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Follicular Unit Extraction in Hair Transplantation: Personal Experience

Gökrem, Serdar MD; Baser, Nesrin Tan MD; Aslan, Gurcan MD

doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e318056d69a
Original Article: Aesthetic Surgery

Hair transplantation in the form of follicular units constitutes the cornerstone of hair-replacement surgery. Harvesting follicular units directly from the donor area by using punches is described as follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique, and it eliminates the need for excision of a hair-bearing strip.

In this article, we presented our surgical approach for hair transplantation, which is based on performing follicular extraction in 2 phases: follicular unit isolation and follicular unit collection, and discussed some technical details of FUE and some advantages and disadvantages of this approach. We transplanted an average of 1651 follicular units in 1 day, 2610 follicular units in 2 days, and 3200 follicular units in 3 days.

From the Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cebeci, Ankara, Turkey.

Reprints: Serdar Gökrem, MD, Azerbaycan cad. 25/3, Bahçelievler, Ankara, Turkey.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.