ISHRS 2021 CME Webinar

Donor Area Considerations for Strip and FUE Harvest

Registration Fees Per Webinar:

  •          ISHRS Physician Member, $50.00 USD
  •          ISHRS Physician Pending-Member, $75.00 USD
  •          Physician Non Member, $100.00 USD

Program Description

The recorded program will available for viewing on demand until Dec. 31, 2022.

The 2-hour webinar is intended for physicians who perform hair transplantation surgery utilizing either strip or FUE graft harvest methods. This webinar is being conducted to provide physicians knowledge on foundational principles related to donor area management including scalp and body donor areas. As a result of this activity, learners will be able to discuss factors to consider when creating a surgical plan for the donor area, including scarring, pain management, wound healing, and donor sources.

Professional Practice Gap

Despite the fact that strip and FUE harvest techniques have evolved over the years and strategies for minimization of complications have been developed, experts in the field continue to see complications from the improper management of the scalp donor area. Since the advent of FUE and the expansion of the donor area to include body hair, the need to educate physicians about these unique donor areas has increased. Best practices would suggest that consideration of the long-term impact of graft harvesting within and beyond the safe donor zone be recognized. The cosmetic impact of graft harvesting on the donor area needs to be considered in terms of scarring and cosmesis. Proper harvesting techniques will also reduce pain, discomfort, and complication rates.

Reference: Chapter 9: Donor Area Harvesting. Hair Transplantation, Unger, W (ed), 5th edition. Informa Healthcare, 2011.

Educational Need

Donor area management is a critical subject as donor follicles are a limited resource and mismanagement of this aspect of hair restoration can lead to long term consequences such as poor graft growth, graft waste, scarring, and iatrogenic cosmetic issues. Physicians need to know how to create a surgical plan giving consideration to the fact that a patient often requires multiple procedures and proper donor area planning is critical over the lifetime of the patient.

Target Audience and Prerequisites

This webinar is taught at the physician level. It is geared toward intermediate- to advanced-level hair restoration surgeons. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, the learners should be able to:

  • Describe multiple factors to consider when selecting a technique and developing a surgical plan for hair restoration.
  • Identify the factors that lead to complications from strip and FUE donor harvesting.


Internet/online, via computer or mobile device. 

Official Language

The official language of the webinar is English. Simultaneous interpretation is not provided for this webinar.

Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships of Planners, Faculty, and Others

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose:

Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS – Planner 
Victoria Ceh, MPA – Planner & Manager
Márcio Crisóstomo, MD, FISHRS – Faculty
Gorana Kuka Epstein, MD, FISHRS – Faculty
Anil Garg, MBBS, MS, MCh, FISHRS – Faculty
Alex Ginzburg, MD, FISHRS – Faculty
Rita Kaufman – Planner & Manager
Samuel M. Lam, MD, FISHRS – Faculty
Kongkiat Laorwong, MD, FISHRS – Faculty
José C. Muricy, MD – Faculty
Ratchathorn Panchaprateep, MD, PhD, FISHRS – Planner 
Marcelo Pitchon, MD – Planner & Faculty
Antonio S. Ruston, MD – Faculty
Pradeep K. Sethi, MD – Faculty
Melanie Stancampiano – Planner & Manager
Akaki Tsilosani, MD, PhD, FISHRS – Faculty
Greg Williams, MBBS, FISHRS – Faculty

The following individuals have relevant financial relationships:

Robert S. Haber, MD, FISHRS – Planner & Faculty
Ellis Instruments, Inc: Royalty, patent or other IP
Transdermal Cap Inc.: Consultant/Advisory Board

James A. Harris, MD, FISHRS – Planner & Faculty
Restoration Robotics: Consultant/Advisory Board

Robert H. True, MD, MPH, FISHRS – Faculty
Practical Guide to Hair Transplantation- textbook Thieme 2021: Ownership Interest (royalty, patent, or other intellectual property)

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Commercial Support



The webinar content has been made available by the ISHRS for educational purposes only. The content is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily the best, method or procedure appropriate for the medical situations discussed, but rather is intended to present views, statements, and opinions that may be of interest to others. The views expressed herein are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of the ISHRS. The ISHRS assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with your use or misuse of the webinar content or any materials or techniques described in the content, and it makes no warranty or representation as to the validity or sufficiency of any information provided. 

Questions: Learners may contact the ISHRS Headquarters with questions about this activity at phone +1-800-444-2737 or +1-630-262-5399, or fax +1-630-262-1520, or email: [email protected]