I have been reading about Multiunit Family Groups (MFGs) and Multi Unit Groups (MUGs) which are felt by those who do them to be as good as Follicular Unit Transplants. These claims are very confusing. I met with a doctor last week who does MUGs and he stated that they are essentially the same as Follicular Unit Transplants. Is that true?
The reason that many people use MUGs or MFGs is that they can not or will not put the effort in learning or mastering the Follicular Unit Grafting techniques which are clearly more difficult and more expensive to deliver. There is a great movement to show equality between MUGs and MFGs and the golden standard Follicular Unit Transplants, which is absolutely not the case. At the ISHRS convention these past few years, some doctors showed off patients with MUGs and MFGs. They were at the same session as patients with final results from Follicular Unit Transplants and they are clearly not as good on close inspection. Like the “Emperor’s New Clothes’ , the MUGs and MFGs proponents want to believe that it is something that it is not.
Clearly, the use of MUGs and MFGs are better, much better than the old large plugs of yesterday. But they are just smaller plugs made up of groups of Follicular Units which when placed into MUGs and MFGs, tend to become compressed and look ‘stalky’. Real Follicular Unit Transplants are more difficult to do, but the quality on close inspection with Follicular Unit Transplantation can not be told from God’s work in the best of hands, most of the time.
William Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet“, but the MUGs and MFGs doctors might modify this famous quote by declaring that a synthetic paper rose with perfume on it is exactly the same as a real rose for all practical purposes because it may (from a distance) look like a rose.
I think that Shakespeare was talking only about real roses and I am talking only about what God had designed in his original plan for us. We are naturally put together with Follicular Units, not MUGs and MFGs. Sorry if I offended anybody here.