Managing the Best Cosmetic Result in Donor Regions

Hello all, in today’s blog I would like to discuss my approach to Donor regions using the traditional “Strip Method” of Hair Transplantation. The “Strip Method” of Hair Transplantation involves taking a narrow and superficial strip of skin and hair follicles  from the “permanent hair” in the back and sides of one’s scalp. This is the most common and effective method for harvesting large numbers of grafts to be used in Hair Restoration procedures. The “donor” area in the back and sides can be closed in many different ways, but I have formulated my own technique for closure that I believe minimizes any resulting scar, and allows the patient to cut their hair extremely short without any sign that the patient has had a procedure. Firstly, I place dissolving sutures deep in the donor region to bring the skin edges together. This reduces the tension at the skin edges, which is a common factor that contributes to increased scarring. These sutures do not need to be taken out as they are absorbed back into the body after a period of weeks. I also place an additional layer of sutures at the skin edges that provides increased strength and durability to the closure. This layer of sutures is routinely taken out 2 weeks after the procedure. Finally, I also perform a “Tricophytic Closure” on most patients, which involves shaving approximately .25mm off the lower edge of the donor area. This temporarily transects the hair follicles at the lower edge of the donor and subsequently causes them to grow “through” the scar tissue, which further conceals the donor site. In patients that return for additional procedures, I routinely include the “old” donor scar from their previous procedure, in their new donor incision, so that they are only left with one scar hidden in their hair. I will include a number of photos of my patients donor scars exposed so you can get an idea of what to expect.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.