What is Neograft?
NeoGraft can treat male pattern baldness and female baldness in almost half the time of any other hair restoration procedure or technique currently available. The technology in the NeoGraft is the result of ten years of research, offering the next generation in automation of hair transplantation. NeoGraft is currently being used in Europe and Asia and is now FDA cleared for use in the U.S. Over 6,000 NeoGraft hair transplants have been done in the last two years with amazing results.
Hair follicles are extracted without damage to the follicle and can be immediately transplanted to the selected area of the scalp. There is no need for strip grafting, scalp excision, or hair follicle separation. As NeoGraft’s automated device cuts surgery time in half, this allows the grafts to remain in optimal condition for transplantation.
Unlike the traditional FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method that relies on the differing skill levels of each doctor or technician, NeoGraft allows consistency of placement as the technology operates under automated control. For some physicians, the FUE is a time consuming and technically difficult procedure to perform. In contrast, NeoGraft provides the ability to perform the highest level of expertise in hair restoration, in less than half the time, and with little or no pain to the patient.
The amount of hair that can be transferred with the NeoGraft is significantly higher than past techniques. FUE procedures done by hand range between 500 to 700 grafts per session while NeoGraft increases the total to 1,700 grafts. NeoGraft works by removing the hair follicles from where the hair is thicker and genetically programmed to continue to grow. Under gentle vacuum pressure, each follicle is removed individually. Unlike other grafting techniques, the gentle pressure of NeoGraft does not risk damaging the follicle, or driving it further into the skin as often happens with traditional surgery. Using NeoGraft, the doctor or technician controls the pressure and sets it to each individual’s scalp, applying just the right amount of pressure to remove the follicle safely and completely. The follicle can then be transplanted to the balding area easily. NeoGraft is the least invasive hair restoration procedure available, with the fewest complications, and provides the patient with a natural appearance.
The Science of Hair Restoration
Follicles grow at an angle and some individual's are more angled than others. The NeoGraft unit has an angled instrument to allow the technician to remove the follicle without cutting through the follicle. One of the problems with standard transplants is that the follicles are inserted into the bald area with instruments that push the follicle too aggressively. An unskilled technician can damage the hair bulb and that follicle will never grow. With our automated device, the vacuum pressure used to insert the follicle is adjusted for each person's type of skin. The pressure is adjusted by taking into consideration the thickness of the scalp, or tightness of the skin, which differs for each individual.
Two Methods of Harvesting Hair Follicles-strip v. Neograft
Currently there are two modern methods used in doing transplants: The STRIP harvesting method and the FUE method using NeoGraft. With the Strip method, a section of scalp is excised and the scalp is sewn together. Next, the hair follicles or grafts including their bulbs are separated from each other into units of one to four hairs by the technicians and inserted into tiny slits in the balding area. The follicles with a single hair are placed in the front to define the hairline. Using the FUE method with NeoGraft, the scalp is not excised as small hair follicle units are removed directly from the donor area. In this hair restoration procedure, a 0.8 mm punch excision is used in the skin around the upper part of the follicular unit (hair follicles). The hair follicle is then extracted directly from the scalp and placed into tiny slits in the balding area similar to the STRIP method.
Quicker Recovery and No Scars
The NeoGraft™ FUE technique is less invasive than the traditional STRIP method used by most surgeons today. Our patients save time and money because this new technology allows greater hair grafts than current traditional microsurgical techniques. Most importantly, there is no unsightly scar that is associated with the older STRIP excision technique. This office based procedure and technique more importantly allows for a quicker recovery.
What Happens After the Procedure
When the hair transplant has been completed, you will be provided with post-operative instructions. You can leave the office with little or no bandages and will be able to shampoo your hair the next day. Most patients resume normal activity in a day or two. Tiny crusts may form where the transplants have been placed and usually shed in 4 to 7 days. The transplanted hair will remain visible for two to three weeks and then fall out. Your patience is important because the bulb of the hair remains dormant under the skin for six to twelve weeks. In time, a new hair will grow from the bulb. Significant hair growth will begin by 4-6 months and full hair growth is normally visible by 9 to 12 months.