What Is CIT® Hair Transplant? Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®) is Dr. John Cole’s namesake innovation. A vast improvement over Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), CIT® emphasizes minimal invasiveness and accuracy. This decreases the chance of scarring and encourages natural-looking hairlines without major impact to the FUE hair transplant cost.

Hair transplantation methods before involved heavy scarring and long recovery times, both Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Scalp Reduction falling under this category. Such techniques bring paltry results, and can lead to doll-like hair and unnatural appearing hairlines. FUE is a major innovation in the hair transplantation industry. It uses a technique that ideally involves extracting each follicle from the donor site, and then transplanted one by one into the balding areas, which minimizes scarring— a first in hair restoration practices.


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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a vast improvement over Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). However, FUE truly depends on the skill of the hair transplant surgeon. Most clinics lack the proven expertise of Forhair. Patients who try other clinics come to us with scarring, low hair yield, and unnatural-looking hairlines. Forhair excels at repairing these damages. Selecting us first guarantees the results you expect and deserve. For detailed comparisons, we have covered the advantages and disadvantages of each technique on the FUE vs. FUT hair transplants page.


FUE lessens scarring and recovery time while also enhancing results. The method is also quite broad. Hair transplantation specialists may extract individual follicles or multiple ones, for instance.

Further, FUE results depend on the surgeon’s skill and artistry. Modern hair transplant specialists first began developing FUE in the late 80s. It did not become feasible until the early 2000s for a few reasons:

  • FUE requires years to master. 
  • Practitioners must extract and transplant thousands of individual follicles. 
  • Procedures require hours upon hours to complete. 
  • FUE only became prevalent as surgeons became more proficient and invented specialized techniques and tools. 

Today, there are numerous ways to practice FUE. Specialists use machines, robots, mechanical extraction tools, and a slew of different techniques that can make FUE hair transplantation cost more affordable without sacrificing quality. This leads us to offer more advancements and comprehensive benefits, such as the new CIT®.


FUE has significant advantages over older hair restoration methods and depends on the type of FUE and surgeon’s skill. For all its strengths, though, there are areas that regular FUE can improve upon.

Less pronounced than FUT, FUE can nonetheless lead to “moth-hole” scarring due to its circular shape.

Donor sites extracted through general FUE lose their stem cells, leading to little or no chance of follicles growing back, decreasing overall hair density.

FUE enables specialists to create natural appearing hairlines if they have the skill -doctors unskilled with FUE can create awful hairlines.

Much like hair placement, density depends on the specialists’ skill -follicle grafts must be carefully extracted and transplanted.

Different FUE techniques, of course, lead to different results. Scarring, graft yield, hairline quality, and more all depend on a surgeon’s experience, their extraction and transplant methods, and use of instruments.

Different FUE techniques, of course, lead to different results. Scarring, graft yield, hairline quality, and more, depend on the surgeon’s experience, their extraction and transplant methods, and use of instruments.

Cole Isolation Technique: A TRUE ADVANCEMENT IN FUE

Cole Isolation Technique CIT® offers several benefits over other FUE techniques. It emphasizes on providing quality hair transplant procedures with minimal invasiveness. FUE is the only hair transplant type that can be considered a “procedure”. Earlier variants are invasive surgeries. CIT® further improves FUE’s strengths while mitigating its detractions.

  • Minimal/No Scarring – CIT® rarely leaves scars and is the only FUE method that leaves stem cells, encouraging scalp recovery.
  • Better Density – Graft-per-graft, CIT® has a success rate of 97%+ percent.
  • Donor Area Recovery – CIT® is the only hair transplant technique that enables donor areas to potentially regenerate follicles.
  • Faster Recuperation – Patients recover from CIT® procedures faster than any other FUE method.

An advanced technique, CIT® requires special training and tools. Dr. Cole personally trains all his staff in how to properly administer the method. Proper training is essential. CIT® offers superior results but also emphasizes specialist skill sets and experience. Both are necessary to ensure a convincing hairline with uniform hair density.

