If you’re considering FUE, or if you’ve already undergone a procedure, you may be wondering whether or not the harvested donor hair follicles will grow back.

We’ve put together this guide to help you understand what to expect in terms of regrowth after FUE hair transplantation.

Does the Donor Site Hair Grow Back?

With the FUE procedure, healthy hair follicles are strategically removed from the back of the head where hair growth is denser. These cherry-picked follicles are totally removed from the scalp, meaning they will not grow back.

Although donor site hair doesn’t grow back, it’s typically well-concealed by the rest of the hair in the area. This is the benefit of using the FUE technique for hair restoration.

What Happens to the FUE Donor Area After the Transplant?

After a FUE hair transplant, you will need to keep both the crown of your head as well as the recipient site clean and sterile.

As the back of your head heals, you may develop some scarring in the donor area. These tiny scars are typically less than 1 millimeter in length and are well-concealed by the rest of the hair in the donor area. You may also experience some tenderness in your donor area for a few weeks following your procedure. This tenderness is a common part of recovery and usually resolves within several weeks.

Promoting Donor Site Regrowth

If you’re worried about what your donor site will look like after your hair transplant procedure, we highly recommend talking to your doctor about your concerns.

Although donor hair doesn’t grow back on its own, we can sometimes utilize hair maintenance therapies to encourage healthy hair and regrowth. These options include laser cap therapy, prescriptions, and topical treatments.

Depending on your specific needs, hair maintenance therapies may be able to help you maintain thick, voluminous hair in your donor area over time.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re interested in hair transplantation, turn to the experts at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery. During your consultation, our doctors will take the time to address all of your questions and concerns so you can decide on the procedure that’s right for you.

Reach out to our team today to schedule a consultation.

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