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Like FUE, CIT Hair Transplant involves removing follicular units one at a time and placing them into the recipient areas. Also, as with FUE (and unlike with strip procedures), CIT does not leave a linear scar on the back of the patient’s head. What sets CIT apart is the refinement and specialization of Dr. Cole’s technique and his self-invented instrumentation. What makes the CIT procedure so superior is the number of hairs per graft and the extremely low transection rate. You can read more about the best type of hair transplant techniques.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), currently, is the most desirable hair transplant technique for most patients. It raised in prevalence starting the early 2000s, with Dr. Cole being one its first pioneers, as an alternative to Follicular Unit Extraction (FUT), a transplant technique that leaves more scarring and demands a longer recovery time. As FUE developed and gained prevalence, however, it developed several variants that orient towards differences in technique or instruments.
A complex procedure, FUE involves extracting one or a small cluster of follicular grafts and then individually transplanting them to the recipient area. How the hair transplant surgeon accomplishes this is up to their discretion. Some prefer manual punches while others prefer mechanical or automated. Similarly, some prefer to extract every follicle individually while others blend different groupings for time efficiency. Several types rely on specialized devices.
Neograft is an automated system that, unfortunately, is notorious for subpar results as surgical techs often run the device and administer the transplant.
ARTAS is a robotic system that some surgeons use to save time during the extraction phase but also increases the chance of scars and transection rates.
Body Hair Transplant (BHT) is an emerging transplant type that that uses FUE techniques to extract hair from the scalp and body hair donor region.
Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant, are both comparatively quicker and bring top-caliber results. There are a few reasons why CIT® is the superior choice, but the main difference between it and generic FUE is intrusiveness. CIT® is among the least invasive hair transplant options available, leading to a few major benefits. We list the primary advantages below.
Almost always no visible scarringFar more precise in extractions and graft placement
The only hair transplant variant capable of donor recharging
Quicker recuperation times with less chance of swelling