Hair transplants have been around for decades and over the years have been consistently improving. One of the limiting factors that has always been around is the supply of donor hair. The traditional donor sites are the back and the side of the head which have a limited supply. People with extensive hair loss can never get a decent hair transplant due to this problem.
In recent times, there have been a few experiments that have been done with donor areas. Men’s legs have been found to be an ideal donor areas by some doctors. It is an interesting choice and seems to be working well. Let’s dig a little deeper into this phenomenon.
Why the legs?
Doctors believe that hair from the legs give a very natural look at the hairline due to their fine nature. Some argue that the traditional donor areas have thicker hair and do not give a natural appearance. Legs also offer a great number of grafts in comparison with the traditional donor areas and therefore people with extensive hair loss can benefit from this novel idea.
When to opt for neo-donor site?
For people with extensive bald areas on the head, a hair transplant is not a viable option. This is due to the limited supply of donor hair can never allow a good job to be done. Using hair from the legs allows a greater number of grafts and a more extensive coverage can be done. If the doctor believes that the traditional method cannot bear fruit, it is time to opt for the neo-donor site.
The procedure can allow 10000 or more grafts per transplant. Some people have said to have up to 20000 grafts. A single session may be spread on several days in order to transplant all the grafts. The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the method which is most suited to this kind of hair transplant.
Since it is a new innovation, the cost is higher than the traditional hair transplants. The bill can go sky high for people who are looking to cover nearly their entire scalp. However, the results certainly justify the cost.
Some doctors think that the texture of hair on the leg is different and will not suit well on the scalp. Others believe that the healing on the legs is not very good and pinhole scars can be obvious after the transplant.
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