There are many types of hair restoration procedures available, but the most advanced, recent technology is the NeoGraft. NeoGraft permanently redistributes your hair so that it is impossible to tell that you have had a hair transplant. NeoGraft is safer, more effective, and heals quicker than the hair transplants from decades ago.
A NeoGraft transplant uses the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method, where hair follicles are manually removed from areas of your scalp where hair is thicker and then implanted to bald or thinning places around the head. The NeoGraft is performed manually, from extraction to implantation, by a skilled hair transplant surgeon. Unlike more invasive hair transplants, the NeoGraft does not require the removal of a donor strip of scalp to extract individual follicles, resulting in minimal scarring and less downtime.
Before the procedure begins, your doctor will cleanse your scalp and apply a topical anesthetic so that you can’t feel the hair being harvested or transplanted. You may feel a dull, pressure-like sensation during the procedure, but you won’t feel any pinching or pulling. The entire process can take between 4-6 hours, depending on the amount of hair that is being harvested.
Afterward, you may experience some swelling and discomfort and your doctor will likely prescribe a prescription-strength acetaminophen for pain relief. Do not take any ibuprofen for 48 hours after your transplant. Avoid alcohol, strenuous activity, exercise, steam rooms, saunas, wearing hats, or scrubbing your scalp for 1-2 weeks to prevent infection or transplant interruption. Depending on your level of comfort, you may return to work within a few days of your procedure, but keep in mind that you will have some visible scabbing.
It can take several months to see results from the NeoGraft. Grafted hair will shed and regrow after 3-4 months, which is normal and does not indicate an unsuccessful transplant. The bulk of hair growth is visible between 5-12 months post procedure, with results continuing to progress thereafter.
There are a few possible side effects associated with NeoGraft transplants, including cyst formation, infection, itching, temporary numbness, and small, pin-point white scars. As with any procedure, you should speak with your doctor about any concerns.
NeoGraft hair transplants are a far cry from the hair transplant techniques of the past. These surgeries have a high success rate, use your own organic hair follicles, and the results are permanent. The most important factor in considering this procedure is finding a qualified hair restoration surgeon who has experience with hair like yours. The surgeon at Calvine Medical Aesthetics has extensive experience with all hair types. Call us today to learn more about this procedure and see if it is right for you!