What is NeoGraft?
NeoGraft is a minimally invasive Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant method. Hair is grafted from the donor site (the back of the head) where the hair is genetically programmed to resist testosterone. Each hair is individually harvested and placed on top of the head in thinning areas.
NeoGraft treats both female and male pattern baldness in almost half the time of any other hair restoration procedure. Based on years of research and development, NeoGraft, one of the least invasive hair transplant procedures, is affordable, safe, effective, and has no linear scarring.
NeoGraft is a modern hair transplant technique that utilizes Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Standard FUE involves the meticulous removal of individual hair follicles from a donor site on a posterior area of the scalp. Usually, follicles are obtained using a small circular punch instrument that fits just around each follicle.
As you can imagine, this requires extensive skill and painstaking performance even before the implantation into the anterior region of the scalp. What NeoGraft does is automate this process.
If you are interested in hair restoration, NeoGraft may be for you. To learn more about hair transplant options, contact our office in Salt Lake City or Park City UT to schedule an appointment today.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Hair Transplant?
The ideal participant will have adequate hair counts to graft and transplant. Factors such as the patient’s hair color, hair density at the donor site, skin color, hair texture, and the likelihood of future hair loss will determine if “FUE” is the right solution.
Many men and women appreciate the minimally-invasive nature of the NeoGraft FUE transplant method. Some of the reasons for choosing this treatment include wanting to wear very short haircuts without having a visible line on the scalp where hair grafts were taken. NeoGraft also makes sense for those who have undergone previous hair restoration in which a liner harvest was performed.
The best candidates for NeoGraft enjoy good general health and have an adequate amount of hair growth at the back of the scalp to support the transplant. We usually expect excellent results for those with ample hair fullness and density in the donor site. It is also beneficial for patients to have realistic expectations of what is and is not possible with NeoGraft FUE.
While this technique can achieve results that are very satisfactory, it is not likely that hair transplant treatment will restore the same density and fullness that existed early in life.
How is NeoGraft performed?
There are two vital aspects involved in the NeoGraft procedure: harvesting and placement.
Your comfort is important to us. We do not begin harvesting donor hair and follicles until a local anesthetic has been applied and the nerve endings in your scalp are numb. For this stage of the process, you will be lying face-down while we use a state-of-the-art device to gently extract individual follicles. No tugging or pulling, just an easing out using controlled air.
It may take a few hours to harvest the full extent of follicles needed to fill in the recipient site. After follicles are collected, it may be possible to take a short break before we begin the second stage of the process.
The placement of harvested follicles is the exciting step during which you get your natural hair back where it belongs. For this second stage of treatment, you will be seated upright, and the recipient site will be treated with a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout the remainder of your procedure. Using the precise technique, your doctor will insert the extracted follicles as discussed during your consultation. The goal is to achieve a natural-looking hair growth pattern that increases the density in the area that has experienced thinning.
How long will my NeoGraft surgery take?
As you would assume, the length of your NeoGraft session with Dr. Saltz depends on the number of grafts being taken and transplanted. Large-scale transplantation sessions will take most of the day. A 550-graft session may take just 2-3 hours. Once Dr. Saltz gets an idea of your unique needs, he can give you an idea of how long your session will take.
What happens after my NeoGraft session? Is there recovery?
After your session, your scalp will be tender, and you’ll need some pain medication for a few days. As mentioned above, for the first couple of days you’ll have bandages on the treated areas, and you’ll receive antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications to lower the risk of infection and to calm irritation. Compared to strip harvesting and even the use of scalpels with manual FUE methods, the NeoGraft system is far more comfortable and recovery is easy.
You’ll want to avoid anything that causes you to excessively sweat for about 10 days. This includes strenuous exercise, steam rooms, saunas, and the like. Other than that, these are not difficult or overly involved recovery periods.
Will I need more than one transplantation session?
Many patients have a single NeoGraft treatment and are satisfied. Others return for a second or third procedure. There are two reasons a patient may opt for a second or even third transplantation session: they want to keep up with continued thinning or they decide they want the transplanted area to be even more full and thick.
How long after my NeoGraft procedure can I shower?
You can shower immediately, but you can’t wash your hair for three days after your procedure. You’ll have bandages on the treated areas for probably about two days anyway. You can shower, but you’ll need to leave the treated areas out of the water.
We’ll show you how you will begin to wash your hair after the three-day period. You’ll need to use a surgical sponge that we provide and soapy water to keep the recipient area clean and to stop it from developing crusts on the implanted follicles. The donor area can be washed immediately and needs to be kept clean. We’ll show you the proper technique for washing your implanted area. What’s important is not to rub, and not to use a towel to dry the area. For the first week or so, you’ll let that area air dry. After one week, you’ll be able to shower pretty much as normal, although you’ll not want to be too aggressive with the treated areas for another week.
