Can CIT result in a “moth-eaten” donor look?

Can FUE or CIT damage the donor area after extracting the grafts and after the procedure resulting in a “moth-eaten” donor look?

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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the newest hair transplant technique to gain prevalence. At first available through pioneering physicians, of which Dr. Cole was one, FUE initially was far less consistent than it is nowadays. Surgeons were still adopting the technique and many preferred Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), an older technique that leads to a major scar, only because it was more proven.

One of the common defenses of FUT surgeons in the early 2000s is that FUE still left scarring. Diffuse and far less invasive than FUT, FUE scarring still has the potential of leaving a scar pattern similar to moth holes in a garment. However, such scarring depends on both the surgeon's skill and the technique. As FUE gained prevalence and demand more and more surgeons adopted the method, with those who popularized it, including Dr. Cole, both contributing important research and establishing finer or more efficient techniques.

There are now numerous FUE variants to select. Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant, is among the least likely to leave noticeable scars. This is due to the variant's unprecedented lack of intrusiveness, which adds a number of unique benefits that only Forhair clinics offer.

Minimal to no noticeable scarring: As mentioned, the minimal intrusion of CIT® radically decreases the chance of scarring. 

Donor regeneration: CIT® is the only hair transplantation technique that leaves stem cell remnants that, with the application of ACell, have the chance to regenerate.

Faster, better recovery: Minimal intrusiveness decreases the chance of adverse, temporary symptoms and typically demands less time to recuperate.

Many CIT® patients say donor regeneration is the most significant advantage they enjoy. Hair transplants make foster the appearance of better hair coverage but, at base, it is a procedure that relocates hair follicles from one scalp location to another. CIT® with ACell, on the other hand, enables 30% to 40% donor regeneration: 300 to 400 new strands of donor hair for every 1000 single extractions. Adding to overall hair density accomplishes two things: the ability to extract more hair than previously feasible and, with the replenishment of donor hair, the greater option to undergo future CIT® transplants in the future.

CIT®, in fact, so consistently leaves little to no noticeable scars that Forhair promises Scalp Micro Pigmentation, an all-natural scalp tattoo that appears like actively growing hair follicles, to any patient that has scars as a result of a Forhair CIT® procedure. Learn more about this unique FUE variant by visiting our CIT® website page or otherwise contacting us.


If too much hair is removed from a single area, it is possible that a patchy appearance could result. The amount of hair that can be removed before this occurs depends on individual characteristics. To offset this effect, it is best to have donor hair extracted from as wide an area as possible. The goal is to achieve a density throughout the head that looks uniform. Therefore, about fifty percent of density can generally be extracted without compromising coverage, though the result with not look as “pristine” as untouched donor hair or when a lower overall density is reserved.


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