This question, from a member of the Hair Restoration Social Community and Discussion Forums, was answered by recommended hair restoration physician Dr. William Lindsey:
Why are transection rates typically higher for follicular unit extraction (FUE) than for follicular unit transplantation (FUT)?
In a FUE hair transplant, there are 3 distinct components that help or hinder the cutting blindly success rate.
- Operator experience
- Curliness of the hair and its follicle. It’s pretty easy to FUE straight hair as, once you find the angle, things proceed quickly and often very successfully. With curly hair and roots, that angle is hard to get and seems to shift as you move around the donor area.
- Lastly, patient movement plays a huge role in letting the doctor consistently hit the same angle. That can mean the difference between an easy FUE and a nearly impossible one.
Dr William Lindsey – McLean, VA