Follicular Unit Extraction
Performed at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research in Atlanta, Georgia.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), performed in Atlanta, GA at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that differs from the process of scalp incision and dissection (FUG) by individually extracting one follicular unit at a time from the scalp directly, instead of removing an entire donor strip. This technique is ideal for patients who would like to wear their hair short or tend to scar easily as it leaves no linear scar in the donor area. In FUE, an instrument is used to make a small, circular incision in the skin around a follicular unit, separating it from the surrounding tissue. The follicular unit is then extracted directly from the scalp, leaving a small opening. This process is repeated until enough follicular units have been harvested for the planned hair restoration. The donor wounds, approximately 1-mm in size, completely heal over the course of several days, leaving tiny white scars buried in the hair in the back and sides of the scalp.
This is generally an extremely time consuming process that relies heavily on the skill and experience of the surgeon for optimal results. Because of the time and physical demands of the FUE procedure, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis use the NeoGraft™ automated hair transplant device to facilitate the process, greatly reducing patient discomfort and enhancing final results.