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What is the Average Yield of a Follicular Unit Excision (formerly Follicular Unit Extraction) Hair Transplant Compared to Follicular Unit Transplantation?

12/9/2010 11:40:02 PM

Question:

I heard that the yield for both FUE and FUT (strip) hair transplants is approximately 95-99% of the total grafts harvested. Is 50% of the total grafts then considered average or would it be considered unsuccessful?

Answer:

The expected yield for follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUT) is 95-99%. For follicular unit transplantation (FUE) however, this rate goes down. Some estimates are as low as 75-100% after an average 5% transection rate.

50% hair growth would not generally be considered a successful hair transplant but there are many factors at work and success is not guaranteed. That said, a reputable hair restoration physician will stand behind their patients and do all they can to ensure a satisfactory outcome.

For more on FUE yield rates, I suggest reading the following discussion thread on our hair loss forum:

What is the Actual FUE Yield Rate....Please!!!

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