Hair Transplant Revision due to Overharvesting


Countless people have come to us for hair loss treatments. Our doctor, a pioneer in hair transplants and treatment, is able to create natural outcomes when dealing with male pattern baldness and thinning hair. He can even review issues with earlier hair transplants performed by other surgeons that resulted in less-than-ideal results.

Overharvesting is one of the causes of hair transplant revision. It’s a term you might not be familiar with. We’ll go over what this problem is and how we can remedy it by employing various hair restoration treatments in the sections that follow.

What Is Overharvesting Grafts During Hair Transplant Surgery?

Thousands of hair follicles are harvested from the donor area at the back of the head during follicular unit extraction (FUE) and placed (frontotemporal) along the top and front of the hairline where balding occurs.

When too many follicular unit removal is done from the donor site, the following can occur:

  • Hair loss near the donor site
  • Patches of baldness around the donor site
  • Scar tissue visible around the donor site
  • All the aforementioned issues are indications of overharvesting, which means that too many follicular units were removed, resulting in poor cosmetic outcomes.

Hair Transplant Revision

What Causes Overharvesting?

Overharvesting is a common issue that happens when they remove too many grafts from the donor site, thus the density of the donor hair reduces so much that the remaining hair cannot camouflage it. Resulting in unaesthetic bald patches. This usually happens amongst inexperienced hair restoration surgeons. When a hair transplant aesthetic surgeon lacks experience, they frequently fail to properly plan their procedure or consider factors that could affect the final results. Fortunately, that is not an issue with the doctors at Global Medical Care. Regardless, many patients in the region are dealing with the consequences of overharvesting as a result of a poorly transplanted initial hair restoration.

Overharvesting and the Issues it Causes

If you’ve ever been overharvested, you’ll understand how unsightly the bald patches and scar tissue around the back of the scalp can be. While male pattern baldness no longer impacts the scalp, the rest of a person’s hair can appear patchy and unnatural. This can result in severe bouts of self-consciousness, as well as a sense of regret about having hair restoration done in the first place.

Those who are candidates for hair loss revision treatment

People who have had negative experiences with hair loss procedures in the past are good candidates for hair transplant revision. People with visible bald spots or thinning around the back of the scalp should consider visiting us for a consultation if they have overharvesting issues. We can examine the donor site to see if it is possible to address the patient’s issues.

What Techniques Will Be Used to Solve the Problem?

Depending on your situation, the best way to treat extreme overharvesting is usually to use alternatives to FUE. Instead, your doctors may require a follicular unit transplantation (FUT), which involves removing a strip of donor skin that contains the hairs from the scalp, this is however a surgical method that can sometimes lead to visible scars. If this isn’t an option, we could look into additional nonsurgical alternatives to traditional hair restoration to help blend the thinning or exposed scalp with the rest of your hair. The physician can prefer a grafting method when the damaged area isn’t too wide.

The Outcomes of a Hair Transplant Revision

Whatever technique is ultimately used, the results of a hair transplant revision can be dramatic, especially for people who have overharvested their hair. Patients will no longer have serious problems with bald patches and thinning hair around the back of the scalp as a result of the revision of the previous hair transplant. We can significantly improve the results of the prior procedure.

How to fix over harvested hair transplant donor area?

In the context of hair transplant in Turkey, over-harvesting refers to the excessive removal of hair follicles from the donor area, typically located at the back and sides of the head. This can result in a sparse or patchy appearance, creating aesthetic concerns and limiting available hair for future transplants.

Fixing an Over-Harvested Donor Area:

Scalp Micropigmentation

One of the non-surgical options to consider is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). This process involves tattooing tiny dots onto the scalp to mimic the appearance of natural hair follicles. SMP can create an illusion of density and camouflage the over-harvested donor area effectively.

Body Hair Transplantation (BHT)

If the scalp donor area is depleted, hair follicles can be extracted from other parts of the body such as the beard, chest, or legs. However, this method should be considered carefully, as body hair varies in texture and growth rate compared to scalp hair.

Advanced FUE Techniques

Certain Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) techniques allow the extraction of hair follicles in a scattered pattern, minimizing the risk of visible scarring and promoting a more natural appearance. This can be useful in the redistribution of hair in the over-harvested area.

Hair System

Hair systems or medical-grade wigs can be a temporary solution to hide the over-harvested area. Today’s advanced hair systems can be custom-designed to match your natural hair color, texture, and density.

Hair Regrowth Treatments

In some cases, treatments such as Minoxidil or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) may be advised to stimulate hair regrowth in the donor area. It’s important to discuss these options with a qualified professional to understand their efficacy and potential side effects.

Revision Hair Transplant Surgery

In some severe cases, a revision hair transplant might be the best option. This involves performing another hair transplant to correct the issues from the previous one. However, this requires a sufficient amount of remaining donor hair or the use of body hair.


Fixing an over-harvested donor area requires a personalized approach, guided by a qualified and experienced hair restoration specialist. Remember, the primary goal is to achieve natural-looking results while preserving the health of your scalp and hair. Always research thoroughly, consult with professionals, and make informed decisions for your hair restoration journey.

Learn More About How to Fix a Bad Hair Restoration Procedure

Contact a skilled hair restoration specialist if you want to learn more about correcting a flawed hair restoration procedure. You can reach our medical consultants by clicking here. We are always happy to assist you.

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