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Follicular Units in Hair Transplantation: The Days of Plugs are Gone

Follicular units in Hair Transplantation


Close of view of 'follicular units' two weeks after a hair transplant. In a week or two, these hairs will fall out and reemerge in 2-3 months. 

Close of view of 'follicular units' two weeks after a hair transplant. In a week or two, these hairs will fall out and reemerge in 2-3 months. 

What are "follicular units"?

The buzz word of modern hair restoration is the 'follicular unit'. No longer do hair transplant surgeons move "plugs" of hair into balding areas. Nowadays, we move 'follicular units.'

 

The photo on the right shows a number of follicular units packed into an area of hair loss. The actual area measures less than 1 cm x 1 cm. The photo was taken two weeks after the hair transplant was performed. What you can see is the groupings of these follicular units. Many of the follicular units are two haired grafts, and some are even three haired grafts. These are the natural groupings of hairs in the scalp. By moving follicular units rather than plugs, a very natural look can be obtained. 

 

After a hair transplant,  follicular units develop crusts and fall out. They leave behind the root deep beneath the skin - and three months later a brand new hair is produced.


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299



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