Washing of the recipient area 10 days after the hair implant
June 13th, 2023

Recipient area in a hair graft: What is it?

When requesting information about hair implants, it is common to find terms that can cause us some confusion. What is known as the recipient area in a hair graft is one of these concepts.

In our blog capillary, where you will find all the information about the capillary implant in Spain among others, we tell you everything you need to know about the recipient area in a capillary graft. In Hospital Capilar, an expert hair transplant clinic in Madrid, Murcia and Pontevedra, we solve all your doubts!

What is the recipient area in a hair graft?

To know what the recipient area is in a hair graft, it is essential to know what the graft consists of. hair implant procedure. A hair transplant is performed by extracting the follicles, which contain the hair, from the area that is not affected by the alopecia and are implanted in the area where there is no hair. This process requires a prior medical diagnosis through which the medical team determines the viability of the surgery, as well as the expectations in the hair transplant results.

The recipient area in a capillary graft is understood to be that affected by alopecia. It is the area to be treated where the hair follicles will be implanted extracted from what is known as the donor area.

Importance of the recipient area in a hair implant

Not all people are suitable for a hair implant, on more occasions than you think alopecia has advanced so much that it is too late to resort to a hair transplant. To find out if you are a good candidate for a hair graft, the medical team performs an assessment that takes into account, among others, the donor zone and the receiving area.

It is important to evaluate the recipient area in a capillary graft in depth, since very valuable information is obtained for the healthcare team.

type of alopecia

Based on the pattern of baldness observed in the recipient area, doctors diagnose the type of alopecia of the patient. The most common type of alopecia is androgenic alopecia, which is of hormonal and genetic origin and is the easiest to treat.

Degree of alopecia

Evaluating the recipient area in a hair graft in conjunction with the donor area, the team defines the degree of alopecia of the patient. In the case of women, a measurement scale known as Ludwig scale, while in men it is known as Hamilton–Norwood scale. This differentiation to determine the degree of alopecia occurs because the pattern of hair loss in men and women is not the same. While men begin alopecia in the area of ​​the hairline and crown until it spreads throughout the head, the first signs of baldness in women are usually a widening of the hairline, and from there it continues to progress.

Condition of the patient's scalp

The recipient area in a hair graft is important to be in optimal health conditions. Scalp diseases such as dermatitis or the folliculitis They can be a problem when performing a hair implant.

How to care for the recipient area after a hair transplant

After a hair transplant it is essential to comply with the postoperative norms to avoid complications and aesthetic results that meet expectations. The receiving area where the follicular units have been implanted is the most delicate and with which we must take the most care.

The most important thing is not to touch or aggressively manipulate the recipient area, since we could seriously compromise the survival of the grafts. In addition, sun exposure should be avoided for the first few months after the intervention, otherwise the healing skin may acquire a dark color, affecting the aesthetics of the results.

Another important issue is keep the affected area clean, washing properly, and hydrated with the recurrent application of thermal spray.

Health team performing a hair graft with body hair

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