Dr. Edmond Griffin, Dr. Ashley Curtis, and the rest of the team at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research have been performing hair transplantation procedures on men and women for forty years, and in that time we have found that hair transplantation surgery can often be just as much of an art as it is a science. Many people are familiar with the different methods that can be used to harvest donor hair from the scalp, like traditional follicular unit grafting (FUG) or follicular unit extraction (FUE) using the advanced NeoGraft® device, but fewer understand the care and attention that go into placing and angling the individual follicular units during the transplantation process. This is why choosing an experienced, board-certified dermatologist who specializes in hair transplantation surgery, like Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis, to perform your procedure is so important and why patients at The Griffin Center consistently achieve such exceptional and natural looking hair restoration results.
Hair transplantation procedures all work by removing healthy hair follicles from the back and/or sides of the scalp and then carefully grafting them into the places on the scalp where the hair has started to thin or has stopped growing entirely. If all of these follicles produced hairs of uniform thickness, or if all hair grew in the same direction, the process would be relatively simple. Unfortunately this is not the case. Hair growth patterns, controlled by genetics and hormones, are as unique as fingerprints. Cowlicks growing in different directions than the surrounding hair can stick up in unruly patches, and natural whorls, where an area of hair grows in a circular pattern, can sometimes leave areas of the scalp more exposed than others.
In order for the coverage during a hair transplantation procedure to look as natural as possible, special care needs to be taken at every stage of the process. First, the follicles that are removed from the donor site must be meticulously dissected and sorted to keep them undamaged and intact. Many of our surgical technicians have been working alongside Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis for more than twenty years and they personally dissect all potential grafts under a powerful binocular microscope to ensure that the maximum number survive for implantation. Secondly, it is absolutely imperative that each individual follicular unit be carefully placed and angled in such a way as to mirror the hair’s original growth pattern. Not just any surgeon can do this, and the process requires years of training and practice to perfect. Finally, care also needs to be taken to ensure that the grafts are not so crowded that they over tax the available blood supply in one area. When the follicles are carelessly angled, or when they are too densely packed, results are almost always inconsistent and unsatisfactory. Our surgeons, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis, not only have the experience to maximize the number of follicular grafts that successfully “take” (or survive) during a surgical session, but also personally angle each and every hair follicle so that they blend seamlessly with the existing hair, providing consistently natural-looking hair restoration results.
Many places that offer hair transplantation surgery focus on advanced technology that can harvest large numbers of follicular grafts in record time, but it is really the care, skill, and experience of the surgeon during the dissection, angling, and placement of the grafts that ultimately make the difference. If you have questions about your individual hair loss or would like to find out what form of treatment might be best for you, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or ask questions about hair restoration and research.