When it comes to hair transplant surgery, many people are curious about whether or not their hair will regrow naturally at the donor spot after the procedure. The quick answer would be ‘no,’ which is the correct response. Considering that the donor site is completely devoid of hair follicles and their surrounding cells, hair regrowth in the donor site is not even theoretically possible. Hair regrowth will only occur in areas of the donor site where the hair follicles were not completely removed, and not in other areas of the donor site. However, because your hair transplant surgeon will harvest follicles from an area of the scalp where there is the greatest density of hair, the result will be scarcely evident after the procedure. Fortunately, the hair that remains around the donor location is sufficient to disguise the areas where the excisions were carried out completely.
Aside from that, it is predicted that hair would regrow on either side of the scar, and under some circumstances, even though it was made after the scar has entirely healed. Another important reason why hair restoration professionals want to maintain the donor scar as minimal as possible is to minimise the risk of infection. While hair transplant doctors used to take broader strips in the past, which necessitated the need for a scalp scar revision procedure, they are now taking longer and thinner strips in order to minimise the appearance of scars.
What is the donor area?
The hair transplantation procedure involves the removal of hair follicles from one area of your body, known as the donor area, and the placement of those hair follicles in another location, known as the recipient area. The donor area is primarily located in the back of your head, where you have strong hair. Hair can, however, be gathered from a variety of other sources.
What Happens to The Donor Area After Hair Transplant?
Scarring is a common side effect of practically all surgical procedures. Fortunately, because the follicles are harvested one at a time, scarring is minimal, seldom reaching 1 millimetre in length when FUE surgery is performed. Additionally, once the area has healed, the scarring will most likely appear as a series of tiny white dots that will be exceedingly difficult to spot and will be naturally disguised by the hair on the back of your head once the healing process is completed. The ARTAS® Robot is used to perform FUE hair transplants on-site at the RHRLI. In the area where the strip was taken, a thin line scar is left behind. If you have a surgical operation, it is possible that the scarring will stretch many inches, or even from ear to ear. That narrow strip would be hidden by the hair growing on the back of your head.
Signs and symptoms on the Donor Area after Hair Transplant
It is normal for a patient to have some discomfort in the donor area following the hair transplantation process. It is common for this soreness to be associated with insufficient anaesthetic used during the procedure. Furthermore, wound tension and bleeding could be the source of the discomfort. The itching of the donor area might sometimes be painful because of the scarring. Creasing and drying of the skin in the donor area may further contribute to a patient’s discomfort in the donor area. Additionally, patients may experience discomfort as a result of infections in the donor site. In this case, exposing the donor area to filthy conditions will result in an infection, which will result in increased discomfort for the recipient. It necessitates specialised treatment in order to obtain the desired results. Following transplantation, the following signs and symptoms may appear:
- Itching in the donor area after hair follicle extraction, similar to a scar, is a common symptom.
- Anaesthesia injection-induced redness and swelling will subside within a few days.
- Scabs and blood clots on your skin surface at the donor location are not internal and can be handled with basic painkillers recommended by the hair transplant surgeon. The surgeon, on the other hand, will clean them at the hospital the same day.
Depending on the severity of the injury, it could take between 10 and 15 days to heal completely. Following that, a bandage is applied to the donor location following surgery. Small spots will appear on your skin after the dressing (bandage) has been removed. Following hair transplantation and during the healing process, all of these post-operative signs and symptoms will most likely subside as the hair grows. This can take up to two weeks after the procedure.
How Do I Care for My Donor Area Following Hair Transplantation?
Even if an infection does occur, it is critical that the surrounding region be kept as sterile as possible. Keep your hands clean and avoid touching the donor area at all costs unless absolutely necessary. If there is any bleeding in the region, try to get your hair out of the way before applying gauze with pressure. The most important thing to remember is to adhere strictly to your doctor’s post-operative instructions.
Hair Regeneration in the Donor Area
Some patients who have had hair transplantation may find that the donor hair does not regrow.
A few factors, however, come into play when evaluating whether or not hair will regrow and how long it will take for normal hair development to begin from the donor site. The method of extraction used, whether FUE or FUT, as well as how you care for your donor area after hair transplant surgery, all have an impact. It also influences what you do and how you take care of your own scalp and hair.
Additionally, modern technology has been created to encourage hair regrowth in the donor area. Millions of patients are benefiting from advanced therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and ACell, which are regrowing their hair along their donor areas. The two therapies have been investigated for their ability to speed up the healing of donor scars and to stimulate hair growth.
You should visit a specialist at any reputed hair transplant facility if you have had hair transplantation and the donor area hair has failed to regrow after a period of time. They will advise you on the most efficient methods of promoting hair growth in the donor location.
Within a few months, a healthy scalp may begin to show signs of hair regrowth in the donor area. Although the recipient location may experience temporary hair loss (also known as shock loss), the roots will remain in place. Over the course of several months, healthy new hairs begin to grow in. It is possible that the complete process will take 12 months or more. It will be recommended that you attend follow-up sessions so that your plastic surgeon may check on the health and healing of your scalp.