A full, thick head of hair is often associated with youth and vitality. Consequently, a receding hairline, thinning hair, and baldness can have a significant impact personal confidence and self-image. Alopecia is the medical term for this common condition, which affects 35 million men in the U.S. and 21 million women. This type of hair loss is most often caused by hormonal changes and genetics. There are many creams, shampoos, and topical treatments available to combat hair loss and even regrow hair; however, these methods cannot deliver the kind of results possible with hair transplant techniques. At our practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Mark Pinsky, MD offers one of the newest and most innovative hair transplant methods with the NeoGraft® Automated Hair Transplant System. This effective, minimally invasive technique can create natural-looking results with no residual scarring at the extraction site.
What is the NeoGraft® Automated Hair Transplant System?
Older, traditional hair transplant methods involved removing large strips of hair from the back of the head (called the “strip method”) to harvest healthy hair follicles, which left behind a long, white permanent scar. In contrast, the NeoGraft® Automated Hair Transplant System uses a state-of-the-art technique called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), which removes only one to three hair follicles at a time to maintain hair thickness in the donor area and reducingthe need for any incisions. Once the grafts have been collected, Dr. Pinsky and his transplant specialists determine the ideal location, pattern, and angle of placement for the hair follicle transplants. By using the team approach, most patients need only a single session as donor hairs are removed, sorted, prepped, and transplanted by different individuals to allow us to reduce procedure time.
NeoGraft® technology allows for exceptional results, even with “difficult” hair types that other devices cannot handle, such as: ethnic, gray, or curly hair. The lack of scarring and virtually invisible donor sites make it a perfect option for those who prefer very short or shaved hairstyles. Whatever your hair type or style choice, the combination of NeoGraft® technology and Dr. Pinsky’s experience and eye for natural hair patterns yields amazingly natural results.
Who is a Candidate for NeoGraft® Hair Replacement?
Hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, NeoGraft® can be used to treat most varieties of hair loss. If you have thinning hair or areas of baldness, Dr. Pinsky will discuss your personal and family history during a one-on-one consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for NeoGraft®. As part of the consult he will conduct a physical examination of your scalp, carefully review your medical history, and discuss your treatment expectations – even looking of photos of your hairline prior to the start of your hair loss. He may discuss hair density options based on your goals, your donor site thickness, and your hair loss pattern and history. If NeoGraft® hair grafting is right for you, our Patient Care Coordinator will provide a Quote and allow you to choose from some available dates to suit your schedule. We also offer financing through CareCredit® and Alphaeon® Credit.
The NeoGraft® Hair Replacement Procedure
Your safety and comfort are our top priorities during the NeoGraft® procedure. The NeoGraft® Automated Hair Transplantation system and the FUE technique help deliver effective results without the use of scalpels, staples, or stitches. First, the patch of hair in the harvest site is cut very short to facilitate the extraction process. Using local anesthetic injections we will thoroughly numb the donor (harvesting) and transplant areas. Using the harvesting handpiece we will extract and collect hair follicles that are surrounded by a small cylinder of fat and tissue (the “follicular” unit) to keep the follicles healthy. Next, we create the recipient sites throughout the transplant areas according to the hair restoration plan. Finally, the hair grafts are transplanted into the recipient sites to fill in areas of thinning hair. The procedure is performed much more quickly than many traditional forms of hair transplants. Once the procedure is complete, your scalp is allowed to heal and you are given post-procedure instructions. Post-procedure instructions detail how to care for your scalp, new grafts, and your donor site over the next few days to support follicle survival. Most patients experience minimal discomfort after the procedure and quickly return to their normal routines.
*Recovering from NeoGraft® Hair Replacement
Since the NeoGraft® technique transfers only one to three hair follicles at a time, there is little to no associated scarring or downtime. Although mild swelling or bruising may occur at both the donor site and the treatment area, these side effects typically dissipate within a few days of the procedure. Some patients may see small red dots at the donor site, though these marks should fade within one to two weeks. Most patients have no visible signs of the procedure after their recovery is complete. The transplanted hair follicles usually shed after two to three weeks, just like any natural hair follicle. Once new hair growth begins again, your hair should continue to grow and shed in normal cycles, ultimately giving you a thicker, fuller head of your own natural hair.
If you are considering hair restoration, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pinsky.
*Individual Results May Vary