Surgical Hair Restoration

FUE Surgery at the Gabel Center

Hair Restoration in Portland

Dr. Gabel is a hair restoration surgeon with a dedicated practice to creating natural and permanent hair restoration for men and women. He specializes in state-of-the-art follicular unit grafting to achieve the finest results in the field of hair restoration surgery.

Modern hair transplantation has evolved with astonishing advances in recent years that have turned hair restoration into a sophisticated and refined art within cosmetic medicine.

In the right hands, the days of hair plugs and artificial-looking hairlines have been rendered obsolete. Modern techniques combined with the artistry of a skilled surgeon have allowed an unprecedented sense of naturalism to be implemented into the design of hairlines, which has transformed the overall aesthetic and density of hair transplants.

Follicular units are the gold standard of modern transplantation surgery, and they are the means for a surgeon to create the most undetectable surgical hair restoration that modern medicine can presently offer.

At the Gabel Hair Restoration Center, Dr. Gabel and his team specialize in treating men and women who are looking to maintain and restore their living, growing hair utilizing the most modern, up-to-date hair transplant techniques.



Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) which is also known as the Strip Harvest Method, is a surgical procedure where naturally occurring bundles of hair, called follicular units, are transplanted from the donor area to the area of alopecia, or recipient area. The follicular units are the most natural way that hair exits the scalp. Follicular unit bundles may contain 1, 2, 3, or more hairs. When transplanted, the follicular units are then arranged in the most natural pattern: the frontal hairline will receive the single hair units for a soft hairline, and the central area of the scalp will have the larger 3 or 4 hair follicular units to give a denser appearance.

In the FUT procedure, Dr. Gabel and the patient will review the surgical plan and draw out the area to be transplanted. In the procedure room, the back of the scalp will be numbed, and he will remove a thin strip of tissue. The tissue is then examined and the individual follicular units are separated using precise stereo-microscopic dissection techniques. While this is occurring, Dr. Gabel will make the small openings in the scalp in the recipient site where the grafts will be inserted.


In contrast to FUT, Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is a technique where the individual follicular units are extracted one by one from the scalp. In this procedure, instead of making an incision and removing a strip of scalp, a round scalpel punch is used to make a circular incision around the follicular units allowing them to be extracted one by one. The follicular units are then examined under the high-powered microscope and trimmed as needed. They are then placed into the recipient sites that Dr. Gabel has created. There are several reasons to perform FUE on a patient, the most common being the ability for patients to cut their hair very short without visualizing a linear scar in the donor area. Dr. Gabel has tremendous experience with the FUE technique and has been performing it longer than any physician or group in the Northwest.

Dr Gabel and his surgical team perform an FUE on a patient in the Operating room. with extreme skill and precision
Ultimately, the most important goal of the procedure is to produce a natural result that satisfies the goals and expectations of the patient.

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