Can Grafts Transected in the Hair Transplant Donor Area During Follicular Unit Extraction Regrow New Hairs?
I had follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) at the hairline two years ago. I’m in consultations to get a 2nd pass for more density (follicular unit extraction this time). I have curly hair.
In one of my recent chats with a hair transplant surgeon, I was inquiring about the higher risk of transection during graft extraction on curly hair. He claims that transection does not result in a dead graft, just one that cannot be used in the current session. The root remains unharmed and will grow a new hair. How true is this?
Obviously, it’s possible for a root to be accidentally severed, but is it likely since the root is so tiny?
The fate of a totally transacted graft is not clear, however I don’t think we should be very optimistic about it. A partially transected graft, that is a graft with an intact follicle and transected follicle(s) beside it however, is different.
I am currently on a scientific study that has currently shown me that at least half of these transected follicles beside an intact follicle can yield a fully grown hair (at the recipient area). I don’t know what happens at the donor area. Further studies are of course necessary.
Dr. Ali Emre Karadeniz
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