According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, in 2010 more than 100,000 patients underwent surgical hair restoration procedures in the United States alone and that number continues to increase every year. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research we offer a wide variety of non-surgical options to address hair loss, ranging from topical and oral prescription medications to advanced red light therapy with the LaserCap® device or platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments. However, for many patients, the most dramatic and long-lasting results are best attained when hair transplantation surgery is combined with a diligent non-surgical maintenance program. There has been a great deal of debate over which form of hair transplantation surgery, follicular unit grafting (FUG) or follicular unit extraction (FUE), is most effective, but what many fail to realize is that the two are actually quite similar and that it is only the individual needs of the patient, and the skill of the surgeon, that ultimately determine which will achieve optimal hair transplantation results.
Both forms of hair transplantation surgery work by moving individual clusters of hair follicles, called follicular units, from areas with full coverage to areas of that scalp that are thinning. In both cases, the process by which we individually angle and graft each of these follicular units into custom-created incisions remains identical. The two techniques only differ in how the follicular units are removed from the donor area. In this simple chart, we have highlighted the various pros and cons of the two approaches, as well as the type of patients for whom they are typically most effective.
At The Griffin Center, we believe that the success in any form of hair restoration surgery is ultimately dependent on the skill and experience of the surgeon and staff performing the procedure. For nearly forty years, we have been helping patients from around the world to consistently achieve full and natural looking results. If you have questions about your hair loss, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis to help understand your options, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.