In Hair Transplant Repair, Can You Remove Plugs by Follicular Unit Extraction?

May 2nd, 2007

Q: Can I have plugs removed by FUE (follicular unit extraction) which would probably result in less scarring – but would probably take more time and be more expensive.

A: Follicular units in a plug are already compressed and scarred down. Trying to remove them individually will result in a worse cosmetic outcome as the underlying scar tissue will not be removed.

In addition, extraction of individual follicular units from scar tissue is more likely to cause damage to the hair follicles. Removing the entire graft is generally better for these reasons.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on May 2nd, 2007 at 6:49 am

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