Will I Have a Bald Patch at the Back of My Head after Hair Transplant Surgery?

Question:

I am thinking of getting a hair transplant. Can you tell me if, after hair follicles are taken from the donor area and placed in the balding area, will there be a patch of hair missing from the back which is clearly visible until it regrows?

Answer:

No, there won’t be a patch of hair missing from the back of your head after hair transplant surgery. During follicular unit transplantation (FUT) a strip of scalp tissue containing donor hair is removed around the back of the head. The opening is then pulled closed and sutured or stapled.

Normally, the patient’s hair will effectively camouflage the sutures immediately following the procedure. However, some hair transplant physicians require shaving the head. Of course, if your chosen physician shaves, then you will have to wait for your hair to grow back in order to hide the resulting scar.

The following information will demonstrate what you can expect during and immediately after hair transplant surgery.

A Follicular Unit Hair Transplant Surgery - Step by Step

View an animation showing how the donor tissue is removed.

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