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Does a weak donor area make you incompatible for hair transplant surgery?

Both FUE and FUT/Strip methods of hair transplant surgery rely on a healthy and sufficient donor area to extract grafts from for transplantation. If your donor area does not contain enough healthy, strong follicles to extract, it can complicate the hair transplant. Possible complications are not being able to extract as many grafts as are needed or the follicles are too weak and do not withstand the trauma of transplantation, dying off once transferred.
It can be very upsetting and disheartening for someone who’s decided on hair transplant surgery to restore their hair loss to learn they do not have a quality donor area. Thankfully, advancements in hair transplant surgeries have made it possible to extract grafts from other areas of the body. The most common donor area for the majority of individuals is the back of the head near the base. But, in cases where there is not a suitable donor area on the scalp, body hair can be used, considering there is enough quality hair to extract. Common body hair donor areas are the chest, back, and even the beard.
Because body hair grows in differently than scalp hair, you can expect minor discrepancies in the way the hair grows in once transplanted. For most male hair transplant patients, this is not an issue.  Keep in mind that the rate of body hair growth may differ from the rate of your scalp hair growth. This can effect the way the hair grows in initially after transplantation. For most patients, we see desired results between 6 months – 1 year post-surgery.
Body hair transplants are a great alternative for those who are ready for hair transplant surgery but have a weak scalp donor area. Here at Modena, we’ve completed hundreds of successful body hair transplants. If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for body hair transplant surgery, give us a call today.

Regenerative FUE Hair Transplant by Dr. Amir Yazdan M.D. Orange County & Las Vegas Using ACell & PRP

Dr. Amir Yazdan M.D. of Modena Hair Transplant Institute introduced a new technique of FUE Hair Transplant surgery that allows regeneration of the Donor zone with subsequent use of Acell & PRP. He calls this Minimal Depth FUE and he offers this procedure in both Orange County and Las Vegas.

FUE Hair Transplant procedures have grown exponentially in the past few years. Many clinics use large diameter punches greater than 1.0mm with deep extraction techniques such as seen with the Neograft or Artas Robot. Although this may make the FUE procedure easier for the surgeon, it can create long-term complications for the patient. The use of bigger punches and deep extraction removes the surrounding adipose tissue/fat associated with the hair follicle. This adipose tissue contains essential stem cells which can help regenerate hair follicles in the donor zone. Furthermore, when these fatty grafts are transplanted, a lot of times we see lumps and ridging which can be felt and seen by the patient. Dr. Yazdan says, “In a Hair Transplant procedure the goal is to transplant hair, not fat. With my new minimally invasive FUE technique, it ensures that only the hair is extracted leaving the regenerating stem cells behind.”
With Dr. Yazdan’s new technique of Minimal Depth FUE with micro diameter punch sizes, the surrounding adipose tissue is left intact leaving the stem cells behind which can help regenerate hair growth in the donor zone.
“This development is huge in terms of FUE hair transplant procedures. Quite frequently, I see patients that have had poor FUE procedures done in the past which have left scarring and depletion in the donor zone. With my new techniques and the use of Acell and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), I have seen greater than a 50% regeneration of extracted follicles in the donor zone,” says Dr. Yazdan.
ACell is an FDA approved cellular regeneration product used in wound healing that has recently been combined with a patient’s own stem cells and has shown to improve hair regrowth for both men and women. ACell activates follicular progenitor cells (adult stem cells) and this is used in the Donor zone following an FUE extraction procedure.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a procedure in which a small amount of blood is taken from your arm. This blood is processed and from that, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is extracted and activated. This is then injected into the recipient site. PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid angiogenesis, localized cell growth, decrease inflammation, and decrease healing time. Quick healing time is important for Dr. Yazdan’s patients in both Orange County and Las vegas because it allows them to return to work and their daily activities in a shorter period of time.
Dr. Yazdan states, “With the use of Acell and PRP, I have seen accelerated healing, reduced swelling, and excellent graft survival rate. I use this in every hair restoration surgery because it gives patients the absolute best results.”