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How Does a Hair Transplant Doctor Determine How Far to Harvest Above the Occipital Bump?

How Does a Hair Transplant Doctor Determine How Far to Harvest Above the Occipital Bump?

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Harvest Site for Hair Transplant

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The area of the donor site is often based on where dense hair is present in the back of the hair.  I typically go five to seven centimeters above the bottom of the hair line.  This is where the hair is thickest. 


Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Transplant Donor Harvest

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There is a “safe donor zone” from which donor follicles are traditionally extracted for hair transplant. It is the area where hairs are not susceptible to the effects of DHT. Generally speaking, this is the mid-rear scalp but varies slightly for each patient.
The area that is resistant to DHT is relative and varies from patient to patient. In many patients, these blanket demarcations are not correct. I exclusively practice FUE and would use donor hair from outside these demarcations depending on the patient's unique characteristics.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Size of Donor Area in Hair Transplant Surgery

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Many factors will determine the size of the safe donor area, but ultimately the hair should be taken from the scalp that will never go bald.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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How Does a Hair Transplant Doctor Determine How Far to Harvest Above the Occipital Bump?

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 yes, the donor site, the size of the donor site, number of planned follicles to be transferred and the new hairline patterns are all determined by the plastic and cosmetic surgeon doing the hair transplant surgery.  

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Determine the height of the safe donor area for hair transplants

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The area where donor hair is taken for hair transplants depends on the patient's age, family balding pattern, the experience and examination of the operating surgeon and the type of harvesting to be done. It is usually the goal to take hair from an area that will not get bald later in life and still leave enough hair to cover the donor area. Therefore  height of the "safe" donor area  differs from person to person.

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