Frequently Asked Questions
What is NeoGraft™?
NeoGraft™ is a new, automated device that facilitates harvesting of follicles during a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and implantation during a hair transplant procedure. NeoGraft™ dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of less advanced manual extraction instruments.
What is an FUE hair transplant?
Follicular-Unit Extraction, or FUE, is an advanced, minimally invasive hair transplant method that allows your surgeon to harvest of individual follicles from the back of the head (the donor area) without a scalpel or stitches. This means the procedure won’t leave a linear scar.
What are the main benefits of FUE over the traditional “Strip Method” or linear harvesting?
The medical community knows that FUE transplants heal faster and more comfortably than linear-harvest techniques. In linear-harvest procedures, the physician uses a scalpel to remove a strip of scalp which is then transplanted 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 the scalp heals, the patient has the option of wearing a very short haircut without worrying about a tell-tale linear scar.
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 goals 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, as well as 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.
What are the major cost differences between FUE and linear-harvest hair transplant procedures?
The fee structure for FUE hair transplant procedures reflects the more detailed and intricate nature of these procedures compared to those performed with a linear harvest strip method. The good news: pricing is very similar in most cases.
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 then microscopically dissected by a team into grafts of one, two or three follicles to create similar “follicular-unit” grafts. As long as the grafts are implanted into the recipient area with care, artistry and precision, 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. The 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 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 with FUE/NeoGraft™ can be done by shaving small areas that 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.