View Full Version : Could this experimental FUE work?

12-06-2015, 10:41 PM
I was thinking recently about an experimental FUE transaction that would extract every possible follicle in the entire side/donor zone and organizing them up top to form somewhat of a, hopefully, dense mohawk-like pattern. Not trying to completely cover the top, just enough of an area for a cosmetically acceptable hairdo with the rest of the head being essential bald. Would this work? I know that certain areas of the donor zone are susceptible to thinning and that FUE contains the risk of white dotted scars but the thinning isn't much of a concern for me and if the scarring occurs I was wondering about a beard and body hair transplant to 'pepper' in lightly around the rest of the head to blend out the white dots somewhat.
I'm probably about norwood 2 or 3 with diffuse thinning and it's not something I thinking of doing anytime soon, just a thought for the future.

Sounds kind of silly now that I've written it down but I was wondering if anyone here is aware of any such extreme cases or if they had any concerns that I haven't brought up yet.

Picture attached is somewhat of what I was thinking, although the composition on top would have to be a bit more strategic.

Rashid Rashid, MD, PhD
12-07-2015, 04:07 AM
This is interesting because we have had a few people ask us to do this in our clinic. However, it is so extreme that we have not yet tried it. Among other concerns, FUE works well because remaining hairs allow for good healing. So, what happens if no hairs remain? It is possible the donor site healing is not very nice.

12-07-2015, 07:01 AM
Yeah, the scarring is definitely an issue. Hopefully there's a solution to it. I'd guess that the thing to do would be to try out a long term strategy, starting out with only a few grafts placed initially to get an idea of scarring, asking the patient if he would like to continue and then increasing the amount of grafts placed each yearly session. Even with scarring there should be ways around it, perhaps the patient has enough body and beard hair to place in the donor area to mask the white dots, if not there are waterproof makeup concealers that could cover it. Is anyone aware of such an ambitious transplant occurring? It'd be interesting to see the results.

12-07-2015, 04:53 PM
This is amazing, I was thinking the exact same thing the other day.