Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG)

Dr. Yael Halaas offers Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) in her NYC office.

Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) is a hair transplant technique that was developed to increase hair density, while maintaining a natural appearance. The procedure requires harvesting hair from a donor area that is resistant to hair loss, and replanting it in the affected areas. Since several thousand hair grafts may be extracted from one donor strip, the technique is highly efficient. Although it seems simple, Follicular Unit Grafting requires great attention to detail and a certain artistry, both of which Dr. Yael Halaas demonstrates.

Difference Between FUE and FUG

The two most common methods of hair transplantation are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG). The difference between these two techniques is how the donor hair is extracted. In FUE, the hair is extracted directly from the scalp. Where as in FUG, the hair is extracted from tissue that has already been removed from the donor area.
The FUG procedure has some important advantages and disadvantages, in comparison to FUE. More hair may be transplanted in a single session of FUG than in a single session of FUE. If your hair restoration goal requires a high number of grafts, you are likely to require more sessions of FUE than you would with FUG. In fact, you might only need one session of FUG! Also, when compared to FUE, FUG is significantly less expensive.
As a disadvantage, FUG requires incisions. Men who wear their hair very short (a crew cut, for example) might want to consider FUE instead. Recovery from FUG is slightly longer than the recovery from FUE because sutures are required to close the incisions in the donor area.

How Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) is Performed

Hair transplantation is a two-stage process. First, hair is harvested from the back part of the head, an area that is generally resistant Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL). Second, the hair is transplanted into the affected (balding) areas, on the front and top of the head.

Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) Healing Process

FUG leaves a thin linear scar on the donor area. However, the hair will grow through these scars, concealing them well. Once you have fully healed from your FUG procedure, typically within 4 to 6 months, the scars will be very difficult to detect (even with close inspection).
Dr. Yael Halaas can help you to determine which method might be best for you during a complimentary consultation in her NYC office. She will evaluate your hair loss, discuss your goals, and help you weigh the risks and benefits of your many options.

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