Hair and Hair Transplant Useful Terms and Phrases

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Hair and Hair Transplant Useful Terms and Phrases

It can sometimes be difficult to research hair loss and hair restoration.  With all the different words and phrases. So getting to know the terminology will help you understand. Importantly not misunderstand or assume incorrectly.

Here is a selection of words and phrases that are typically going to find. When you start to research hair loss and hair restoration.

Androgenic Alopecia
This term is the common name for male or female pattern baldness which depends on the genetic predisposition of the hair follicles and the levels of androgen in the body.

Androgens are male sex hormones.

DHT (5-alpha dihydrotestosterone)
DHT is a male hormone that is suggested to be the main cause for the miniaturization of the hair follicle and subsequent hair loss. DHT is formed from the male hormone testosterone by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase.

Donor Site
The site where hair follicles are harvested during transplant surgery.

Follicular Unit
Groupings of 1-4 hairs that grow together

Norwood/Hamilton Scale
The most commonly used scale for the classification of male pattern hair loss.

Punch Graft
The old-fashioned way of removing grafts for hair transplants usually carried out using an instrument called a trephine.

Recipient Site
The bald or thinning area into which hair grafts are transplanted.

Brand name for minoxidil, topical lotion for the treatment of hair loss.

Sagittal Angled Grafting
Grafts are placed into recipient sites made with a very small rectangular blade that pierced the skin parallel to the hair direction.

For more see the Glossary or terms and phrases

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