WHERE DOES THE IMPLANTED HAIR COME FROM?


A hair transplant may seem like it would be a lot of effort. You may have ideas of donors, a long procedure and other such cliches that often surround the medical world. However, it’s not as bleak nor as scary as the many medical dramas on television would have you believe. In fact, even where the hair for the procedure comes from may surprise you.

So, where does the donor hair come from during a transplant? Perhaps surprisingly, from your own head!

On Your Head, Son

Yes, during a hair transplant you act as your own donor. The hair is taken from the back of the head, which – usually – has a much thicker supply of hair. This is harvested in follicle clusters as they can produce more than one hair strand that can be transplanted onto your forehead. This is done through micro-incisions on the area that has thinned or fully lost its body of hair.

The back of your head is often the most plentiful source of hair on your whole body. So, there is no need to worry about losing a large amount at the back of your head in order to source your transplant.

A Finite Source

Obviously, there is not an infinite source of hair on the back of your head. It will, eventually, run out. Luckily, hair grows back and it can be a simple case of waiting for this to happen between appointments if this is what you desire. The level of hair that you have will be assessed by your surgeon in order to determine the best source of hair for the transplant. A plan can then be formed which will utilise the hair available to maximise the results of your procedure.

Perhaps, in the far off future, you will be able to not just use the hair on the back of your head to supplement your hair transplant. Maybe, just maybe, it will even be possible to use body hair you don’t need. Instead of waxing off your chest hair, you may, in fact, be simply transplanting it onto your head instead.

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