Does Hair Taken from the Donor Region During a Hair Transplant Grow Back?

9/28/2009 3:28:52 PM


Once hair has been removed from donor area and transplanted to the balding areas, will hair grow back in the donor area again?


Hair harvested from the sides and back of the scalp (donor area) during a hair transplant will not grow back. This is because the hair follicles and surrounding derma papilla cells which promote hair growth have been completely removed.

In follicular unit hair transplantation (FUT) via microscopic dissection, a linear strip of tissue containing hair follicles is harvested. The strip is then slivered and follicular units (hair groupings as they occur naturally in groups of 1, 2, 3, and sometimes 4 hairs) are dissected and inserted into tiny recipient sites made by your surgeon. The donor area wound is then closed and sealed with sutures or staples to create a pencil thin scar. The trichophytic closure technique is often employed by leading hair transplant clinics. This technique involves overlapping of the wound edges to allow hair to grow through it masking the appearance of the already fine, thin scar. In follicular unit hair transplantation via follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE), follicular units are removed one at a time by an experienced surgeon and then transplanted into recipient sites. Tiny white dots usually well concealed by other surrounding hair will reside where follicles have been extracted.


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