The importance of the donor region in hair transplantation
Growing rapidly in demand, hair transplants have become the number one sought after male cosmetic surgery. As the single permanent solution to the biggest nemesis for youth, androgenic alopecia, and various permanent hair loss conditions, hair transplants have become a common interest amongst the chrome domes. Although minimally invasive and quite prevalent, hair transplants are not understood at depth. Much of the requirements for the procedure are overlooked and their purpose ignored. One such factor is the donor region.
The importance of donor region
The donor region is the most influential factor in determining the candidacy of the patient and emphasizing the necessity of aftercare instructions.
In androgenic alopecia donor region is an area of hair growth where follicular units are genetically resistant to the effects of androgens. Unlike androgen-sensitive follicular units, donor regions are indifferent to the effects of male hormones, particularly DHT.
To reverse the receding hairline, hair transplants cannot undo the damage inflicted by androgenic alopecia, and neither can any alternative treatment; instead, the androgen resistant follicular units are transplanted to regions of hair loss where they are predicted to prosper and develop.
Therefore, it can be concluded from the above information that donor regions are extracted from their initial location and transplanted to a new area. The extracted follicular units are not replaced, therefore, it is important that the patient has sufficient donor hair to simultaneously cover balding scalp without expiring the donor regions or reversing the bald areas.
In the remaining subcategories of alopecia, donor regions are areas of stable hair growth unaffected by the condition of balding with a similar mechanism of translocation as described above.
Hair transplants and aftercare
Now that it’s established that donor regions are finite sources, it is critical to abide strictly to aftercare hair results. If you were lucky enough to be eligible for the procedure, a second time is not promised. Therefore you should ensure a smooth recovery for wonderful results as the donor hair extracted cannot be replaced.
Haircare for hair transplants includes sleeping at a reclined angle of 45 degrees to avoid swelling for the first week. In addition to avoiding direct sunlight, heat, and strenuous exercise. Do not apply water directly from a hose, instead, it is advised to apply water through a bowl to not damage the recently transplanted follicular units. You can learn more about hair transplant aftercare in this article. Become familiar with the routine to ensure if it’s within your abilities to follow the instructions for the time being.
You can also contact a medical specialist from the Vera Clinic to learn more about hair transplants.