NeoGraft: Meet the NKOTB of Hair Transplants
Janell Williams on 29 Apr 2011 at 9:00am
Matthew McConaughey and Brendan Fraser have reclaimed their film careers by boosting the fullness of their thinning tresses. Longing for luscious locks on a balding crown is not new to men or women, but disappointing, over-hyped solutions come and go all the time.
NeoGraft hair transplant is no flash in the pan. Over the last three years, it has become what Botox is to surgical facelifts. A less invasive procedure than the strip hair transplants before it, NeoGraft offers more versatility, faster healing and less risk of complications, giving the millions of Americans struggling with premature baldness alternatives in hair restoration.
Neograft is actually a tool for follicle unit extraction, or FUE. It “has proven to be a superior alternative to strip surgery. In the right hands, much like many other procedures, [it] offers a safe alternative to the conventional strip method,” states Dr. Peter Malouf, a Dallas dermatologist.
Like all FUEs, NeoGraft vacuums hair follicles from alternate sites, no scapel needed. Chest, facial or even back hair can be a donor. This is the selling point, as shared by RealSelf user Eddie Z., “The best part about the whole thing was that I didn't have to have a big strip of donor tissue extracted from the back of my head. After about 6 days, you couldn't even tell I had anything done in the donor section.”
The lack of scar is the main advantage for FUE vs. FUG (follicle unit grafting). Why are so many people still opting for a skin graft? According to Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jeffery Epstein, “The downsides of the FUE procedure are several:
- Lower percentage of hair regrowth -- for most patients an 80 to 85% rate of regrowth vs. +90% with FUG
- Higher cost
- Difficulty of obtaining a large number of grafts -- anything more than 1500 or so requires 2 consecutive days of procedures.”
Dr. John Bitner, a Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon agrees and feels “FUE is best suited for very young patients (teens or early 20's) with an unpredictable future pattern of hair loss. People who want to shave or cut their hair very short, and those who can't tolerate the risk of a scar.” But he also believes FUG is “the gold standard against which other techniques should be compared.”
It can take up to year for a full head of hair to appear in the treated area with either FUE or FUG. But when looking for a proven yet less-invasive hair restoration, NeoGraft may be the perfect fix.
Photo credit: Redondo Beach Dermatologist Peter Malouf, DO
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