This insightful article was written by hair loss physician Dr. Carlos Wesley, who is a member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians.
Is there a way to know whether your hair transplant donor is miniaturized or not? I’m 22 and planning to get follicular unit extraction (FUE) but I would rather get the miniaturization exam done first before proceeding?
There are a number of methods to evaluate hair characteristics. Any physician performing surgical hair restoration likely has something to accurately analyze hair quality in order to determine a patient’s candidacy. There are instruments such as the Folliscope, the FotoFinder device, the Dermatoscope, etc. A magnified lens allows for fairly accurate analysis.
If you happen to have time on your hands, you can read the chapter I authored in the Hair Transplantation textbook called “Enhanced Patient Selection: The Folliscope”.
Dr. Carlos Wesley
Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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