At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research we have helped thousands of men and women suffering from hair loss using both surgical and non-surgical treatment methods. Often patients planning to undergo surgical hair transplantation have questions about the scars that such procedures can sometimes leave behind. Many have heard stories about how follicular unit grafting (or FUG) can result in a long, linear scar that extends across the entire back of the head. While the FUG technique used by Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis does require the removal of a strip of hair follicles from the back or sides of the scalp, their surgical skill, experience, and specialized techniques make it possible to greatly reduce the appearance of any scars that are left behind and consistently achieve exceptional hair transplantation results.
Over the course of the nearly forty years that we have been performing hair transplantation procedures, we have incorporated a number of specific techniques into the process to help significantly minimize the appearance of scars. Our highly experienced technicians carefully dissect the section of donor scalp into individual follicular units under powerful binocular microscopes, and so are able to produce a higher number of viable grafts from a much smaller section of scalp. This makes it possible for Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis to remove a narrower strip of hair follicles than might otherwise be necessary, and this smaller wound, in turn, leaves behind a much less pronounced scar. After the donor follicles have been removed, our surgeons use a highly specialized type of closure that allows the hairs to grow through the scar line, making the resulting scar line virtually undetectable. Regardless of which harvesting method is used, the remaining hair on the back of the head will grow to completely cover the faint scars that may be left behind after the procedure.
Surgeons who exclusively practice follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques, like those that use the NeoGraft® automated hair transplant device, often claim that this form of hair transplantation is superior because it does not leave behind a long, linear scar. However, such statements can often be misleading. During an FUE procedure, an instrument is used to make a small, circular incision in the skin around each follicular unit, separating it from the surrounding tissue. Although this approach does not use a single linear incision, it does create hundreds of tiny circular wounds, each approximately 1-mm in size, that can potentially leave behind tiny white scars buried in the hair in the back and sides of the scalp. Every case of hair loss is different, and so at The Griffin Center we use a variety of approaches to hair transplantation, including FUE with NeoGraft®. While this may be a perfectly viable option for many patients, it is not appropriate for use in all cases. Any time the skin is cut a scar of some sort will be formed, regardless of what technique is used, but the extent to which this scar will be noticeable is ultimately determined by the skill and experience of the surgeon and their team.
The choice of whether to undergo an FUG or FUE procedure should ultimately be determined by the personal preferences of the patient and their individual hair restoration needs. Our forty years of experience and attention to detail allow us to recommend the specific course of treatment that will help you achieve the best possible results. If you have any questions about your individual hair loss or what form of treatment might be best for your specific concerns, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration to schedule a consultation with Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.