Hair Transplant Glossary

Welcome to our comprehensive Hair Transplant Choices Glossary.

This glossary is designed to provide you with a clear understanding of the terminology used in the context of hair transplantation.

Whether you’re a candidate exploring options or a curious reader, this alphabetical list will help you navigate the world of hair restoration with confidence.

Alopecia: Hair loss, often characterized by partial or complete baldness, caused by various factors such as genetics, hormones, or medical conditions.
Anagen Phase: The active growth phase of hair follicles, during which the hair strand is produced.
Artificial Hair Implantation: A procedure that involves implanting synthetic hair fibers into the scalp.
Autograft: A hair graft taken from one part of the body (donor site) and transplanted to another area (recipient site) of the same individual.

Bio-FUE: A hair transplant technique that combines FUE with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment.
Crown: The circular area on the top of the scalp, often prone to balding.

Dense Packing: Placing a high number of grafts close together in a small recipient area for greater hair density.
Dermis: The middle layer of skin, containing hair follicles, sweat glands, and blood vessels.
DHT (Dihydrotestosterone): A hormone derived from testosterone that can contribute to hair loss in individuals with a genetic predisposition.
Donor Dominance: The phenomenon where transplanted hair maintains its genetic characteristics and continues to grow in the recipient area.
Donor Site: The area from which hair follicles are extracted for transplantation.

Excision: The surgical removal of tissue or grafts from the donor site for transplantation.
Extraction Pattern: The arrangement of harvested follicular units from the donor area.

Follicular Family Units (FFUs): Groups of follicular units that share common features.
Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT): A specific method of extracting follicular units.
Follicular Unit: A natural grouping of hair follicles, typically containing one to four hairs.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): A hair transplantation method that involves harvesting individual follicular units directly from he donor site.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): A hair restoration technique where a strip of tissue containing follicular units is excised from the donor site and then transplanted to the recipient area.
Frontal Hairline: The hairline at the forehead’s anterior edge, which frames the face.

Graft: A piece of tissue containing hair follicles, used in hair transplantation.
Graft Calculator: A tool used to estimate the number of grafts needed for a hair transplant.

Hair Density: The number of hair follicles or strands in a given area of the scalp.
Hair Multiplication: A technique aiming to multiply hair follicles outside the body before transplantation.
Hair Plugs: Outdated hair transplantation technique involving large, unnatural-looking grafts.
Hair System: A non-surgical hair replacement system that can be attached to the scalp.
Hairline Design: The process of planning and creating a natural-looking hairline that complements the individual’s facial features.
Hyperpigmentation: Excessive darkening of the skin at the donor or recipient site, often temporary.
Hypopigmentation: Reduced pigmentation resulting in lighter-colored skin at the donor or recipient site, typically temporary.

Lateral Slit: The direction of incisions made in the recipient area.
Lateral Slit Technique: A method of creating small incisions in the recipient area to accommodate transplanted grafts.
Local Anesthesia: Medication administered to numb the donor and recipient areas during the hair transplant procedure.

Megasession: A hair transplant session that involves transplanting a large number of grafts.
Micrografts: Small grafts containing one or two hairs.
Miniaturization: The process of hair follicles shrinking over time, leading to finer and shorter hairs.
Mixed Density: A varied distribution of hair density in the recipient area.
Norwood Scale: A classification system used to determine the stage of male pattern baldness.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): A treatment that uses concentrated platelets from the patient’s blood to stimulate hair growth.
Plug: An outdated hair graft containing multiple hair follicles.

Recipient Area: The bald or thinning area of the scalp where hair grafts are transplanted.
Recipient Sites: Tiny incisions made in the recipient area to receive transplanted grafts.
Root: The lower part of the hair strand located within the hair follicle.

Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP): A non-surgical procedure that creates the appearance of hair follicles through tattooing.
Shock Loss: Temporary hair loss in the donor or recipient area after a hair transplant.
Strip Harvesting: Another name for the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) method.

Temporal Peaks: The areas on the sides of the forehead where the hairline begins.
Telogen Phase: The resting phase of the hair growth cycle before the hair sheds.
Temporary Shedding: A normal post-transplant phenomenon where transplanted hair falls out before new growth begins.
Trichology: The scientific study of hair and scalp health.

Vellus Hair: Short, fine, and nearly invisible hair that covers most of the body.
Widow’s Peak: A V-shaped point at the hairline on the forehead.

*Please remember, we are not medical professionals. Please consult a qualified healthcare provider or hair transplant specialist for personalized advice.

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