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  1. John
    October 4, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    I don’t think it’s wise to to “guess” about regrowth rates. I’ve heard from doctors performing the procedure that 70-to 80% is more accurate. The fact is, there are no detailed studies to show what is possible in terms of regrowth with FUE. Dr. David Seagar did a number of detailed studies in the 90’s showing that the strip method can cinsistently yield 100% regrowth if done correctly. The key is what he called “chubby grafts”. Grafts with a lot of fatty tissue around them survive better. And in strip method microscopic dissection, you can see the every part of the graft, as well as the dormant follicles and follicle returning to anagen that have not surfaced yet. This helps to avoid any transection and allows precise control the amount of tissue around the graft. With FUE, regardless of the skill of the doctor, the follicle cannot be seen below the surface of the skin, so there is no way to know if the follicle is being transected, or of there are dormant or young hairs until the graft is already harvested. Also, there is no way to know how deep the graft goes below the surface of the skin. And depth really varies from graft to graft. Another big drawback is it is impossible to get a “chubby graft” with FUE, or at least I have never seen a picture anywhere of an FUE chubby graft. Pictures of FUE grafts show grafts that have a lot of tissue ripped off of them. This is because there is no way to cut the bottom of the graft cleanly: It has to be ripped out of the scalp.

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