Illusion VS Real Objects

    When looking at any photographs in Patient Gallery pages, keep in mind that what you see may be just the illusion. With modern day's photography techniques, photographs that are taken in a photography studio can be enhanced, altered, or re-touched to create a visual illusion that fools human eyes in many ways; yet look perfect and flawless. Visual perception from those photographs may differ from the actual objects/persons. Unlike others, all THT Center's photographs seen in Patient Gallery page are taken with normal, built-in flash, camera in our clinic with no photography studio equipments of any kind. With this standard, the photograph may not look as perfect as those taken in the studio but you can be assured that our hair transplant results are clearly seen. Some of those photography techniques and tactics used by others include:

1. Lighting Technique
    By using direct and indirect lights from flashes and reflecting objects, such as umbrellas and other studio equipments, from different directions, it eliminates the shadow behind the object/person in the photograph. After the photographs are being re-touched, they look a lot nicer and softer than those taken with normal camera. Shown below are examples of patients' photographs taken at THT Center using camera with built-in flash compare to the ones taken in the photography studio using lighting technique and studio equipments. These photographs, from left to right, illustrate patients' before and after the surgery.

THT Center's standard photograph

EXHIBIT 1    THT Center's standard photograph

Photographs taken in photography studio

EXHIBIT 2    Photographs taken in photography studio

2. Using Patient's Facial Emotion to Differentiate His Feeling Before and After The Surgery

See exhibits 3-5

Patient's faces are partially revealed

EXHIBIT 3    Patient's faces are partially revealed.

Patient's faces are revealed. Both photographs show similar emotion

EXHIBIT 4    Patient's faces are revealed. Both photographs show similar emotion.

Patient's smile in the right photograph indicates a happy, satisfactory feeling after the surgery

EXHIBIT 5    Patient's smile in the right photograph indicates a happy, satisfactory feeling after the surgery. This photograph has the most visual value among the 3 right photographs from exhibit 3 to 5 even though they were taken on the same date from the same patient.

3. Using Certain Camera Angle, Level, and Distance from The Object/Person When Taking Photograph

    When taking photograph at the front view, at patient's eye level, in a close-up position, patient's hair in the photograph definitely looks different from the one taken from a top view or from the sides. The following photographs on the left from exhibit 6 to 8 were taken from the same patient on the same date and so were the ones on the right.


the patient's hair is a lot thicker than the ones in the next exhibits

EXHIBIT 6    The photograph on the right shows that the patient's hair is a lot thicker than the ones in the next exhibits. Viewers see that the patient has a full head of hair as a result of a great hair transplantation outcome.

EXHIBIT 7    The patient lowers his head just a little. The hair transplant result on the right still looks good.

EXHIBIT 8    These photographs show top view of the same patient but his hair on the right photograph does not look as thick as in the previous ones.
4. Avoid Posting Close-up Image of Transplanted Area or Donor Scar.
    The following photographs, taken on the same date at different distances from the same patient who had a hair transplant performed by another clinic, show how much differences an object distance makes.
EXHIBIT 9 Left photograph, taken from farther away than that on the right, shows less details. The close-up photograph on the right shows that transplanted hair follicles are visibly far apart and transplanted hairs do not grow out naturally in the same direction as the remaining hair does.
EXHIBIT 10 Left photograph shows the back of the head where the donor scar is unseen while the photograph on the right shows the donor scar that is quite large even though it has healed.

    This is one of the reasons why others do not show closed-up different angles of patients' hairs or the donor scars in the after surgery photographs. So beware of these tactics.


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