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The hair on our heads, or lack of it, has always contributed to our appearance, style and identity. Even though it is perfectly natural for many, hair loss can be a devastating condition that affects a person’s success and confidence. Although there is no pill or potion that can completely reverse this condition, at the Nova Medical Hair Transplant Clinic, we offer our patients the latest, leading edge NJ hair transplant solutions for permanent and transformative results.

We know that our discerning clients prefer to be well-informed, so before you book a consultation to discuss the life-changing potential of a hair transplant, we’ve offered this handy A-Z glossary of terms associated with hair transplantation to clear up confusion, and guide you in your decisions.

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Alopecia is the partial or complete loss of hair due to various medical and lifestyle conditions.

Alopecia Androgenetica is the medical term for male or female pattern baldness.

Alopecia Areata is the loss of hair in defined patches.

Anagen refers to the growth phase of the hair cycle and can vary from two to six or more years.

Androgen is any type of steroid hormone that promotes masculine characteristics.

Apoptosis is the programmed cell death of hair follicles that lead to hair loss.

Catagen is a short transition phase of the hair cycle that is approximately two to three weeks.

Crown in the context of hair loss, it refers to the top of the head.

Cuticle describes the outer surface of the hair, which is composed of keratin scales. This layer gives hair its natural shine and luster, as well as some of its strength.

Derma Papilla is located at the base of the hair follicle and contains blood vessels that supply nutrients for forming keratin. The derma papilla is very important for regulating hair growth because it is responsive to androgens and hair-promoting substances.

Dermis refers to the layer of skin that lies underneath the epidermis. It contains blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, nerves and hair follicles.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an androgen that decreases hair growth on the scalp.

Donor Area refers to the area of the scalp that supplies the hair follicles for a NJ hair transplant.

Epidermis is the outermost, superficial layer of skin that is avascular.

Follicle is a pocket in the dermis layer that encloses the hair root.

Hamilton-Norwood is a graphic scale that is used for classifying the extent of hair loss in males.

Infundibulum is the funnel shape in which the hair follicles grow.

Intermediate Hair is approximately one centimeter in length. It has more thickness and volume compared to vellus hair, but lacks the texture of terminal hair.

Isthmus is a short segment of the hair follicle that extends from the attachment of the bulge region to the sebaceous gland duct.

Keratin is a fibrous protein in which hair, nails and teeth enamel are primarily composed of.

Ludwig Staging refers to the graphic representation of alopecia androgenetica and its severity.

Micrograft means a hair graft that contains one or two hairs. A megasession is a hair transplant procedure that involves over 1000 micrografts in a single session.

Miniaturisation is the process in which DHT shrinks hair follicles.

Papilla is located at the base of the root of the hair. It is responsible for receiving the nutrients needed for healthy hair growth.

Recipient Site refers to the area that is experiencing hair loss and is where the extracted hair follicles are grafted in.

Scleroderma is a condition that leads to local or systemic hardening and contraction of skin, it can result in hair loss in the affected areas.

Telogen describes the resting phase of the hair cycle, which lasts approximately 100 days.

Terminal Hair is the thicker hair on the scalp that has been undergoing a growth phase for years.

Vellus Hair is the soft, fine hair that is no longer than one centimeter in length and covers the body.

Vertex refers to the top, posterior portion of the head and is typically where hair grows in a spiral pattern.

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