Here at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we offer two different methods of surgical hair restoration: traditional follicular unit grafting and the newer follicular unit extraction with NeoGraft®. While both can achieve excellent, natural-looking hair restoration results, they each offer different distinctive advantages that can be matched to specific patient needs.
During follicular unit grafting, a long, thin strip of hair follicles is surgically removed from the back of the scalp. This strip is then carefully dissected under a microscope into discrete follicular units (which naturally consist of one to four hair follicles) that can then be transplanted to thinning or balding areas of the scalp. While this linear scar can be covered by the hair on the back of the head, patients who prefer to wear their hair extremely short often seek a different option. However, nearly forty years of practical experience has allowed Dr. Edmond Griffin to significantly refine this technique. Our highly skilled technicians are exceptionally efficient in dissecting the strip, so that more viable follicular units can be harvested from a much thinner section of scalp. Removing a thinner section of scalp allows us to keep scars far neater, thinner, and less noticeable.
Follicular Unit Extraction attempts to avoid the scarring issue by removing the follicular units one by one rather than in a single, long strip. While this does not leave a single linear scar, it does create numerous tiny round scars dispersed throughout the donor area, but these are more easily concealed with shorter hairstyles. Removing the individual follicular units by hand, however, can be an extremely tedious and labor intensive process, requiring long hours of extremely fine work. Moreover, individual manual extraction has a much higher chance of damaging the delicate hair follicles, either through transection or trauma caused by the forceps used during the procedure. The NeoGraft® automated system assists our surgeon, speeding the process so that it can be done in roughly the same amount of time as a traditional strip hair transplant. In addition, NeoGraft® uses pneumatic pressure to extract the follicles and precisely implant them, eliminating the need for forceps and leaving the follicles in a more robust state. However, regardless of the method used to harvest the individual follicular units, these follicles must still be implanted into the thinning areas of the scalp by hand, and it is the skill and experience of our surgeons that allows us to achieve the best, most natural looking results.
Every patient is unique, and so it is important that you consult with an experienced specialist in hair restoration, like Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis, in order to determine which procedure is best suited to your particular needs and lifestyle. If you have questions about the causes of hair loss and treatments offered by The Griffin Center, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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