What is NeoGraft™?
NeoGraft™ is an automated device that facilitates the harvesting of follicles during a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant, dramatically improving the accuracy and speed over previously used manual extraction instruments.
What is an “FUE” hair transplant?
FUE is an advanced, minimally invasive hair transplant method that allows for the harvesting of individual follicles from the donor area without a scalpel incision or the necessary stitches. This method does not leave a linear scar.
What are the main benefits of FUE vs. the “strip” surgery?
The main benefit of FUE transplant is that patients heal faster and with less discomfort than with linear incision harvest techniques that use a scalpel and require stitches. With FUE, once healing is complete, the patient has the option of wearing a very short haircut without the worry of a telltale linear scar. Without the need for stitches, downtime is shorter and there are fewer activity restrictions immediately after the procedure.
What are some benefits of NeoGraft™ vs. manual FUE techniques?
The NeoGraft™ device has helped to automate the process of harvesting hair follicles. Patients are now able to have a larger number of hair follicles extracted compared to the manual methods of harvesting. There are some situations when we use the Cole FUE device if there is a need for manual extraction.
Who is a good candidate for FUE?
Patients who would like the option of wearing a very short haircut in the back or sides of their scalp, or those who want the least amount of activity restriction (e.g. athletes) after their hair transplant procedure, are good candidates for the FUE method. The NeoGraft™ FUE system can also be used for “scar camouflage” procedures for patients who have had prior linear harvests, as well as for body hair transplants.
Is FUE/NeoGraft™ suitable for both men and women?
YES! NeoGraft™ is a minimally invasive procedure that is a viable option for both men and women looking to restore their hair with transplantation.
Are the final transplanted results any different with FUE/NeoGraft™ than those achieved with the “strip” surgery? The final results are absolutely the same with both the FUE harvesting or the strip procedure. In both cases, there needs to be care and precision during the procedure, which patients have come to expect and receive at our office. The difference in the two procedures comes from the method in which the donor hairs are removed from the scalp, but the recipient area is treated exactly the same in both cases.
FUE procedures, by default, yield grafts that contain mainly one, two, three or four follicles called “follicular units. “Strip” harvests, which are microscopically dissected by a team into grafts of one, two or three follicles, also yield similar follicular-unit grafts. Provided that in each case the grafts are implanted with care, artistry and precision into the recipient area, the final transplanted results with FUE would be similar, if not identical, to those of an accomplished surgeon performing the “strip” harvest. The difference is not in the area of hair growth, but how the donor area is harvested either by a strip of scalp or by small individual graft extractions.
Do I have to get a total “buzz cut” to have an FUE/NeoGraft™ procedure?
No, not if you wear your hair long. If your donor hair is long enough, harvesting using the FUE/NeoGraft™ can be done by shaving small areas, which can then be covered by your longer, existing hair. If you wear your hair short, we will need to shave it close in the area of the donor hair.
What is the disadvantage of the FUE method?
The procedure takes much longer to harvest the donor hair and therefore is somewhat more expensive than strip harvesting. Some patients find it difficult to lie on their stomach or sides for the long period of time required for the harvesting. Also, the back of the head must be shaved down in order to remove the hair follicles. This creates a waiting period for the patient where the hair can grow long enough that the scabs are hidden (usually a week).
Can there be scarring from the FUE method?
Occasionally patients can be left with small, circular one mm areas of light/dark colored skin where the grafts were removed. Although these spots camouflage well, this complication has been observed.
How do I get started?
Make an appointment today with our clinic. At your consultation, you will have a chance to understand the hair loss cycle, the transplant procedure and other options, and the medical management of hair loss. Furthermore, Dr. Prasad will review your medical and family history and conduct an examination to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. At that point, you can review the schedule and the cost/payment options and decide how you would like to proceed.