What is follicular unit transplantation?

What is follicular unit transplantation?

Follicular units are small bundles of hair spaced approximately 1 millimeter apart, viewable under the microscope. Each unit contains 1, 2, 3 or sometimes 4 hairs. Follicular unit transplantation involves separating 1,000 to 3,000 follicular units from the donor strip at the back of the scalp and inserting these units into the recipient site where hair loss is occurring. Using a microscope, we carefully dissect the donor strip into slivers 1-3 follicular units wide, carefully remove each graft and implant it into the recipient area, one at a time. Tiny openings no larger than a pinprick are made in the recipient area to receive each unit.


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