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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 292-297

Longevity of hair follicles after follicular unit transplant surgery

Cutis Skin Clinic & Hair Transplant Center, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Muthuvel Kumaresan
43/20 Third Cross, Om Ganesh Nagar, Vadavalli, Coimbatore 641041, Tamil Nadu.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_44_20

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Background: The longevity of the grafted hair follicles is still debated and there are limited literature available on this topic. Aim: To assess the longevity of transplanted hairs after follicular unit transfer (FUT). Materials and Methods: A total of 112 patients who had undergone FUT were included in the study and their results at the end of 4 years were compared with the 1 year post surgery results by standardized images. The reduction in the density of the grafted hair follicles was graded by a blinded observer in a grading scale. Results: Among 112 subjects 50.89% had grade 4, 46.42% had grade 5, 2.67% had grade 6 alopecia respectfully. The 4 year follow up grading of hair loss showed moderate reduction in transplanted hair density in 55.35%, slightly reduced density in 27.67% greatly reduced in 8.03% and no change in the density in 8.92% subjects. Conclusion: The hair grafts transplanted may not last permanently for all the subjects. Recipient site influence might affect the growth and long-term survival of the transplanted hairs.

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