View Full Version : What limits the donor area? I want them all

01-05-2016, 05:31 AM
Hey guys,

If you google the "undercut" hair style, you will probably see this hair style where there is no(t much) hair at the sides and full hair on the top.

So I wonder, what actually limits the donor area? Doesn't the donor area actually can be more "productive", if the patient decides that he wants more grafts transplanted than the surgeon recommends? Isnt his recommendation only his valuable but subjective viewpoint?

Do you think it looks really ugly when there is more hair taken out from the donor area than the surgeon recommends? What can happen? I mean when you are standing in line for something, the guy behind you might notice it. But you look into the mirror and see full hair on the top.

So don't we actually have enough hair also to combat higher NW scales (5<) on the cost of the side and back hair?

Doesn't one look like an native american warrior? Imagine an I think it would look fine. Check out:


I have thought about this and want to hear your ideas. The disadvatage of costs is secondary now.

Rashid Rashid, MD, PhD
01-05-2016, 06:35 AM
It just depends on how bald you want the donor area to be. We find some patients are sensitive to any thinning while others are ok with almost all grafts harvested. It is subjective.

08-08-2016, 01:46 AM
So basically as I understand it, the whole donor area can be harvested and moved to the top?
Why haven't we seen such transplant before?

Rashid, it's a real pleasure reading your posts.

Rashid Rashid, MD, PhD
08-08-2016, 04:52 AM
They may not be the most vocal patients. We have seen patients harvest a surprising amount form the back because they just dont care about the back at all. I remember having a patient who had 6 strips over 25 years, and then we did a further 1500 FUE on him. His approximate total lifetime harvest amount was over 7,000g or more. The back was barren and scarred but he didnt care b/c the top looked amazing. He grew his back hair over 3 inches long at the top so it would cover it. Also, others just buzz down to a zero and dont care about the little marks that you sometimes see on the back. It is not common to see this, but we do see this.

08-08-2016, 06:58 AM
Do you want to go through life looking like that

08-08-2016, 08:26 AM
I honestly don't know. I'm a little far from that. I was just more curious and wanted to know my options. It is not impossible i would do that if needed.

Rashid Rashid, MD, PhD
08-09-2016, 06:09 AM
Dave52 makes a good point you should consider thoroughly

08-09-2016, 11:07 AM
I have had the same thought Martin. Scars suck but given the alternative...