Will the follicles removed during a follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure grow back or “regenerate”? Or are these follicles permanently lost once they are removed?
Regeneration in the donor area requires splitting the follicle and leaving some portion of stem cells behind while transplanting another portion to the front. This leads to regeneration in the donor region and new growth in the transplanted region. Unfortunately, it is all theoretical at this point. We’ve yet to find a reliable and reproducible method of “donor doubling” – or splitting the follicle and creating two follicles from one.
Blake Bloxham – formerly “Future_HT_Doc”
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