How many hairs can be transplanted with Follicular Unit Excision (formerly Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplantation?

1/4/2008 10:53:47 PM

The amount of available donor hair via follicular unit hair transplantation (FUT / Strip Surgery) is dependent both on the hair loss patient's donor hair density and scalp elasticity. The amount of available donor hair via Follicular Unit Excision (formerly Follicular Unit Extraction) (FUE) / follicular isolation technique (FIT) is dependent on solely on the balding patient's donor hair density.

On the average, one should have approximately as much donor hair available for either hair transplant procedure. In other words, if a strip patient has approximately 6000 follicular unit grafts available for transplanting, the number will most likely be close for follicular unit excision (FUE). For those with extremely poor scalp elasticity, they may have more available donor hair via FUE.

The problem to date, however, is that follicular unit excision (FUE / FIT) is seemingly less consistent and less reliable than follicular unit hair transplantation (FUT / Strip) in terms of percentages of successful hair growth yield. This is a potential problem with FUE because of the additional pulling, twisting, and squeezing forces that are imposed on the hair follicles as they are being extracted and the greater risk for damage as they are being inserted into recipient sites due to the lack of supporting tissue and fat around the hair grafts.

Hair transplant surgeons that have improved this hair replacement technique have been able to increase the speed of the extraction while maintaining proper care of the follicular unit grafts, I do however worry that some less reputable hair transplant clinics have sacrificed proper care of the hair grafts for speed which will ultimately impact hair growth percentages of the transplanted hair.

In my opinion, those clinics that deny or ignore the potential risks of follicular transection with follicular unit extraction (FUE / FIT) are putting their hair transplant patients at risk for an unsuccessful hair restoration procedure due to low hair growth yield.

Many elite hair transplant surgeons (such as those who are members of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians) who have not oversold the benefits of follicular unit excision (FUE / FIT) are producing some impressive hair transplant results with FUE.


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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.