Both men and women can suffer from hair loss and many search for hair restoration options. Hair transplantation can help restore hair loss and confidence to individuals who suffer from hair loss from a variety of reasons. Both scarring and non-scarring hair loss patients can benefit from hair transplantation.
Founded by Dr. Edmond Griffin, the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research offers two types of hair transplantation surgery- follicular unit extraction (FUE): one follicular unit extracted at a time and follicular grafting: removal of the follicles by the strip method. Both are effective procedures and each is ideal depending on the candidate’s unique evaluation. Follicular unit extraction is a minimally invasive procedure that removes naturally occurring groups of hairs, called follicular units, usually between 1-4 hairs, from the back and sides of the scalp and transplants them in areas of hair loss. Follicular grafting uses a strip technique that involves removing a donor strip of hair bearing skin from the back of the head, dissecting individual follicular units, and subsequently transplanting them into balding areas.
The FUE treatment leaves no linear scars in the donor area and can be good for those who wish to wear their hair short or for those who tend to scar easily. This procedure is ideal for individuals with tighter scalps and those with donor scars from previous procedures that cannot be removed. Obtaining large numbers of grafts are more difficult with this technique which is also more time consuming and therefore more costly.
More recently an automated method for FUE, called NeoGraft® has received widespread fame for its novel way of extracting each follicular bundle. This is an automated hair transplant device that utilizes one small punch at a time using the FUE technique. One of the main benefits of this method is that it has the potential to decrease mechanical injury to the grafts because it doesn’t require forceps during extraction unlike all the other forms of FUE. A patented suction for removing each unit as it is cut is utilized for the extraction. There is no harsh pulling or compression of the delicate follicles. The individual follicle bundle must then be placed into the bald scalp like the ones collected by the strip technique.
Each hair restoration option offers patients great results, however, candidates need to be evaluated to see which technique is best suited for their needs. If you would like to discuss hair restoration options or have other hair loss questions please contact our office today. Stay connected with all the hair loss news and information by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.