.00 USD
  •          Physician Non Member, $100.00 USD

Program Description

The recorded program will be available for viewing on demand until Dec. 31, 2022.

This 2-hour program is intended for physicians who perform hair transplantation surgery. This webinar is being conducted to provide physicians knowledge on foundational principles related to hairline design in males, females, and transgender patients, including patient consultation and recipient area preparation. As a result of this activity, learners will be able to discuss factors to consider when designing hairline and recipient area preparation, including site making, graft placement, dense packing, and post-operative care.

Professional Practice Gap

Advanced surgeons in the field regularly are presented with patients seeking repair of poorly constructed hairlines from previous hair transplant surgeries. The need exists to provide additional education on this topic so patients may receive better outcomes.

To create natural-looking hairlines during hair transplantation surgery, the principles of hairline design are crucial to understand for all surgeons. Male, female and transgender patients have different characteristics. In the unique areas such as temple points and in advanced hair loss, the design and planning may be challenging for some physicians. Recipient area preparation including depth-control site making, sagittal vs coronal incisions, graft placement and post-operative care is also an essential integrated topic of hairline construction. Techniques have been developed that result in less complications from the improper management of the recipient area. In addition, proper post-operative care can reduce edema, pain, and discomfort as well as lower complication rates.

Reference: Chapter 12: The Recipient Site. Hair Transplantation, Unger, W (ed), 5th edition. Informa Healthcare, 2011.

Educational Need

Creating an aesthetically-pleasing hairline is a core component of a successful hair transplant outline. Physicians require the knowledge of hairline design and management of the recipient area. Specifically, physicians must understand the specific needs of patients with unique characteristics. For example, there are nuances that must be observed in males that are different than females, and further unique aspects in transgender patients. One special area that must be mastered is the design of temporal points. Physicians must properly prepare for surgery to minimize complications and have more successful surgery, minimizing the number of procedures a patient requires.

Target Audience and Prerequisites

This webinar is taught at the physician level. It is geared toward intermediate- to advanced-level hair restoration surgeons. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, the learners should be able to:

  • Discuss the principles of proper hairline design in patients with different characteristics.
  • Describe multiple factors to consider when preparing the recipient area.
  • List aspects to consider when designing a surgical plan for a patient with unique considerations, such as transgender or advanced hair loss.
  • Identify the factors that may lead to complications from improper recipient preparation and graft placement.


Internet/online, via computer or mobile device. 

Official Language

The official language of the webinar is English. Simultaneous interpretation is not provided for this webinar.

Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships of Planners, Faculty, and Others

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose:

Gholamali Abbasi, MD, FISHRS – Faculty
Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS – Planner
Otavio Boaventura, MD – Faculty
Timothy P. Carman, MD, FISHRS –COI Reviewer
Victoria Ceh, MPA – Planner & Manager
Jeffrey S. Epstein, MD, FISHRS – Faculty
Steven P. Gabel, MD, FISHRS – Planner
Rita Kaufman – Planner & Manager
Russell Knudsen, MBBS, FISHRS – Faculty
Matthew Lopresti, MD – Planner
Emorane C. Lupanzula, MD – Faculty
Paul J. McAndrews, MD, FISHRS – COI Reviewer
M. Humayun Mohmand, MD, FISHRS – Faculty
Masahisa Nagai, MD – Planner
Ratchathorn Panchaprateep, MD, PhD, FISHRS – Planner
Jae-Hyun Park, MD, PhD – Faculty
Felix Popescu, MD – Faculty
Vlad Ratushny, MD – Planner
Antonio S. Ruston, MD – Faculty
Mauro Speranzini, MD – Faculty
Melanie Stancampiano – Planner & Manager
Mark Waldman, MD – Planner
Georgios Zontos, MD, PhD, FISHRS – Faculty

The following individuals have relevant financial relationships:

Robert S. Haber, MD, FISHRS – Planner & Faculty
Ellis Instruments, Inc: Royalty, patent or other IP
Transdermal Cap Inc.: Consultant/Advisory Board

James A. Harris, MD, FISHRS – Planner & Faculty
Restoration Robotics: Consultant/Advisory Board

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Commercial Support



The webinar content has been made available by the ISHRS for educational purposes only. The content is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily the best, method or procedure appropriate for the medical situations discussed, but rather is intended to present views, statements, and opinions that may be of interest to others. The views expressed herein are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of the ISHRS. The ISHRS assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with your use or misuse of the webinar content or any materials or techniques described in the content, and it makes no warranty or representation as to the validity or sufficiency of any information provided. 

Questions: Learners may contact the ISHRS Headquarters with questions about this activity at phone +1-800-444-2737 or +1-630-262-5399, or fax +1-630-262-1520, or email: [email protected]