If you are a man experiencing hair loss, you have probably already done the research on a number of different hair restoration techniques. In fact, it is possible that you have already read about follicular unit extraction, which is the most cutting edge hair restoration method.
What Is Follicular Unit Extraction?
Follicular unit extraction refers to the manner in which one hair follicle is taken from the donor site prior to transplantation. It used to be that the only way to remove hair from the donor area was through a method called “stripping,” in which an entire strip of skin was taken from the donor site and followed by individual follicular unit transplantation. The removal of the follicular units takes place in a lab and many units die during processing. Follicular units are dissected under the microscope requiring constant manipulation of the follicles.
During follicular hair extraction, each individual hair follicle unit – each of which contains 1 to 5 hairs – is removed from the donor site using a 0.8 or a 1 mm needle. Follicular unit transplantation occurs almost immediately afterwards, which means that far fewer follicular units die in the process. As an added bonus, follicular unit extraction is scarless at both the donor site and the follicular unit transplantation area.
What Does Follicular Unit Extraction Cost?
Follicular hair extraction is a surgical procedure, but that in no way means that it is prohibitively expensive. As far as follicular unit extraction costs, you can generally expect to pay around 5 to 7 dollars per individual graft. The number of grafts you will need to complete the job depends entirely on the extent of your hair loss, as well as what your surgeon advises. Although there are definitely follicular unit extraction costs to consider, the money should not hold you back from seeking the procedure.
Does It Work?
Yes! Follicular hair extraction is the only way to achieve visibly scarless hair restoration. Furthermore, because the individual follicles are manipulated less, there are far fewer wasted follicles than with other procedures. Most surgeons, including those at Anagen Hair, offer a guarantee that includes a free repeat procedure if the initial transplant does not take.