Dr. Cole – Another FIT Farming – Close Up Pics
FIT farming is a technique developed by Dr. Cole to offer more options to patients. FIT farming is essentially when a scalp graft is extracted via FIT, and then a body hair graft is placed into the scalp extraction site. The body hair helps to keep melanin production and circulation established in the area where a follicular unit was extracted. It also provides some coverage to the harvested donor. The FIT farming technique allows the most immaculate donor area possible.
Even without FIT farming, the typical FIT procedure will allow the patient to have short hair in the donor area without showing any signs that a transplant has been preformed. FIT farming is not a necessary adjunct to FIT or FUE. It does, however, provide options for patients who have more complicated goals.
Applications of FIT Farming
• Repair patients with extensive scarring and limited donor availability
• Flap and lift repair patients
• Patients with extensive hair loss
• Patients who anticipate significant hair loss in the future
Here are close up images of one of the first patients to have FIT farming. The auricular donor areas were treated with FIT farming. He was also a Norwood Class 6 who needed a lot of donor to be able to reach his hair transplant goals. Almost 20% of the existing hair in these auricular areas has been harvested, yet even upon up-close examination, it seems that nothing has ever been done. In this area, body hair grafts were placed in 90% of the scalp hair extraction sites using the FIT farming method.