Does the Donor Area Leave Scars or Become Sparse in Hair Transplantation?

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What is the Donor Area?

The donor area refers to the area where hair follicles are extracted for hair transplantation. This area is typically the sides and back of the scalp, where the hair is most resistant to hair loss and maintain their resistance even after being transplanted. In some cases where the donor area is insufficient, hair follicles can be taken from other areas, such as the back or beard region. The choice of donor area depends on the density, type, quality, color, and growth rate of the hair.

How Are Hair Grafts Harvested From The Donor Area Stored?

Hair grafts need to be stored carefully, taking into account factors such as humidity, temperature, and oxygen levels. For this reason, hair grafts must be stored in a special solution that is specifically formulated to keep the grafts healthy and alive. During storage, the temperature should be between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius.How Are Hair Grafts Harvested From The Donor Area Stored?

Can Hair Follicles In the Donor Area Regrow?

Yes, hair follicles in the donor area can regrow. However, it may take some time for the follicles to regrow after a hair transplant. The follicles enter a resting phase, and the growth process slows down. Generally, it takes 6-12 months for the follicles to regrow, and normal hair growth resumes. People considering getting a hair transplant need to know about this waiting period and be patient.

Does the Donor Area Leave Scars or Become Sparse in Hair Transplantation?

Do Scars Remain In the Donor Area?

Even with modern hair transplant techniques, some scarring in the donor area is inevitable. There will be small, 1mm or smaller scars where each hair follicle is removed. However, the extent of scarring depends on the person’s skin type. In addition, there may be some thinning of hair in the donor area. The wounds in the donor area heal within 2-3 weeks, leaving small scars.

What Should Be Considered to Prevent Scars?

Preventing scars is directly proportional to the surgeon’s skill and using the correct techniques. In addition, taking a sufficient and appropriate number of hair follicles according to the condition of the donor area, not taking an excessive number of follicles, both prevents thinning and reduces the visibility of scars. After the healing period, growing hair will cover the scars.

One week after the transplantation procedure, the remaining sufficient number of hair scars in the donor area will reach a length that covers them. As the healing process continues, these scars become much less visible.

To prevent scars after hair transplantation, you can consider the following suggestions:

  • Your doctor may recommend a dressing after hair transplantation, follow their recommendations for dressing.
  • Alcohol and smoking can negatively affect blood circulation and slow down the healing process, so avoid alcohol and smoking.
  • Avoid UV rays. Sun rays can cause burning and irritation in the area.
  • Take care of your scalp.
  • During the healing period, there may be severe itching in the donor area, avoid scratching.
  • Use the shampoos and creams recommended by your doctor.

Will There Be Thinning In Hair Transplantation?

Thinning may occur if there are not enough hair follicles in the area where the procedure is performed or if the transplanted hair does not grow enough. In addition, the rate of thinning can vary depending on the technique and area where the procedure is performed.

If thinning occurs, it is recommended to contact your doctor who performed the hair transplantation. Your doctor will identify the thinning problem and share the appropriate treatment options, including a second hair transplantation session, PRP therapy, or other hair treatment options.

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