Follicular Unit Grafting
Performed at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research in Atlanta, Georgia.
In Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG), performed in Atlanta, GA at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, is also referred to as a follicular unit transplant (FUT) technique, a strip of donor scalp is excised from a non-balding area on the back or side of the patient’s scalp, from an area that will be covered with the patient’s remaining hair. This donor strip is then carefully dissected under a sophisticated binocular microscope into “follicular units”, each containing from one to four individual hair follicles a process Dr. Griffin has refined over the last several years. These follicular units are genetically coded to remain intact throughout one’s lifetime and avoid the genetic pattern loss that occurs on the front, top, and crown of the scalp. Therefore, when transplanted to balding areas of the scalp, these follicles will continue to be naturally resistant to the hormone that stimulates hair loss.
Once the donor strip of hair has been taken and the donor hair follicles surgically separated, the grafts are submerged into a chilled solution, which allows for maximum viability of follicles as they await placement into their recipient sites. The hair follicles are then transplanted by hand into tiny, custom sized incisions on bald or thinning areas. Only the most delicate, least coarse, one-haired grafts are used to recreate a soft natural frontal hairline. Progressing back from the hairline, the two-hair units are intermingled with the threes, and the three-hair units are mixed with the occasional four-haired grafts. This progression allows a more gradual, natural hairline rather than the straight, unnatural hairline that often resulted from older hair restoration procedures. When properly placed and angled, these miniature grafts work together to create a soft, natural look.
Within just two to four months after the procedure, the new follicles will begin to grow hair consistently with the same color, texture, curl, or straightness as the hair from which the donor follicles were harvested. The final density of the transplanted hair depends on the original density of the donor hair as well as the number of grafts placed in each session.
This advanced microscopic technique requires twice the time and staff as other hair restoration procedures, but patients who have benefited from this procedure agree that the natural-looking results are worth it.