Minimally Invasive.
Long-Lasting Results.

Our Individual Graft Technique (IGT) is a trademarked hair restoration technique. We developed it. We own the trademark.

Only our practice uses the IGT name, even though its much like what other surgeons call Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).  The two comparable procedures involve removing one follicular unit at a time from the back of the scalp, also known as the donor area. What makes IGT different is that we use our own trademarked tools – Safe Scribe™ – to relocate the follicular units from the donor to the host area. The Safe Scribe blades are also unique to DiStefano Hair Restoration Center.

Why Our Technique Is Better

Our Individual Graft Technique (IGT) is a trademarked hair restoration technique. We developed it. We own the trademark.

Only our practice uses the IGT name, even though its much like what other surgeons call Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).  The two comparable procedures involve removing one follicular unit at a time from the back of the scalp, also known as the donor area. What makes IGT different is that we use our own trademarked tools – Safe Scribe™ – to relocate the follicular units from the donor to the host area. The Safe Scribe blades are also unique to DiStefano Hair Restoration Center.

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Comparing IGT to FUT (Traditional Transplant Surgery)

Another effective means for transplanting hair from donor to host area is known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) – a procedure we perform ourselves as an alternative for people who may not be the ideal candidates for IGT.

With the FUT method, the follicular units are surgically harvested from a strip of scalp that is removed from the back of the head. The incision is then sutured and leaves a small linear scar when healed. Technicians carefully remove the follicular units from the scalp strip by dissecting them under a stereo microscope.

Best Candidates for IGT™:

  • Patients who don’t want any visible scarring from the procedure
  • Patients who want to wear their hair any length after the procedure
  • Patient who want the most natural results from each follicle being transplanted one by one
  • Patients who want a thicker, fuller head of hair
  • Patients who want to return back to work the next day

 

Recovery time is faster than you would experience with a traditional hair transplant. The small openings left behind – once follicle units have been extracted – heal in a few days.

What to Expect During IGT Recovery Time

Soon after the procedure is completed, you can head home for some rest and relaxation. We’ll provide you with a post-op kit including simple instructions to help ensure the best possible outcome.  These include:

  • How to sleep
  • How to protect your scalp from sun damage and other external conditions
  • How to wash your hair
  • And more

Your post-op kit also will include a scalp cleanser, a special shampoo and conditioner, and other helpful items. Plus, our team of transplant professionals  will prescribe oral medication to help alleviate minor pain or discomfort.

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Not everyone heals at the same rate, but most of our patients report being able to return to work and other normal activities within a few days. Also be advised that hair in the donor area will be short for two weeks or more as it trimmed closely to the scalp.

How long will it take for hair to start growing in the host area? Typically within three to four months, with more aesthetically pleasing results visible after about six months. After about eighteen months, you’ll look as if no hair loss had ever occurred – just your previous, natural-looking self.

DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’re here to support you from the initial consultation right through surgery, recovery, and beyond. Contact us today to learn if IGT is the right procedure for you.