At My Hair Transplant MD, we give you 2.5 times more hair and density for your money, using all-natural follicular unit grafts (FUG hair transplant). This process is very effective at restoring your hair to the way it once was. Studies have shown that by grafting your existing hair into the transplant area, you can expect as high as 80% of the hair to be fully grown in a period of weeks. Just think of what a remarkable transformation you can achieve and how amazing it will feel to go back to looking your best!
Our Affordable Hair Restoration Plans allow you to receive full coverage and maximum density to complete your hair restoration goals. Plus, our advanced technology combined with our proprietary surgical knowledge gives us the advantage which produces the results patients trust us to deliver.
Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG)
Follicular Unit Grafting is a method of hair transplantation sometimes called “The Strip Method.” During FUG/FUT, a strip of the scalp is removed from the patient’s DHT-Resistant donor area. The strip contains the donor hairs along with their hair follicles, sebaceous glands, and blood supply.
The strip is dissected under magnification to prepare individual grafts. Follicular clusters are segregated in their normal 1,2,3 and 4 hair units. The surgeon then meticulously creates the receptor sites at the correct angle, direction and pattern of your original hair. Each graft is carefully placed to allow enough blood to nourish every hair during the brief healing process (called recapitalization).
Because we exclusively use naturally occurring follicular hair clusters of 1,2,3 and 4 hairs, any future hair loss will not result in unnatural appearing “islands” of transplanted hair. Your donor area is closed with sutures or sometimes, surgical staples, and then covered with a bandage. The resulting scar is very thin and when healed, very difficult to detect, even under close inspection.
The FUG/FUT hair transplant procedure has some important advantages and disadvantages when compared to the other leading method, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). We are proud to offer both, and you can view the side by side comparison below.
Read What to Expect the Day Of and the Day After a Strip Procedure
FUG Hair Transplant / Strip Method Advantages:
- Cost-Effectiveness: FUG/Strip Method is typically less expensive than FUE simply because it is less time-consuming.
- More Grafts Per Session: A physician can transplant a greater number of hair grafts in a single session of FUG than is possible using FUE. Typically with FUG, a physician can transplant 4,000 follicular units or more in just one session.
- Maximum Grafts Harvested
- No Need To Shave Head
- One Fine Linear Scar
- Less Surgery Time
- Cost Less
FUG/Strip Method Considerations:
- Scarring: The FUG procedure produces a long, linear scar where the strip of donor hair is removed. Although the scar is usually very thin and nearly undetectable when fully healed, it is still there.
- Longer Recovery: Due to the nature of the Strip Method, the donor area will require a longer time to heal, depending on your characteristics. Approximately 10-15 days.
Compare For Yourself The Difference Between FUE + FUG/FUT
|Compare Surgery||FUE Extraction||FUT Strip Method|
|Surgery Invasiveness||Minimally Invasive||Moderately Invasive|
|Donor Harvesting||Extracted one by one||Extracted from strip|
|Donor Scarring||Tiny circular scars||Long fine linear scar|
|Donor Healing Time||5 to 7 days||14 to 30 days|
|Donor Size Requirement||50 – 70 sq cm area||1 sq cm wide|
|Donor Closure type||None required||Sutures|
|Pain Discomfort||None to Minimum||Minimum to moderate|
|Return To Work||Next day||2 days|
|Exercise or Activities||Minimal activities for 14 days||None for 14 to 30 days|
|Haircut Length||Shave donor area||Any length|
|Graft Harvest Limits||3000 max per session||5000 max per session|
|Procedure Time||4 – 12 hours||4 – 7 hours|
|Cost Per Graft Range||$4 to $8||$3 to $5|