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Hair Transplant

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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

The age of the “hair plug” transplant has ended. Now, well done hair transplant procedures create an appearance of naturalness and are undetectable. The reason for this improvement is due to the technique of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Micrografting (FUG).

Follicular units are the natural groupings of hair that we have in our scalp and are typically made up of 1 to 4 hairs. During the procedure, hair is removed surgically as a strip from the back of the head. The hair in this area of the scalp is resistant to balding. These hairs are then separated into their natural follicular units or groupings with microscopic techniques and then placed into the areas of balding. Follicular unit grafts are very small and appear almost undetectable when transplanted. Patients can now achieve a natural and permanent full head of hair by this method using their own hairs.

Dr. Giuffrida performs Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) at the Hair Transplant Center of Miami in Coral Gables. He is board certified in Dermatology and has excelled in facial reconstruction for over 10 years. He brings an artistic edge from his experience in facial reconstruction. Dr. Giuffrida’s combination of artistry and expertise allows him to design and perform natural looking and aesthetically appealing transplants.

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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

For more than 10 years, FUT (or FUG) has been the treatment of choice for creating natural appearing hair transplants. With this technique a strip of hair is taken from the back of the scalp (donor area) and each graft is dissected individually by a team of assistants using microscopes. These hairs are then transplanted back into small incisions that are made in the balding areas. The donor area is stitched together and heals most commonly as a thin line scar of 2mm or less in width. The scar is usually not visible even when the hair is trimmed with a #3 razor

Similar to the strip technique, FUE is done by placing follicular units into the balding areas of the scalp to achieve a natural appearing transplant. Follicular units are the natural groupings of hair that we have in our scalp and are typically made up of 1 to 4 hairs.

Unlike the strip technique, FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) does not involve making a strip incision to remove hair. Instead, the follicular unit grafts are taken out individually with small circular incisions (called a punch) that are 1mm or less in size. The donor area (back of scalp) needs to be shaved and the grafts are taken out in a scattered pattern throughout this area, leaving tiny dot like scars that are often undetectable.

The advantage of FUE is that you may be able to keep your hair shorter than the strip method since there is no line scar. The dot like scars can be visible with a shaved head. The FUE procedure is more time consuming and is therefore more expensive to perform.

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