It is impossible to predict precisely how many hairs will appear in any given graft but at least 90% and often
100% of them will normally survive transplanting. We have never encountered a patient who showed no growth
After a period of four to six months, the skin surface of the grafts has usually blended in perfectly with
the surrounding scalp. In some patients, however, the grafts may be a shade lighter in colour until they are
“aged” by sun exposure. The grafts are usually level with the surrounding scalp, but are occasionally
slightly elevated. Such grafts are easily flattened down with an electric needle without interfering with
hair growth. This is only necessary in approximately one out of every hundred patients.
The final appearance is that of “early thinning”, which is not meant to imply “thin” hair, but rather, to
convey the idea that you cannot expect to look like you did when you were a teenager.
In summary, with the new techniques of follicular unit grafting using all 1-3 hair single follicular units,
the hairline no longer appears as abrupt or dense as was the case with older traditional grafts. Single
follicular units create a very natural-looking, soft, hairline. They also do not result in the removal of
any existing hair in the recipient area and are, therefore, advantageous for transplanting in patients with
“early” MPB or female thinning.
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Dr. Cotterill is the immediate past president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
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