It is understandable that hair transplant patients will judge the success of their surgery largely on the appearance of the transplanted area of their scalp. After all, if the once-balding part of your scalp remains visible, fails to grow hair, or clearly shows that you had hair transplant surgery, you won’t be happy with the results.
But even if you achieve the results you want in the transplant area, you could still be disappointed if the donor area of your scalp is scarred, patchy looking. It is critical that your hair transplant surgeon – and you – pay just as much attention to the appearance of the donor area after your procedure as they do to the transplanted area.
The donor area is found on the back and sides of the scalp where permanent hair growth remains unaffected by male pattern baldness. Since this hair is permanently growing, it makes it ideal for transplantation as it will continue to grow in its new place.
The strength, volume, and robustness of the hair follicles extracted from the donor area of your scalp play a big role in the outcome of your procedure. You could have the best heart transplant surgeon in the world, but if the heart he is going to put in your chest is weak or incompatible, it won’t matter all that much. Hair replacement candidates must have healthy hair growth in the donor area at the back of the head, but other factors such as hair color, texture, and the degree of curliness or waviness can also impact your results.
Extracting hair follicles from the donor area without causing damage to the remaining hair in that area or leaving an unattractive scar requires skill, precision, and the latest in advanced techniques and technologies.