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Determination of Safe Donor Area

The density of hair follicles in the donor area is critical for a successful hair transplant operation. The hairs in the donor area from which the grafts will be taken must be dense in order to have a dense and natural appearance in the area where hair transplantation will be performed. The density of the donor area is a huge plus for hair transplantation.

Determination of Safe Donor Area

When deciding which area to use as a donor for hair transplantation, the density is taken into account. A technique known as Norwood is commonly used to assess hair density. This technique, also known as the Norwood scale, divides baldness by levels. In hair transplantation, the neck is typically the first region to be used as a donor. Therefore, this part is looked at first also in the Norwood technique, as well.

NORWOOD (HAIR LOSS) SCALE

Factors Considered When Determining Safe Donor Area

When deciding the safe donor area, which is one of the most critical stages of hair transplantation, there are a few factors to consider. These are:

  • The density of the donor area
  • Hair thickness
  • The number of hair follicles per square centimeter
  • The donor area has a direct relationship with hair follicle density. The number of grafts per square centimeter should be at least 40, and the number of roots per square centimeter should be between 80 and 100, according to the studies conducted to determine the donor area.

Regions Used as Safe Donor Areas

The determination of which areas can be used as safe donor areas in hair transplantation varies depending on hair density. Nape hair is the first choice of the doctor who will perform the hair transplant operation. In cases where the density of the nape hair is not sufficient, body hair can also be preferred. However, we only use the area between the two behind-the-ear lines and the vertex as a safe donor area in our center. Determination of the safe donor area is performed by the doctor.

Extraction of Hair from Safe Donor Area

The extraction of hair from the safe donor area is the first step in the hair transplant procedure. Hairs should be extracted from the determined area without being harmed after identifying an appropriate donor area for transplantation. The procedure begins with the donor area being prepared and shaved to a thickness of 3 mm. After that, the hair extraction process is conducted with fine-tipped needles. The extracted grafts are separated based on the number of hair strands they contain and used for hair transplantation.

Is There Any Trace Left in the Safe Donor Area After Hair Extraction?

One of the most common concerns after extracting hair from the safe donor area, which is essential for hair transplantation, is whether there will be any scars in the area. There is no noticeable scar in the safe donor region as a result of the manual FUE technique. Since the grafts are removed with a very fine-tipped tool, the individual does not appear to have undergone the operation.