What is NeoGraft™? NeoGraft™ is a new, automated device which facilitates harvesting hair follicles individually, a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and implantation during a hair transplant procedure, dramatically improving the accuracy, speed, and survival of the grafts over earlier manual extraction instruments.
What is an “FUE” hair transplant? “Follicular-Unit Extraction,” or FUE, is an advanced, minimally invasive transplant method which allows harvesting of the individual follicles from the back of the head (donor area) using a 0.8-1.0mm motorized punch. Since there is no removal of scalp or stitches, Neograft patients have no linear scar.
What are the main benefits of FUE over the traditional “Strip Method” or linear harvesting? FUE transplants can heal faster and more comfortably than linear-harvest techniques. In these older procedures, the physician uses a scalpel to remove a strip of scalp for eventual transplantation to affected areas. The resulting wound requires stitches and a six-week recovery time. With FUE, the patient can return to work in a couple of days. Without the need for stitches, downtime is shorter and there are fewer post-operative activity restrictions. Once healing is complete, the patient has the option of wearing a very short haircut without the worry of a tell-tale linear scar.
Who is a good candidate for FUE using NeoGraft™? 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 after their hair transplant procedure, may be good candidates for FUE with NeoGraft™. FUE can also be used for ‘scar camouflage’ procedures for patients who have had prior “Strip” procedures, as well as for body hair transplants.
Are the final transplanted results any different with FUE/NeoGraft™ than those achieved with linear harvesting? As opposed to the Neograft follicles, the more invasive “Strip” method, or linear harvests, are removed by excising a long piece of the scalp and then microscopically dissecting the grafts of one, two or three follicles to create similar “follicular-unit” grafts. Studies show that the long term surival, or “take” of such grafts is between 65-85% as compared to the Neograft “take” of greater than 90%, most likely due to less manipulati0n of the FUEs. The dfference in how the donor area is harvested either by a strip of scalp or by individual graft extractions is very important. Our FUE technique leaves no linear scar.
Is FUE/NeoGraft™ suitable for both men and women? Yes. Because it is a minimally-invasive procedure, FUE/NeoGraft™ is a viable option for both men and women looking to restore their own hair with transplantation.
Do I have to get a total ‘buzz cut’ to have an FUE/NeoGraft™ procedure? No, if your hair is long enough, harvesting using FUE/NeoGraft™ can be done by shaving small areas which can be covered by your other, existing hair.
Am I a good candidate for a procedure using FUE/NeoGraft™ ? The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for hair transplant using FUE/NeoGraft™ is to schedule your free consultation with Dr. McMullen.