What You Should Know About Your Hair Transplant Donor Area

Hair Transplant Donor Area

Introduction To The Hair Transplant Donor Area

When you’re thinking about getting a hair transplant, one of the most important factors is your available hair transplant donor area.

Your donor area is the area in the back of your head where the surgeon will harvest grafts so they can transplant them onto the top of your scalp.

Because people have different shaped and sized heads, everybody’s donor area is slightly different. 

Here are a few factors that you want to explore when determining if your hair transplant donor area is healthy enough for your transplant.

Type Of Hair In Your Hair Transplant Donor Area

The first thing to take into consideration is the type of hair you have, in general.

People with thicker and more voluminous hair tend to have better donor areas than those with thin and weak hair follicles.

Keep in mind that your health and diet strongly influence the type of hair you have. 

If you are deficient in essential micronutrients, then your hair could suffer and be 20 to 30% thinner (or more) than it usually would be.

Size of Head

As we mentioned before, the next thing you want to take a look at is your head’s size and the shape of your skull.

 Some people have a very flat transition from their neck, to the back of their heads, and up to the crown. Others have a sharp curve and an irregularly shaped skull.

 These are all things you want to consider because they can have a large effect on the amount of available donor hair you have available.

Amount Of Transferable Grafts Available In Hair Transplant Donor Area

Once you have a good idea of how large your donor area is and how healthy your hair is, you want to consider the number of grafts you will need for your transplant.

 If you don’t know the number of approximate graphs you would need, you should undergo a hair transplant consultation where a hair transplant specialist can give you all the information you need.

 The typical amount of hair grafts a transplant requires is between 1,000 to 4,000 grafts. 

If you have a healthy hair transplant donor area, you may be the right candidate for this estimate’s upper end. 

Remember, not everybody is an excellent candidate to have a hair transplant with 3000+ grafts. 

If you want to learn more about how to estimate the number of grafts you need, you can schedule a call with us to get an exact number.

The Healing Process After Transplant

After you undergo a successful FUE hair transplant, your donor area will undergo a few stages and a gradual healing process.  

Immediately following your transplant, your donor area will need to be wrapped in a bandage for 1 to 2 days so that the micro-wounds can heal and reduce the risk of infection. 

After the second day, you’ll be able to remove the bandages, and then you will need to begin applying a daily lotion to the back of your scalp. 

After about a week, you can discontinue the use of the lotion. Between the 5th day and the 10th day, you will begin to form a large number of tiny scabs over the numerous micro punch wounds. 

These scabs will fall out naturally when you wash your hair, and after a couple of weeks, they should all have fallen out. 

The back of your scalp will take 4 to 8 weeks to heal fully, and all hair begins to grow like usual again.

Visible Scars

Most people are worried that a hair transplant will leave them with visible scars for the rest of their life. 

While this may have been true for FUT hair transplants, this is no longer true for FUE transplants. 

FUT transplants cut a linear scar in the back of your head, in the middle of your donor area, known as “The Strip method”. 

They then take this strip of flesh and transplant the grafts from it. 

After that, they suture up the wound, and you undergo a much longer healing process. You’re left with a permanent scar across the back of your head. 

Obviously, this is not ideal and a big reason why FUT transplants have fallen to the wayside in favor of more advanced FUE methods.  

A good FUE hair transplant will leave no visible scars on the back of your scalp, and once your hair grows out again, no one will know the difference. 


Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of what you need to consider when it comes to your hair transplant donor area.

Getting a hair transplant is a big decision, and if you don’t know where to start,  we recommend getting a free hair transplant consultation here.

Looking back on it, it may be one of the best things you ever do in your life.