The donor site for hair transplant is considered an extremely important condition to perform the procedure of hair transplant. Without a donor site with good density a hair transplant procedure cannot be performed. Donor sites are the areas where hair and hair roots, that are to be used in the transplant, are available.
Hair Donor Site
Hair taken from these areas continues to grow normally and permanently in its new position. These sites are never affected by the Androgen hormone.
Donor Sites in FUE and FUT Techniques
The FUT technique that has been previously used by doctors used to leave a noticeable linear scar in the donor site in a form of a horizontal line that extends between the ears. When it comes to the FUE technique there are no scars. Hair roots are extracted and removed individually one by one leaving no marks on the scalp using a micrometer with micro heads.
Shaving the Donor Site Prior to the Hair Transplant Procedure
Shaving the patient’s hair is one of the things to do prior to the hair transplant procedure, but it is also up to the patient to decide, as it is possible to only shave the areas where the roots are going to be extracted from. But most patients prefer to remove all of their hair as does the doctor so that he can extract roots in a better way.
Does Hair Grow Back in the Donor Site after the Transplant is Done?
During the hair transplant procedure healthy and intact roots that contain more than one hair mostly -4 hairs in a follicle are extracted; in order to achieve a higher density rate and to lessen the sacrifice of the donor site. And because these roots are fully extracted it impossible for the hair to grow back again and cover the spaces in the donor site.
Donor Site after the Transplant is Done
After harvesting the roots the donor area is sterilized and well dressed in order to prevent any infection or hemorrhage due to external factors or any other side effects. Patients are also provided with antibiotics and pain killers after the procedure in case of feeling pain or irritation in the donor site after the anesthetic effect is gone. The dressing is removed on the second day of the procedure, after that the donor area is medically cleansed to get rid of the peels and blood clots in these areas which will eventually disappear in two weeks.
Weak Donor Sites
Occasionally some donor areas don’t have enough amounts of roots and suffer from low hair density, the roots may have only one hair, or the hair might be too soft and too thin. Other cases when the patient wants to go under second hair transplant procedure and his/ her donor site has no more roots to offer, in these cases patients have to accept and cope with the reality, because if they went on and made that adventure to go under another hair transplant procedure this may backfire; some areas may be covered on the expense of other areas. It is always preferable to consult the specialized doctor to know whether the donor areas have good density prior to operation.