Hair Transplantation Glossary
Alopecia: Medical term means hair loss.
Androgenic Alopecia: It is the most common hair loss type. Pass through genetically and controlled by hormones.
Alopecia Aerate: Autoimmune hair disease that causes partial hair loss on hairy scalp. It is known as barber’s itch as well.
Skin elasticity: Elasticity level of scalp. Elasticity of skin is essential for easiness of hair transplantation.
DHT: Dihydrotestosterone is located on male body; and it is the name of metabolite, an active version of testosterone.
Donor Site: Area located behind our head and between our ears. Hair in this area is genetically resistant against hair loss. This area is where the follicles are collected in hair transplantation operation (see: recipient site, donor site).
Male pattern baldness: It is the name given for miniaturize and at end loss of all hair except in donor site because of Dihydrotestosterone hormone. Usually seen on men, this hair loss type is genetic.
ESHRS: European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
Follicular Unit: It is the name for naturally occurred singular/dual/triple sometimes even quartet hair follicles. Average hair count in a follicular unit is 2.4.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE ): It is the name of the process for collecting hair follicles one by one with a punch in order to use in FUE hair transplantation. It is performed by plastic surgeons specialized on hair transplantation field.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): It is the hair plantation method where hair follicles are collected form donor site by using a long and ellipse incision tool. It should be performed by plastic surgeons specialized in hair transplantation field.
Motorized FUE: It is the equipment that being used in FUE method by motorizing collection process of hair follicles.
Graft: It is the name given for transplantation ready follicular units collected from donor site.
ISHRS: International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
Female pattern baldness: It is a genetic hair loss commonly observed on women. Hair thinning is the subject including the donor site.
Indent: It is the empty space occurred in shapes of little triangles because of hair loss on where frontal hairline gets closer to both sides of the head.
Micro-graft: Graft that contains 1 or 2 hair count.
Mini-graft: Graft that contains 3 or 4 hair count. Grafts contain 5-6 and more hair would be called as large mini-grafts.
Norwood Scale: 7 levels of classification method for male pattern baldness.
Before-After Picture: It is name for taking pictures of patient’s head before and after hair transplantation for medical records and comparing.
Punch: It is the surgical equipment with 0.7mm – 0.9 mm diameter point that in use for collecting follicular units in FUE method.
Hair transplantation angle: It is the angle of canals, on recipient area to place the grafts, to surface.
Hair transplantation area: It is the bald area where hair transplantation process will be performed on.
Hair transplantation direction: It is the direction of canals where grafts will be placed in transplantation area.
Hair line correction: This method aims for more frequent and natural appearance of frontal hairline by using thinner grafts. It is a hair transplantation type that is determined to change bad appearance of the previous hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation: It is the surgery that provides collecting genetically resistant hair follicles against hair loss and transferring them to bald area.
Hair frequency: It represents hair amount on our head per every cm2. Hair transplantation is performed by planning hair frequency on both donor site and recipient site.
Hair follicle: It is the follicular unit consisted of one hair or hair follicle.
Tape method: (see: FUT)
Scar revision: It is the process for fixing scars. Hair transplantation is applied to scarred area in order to break unity of area, therefor the scar becomes unnoticeable.
Sudden loss: It is the temporary hair loss and following hair growth after hair transplantation.
Crown area: It is the top back part of head. Main feature of the area is that the hair grows in spiral formation (see: vertex).