At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we understand that every case of hair loss is unique. That’s why we offer a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical hair restoration treatments to accommodate each patient’s individual needs. While many patients can achieve excellent results from prescription medication or advanced technological treatments like red light laser therapy, others may benefit more from hair transplantation surgery, using either the traditional follicular unit grafting (FUG) method or a newer follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique. These two approaches may differ in the means by which they collect hair follicles to be transplanted, but both use the same fundamental principles to restore the patient’s own growing hair to thinning areas and achieve full, natural looking results.
All forms of hair restoration surgery work by taking advantage of one basic fact: pattern baldness does not affect all hair follicles equally. As anyone who has suffered from androgenetic alopecia, or genetic pattern baldness, can attest, hair generally begins to thin at the temples and crown in men, and behind the frontal hairline in women. The hair follicles at the lower back of the head, however, remain largely unaffected. Even when those healthy follicles are removed from their original location and transplanted to areas of the scalp that are thinning, they continue to produce thick and healthy hair strands. At The Griffin Center, Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis individually graft each one of these natural clusters of hair follicles, called follicular units, into custom-created incisions, while carefully angling them so that they grow in the same pattern as the original hairs. It is this exacting attention to detail that allows us to achieve consistently exceptional hair transplant results.
Follicular unit grafting (FUG) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) differ only in the method by which the healthy hair follicles are removed for transplantation. The FUG technique surgically removes a narrow strip of donor scalp from the back or sides of the head that is then carefully dissected under a sophisticated binocular microscope into natural follicular units. Our surgeons use a special type of closure that allows the hairs to grow through the healing incision, making the already faint scar even less visible. During an FUE procedure, on the other hand, our surgeons use the NeoGraft® automated hair transplant device to slide the follicular units from the donor area one by one, leaving behind tiny circular wounds approximately 1-mm in size scattered throughout the donor area. Because the NeoGraft® device uses pneumatic pressure instead of forceps to extract the hair follicles, it carries a lower risk of causing mechanical injury to the grafts than older FUE techniques.
Regardless of which harvesting method is used, FUG or FUE, the remaining hair on the back of the head will grow to completely cover the nearly invisible linear or tiny circular scars that are left behind after the procedure. If you have any questions about hair transplant surgery or about any of the other hair restoration treatments we offer, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule a consultation. Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.