What is a NEOGRAFT hair restoration technique?
With the popularity of hair transplantation many questions arise as to the so called modern methods and the difference between each technique. Most clients wonder if harvesting is the only thing they need to worry about or if there are other aspects to hair transplant procedures. There are many important aspects to hair restoration besides harvesting, most important being the design and carefully planning out the recipient area where the grafts will be placed. Harvesting of the grafts is one aspect and there are two harvesting techniques that are the most popular the FUE and the FUT methods. Both of these techniques if done correctly on the right candidate can be very successful. There are different machines that are commonly used with FUE technique, one of these machines used is NEOGRAFT machine for harvesting.
With the FUE technique, round punches in different sizes are used to extract hair from the donor area in the back of the head. This can be done manually or using different types of machines such as ARTAS , and the Neograft machines. The Neograft machine is not computerized and is a devise that is used by a person to extract the grafts. It works very similar to a manual machine. The hand-held surgical device extracts follicular units from the donor area and implants them in the recipient area via an air-pressure or suction-based system. The Neograft machine relies on manual control in order to select and extract follicular unit grafts, therefore it is susceptible to imprecise graft extraction, and a higher transection rate of extracted follicles.
In recent years, The Neograft machine is being offered to many physician practices across the country that do not specialize in hair restoration as an easy way to add hair restoration to their practice. Usually since the doctor is not trained in hair restoration; in the case of Neograft machines, usually there are technicians that are provided by the manufacturer and are send to the doctor to perform the extraction of the grafts and some cases performing the entire surgery. In addition many technician run clinics use this devise to offer hair restoration procedure. However as was explained before, even if the harvesting of the grafts is done optimally, there are still other much more important aspects to hair restoration procedure as a whole.
During the consultation, the hair transplant specialist should examine the donor hair and texture carefully to make sure that the client is a good candidate for FUE technique. If the client has curly hair or if they have a more advanced Male Patten Hair Loss, then FUE should not be recommended. Before deciding on a harvesting method, and the machine used for harvesting. it is a good idea to discuss all the pros and cons with your doctor. A hair restoration surgeon with experience should do an evaluation and give recommendation customized to each individual's needs and concerns. It is wise to keep in mind that harvesting is just one aspect of the procedure. To get the most aesthetic result the most important part is the design of the recipient area, the execution of the plan and the surgical skills of the hair transplant surgeon.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Meshkin spends a considerable amount of time to educate the patient utilizing computer hair analysis to evaluate the extent of hair loss, hair loss progression, hair characteristics, and the donor availability. If hair transplant is an option, he will provide an estimate of the number of grafts needed, recommend and explain the best technique of harvesting the grafts that best fits the patient's concerns and goals and the method used for the recipient area. Dr. Meshkin will provide all the information necessary for the patient to make an educated decision for the any surgical or medical hair treatment options available.