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How to Select a Donor Area for Hair Transplant

When it comes to hair transplantation, the success of the procedure hinges significantly on the selection of the donor area. The donor area is the region of the body where hair follicles are harvested from in order to then transplant them to the balding parts of the scalp. The ideal donor area is characterized by its abundance and quality of hair follicles that are resistant to balding.

Criteria for Donor Area Selection

There are a few key factors we look for when selecting the ideal donor site for your hair transplant.

The donor site must possess a high density of hair. This is typically measured in follicular units per square centimeter. A higher density allows for the extraction of a sufficient number of grafts while maintaining a natural appearance in the donor area post-procedure.

Hair follicles from the back and sides of the scalp are generally resistant to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the androgen hormone responsible for pattern baldness. These areas are preferred as they are more likely to retain hair over time post-transplant.

Thicker hair strands provide better coverage and a more aesthetically pleasing result. Therefore, areas with robust hair strands are usually targeted.

A flexible scalp allows for easier extraction of follicular units and can minimize trauma to the area, ensuring quicker healing and less scarring.

The harvested hair should closely resemble the hair from the recipient area, ensuring seamless and natural integration.

Popular Donor Areas

Here are some of the areas that we commonly find function as suitable donor areas for a transplant:

Occipital Scalp: The back of the head is often the primary donor site due to its high resistance to balding and abundant hair density.

Parietal and Temporal Regions: These areas can supplement the occipital scalp if additional grafts are needed and exhibit similar characteristics of hair quality and DHT resistance.

Beard and Body Hair: In cases where scalp hair is insufficient, hair from the beard or body can be utilized, although these hairs have a different growth cycle and texture, which can affect the uniformity of results.

Innovative Techniques in Donor Harvesting

There are several innovative techniques that have had a tremendous impact on the state of hair transplantation. Using these techniques, we've been able to help many patients significantly increase the thickness of hair in the receipt area.

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation): A strip of skin with hair is removed from the donor area, and individual follicular units are then dissected from this strip.

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction): Individual follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp without the need for a linear incision.

Robotic Hair Transplantation: Advanced robotics and AI are utilized to increase the precision and efficiency of follicular unit extraction.

Start on Your Path to Youthful Hair

In conclusion, careful donor area selection is a critical step in hair transplantation. The selected area must offer a high yield of quality hair while minimizing the impact on the donor site's appearance. Advances in technology continue to refine the process, promising more effective and less invasive options for patients seeking hair restoration solutions. Restore your hair to its youthful glory. Schedule your consultation now with our expert surgeons at Scandinavian Hair Institute.

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