It’s hard to come by a respectable solution for hair loss. Toupees and hair transplants alike are often obvious, and this puts balding people in a tough spot. Going bald prematurely is considered a social disadvantage, but so is wearing a ‘piece’ or having a bad hair transplant.
From George’s terrible toupee in Seinfeld to Tobias’s bloody mess of a head in Arrested Development, bad balding solutions are universally scorned (and kind of comical). But, there may be a new plastic surgery solution for hair loss. NeoGraft is an automated device that assists in the FUE (follicular unit extraction) method of transplantation. Unlike the bloodier, more invasive FUT (follicular unit transplantation, or strip) method, FUE is a minor procedure that results in a more natural appearance.
FUE vs. FUT
The strip method, or FUT, involves surgically removing a section of the patient’s scalp, stitching together the wound, dividing that section into smaller, separate grafts, creating a new hairline on the patient, and then placing the grafts onto the hairline site. While the FUT technique is still the most commonly used, it is an invasive and sometimes painful procedure.
FUT also limits the way a patient’s activities in the short term, and can affect the way a patient wears his or her hair in the long term, as FUT leaves an unsightly scar on the back of the head. Nonetheless, because the FUE method is tedious and costly to perform manually, many doctors only offer FUT.
FUE is a non-invasive procedure with several advantages for the patient. With FUE, each graft from the patient’s donor area is selected individually and placed in the new hairline area. The FUE method promises less bleeding and fewer complications than FUT, and is performed using local anesthetic and no IV sedation. As mentioned, while FUT can leave an unsightly scar, FUE involves no scarring. FUE also has minimal risk of nerve or blood vessel damage. Sometimes with FUT, the patient’s scalp will feel overly tight, or continue to be numb permanently in the donor area.
FUE with NeoGraft
FUE is generally a safe procedure, but is not widely available because of the difficulty of extracting and replacing singular hairs. Also, the risk of damage to individual follicles is greater with FUE than with FUT and it’s challenging for doctors to learn the FUE method.
NeoGraft facilitates the FUE method for doctors and patients alike. NeoGraft is an automated device that enables doctors to perform a FUE transplant in the same time it would take to do a FUT procedure, and at a lowered cost. Moreover, NeoGraft is a ‘no touch’ technology – the machine both extracts and replaces the selected follicles. In this way, NeoGraft protects the follicles from damage they might otherwise incur.
NeoGraft was developed to assist doctors in the FUE procedure and hopefully, to make the FUE hair transplant method more widely available. Grafts extracted using NeoGraft are well-preserved, unlike the grafts from the strip method, which are often exposed to hot lights.
Is NeoGraft right for you?
NeoGraft makes FUE an option for almost all patients, male or female, considering hair transplants. Since FUE is less invasive and more effective than the strip method, it’s obviously a preferable choice for hair transplant candidates. But since FUE is still relatively unpopular in the medical realm, it may be challenging for a patient to find the right surgeon.
Hairline results and the natural, real look of your hair transplant depend on the capabilities of your doctor, and can’t solely be achieved using NeoGraft or any other technology. You should be careful to investigate the previous results a physician has achieved in hair transplantation before you decide to undergo a permanent hair transplant.
Learn More about NeoGraft
Learn more by going to the Hair Transplant Channel on Makemeheal.com.
You can visit the NeoGraft website for more information on Neograft’s availability and cost.