The Donor Site Appearance

What does the donor site look like?

Through years of research and refinement, Dr. True and Dr. Dorin employ a method of donor site harvesting that is far superior to older techniques.

In the old punch graft method, circular plugs of scalp (average 4mm in diameter) containing 10-20 hairs, were removed from the donor area, and the resulting holes were left to heal leaving a series of relatively large, round scars. The new FUE procedure is different in that the small round scars are tiny pinpoint scars that are not evident in many patients even with the head shaved.

In our FUT strip harvesting method, a single strip of donor scalp is removed, and the remaining open donor area is meticulously sutured closed using a two-layer technique that consistently results in a small, linear scar.

The epidermis or outer layer of the skin is removed along one edge of the strip incision. When closed this Trichophytic Closure method makes hair actually grow into the scar so that uniformly scars are very undetectable even on close inspection.

When we are doing a repair case in which we are re-harvesting an old scarred area there may be a somewhat larger scar, but it can still be hidden under the remaining hair. The new methods of harvesting make more efficient use of the donor area. In punch grafts, a certain amount of tissue is wasted around each circular graft. With the use of the FUT strip harvesting method, we are able to utilize all of the donor hair, which makes possible the ability to transplant the entire bald area.

If a series of treatments is required, our approach is to remove all scar from previous treatment in the selected donor area as part of the new strip. Thus, even for patients who have had extensive harvesting of their donor and/or who have had multiple treatments will have just one fine linear scar in their donor area that is easily concealed under hair worn ½ inch or longer.

Below are pictures of typical donor scars with our FUT strip method. Because of this excellent healing the hair may be worn quite short.

Also depicted in pictures below are FUE cases. Minimally invasive Hair Transplantation with follicle extraction (FUE) produces more diffuse tiny circular scars in the donor area. The chief advantage of this harvesting method is that the donor area hair may be worn shaved close to the scalp after a transplant. See full discussion of this approach under Current Perspectives.

DONOR AREA 6 DAYS AFTER FUE FEMALE TRICHOPHYTIC CLOSURE 12 DAYS POST-OP SHORT SYTLE AFTER 1 FUT
TRICHOPHYTIC CLOSURE AFTER 2 FUTs FADE STYLE VIEW OF TRICHOPHYTIC CLOSURE AFTER 2 FUTs TRICHOPHYTIC CLOSURE AFTER 1 FUT BUZZ STYLE
FUT DONOR AREAS

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