Hair restoration with the NeoGraft Automated Hair Transplantation system produces natural looking results
To many, a full head of hair represents attractiveness and desirability both personally and professionally. For this reason, it is vital to understand what effects a hair restoration procedure can have on your daily interactions with people and in all other aspects of your life. Hair Restoration should be unnoticeable to all but those you tell.
The facts are that approximately 50 million men and approximately 30 million women, including many in Savannah, suffer from male/female pattern baldness or thinning hair. Many potential patients shy-away from (or are not candidates for) the traditional “strip method” of hair replacement because of the slow recovery time, the loss of feeling at the incision site, the tiny linear scar on the back of the head, or the amount of post-operative pain involved.
After much research, Dr. Minton has choosen to offer the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method utilizing the Neograft Automated Hair Transplantation system. The FUE method of hair transplantation removes individual hair follicles from the scalp to their naturally occurring groupings of about 1-4 hairs and are then placed in the areas of the scalp where balding has occurred.
Hair Loss Consultation with Dr. Minton
As a double-board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Minton has extensive knowledge and experience in treating hair loss for both women and men. During your consultation, Dr. Minton will review your medical history regarding your hair loss and perform a thorough exam to determine the type of hair loss you are experiencing. Based on the findings, Dr. Minton will recommend an individual hair restoration treatment plan for you. Dr. Minton not only uses the minimally invasive NeoGraft hair restoration device, he also has many other non-surgical treatments available such as microneedling, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy, topical minoxidil and finasteride, and low-level laser light treatment to obtain optimal results.
The Procedure & Results
NeoGraft is an FDA-cleared device used for hair transplantation. It uses a minimally invasive method that is a variation of the FUE (follicular unit extraction) technique, which involves harvesting hair grafts one at a time instead of cutting a strip of skin from a donor site like the back of the head (FUT technique / Strip Method). NeoGraft uses an automated handheld device to remove follicles and implant them in balding areas. The NeoGraft automated hair transplantation system is the only complete harvesting system on the market and has the only ‘NO TOUCH’ implantation technology.
- Results are IMMEDIATE! You will leave being able to see the grafts in place
- Hair grows in cycles, the hair implanted will shed for 2-4 weeks and then will be replaced by new fully functioning hair
- Results will continue to get better each week with full realization at 9-12 months post procedure
- Higher graft take rate (greater than 90%) than strip method and leads to less hair irritation and trauma to the scalp
- NeoGraft is ideal for all hair types & colors with natural looking results
- The procedure can take 4-8 hours depending on the number of grafts
- You are awake during the procedure with oral and local anesthesia to make you relaxed & comfortable
- You may return to work the next day if you choose and resume normal activity within 48 hours excluding strenuous exercise
- You will wear a bandage (like an ace-wrap) with a small amount of swelling for up to 24 - 48 hours
- Some pin point redness & some pin point scabbing for 1 week
- You may wear a hat after 48 Hours as long as it sits 2 inches from the treated area. (Ex. baseball cap)
- You need to give your scalp/grafts 2 weeks to fully recover before resuming strenuous activity that will cause sweating or blood pressure to rise.
- NeoGraft is an automated Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) device
- NeoGraft is the ONLY FDA approved Class 1 medical device for hair restoration
- No Linear Scarring
- 94% “Worth It” Rating on RealSelf.com, one of the highest rated procedures in Cosmetics (Better than Botox, Coolsculpting, Lasik, and Invisalign)
NeoGraft is priced by the number of follicles removed. Priced per graft versus how many hairs are implanted. An existing hair follicle can have up to 4 hairs in it. You are charged for 1 follicle, not 4 hairs. The number of grafts needed is individual to each person with a range of 500-3,000 with the average being 2,000 grafts. Pricing is on the tier system and dependent upon the number of grafts required per patient. Pricing per graft decreases, as the number of required grafts increases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is NeoGraft hair restoration safe?
FUE hair transplant is a very safe, minimally-invasive and relatively minor procedure. The procedure is performed with local anesthetic and no intravenous or intra-muscular sedation is required.
What are the benefits to choosing this method of hair restoration?
Hair restoration with the NeoGraft procedure is unnoticeable, making it your secret to tell. Benefits include:
- Superior results – more natural looking hair, short or long for both men and women
- Advanced technology – automated technology, least invasive procedure for hair transplantation
- Gentle – little to no discomfort, no scalpel incision, no stables and no linear scar
- Effective – less activity restrictions than traditional strip methods
- Discrete – patients can typically go back to work the next day
- Affordable – we have programs available to meet your exact needs
Will the doctor be performing my procedure?
"Dr. Minton, as a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, will be highly involved in making all the necessary and important decisions. Certified NeoGraft technicians will be the individuals assisting Dr. Minton during the procedure. These technicians all come with more that 10-20+ years of experience and we’ve spared no expense to ensure you have the most experience technicians, so you’re in the best hands possible."
What is an “FUE” hair transplant?
“F.U.E.” or “Follicular-Unit Extraction” is an advanced, “minimally-invasive” hair transplant method which allows for the harvesting of individual follicles from the back of the head (donor area) without a scalpel or stitches, and therefore leaves no linear scar.
What are the main benefits of FUE over the traditional “Strip Method” or linear harvesting?
It is well-accepted that FUE transplants can heal faster and more comfortably than linear-harvest techniques which the physician uses a scalpel and removes a strip of scalp requiring stitches. With the minimally invasive technique FUE, the patient can return to work in a couple of days and once healing is complete, the patient has the option of wearing a very short haircut without the worry of a tell-tale linear scar. Without the need for stitches, downtime is shorter with fewer activity restrictions post-operatively.
What are some benefits of NeoGraft™ over manual FUE techniques?
The highly ergonomic mechanical NeoGraft™ device works as a natural extension of the surgeons’ hand, allowing for faster and more accurate harvesting of hair follicles. NeoGraft™ patients now reach their goal with less time in the procedure room or fewer FUE procedures altogether.
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 (e.g. athletes) 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.
What are the major cost differences between FUE and linear-harvest hair transplant procedures?
The fee structure for FUE hair transplant procedures reflect the more detailed and intricate nature of those procedures compared to those performed with a linear harvest strip method but in most cases is very similar in pricing.
Are the final transplanted ‘results’ any different with FUE/NeoGraft™ than those achieved with linear harvesting?
Results are similar. FUE procedures, by default, yield grafts that contain mainly one, two, three, or four follicles called “follicular units.” Strips or linear harvests, are removed from the back of the scalp and are then microscopically dissected by a team into grafts of one, two or three follicles, would 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 accomplished with a linear 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. Using the FUE Technique, leaves no linear scar.
Is FUE/NeoGraft™ suitable for both men and women?
Yes. Because FUE/NeoGraft™ is a minimally-invasive procedure, it is a viable option for both men and women looking to restore their own living and growing 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 the FUE/NeoGraft can be done by shaving small areas which can be covered by your other, existing hair.
If I have already had hair restoration before but it left a scar, can NeoGraft help me?
The NeoGraft Automated FUE is also a useful procedure to fix visible linear scars from previous “strip” surgeries. FUE can be used to ‘fill in’ or camouflage those old scars by transplanting new follicles into the area.
Have more questions?
Our skilled, double-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Minton is available to discuss NeoGraft hair restoration in greater details during a consultation at our Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery offices in Savannah and Pooler. Arrange your consultation by contacting us today.