There is a lot of conflicting information about hair transplantation surgery floating around out there, so much in fact that it can sometimes be difficult for a prospective patient to determine exactly what they need in order to make their process successful. It can be hard to tell, just by looking at photographs with an untrained eye, what exactly differentiates a good result from a bad one. In the more than forty years that The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has existed, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis have performed thousands of hair transplant procedures on men and women from all around the world, and in that time they have come to believe that details make all the difference. Here are some of the most important details that need to be taken into consideration during any hair transplantation procedure
It may seem efficient to pack as many grafts as possible into a small area, but this practice actually tends to overtax the blood supply to the scalp, compromising not only the health of the grafts, but also the health of the hair follicles that are still present and growing at the transplant site. Further, follicular unit grafts occur in natural clusters of one, two, three, or four individual hairs. At The Griffin Center we take advantage of this variation by using your smaller natural grafts to create a natural looking hairline at the front and temples and larger grafts to fill in bulk at the crown. Increasing the number of grafts available by chopping up the larger follicular units into individual hairs severely damages them and decreases the likelihood that they will thrive in their new location.
Natural Placement and Growth
Decades ago, in the early days of hair transplantation, patients complained that their results resembled doll hair because large plugs (about the size of an eraser) were placed in straight rows across the scalp. Hair does not naturally grow that way. 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. At The Griffin Center, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis use specially designed instruments to make customized incisions into which the follicular units can be placed. This correctly angles the individual hairs so that they blend seamlessly with the scalp’s natural growth pattern.
Whether it is a single linear scar after follicular unit grafting (FUG) or dozens of small circular scars after follicular unit extraction (FUE), every time the skin is cut some form of scar will be left behind. One of the most important elements of any hair transplant procedure is making sure that those scars are as small and faint as possible, and this requires a surgeon with a great deal of skill and experience. Our surgeons have extensive experience using a special form of closure that allows hair to grow through the healing surgical incisions, making the scar much easier to conceal, and since our grafts have such a high individual survival rate, we can achieve exceptional coverage using a smaller donor area that leaves behind a correspondingly smaller post-surgical scar.
You can see numerous examples of just how good the results of a hair transplant procedure can be by taking a look at the before and after hair restoration pictures that are featured on our website, and if you are interested in a consultation with Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis to help understand your hair restoration options, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration so that we can schedule an appointment, or read about us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or answers to your questions about hair restoration and research.