How many grafts are needed to fill back in a whole scalp?
NeoGraft cannot replace hair in men who are completely bald. The patient needs to have adequate hair in the donor area to use for transplantation. These procedures fill back in thinning areas and balding areas. Generally, the largest scale of transplanted grafts is 2,500 or so, with the average being in the 1,200 to 1,500 graft range.
How Soon Will I See the Results of NeoGraft?
Follicles are living tissues that have growth cycles. The grafted hair will stay in place for two to three weeks before falling out, allowing a new growth cycle to take place. After shedding the original transplanted hair, the new growth cycle will start within three to four months. The hair will continue to grow, revealing healthy and natural-looking hair.
The hair follicles that are extracted from the back of the scalp are living tissue that will continue to function as they always have. Hair grows in a cyclical nature. Part of the natural hair growth cycle is a phase of shedding. This phase occurs about two to three weeks after the NeoGraft procedure. A few months after hair has shed, a new phase of active hair growth will occur. It can take up to 10 months for new hair growth to noticeably fill in the recipient site.
How Long Will the Hair Transplant Last?
Hair loss is within a person’s genetics and will not stop after hair transplantation. Some people will need further sessions in order to maintain their desired results, primarily if the balding patterns continue with age. Transplantation for thicker hair or progressive hair loss may also require more transplants. The surgeon will discuss the estimation of the number of procedures needed during the initial consultation.
The hair follicles that are harvested from the back of the head tend to be remarkably resilient. Healthy hair growth is expected to continue within these follicles after they have been transferred to a new area of the scalp. While it is possible for the results of NeoGraft treatment to last indefinitely, there is also a chance for thinning to occur as a result of progressive baldness, a condition that cannot be stopped. Depending on the rate of future thinning and hair loss as well as a desire for more density, some patients undergo subsequent NeoGraft treatment.
What is an “FUE” Hair Transplant and What are the Benefits of NeoGraft?
“FUE” stands for “Follicular-Unit Extraction” which is a high-tech minimally-invasive device for transplanting hair. “FUE” allows the individual follicles to be taken from the back of the head and harvested without having to surgically cut and remove a section of the scalp. The NeoGraft system allows a faster and more accurate hair transplant outcome, with fewer procedures and shorter actual treatment time. NeoGraft delivers the most desired, healthy, and natural-looking results.
No linear incisions are needed to complete the FUE procedure, and no stitches, due to the small size of the “punches” made to extract follicles.
Is FUE/NeoGraft Suitable for Both Men and Women?
NeoGraft FUE is advantageous for men and women who want to restore fullness and density without a lasting scar-line in the donor area.
What Are Some Benefits to NeoGraft Over Manual FUE Techniques?
Automating the process of follicular extraction lends accuracy and speed to the hair transplant process. For many patients, these improvements mean fewer procedures and better results. The minimally-invasive nature of this method also expedites recovery time and maximizes comfort.
What are the risks involved with NeoGraft hair transplantation?
This is a very low-risk procedure, especially when compared to the strip transplant method, which removes a large portion of skin and creates a long incision scar. Because Dr. Saltz only removes a single follicle at a time, the impact on the scalp is minimal. There is no scarring and the tiny spots where the follicles were removed heal very quickly. That makes this a very low risk for infections. There isn’t any bleeding. There is no general anesthesia, so there is no reaction potential.
What should I expect at my NeoGraft consultation?
Dr. Saltz treats every consultation for any procedure as a complete give and takes of information. He wants his patients to feel free to ask any and all questions throughout the process. Your NeoGraft consultation will start with you. You’ll describe the areas of your scalp that are bothering you. You’ll detail what you’d like to accomplish with the NeoGraft hair transplantation system.
Then it’s Dr. Saltz’s turn. He’ll examine the areas of your scalp where you want hair transplanted. He’ll examine your donor area. This is important, as you need sufficient hair in the donor area to move follicles to the thinning or balding areas. Now, Dr. Saltz can make a plan for moving the necessary follicles.
At this point, he’ll describe the entire NeoGraft process to you. He’ll show you how the system works and will detail the advantages the NeoGraft system provides over manual follicular unit extraction. He’ll go through the timeline you can expect for your transplanted follicles to return to growth on your scalp. To give you a better idea of what you can expect for results, he’ll show you a series of the patient before and after photos.
Throughout your consultation, you’re encouraged to ask any questions you have. At the end of your consultation, whether you choose to proceed or not, you should have a thorough knowledge of what’s involved with a NeoGraft hair transplantation procedure.
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Saltz Plastic Surgery proudly serves patients from Salt Lake City, Park City, and surrounding areas, including Evanston and Green River, WY. If you are interested in a NeoGraft hair transplant, contact our Salt Lake City office at (801) 274-9500 or our Park City office at (435) 655-6612. You can also connect with us by filling out our online contact form here.
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