Dermal Papilla

The dermal papilla is a specialized structure located at the base of the hair follicle. It plays a crucial role in hair growth and development. Here are some key points about the dermal papilla:

  1. Structure and Location: The dermal papilla is found at the very bottom of the hair follicle. It is composed of a group of cells that are rich in nutrients and growth factors essential for hair production.
  2. Function: The primary function of the dermal papilla is to regulate hair growth by interacting with the hair matrix cells. It provides the necessary signals and nutrients that promote the proliferation and differentiation of these cells, leading to the formation of new hair.
  3. Role in Hair Cycle: The dermal papilla plays a vital role in the hair growth cycle, which includes the anagen (growth), catagen (regression), and telogen (resting) phases. Its activity influences the length and thickness of the hair.
  4. Significance in Hair Loss: Abnormalities or damage to the dermal papilla can lead to hair growth disorders and contribute to conditions such as alopecia. Understanding its function is crucial for developing treatments for hair loss.

By focusing on the health and functionality of the dermal papilla, scientists and researchers aim to develop more effective treatments for hair growth and regeneration. At The Gabel Center, we take great care to preserve and not damage the dermal papilla. If this structure is not handled properly, the hair transplant will fail. The most common time that the dermal papilla is damaged is in the placement of the grafts. This is why Dr. Gabel is involved with each step of the process, including the placement of grafts. In many hair restoration centers, the physician delegates this crucial step to the staff and is not involved. Dr. Gabel does not believe in that philosophy and places the majority of the grafts for each and every case.

If you would like more information on the science behind hair restoration or hair growth, contact The Gabel Center at 503-693-1118 to set up a hair restoration consultation.


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