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Chronologic improvement in hair yield with follicular unit extraction with changes in punch devices: A ten-year experience of a single center
  • Ekrem Civas,
  • Berna Aksoy,
  • Umit Akpinar
Ekrem Civas
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Berna Aksoy
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Umit Akpinar
Ankara Bilkent City Hospital

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Background: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) which is a newer hair transplant procedure was thought to be only usable in limited areas at the beginning. However, it is the most preferred technique these days. It is known transection rates have decreased with punch technology (and experience) over the years. Our clinical experience is that the total graft numbers and the number of follicular units (FUs) containing 3 or more hairs gained have increased over the years. Objectives: We analyzed the data from so-so many male patients who underwent hair transplantation by FUE method at our clinic retrospectively to elucidate how the development of punch technology affected the number of total grafts and FU containing multiple hairs. Methods: Between the years 2011 and 2020, the number of grafts obtained, in male androgenetic alopecia (AGA) hair transplant patients operated with the FUE method at the author’s dermatology clinic, was investigated retrospectively. Results: Overall 1415 cases were retrospectively included in the study. Over the years, the numbers of total grafts and multi-hair FU gained have increased in relation to the change in punch devices. Conclusion: Our study has shown that hair yield has been increased with new punch technologies.With an increasing hair yield by the aid of evolving punch technology, hair transplantation with the FUE method has become the first choice for hair transplantation preferred by both doctors and patients. Keywords: Hair Follicle / transplantation; Tissue and Organ Harvesting / instrumentation; Tissue and Organ Harvesting / methods; Alopecia / surgery; Transplantation, Autologous.