I had 1225 grafts to my frontal hairline by Neograft last Month. I feel I did not get enough density. What can I do? (Photo)
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A technician did your NeoGraft procedure and you are lacking density?
Thank you for writing in. Couple of comments:
a) 4.5 hours to remove 1225 grafts is a very long time to accomplish that. Human tissue (eg: hair follicles/grafts) does not survive forever outside the body, and that's a bit concerning that your grafts were outside your scalp for such a length of time. Typically, at dedicated centers that perform only hair restoration surgery, it takes less than half that time to extract that number of grafts.
b) A lack of density in the recipient area is due to the surgeon, and the density of the recipient sites that he or she created. Assuming you went to a facility that's a dedicated hair restoration center, this should not be an issue, but if there is a lack of density, that is something to talk to your surgeon about.
c) It is literally illegal in California for a hair restoration surgery technician to use the NeoGraft device and perform any type of surgery whatsoever on a patient. It is also illegal for a hair restoration technician to break skin, as in, they are not permitted to even give an injection with a needle. They are prohibited in California from doing anything that causes the skin to be broken. This is because hair restoration technicians (eg: "Neograft techs") in this country need to have the exact same medical qualifications as grass cutters. As in, none whatsoever. As such, when you have a person with literally zero hours of any medical training whatsoever performing surgery, well, you can figure out for yourself what might happen.
I would return to your physician's office and ask about why technicians were performing surgery on your head. With a full donor area, 1225 is a rather small number to 'call it a day'...you mentioned that they "were only able to get" 1225 grafts...that's not a significant number for any type of FUE procedure, Neograft or not.
At this point, however, there's not much that can be done but wait it out and see what grows out, and see if you're satisfied with your final appearance. That will take about 8-10 months following your procedure, and can take up to a full year to see the final results.
As with any surgery, but particularly in hair restoration surgery, it is critically important to select a surgeon who is highly experienced and technically qualified to perform surgery. A physician does not need any training in surgery whatsoever in this country to call themselves a "hair restoration surgeon", and due to the increasing popularity of hair restoration, many non-surgeons are entering the field and having techs do the surgery as they are not able to or are not experienced enough to perform the surgery.
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