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The unique strengths of CIT® make it perfect for hair regeneration treatments. These groundbreaking formulas deliver successive boosts of growth factors that generate stem cells. In turn, this hastens hair growth while improving scalp health and hair density. Forhair continues researching ACell MatriStem®, Platelet Rich Plasma, and other treatments to better improve patients’ results.


ACell MatriStem® treatments promote recovery and density. The advancement has many uses, particularly for surgical post-op. Administered to the scalp, ACell repairs and nourishes hair follicles. Such nutrients increase blood flow and follicular progenitor cells, both essential for reinitiating growth.

Forhair’s exclusive ACell techniques specifically help donor areas regenerate hair follicles following surgery and replenishes the donor area supply. With ACell, an average of 30% to 40% of CIT® follicle grafts regenerate, leading to an average 130% to 140% yield, or 300 to 400 new follicles for every 1,000 grafts. No other clinic, regardless of their typical FUE hair transplant cost, offers such top-caliber results.


Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an advanced treatment, drawing from the patient’s own blood. Like ACell, it has been used for years to heal wounds. Growth factors help stimulate cellular regeneration, and PRP has a ton of them. In conjunction with ACell, PRP encourages continued follicle stimulation for years. The treatment is also feasible without CIT® or other hair restoration procedures. A recent study reports that 50% of patients with hair thinning found the injections advantageous.

Forhair continues researching solutions that improve PRP with recent advancements including, further isolating helpful growth factors and stripping unnecessary platelets. The result is Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP), a concentrate with six to eight times more potency than PRP. Not only more powerful, CRP also enables the body to better absorb and process growth factors. In fact, patients enjoy 99% hair growth within four and a half months.


CIT® delivers the best results available today. As Dr. Cole was perfecting CIT®, though, other advancements in FUE became available. Two advancements, in particular, receive a lot of marketing.

  • Neograft- A device that automates extraction through air suction
  • ARTAS- A robotic system that automates the entire FUE procedure

Each system lacks the unique benefits of CIT® while also having major pitfalls. Below is a table that better compares these new FUE techniques.

CIT® and Artas vs. Neograft Comparison Chart





The real truth, as the chart indicates, is that hair transplant quality depends on both the instruments and the clinic. ARTAS and Neograft both heavily market to patients, leading many to assume that these brands offer superior results.

However, both Neograft and ARTAS have their disadvantages as well. Neograft’s system can be too intense for follicular health while ARTAS leaves visible scars and has a higher transection rate than truly experienced FUE surgeons and technicians. Both ARTAS and Neograft also discourage surgeons and technicians from further building experience in graft harvesting. Specialists who use these devices rarely, if ever, develop the skills of an experienced FUE surgeon. 

Neograft is particularly notorious for minimally training its own technicians who then fly to different clinics on an appointment-by-appointment basis. Meanwhile, ARTAS technicians and surgeons must undergo significant training as well as pay a $1 per graft royalty, leading to a higher FUE hair transplant cost.

CIT®, on the other hand, focuses on the surgical team’s experience and skill. Forhair exclusively uses Cole Instruments, the sharpest punches in the world, to ensure quality grafts each and every time. Emphasis on minimal invasiveness also offers a unique benefit we already cover: donor regeneration. Forhair, a case-by-case, proves itself to offer superior artistry and methods for truly impressive results on each patient.

  • CIT® is less invasive
  • Does not leave a tell-tale linear scar
  • Faster and less painful recovery 
  • Low transection rate of under 3%
  • Natural hairlines and optimal aesthetic results
  • Superior FUE hair transplant cost
  • Maximal graft survival
  • Maximizes donor hair for harvesting
  • Allows physicians to “cherry-pick” grafts that will result in an optimal yield
  • CIT® is virtually undetectable
  • Can be performed even when the scalp is too tight for a strip procedure
  • C2G®, or CIT® to Go, is a non-shaven version of CIT® -no need to shave your head!


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