About the Hair Transplant Donor Area


The condition called Androgenetic Alopecia, or more commonly known as male pattern baldness, is the main cause of hair loss amongst men (up to 70% of men suffer from hair loss at some point).

Androgen receptors (those that we inherited from our parents) on the hair follicle, are sensitive to the male hormone testosterone. Hormonal changes react with the Androgen receptors, ultimately causing hair to thin, and stop growing in certain areas. Hair loss usually begins at the temples and top of the head. Luckily, the hair at the back and sides of the head do not have these Androgen receptors that react with male hormones, leaving a healthy section of hair on the scalp. These healthy hairs can utilised for hair transplantation surgery, which requires the extraction of hair follicles / grafts from a donor area, and transplanted to the bald areas.

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It is important to understand that an individual is born with a certain amount of hair follicles, meaning that there is a limited supply, which should be used wisely in hair transplantation. If the harvesting process is too aggressive, it could leave large areas of missing follicles that are difficult to cover with surrounding hair. Dr. André Nel will perform a few tests to determine the ideal amount of hair grafts that can be harvested, which will ensure excellent results in the recipient area, and only tiny scars on the donor area (that will be easily covered be surrounding hair).  Factors like hair density, thickness and curl will also determine how many grafts can be extracted from the donor area.


Harvesting hair follicles from the donor area

Single hair follicles or strips of hair follicles will be harvested from the donor area. Once extracted, the grafts will be prepared for hair transplantation. These grafts will be transplanted to the recipient area, to create natural looking hair growth on the front of the head and hairline area. Hair transplantation truly is a combination of science and art, and this delicate procedure usually takes 1 – 2 days to complete depending on the number of grafts that will be transplanted. Hair growth direction, and density are taken into consideration to ensure a natural looking result.

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As an experienced hair restoration specialist, Dr. Nel aims to avoid any noticeable thinning or large amounts of visible scarring on the donor area. The patient’s health and appearance are of great importance, which is why the team at the Hair, Skin & Wellness Clinic in London, United Kingdom will aim to achieve the best results for the patient. Book a consultation at the leading hair restoration clinic in London for the best advice, and professional hair transplant surgery to restore your locks of hair to what it once was.

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