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Are transplanted hair follicles prone to DHT or resistant to DHT?

Hair transplants 'usually' resistant to DHT - but not always!

I'm often asked if transplanted hair follicles prone to DHT or resistant to DHT? It's a good question and not as straight forward as it may look initially. Here's some facts:

1. Certainly, the "existing" hair is prone to the effects of DHT

2. If one has an FUE and hairs are removed from a part of the donor area that is not in the permanent donor zone (ie too high up on the back of the scalp), then yes these hairs may be prone to effects of DHT

3. Some males have diffuse patterned alopecia (DUPA). They are not good transplant candidates and will have their donor hair further weakened by DHT.

Conclusion:

All in all, donor hair is usually fairly resistant to DHT's action. But one can not say 100 % resistant.



Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299



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