Multiple Follicular Units (MFU)

Multiple Follicular Units

No one technique of Hair Transplantation is the best in all or even most situations. Sometimes a combination is best. Dr. Zacco will review each technique in detail with you at your free consultation. Together, we will decide on the technique or combination of technique(s) that is/are best for you. Here we will discuss Multiple Follicular Units and why this procedure could be a good choice for you.

Linear Multiple Follicular Units (MFU) hair transplantation has been around since the late 1990s. However, the fewest number of doctors that have perfected it. It results in the least transection and greatest appearance of density compared to all hair transplantation techniques. Thus, this technique results in the least number of hair transplantation sessions required to reach your goal.  and the greatest preservation of donor tissue.

The “pluggie” appearance

The Linear MFU graft is shaped as if one were to align FU grafts front to back 2 ½ – 3 mm long. They do not have the “pluggie” appearance because they are not round like the former, bigger plugs.  Instead, they are linear and do not appear plugged and average about 8-10 hairs per Linear MFU.  This provides the appearance of greater density compared to other grafting techniques.

Multiple Follicular Unit

By using and an incision in the back of the scalp we can harvest the transplanted tissue. This would be the usual donor location. We create grafts in a longitudinal or linear fashion as the name implies. Using a linear slit incision in the recipient area where the linear grafts are inserted. There is no better hair transplantation technique to increase hair density appearance. It also results in the least transection of tissue. A transected hair follicle is NOT likely to grow hair. The tissue harvested is not as extensively dissected as compared to other techniques (FU Strip Method and FUE).  Linear Multiple Follicular Units are the best method to use when there is a relatively large area of hair loss. It is also used with patients with a limited donor area or to minimize the number of hair transplants.

The Hairline

When transplanting the hairline and behind the hairline, two different techniques should be employed. Follicular Units (FU), for a wispy natural appearing hairline. Linear Multiple Follicular Units behind the hairline to achieve the appearance of density. This is because, in the hairline, density isn’t the most important thing. Actually, it is a feathered appearance, and there is nothing better for making the hairline appear “natural”. Therefore, most of our transplants combine FU in the hairline and MFU further back is a fantastic combination.

If a relatively bald patient was to have an FU hair transplantation throughout the entire scalp hair loss area, it would give a natural appearance. However, it would result in a wispy appearance throughout the entire transplanted area. However, this would lack the appearance of density unless the patient had numerous hair transplant sessions.  In this case, about twice as many hair transplants would be required to reach the same appearance and density.

The Linear MFU hair transplant procedure conserves the donor tissue and minimizes the number of hair transplant sessions required while maximizing the appearance of density.