The removal and subsequent grafting of individual follicular units to the recipient area is at the heart of modern hair loss restoration surgery. For the best hair transplants, surgeons and technicians must harvest the grafts while maintaining the follicles’ integrity.
There are two methods of removing follicular units from the scalp for hair loss restoration—Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and the Individual Graft Technique™ (also called follicular unit extraction). In both methods, the follicular units are placed in the recipient area in the same way. The methods differ in how the units are removed from the scalp and prepared for transplant.
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
Normally, the transplant team extracts donor follicular units from the back of the scalp, where the strongest, densest hair usually grows. In an FUT, surgeons harvest them en masse, on micro-thin strips of tissue taken from the donor area. Individual follicles are then excised from the strip one by one prior to insertion in the target zone.
Individual Graft Technique™ (IGT)
The other method is known as follicular unit extraction (FUE). At DiStefano Hair Loss Restoration Center, we employ the Individual Graft Technique™, or IGT. With this method, each individual follicle is excised directly from the donor area using a punch tool called Safe Scribe™.
Repairs and Additional Services
At DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, we perform a number of hair loss restoration repairs to correct or enhance previous procedures. In some cases, we can separate and re-transplant the follicles from old hair plugs. In most cases, we add new follicles to visually perfect an existing transplant, or successfully obscure a poorly executed one. We also repair scars from previous transplants left in donor areas.
The following are among the additional hair loss restoration services we offer are:
- AMAP (As Many As Possible) Mega Sessions: A transplant of as many as 4,000 individual follicles in one sitting, with lower procedure costs, quicker recovery times, fewer scars, and better graft yield
- Brow Regenesis™ Eyebrow Restoration: A nearly painless, one-session transplant option that can enhance or restore sparse or thinning brows
- Instaré™: A surgical innovation developed by Dr. DiStefano that facilitates unparalleled density of transplant at 45-60 follicles/centimeter
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP): A therapy for androgenic alopecia and thinning in men and women utilizing the patient’s blood to stimulate hair growth
Explore our site to learn more about all the hair loss restoration solutions we offer, as well as what to expect the day of surgery.
Successful transplants depend on seamless teamwork, and you can rely on the DiStefano Hair Restoration Center team. Our surgeons and support team have a combined 60+ years of experience with over 10,000 procedures performed.
To schedule a free, private consultation at any DiStefano Hair Restoration Center location in New England, simply fill out the form on this page or call us at 800-785-4247. We look forward to helping you look your best!
There are two methods of removing follicular units from the scalp. They are called the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and the Individual Graft Technique™ (also called the follicular unit extraction). In both methods, the follicular units are placed in the recipient area in the same way. Where they differ is in how they are removed from the scalp and prepared for transplant.