Does Donor Hair Grow Back?

Donor Hair Before and After
Some of the most common questions we get about the hair restoration process and the ARTAS® robot focus on donor hair and the donor hair site. So, does donor hair grow back? Yes, it can.

A few factors come into play to determine if hair grows back, and how long it takes normal hair growth to resume from the donor area. The type of extraction, whether it’s FUE or FUT, has an effect as well as how you take care of your donor area post-hair transplant surgery.

Will Donor Site Hair Grow Back?

Follicle Unit Excision or FUE, surgery cherry-picks hair follicles from the donor area to perform the transplant with from the back of your head. When going through with an FUE transplant the new hair on your head usually starts growing back in about 3 months. With the ARTAS® robot, the hair follicles are extracted individually making the donor area more spread out, so any extracted hair follicles are far less noticeable.

Because the hair follicles are fully extracted, the individual hairs won’t technically grow back. However, the cherry-picking technique involved in hair follicle extraction makes it impossible to notice over time as your doctor will be extracting individual hair follicles from the densest areas of the donor area; not patches of hair.

Follicular Unit Transplant, or FUT, involves the surgical removal of a donor area, rather than the cherry-picking approach of FUE. FUT involves stitches to close the donor area. The strips of skin removed to be used during the transplant are thin to make it difficult to notice, but it does often require a second FUT procedure to get the full desired effect that the client wants.

For more on these hair transplant methods visit our FUE vs. FUT page!

What Happens to The Donor Area After Hair Transplant?

With nearly every surgical procedure there is some scarring. When it comes to FUE surgery, because the follicles are extracted individually, the scarring is incredibly small, not exceeding 1 millimeter in length. Additionally, once the area has healed the scarring will likely appear as just tiny white dots that would be incredibly difficult to notice and will naturally be hidden by the hair on the back of your head. FUE hair transplants are performed on-site at RHRLI with the ARTAS® Robot.

FUT surgery leaves a thin line scar where the strip was extracted. It’s possible the scarring could extend several inches; possibly ear to ear depending on the procedure. The hair growing in the back of your head would hide that thin strip.

How Do I Take Care of My Donor Area After Hair Transplant?

Though infection is rare, it is important to keep the area as sterilized as possible. Do not touch the donor area with your hands if you don’t have to, and if you do, make sure your hands are thoroughly washed beforehand. If you have any bleeding in the area, do your best to move your hair out of the way before applying gauze with pressure to avoid matting your hair. Most importantly, follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions exactly.

Contact The Hair Transplant Experts at RHRLI Today

Hair transplant surgery is more effective and has a quicker recovery time than ever before. The experts at RHRLI have extensive experience and can properly evaluate your hair loss and ways to combat it through hair restoration. Our state-of-the-art facility on Long Island utilizes the ARTAS® Robot for the best results. Let us help you get your hair back. Contact us today.

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