Hair transplant donor areas
A hair transplant is all about the result. But it all starts with the hair transplant donor areas. With the FUE or FUT hair transplant techniques. As a good hair transplant result. Requires the best quality hair characteristics. Consequently, the hair has to come from somewhere. This is the hair transplant donor areas. Where the hair must be genetically strong and healthy. Also plentiful enough to sustain long term hair restoration.
What is the Doctor looking for?
For the Doctor, it all starts with the hair transplant donor areas. Regardless of the hair loss pattern, age, expectations. Of the candidate. As a result, the first aspect is to undergo an examination. Particularly donor area size and hair characteristics. Also the skin quality and hair density. Regardless of the hair transplant technique being advised. FUT or FUE hair transplant techniques. In fact, depending on the donor characteristics. May dictate which technique to use.
Donor hair density
Donor Surface Area measurement
The hair count = number of hairs per Follicular Unit (FU)
Donor hair density
The donor hair density will determine how much hair is available. Over one or multiple hair transplants. Especially as the donor hair is a finite resource. Ultimately, your suitability for a hair transplant. As a result, decided on this matter. It´s the measurement of follicular units (FU´s). Calculated per cm2. While the density varies around the donor area. As a result important to get an accurate measurement. FU density can vary from genre. As well as general hair characteristics. As a rule donor hair density can start as low as 50 FU cm2 to over 100 cm2. With the sides commonly having a lower density. Compared to the back.
Donor Surface Area
This depends on the hair transplant technique. Since the hair extraction is how the techniques differ. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) removes only a thin strip of hair bearing tissue. Located around the occipital bone. To around the sides. As a result the the length and width of the strip. With alter dependent a number of factors. For instance, graft numbers and skin laxity. The strip zone is well within the area for genetically strong hair growth.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The donor zone surface area is much wider. Although this does not automatically mean more hair can be taken. As there is no specified safe-zone for healthy hair. Consequently it is harder to determine the safe zone. The donor is measured from ear to ear. As well as from the nape up. Taking into consideration the potential of the area shrinking. As a result of future hair loss.
“We want to extract the amount of grafts required. Based on follicle characteristics. To ensure a natural successful result is achieved. This includes the donor. After we start extracting and analysing under magnification. Respecting that we also have to deliver a perfect result for the donor site. If any further procedure is required.”— Dr Nikos – Medical Director NZK Medical
As a result of our natural hair characteristics. They are going to have a big impact the hair transplant result. For instance, the look of fullness and coverage achieved. Hair characteristics cover aspects such as. Hair colour and calibre. Coarse to fine hair. Also, wavy to curly or straight hair. As a result of these combined. With affect how the Dr plans your hair transplant.
As a result of better hair characteristics. Gives greater options to the hair restoration plan. Also making it easier to treat advanced hair loss patterns. Ideal hair characteristics include a thick hair shaft, curly or wavy hair. A lax scalp and low contrast between your skin complexion and hair colour.
The hair count = number of hairs per Follicular Unit
The term graft is often used in hair transplantation. Importantly to understand. Hair numbers are not the same as graft numbers. A graft equates to a follicular unit. Which may have between 1 to 4 hairs. As a result, the number of hairs compared to the number of grafts. Could be twice as much. Or higher.
Since a hair transplant relies on the educated distribution of the hair units. Having a variety in size becomes important. For instance the hairline requires single hair units. Whereas behind multiple hair units make up the density and coverage. As a result, on average the graft to hair ratio can calculate to around 2.2 hairs per graft.
Scalp laxity is more important when using the FUT technique. As the laxity determines the width of the strip removed. Consequently can affect the quality of healing. Along with future FUT procedures being performed. Although laxity is more of a FUT issue. FUE can still be a consideration. With the laxity potentially affecting the punch and extraction. Of the hair follicles. As a result of different skin characteristics. Even the area of the donor. As a result of extracting body hair.
Start your hair assessment process
In conclusion, one of the first steps to hair restoration. Is a consultation assessment. Since visiting the clinic may not be possible. An online consultation assessment is available. As a result, making your assessment much easier. With the Doctor personally making the assessment, plan and recommendations.