I enjoyed reading your article comparing less invasive FUE hair transplants with the linear harvesting method.
In Boca Raton, 90% of our cases are performed with FUE/NeoGraft. Only 10% opt for a linear harvest.
In our hands, the NeoGraft has allowed us to harvest a higher hair per graft average than manual techniques, as well as improve the total numbers of grafts harvested per hour and therefore per session.
I think the higher accuracy of the harvest (less transection and/or missed follicles) has mainly to do with both the very finely adjustable depth of the device and the contra-angle handpiece.
We "set the depth" for each patient individually at the start of the harvest. This can be adjusted to a fraction of a millimeter allowing for the 'perfect' release of the intact follicular unit from the scalp, without going too deep (a common cause of transection).
The angled handpiece allows for excellent visualization of the angle of exit of the hair shaft--critical for accurate harvesting.
In addition, in our hands, FUE grafts obtained using NeoGraft seem to grow as well, if not better, than microscopically-dissected grafts so "survival" is not an issue.
Some of this can be seen in the six-month post-op photos from the past 2.5 yrs... to me, many seem to be 'ahead' of what would be expected for that time-frame.
Another advantage of FUE/NeoGraft is of course the return to physical or athletic activity in days instead of weeks.
Overall, though, great article!
Alan J. Bauman, M.D.
Bauman Medical Group
Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery