Transcript of Dr. Ratushny: Hi, I’m doctor Ratushny, and I treat patients at MassDerm Hair Transplant Institute in Beverly, Massachusetts.
One of the reasons why hair transplants are successful and long-lasting is the concept of donor dominance. If you observe people with the receding hairlines, for example, men with male pattern hair loss, you’ll notice that while they lose their hair in the front of the scalp, they do retain their hair in the back of the scalp (and the sides of the scalp almost in a horseshoe fashion). The reason for that is the hairs in the back of the scalp are not sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a hormone that causes male pattern hair loss and leads to loss of the hairs in the front of the scalp and the top of the scalp. I’m able to use the concept of donor dominance to my advantage in my hair transplants. When I transplant the hair from the back of the scalp to the recipient sites in the front of the scalp, those hairs retain the qualities as if they were in the back of the scalp, meaning they’re not sensitive to DHT. So as opposed to the other hairs, they don’t fall out. So that’s one of the reasons that hair transplants are so successful and long lasting!