Doctor in PA Who Does Neograft Hair Transplant?

Could you please let me know of doctors in PA who do Neograft on hair? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 12

Experience of Your Surgeon is *Much* More Important Than Any Method or Machine Used

NeoGraft was introduced about 5 years ago, and is simply a machine that a physician (or, more likely, a technician) uses to perform the follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure. It is more or less a motorized, hand-held circular punch, attached to suction. I attended a physician's office in Florida in 2009 for a demonstration of the NeoGraft device. I've been performing FUE procedures since 2003, and I was very interested to see this device. While at this meeting, hosted by the NeoGraft corporation, it was interesting to note that I was the only dedicated hair restoration surgeon in attendance. The others there to see and perhaps purchase the machine were spa owners, obstetricians, several family practice doctors, and a few business managers for doctors who dabbled in cosmetic surgery in general. I was pretty surprised. The graft placement feature of the NeoGraft device with positive pressure is a gimmick, as I asked the head trainer for the NeoGraft corporation to place a graft using this. We were observing an live procedure, and we watched as he tried several times, but was not able to place a single graft with the machine.

NeoGraft has done a tremendous amount of marketing, and I see physicians who have never done a hair transplant around the country acquire this machine, piggyback on the marketing done by NeoGraft, and start to offer this complicated, and permanent procedure to the public. In much of the country, the doctor will simply hire a technician (the going rate for a NeoGraft tech in Atlanta is $70/hour) to perform the procedure. It should be noted at this point that hair restoration technicians have the same exact medical training requirements as grass cutters: absolutely none. The physician only need sign the papers and be on the premises. No joke. So, whether using the NeoGraft, or the much more advanced ARTAS robotic hair restoration system, or any other device, including a 50 cent 1mm biopsy punch, it is the experience and dedication of the surgeon and his team that will determine the outcome.

Hair Restoration is it's own specialty now. There's a global society (the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) and a Board. Choosing a surgeon 100% dedicated to hair restoration is paramount. If "NeoGraft" suddenly appears on a long list of other procedures a physician offers, I would be wary, as it is unlikely that the physician has a full-time, highly-trained team of hair restoration technicians, and is just hiring one of many "hired gun" technicians that will arrive at the office, and do the procedure for $70 an hour. There are hundreds of subtleties and nuances in hair restoration, and assuming that because a physician now offers NeoGraft, in addition to all the other procedures offered, will be competent and excel at hair restoration surgery is simply foolish. Look at the experience and dedication of the surgeon who will be performing the surgery, and make sure technicians are not actually the ones who will be performing the surgery. Also make sure the physician you choose is actually a trained surgeon. The majority of hair restoration "surgeons" are, in fact, not trained in surgery at all, and hold no board certificates in any surgical specialty whatsoever, so examine your physician's credentials carefully. You should feel perfectly comfortable asking for a copy of the surgeon's resume to review. Look for many years of dedication exclusively to hair restoration, not just cosmetic surgery in general.

This problem is so rampant and common that the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the global community of physicians practicing hair restoration, issued a consumer alert about this issue. I see patients every month who had a hair restoration performed by a technician with the NeoGraft device presenting to our office asking for help; asking me to repair the unnatural looking hair transplant results. This is often very difficult, and occasionally impossible. Because as we say in this specialty, "the good thing about hair restoration is that it's permanent. The bad thing about hair restoration is that it's permanent." Consult with more than one surgeon, make sure he or she is actually a trained surgeon, and get a feel for who you think will be the best for you. A machine absolutely does NOT guarantee good, or even acceptable results.

Atlanta Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 151 reviews

Local surgeon in PA for Neograft

Since 1987, beginning at the University of Miami in Florida, I have been involved in hair transplantation.  I have continued this work in Pittsburgh since 1990 in private practice and taught courses on the procedure for the national plastic surgery meetings (The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).  Hair transplantation has come a long way in three decades and for me, the Neograft technique is the best because of the precision it provides when harvesting individual hair follicles.  This is procedure done under local anesthetic with minimal downtime and most importantly no visible scarring. 

Leo McCafferty, MD
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews


ISHRS has a list of hair transplant doctors all around the world.  There should be many in your area.  
If you are seeking a doctor who has the Neograft instrument, you can search the Neograft website.

Neograft is a company that makes the instrument for harvesting a hair follicle.
The Neograft terminology is often misused as a type or the name of a surgical technique.
However, "Neograft" tool is just another instrument in carrying out the FUE method of harvesting of hair.

If you are seeking a doctor who has the Neograft instrument, you can search the Neograft website.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Michigan Neograft surgeon

I would recommend searching the Neograft site, real self, and the ISHRS website.
I would have multiple consultations.  Phone consultations can be scheduled if surgeons are not in your area.

Pramit Malhotra, MD
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

NeoGraft Surgeons in Pennsylvania

Dear Chris, if you go to NeoGraft's website under the “Find a Doctor" section, you will be able to surgeon for a surgeon near you. 

Brian Vassar Heil, MD
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Surgeon Experience

Thank you for your question, chris27. As you consider many different surgeons, please hold their experience and board certification credential as your highest priorities because the board certification credential and ample experience can ensure that you receive the highest quality knowledge, treatment, care and skill available.

Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Finding a good hair restoration specialist

Neograft is a machine that is used to harvest the grafts from the donor area.  It is a good idea to select a doctor that has experience in all aspects of hair transplant including both harvesting and recipient area design and planing.  A hair restoration specialist should provide a comprehensive approach for your hair loss that may include hair restoration and hair medical regiment to slow down the progression of your hair loss as your age. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Two docs

That do NeoGraft in PA are Dr. Brian Heil in Pittsburgh and Dr. Paul Glat outside Philadelphia.  Both are excellent board certified plastic surgeons.

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Neograft Operator

Yes, it is very operator dependent.  We are starting to see Neograft used by clinics run by gynecolgists and family doctors.  Its a side thing some clinics do vs the main thing other clinics do. I think everyone should set a minimum criteria but we like the idea of always checking the training of your doctor online with the state medical board.  Also look at the websites.  Do you want the lipo doc or hormone therapy doc also doing your hair?  It is your call. Just look into all the details first.

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

There are only two permanent hair replacement techniques.

 One if hair transplant. The other is the Fleming-Mayer flap technique. You should look into both by surgeons who do these to determine if they will give you what you want. Go by the results, not the name.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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