NeoGraft® presents their new follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure. It's an automated hair transplant system that far exceeds previously used manual extraction instruments with improved speed and accuracy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared NeoGraft's follicular unit harvesting and implantation system and it offers the most advanced, innovative hair transplant technique in the industry.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?

Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE is a method that doesn't require a scalpel or stitches to harvest hair follicles. It also doesn't leave any strip or linear scar. FUE harvesting is way more accurate and efficient — better than other devices — thanks to the NeoGraft advanced breakthrough surgical instrument. It's so advanced, NeoGraft's FUE is considered the hair transplant surgery field's "game-changer."

This is because FUE lowers certain aspects of the hair transplant procedure significantly when compared to a strip-harvest or traditional linear hair transplant procedure, including:

  • Discomfort

  • Pain

  • Risks

  • Downtime

NeoGraft FUE leaves absolutely no trace of a strip-scar or linear scar. The hair transplant surgeon harvests each individual follicular unit graft one at a time with FUE. And, they can harvest thousands of these grafts without leaving that unwanted "zipper" linear scar appearance.

Because the NeoGraft method is a system with automation for removing individual follicular units, those concerned that their donor site can’t provide sufficient follicle units may want to consider NeoGraft.

Both men and women who are looking to use the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure can take advantage of the NeoGraft Automated Hair Transplantation system. This system removes individual follicles gently from the donor area at the back of your head in naturally occurring groups of around 1 to 4 hairs.

Then, the hair surgeon implants the follicles in the scalp in the areas where there's balding or thinning of hair, complementing the current hairline and facial structure.

Here's a breakdown of the FUE process:

Step 1: Removing the Donor Hair

With the NeoGraft FUE system, hair removal occurs from the back of your head from the donor area. This is called your donor hair and is the hair that's programmed genetically to resist testosterone.

Step 2: NeoGraft's FUE

The hair surgeon extracts each graft with similar length and diameter consistency, leading to a significantly enhanced take rate.

Step 3: Creating the Recipient Sites

In the correct direction, orientation and angle, the hair transplant surgeon begins creating the recipient sites based on your individual artistic hair transplant plan.

Step 4: Placing the Hair Graft

Finally, they carefully separate the follicular units by size. They then transplant the grafts into your thinning and balding scalp areas. Each individual graft gets harvested precisely as it occurs naturally and is individually implanted for optimal results.

There are two primary components to the NeoGraft FUE procedure:

1. Hair follicle harvesting
2. Placing follicles into thinning and balding areas

Let's explore the NeoGraft FUE procedure in a little more detail to see how it works.

The FUE Harvesting Process

In this process, you'll need to lie face down for anywhere from two to four hours. The hair transplant surgeon will administer a local anesthetic during this time to the donor site of the back of your scalp. Then using the FUE device, they'll begin extracting individual follicular groupings from this area.

During this time, you can take nap or play on your smartphone, since throughout the entire harvesting process, your comfort is ensured. Once the surgeon extracts all the follicles, you can:

  • Grab a bite to eat

  • Go to the bathroom

  • Relax

The second half of the procedure doesn't need to begin right away.

The FUE Placement Process

During this part of the transplant process, you're going to get your natural hair back. You'll sit up straight while the surgeon administers a local anesthetic to the recipient site (thinning or balding area). They'll then place the extracted follicles in that area. In the initial consultation, you and the surgeon will come up with a natural-looking pattern of how they'll place the follicles.

How many hairs being replaced and your particular goals will determine how long this part takes. Again, get as comfortable as you can — listen to music, text your friends or whatever you want to do to pass the time.

Why Patients Choose the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Procedure

Many patients realize NeoGraft is an easier and better hair transplant procedure. It's less invasive since it doesn't use a scalpel, staples or stitches. It also provides patients with less discomfort and a quicker healing time following their transplantation.

Some FUE benefits include:

  • Less complications and minimal bleeding when you compare it with the "strip" technique

  • FUE system is minimally invasive, safe and is a minor procedure

  • Short recovery time

  • Requires no intra-muscular or intravenous sedation — local anesthetic only

  • Can also fix previous "strip" surgeries' noticeable linear scars

  • Less discomfort and no pain

  • Flexibility with hairstyle (short or long)

  • Natural looking results

The NeoGraft system delivers FUE technique automation and is the most advanced hair transplant technique in the industry.

Good Candidates for FUE

Individuals looking to wear their hair short on the sides or back of their scalp or individuals (like athletes) looking for fewer activity restrictions after they've had the procedure done might be good candidates for FUE. Those with scars from previous linear harvests looking to camouflage their scars would make good candidates for FUE.

To be a good candidate, you need to be in good health and have sufficient back-of-the-scalp donor hair to transplant into the thinning or balding areas.  Candidates with greater hair fullness and density and more donor hair will likely see fuller results.

NeoGraft is a good option for those individuals looking to use the FUE procedure to tackle their problems with hair loss. If you’re a good candidate for the FUE procedure (if you’re eligible), then you’re likely a good candidate for the NeoGraft system too.  

Recovering from FUE

After a hair transplant surgery, there's always some length of downtime where you'll need to heal and recover. With NeoGraft, this recovery time is within only a few days. There is no waiting weeks to get back to your life. After around seven to 10 days, the donor site will be covered with your own natural hair. And, from then on, nobody will even know you had the procedure done unless you tell them since it's virtually undetectable.

Schedule Your Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Procedure in Houston with Dr. Patt

If you’ve been thinking about getting the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Procedure using the Neograft system, don’t hesitate to give Dr. Bradford S. Patt, MD, FACS at a call at (281) 978-2431. Or, you can request an appointment online.  We’ll set up FUE hair transplant consultation in our Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Patt is a board-certified in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and is recognized in leading physician listings of “Super Doctors® and “Top Docs®” of Houston for 11 straight years. He’s been practicing for two decades.

Today, there’s no reason to live with hair loss. Now, you can experience hair restoration with the most innovative hair restoration procedures from the latest in technological advancements, including Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) with NeoGraft.

July 20 2018 |

hair transplant, FUE, NeoGraft

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