FUE Donor Area regrow. (photo)

Can you remove hair from any side of the body to use on the head? Dose the donor area hair re-grow? they say , white dots will appear Will i have to use medicine/ Rogain / Proscar or anything for the rest of my life? What about density ?

Doctor Answers 7

Donor Area

Yes you can remove but the scalp hair will give better solution than Body Hair Transplant. The donor are doesn't grow again so it is very important that an experienced doctor does the graft extraction. You will have white dots but they won't be seen unless you shave your hair. You will get better solution if you use Finasteride.

Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

What is the best type of hair for transplantation ? #plasticsurgery

We use the back of the head for donor site hairs - density is usually quite good in most patients and a substantial number of FUE grafts can be removed without changing the visual density of the donor site hair.

Scott C. Sattler, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Yes and No

Yes, you can remove the hairs from anywhere on your body.  How it looks is another topic.
Yes, you WILL have white dot scars for every FUE attempt.  FUE is not scarless.

No, you do not need to be on medications for the rest of your life.  It is an option.
No, the donor area hairs do not regrow (from where you took it).

What about density?

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Donor Hair, Will it Grow

The donor hair will always grow if the hair transplant was done properly provided that there are no skin diseases on the scalp. Hair from other parts of the body like arms, chest, legs, pubic hair and beard hair has been used for hair transplant when a person runs out of good scalp donor hair. Bu running out I mean have had so many hair transplants that the donor area is depleted. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

What is my opinion about body hair used as donor.

The best donor hair is from the back of the scalp. Body hair might be used in various clinic, however the results might not be natural. Generally, only around 500-600 grafts can be harvested from body hair. The graft survival rate of body hair on the scalp is only 50%. The characteristics of body hair and scalp hair are not the same, for instance length, thickness, color and shading rate and cycle completely differ. For this reason, we do not encourage body hair transplant. However on special conditions like reconstructive surgery after an accident/burn or some cases of alopecia causing scars, body hair can be considered as donor.

Ekrem Civas, MD
Turkey Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

FUE Donor Area regrow.

You can remove hair from other parts of the body, and it will not regrow since the follicle will be removed.
However, I don't suggest using body hair if you have a good donor area.  Scalp hair works best and the scarring from FUE is less visible there.
You should have a consult with a surgeon who has had extensive experience with this technique.

Dr. Malouf

Peter Malouf, DO
Dallas Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

Will donor hair regrow after FUE hair transplant?

Physically it is possible to remove hair from anywhere on the body with variable level of difficulty. The scalp hair though is by far the most reliable and suitable source when available. Body hair has a different growth cycle from the scalp. Second best site is the beard. 
The white dots you are talking about are the scars left behind after making the FUE incisions to extract the hairs and is quite normal. Visibility will vary from person to person but more prominent in darker skin.
You should use medicines or low level light for the long term if you believe you may still lose significant hair in the future. Your family history may help guess what the future holds in that respect

Bessam Farjo, MBChB
Manchester Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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