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Patient Benefits

Top Reasons We Use The NeoGraft™ Hair Transplantation System

* Least invasive procedure for hair transplantation

* Patients feel little to no discomfort

* No stitches or staples

* No unsightly linear scar, hair can be worn short

* No numbness where the donor hair is harvested

* Shorter recovery time

* Less activity restrictions after procedure

* Patients can typically go back to work the next day

* Transplants roughly twice as many hair grafts as manual FUE

* Transplant body hair, do eyebrows, & scar revision from previous transplants

Advantages of Neograft

Minimally-Invasive AUTOMATED (FUE) and Implantation Hair Transplant Procedure

With the NeoGraft Automated FUE Hair Transplant device, we have taken the benefits of the FUE method and have automated the technique. First, the NeoGraft device uses a motorized punch that gently rotates around each individual graft in a perfectly cylindrical shapes. Rotation of the punch can be precisely adjusted to accommodate for different skin types. Second, the NeoGraft device uses a controlled pneumatic pressure (suction) to slide out the follicles smoothly and uniformly, so there is no pulling and twisting as with forceps which puts the follicle at risk for damage. The strength of the suction can be adjusted to accommodate different skin types and the various sizes of punches. The grafts extracted by the contra-angled (angle allows for direct visualization of the direction of hair growth) tool of the NeoGraft device are of consistent excellent quality. Furthermore, because of the way that the grafts are extracted and withdrawn from the donor area, each graft is uniform making the automated implantation of the graft precisely the same size and cylindrical shape of the recipient site eliminating the “pop corn or ping pong” effect when using forceps. The grafts are collected in a small collection canister that gently and frequently mists grafts with sterile saline to keep them moist during the harvesting process until they are ready for implantation. The recipient sites are made to the exact length of the harvested grafts and inserted with the NeoGraft controlled pneumatic pressure implantation hand piece. This ensures that the grafts are implanted to the exact depth leaving a smooth level recipient surface and preventing any ingrown or exposed follicles. After the grafts have been separated from the canister, the grafts are withdrawn, or auto-loaded, into an implantation canula using negative pneumatic pressure. Once they are in the canula the follicles are advanced (inserted) into the recipient site with the utmost precision using positive pneumatic pressure.

The benefits of the automated FUE method to the patient are the same as manual FUE; very consistent high quality grafts, minimal discomfort, no scalpel incision, no sutures, no linear scar, little to no risk of complications such as bleeding or nerve damage, quick recovery time, fewer activity limitations and a more natural looking result than traditional strip methods. The “minimally invasive” NeoGraft Automated (FUE) and Implantation Hair Restoration procedure is quickly becoming the new “Gold Standard” for hair transplant procedures.

FUE Procedures vs. Strip

Hair Transplant Methods

There are several methods used in doing hair transplants. The “strip” method or FUT (follicular unit transplantation) is the most commonly performed method. The FUE (follicular unit extraction) method, a minimally invasive method of hair transplantation introduced in the late ninety’s and the automated FUE method, the newest most advanced method of hair transplantation available today.

Strip Surgical Linear Scalpel Incision

NeoGraft Minimally Invasive Automated (FUE) and Implantation Procedure

From a surgical standpoint, the “strip” method or FUT is a surgically invasive procedure. With the “strip” method the hair at the back of scalp is cut short. That section of scalp is surgically excised. The wound created by the incision is then stitched up or stapled together. Next, the excised portion of the scalp is divided up and placed under several microscopes where technicians using sharp blades separate grafts into units of one to four hairs. While the technicians are separating the grafts, the physician creates the hairline and recipient sites using a needle or a specific blade. Once the recipient sites are created, the grafts are then placed into the sites using forceps. The grafts with a single hair are placed in the front, to give a natural hairline. The rest are placed behind to give the recipient area density.

From a surgical standpoint, an FUE hair transplant using the Neograft system is a very safe, minimally invasive, relatively minor procedure. With the FUE method there is no need to excise a piece of the scalp because the follicles are removed directly from the donor area using a tiny 1 mm punch (punch sizes vary) and forceps. The punch is manually rotated to make a small circular incision in the skin around the follicular unit (hair follicles), which is then removed directly from the scalp using forceps. After the appropriate number of units has been removed, technicians separate the grafts into units of one to four hairs and these grafts are implanted much the same way as the “strip” method. With the FUE method there is little bleeding and fewer complications than with the “strip” method. The procedure is performed with local anesthetic and no intravenous or intra-muscular sedation is required.

The benefits of the FUE method to the patient are that there is minimal discomfort, no scalpel incision, no sutures, no linear scar, little to no risk of complications such as bleeding and nerve damage, quick recovery time, fewer activity limitations and a more natural looking result than traditional strip methods (patients can wear their hair short if they choose to without the unsightly scar of the “strip” method).

An FUE hair transplant is the most beneficial for the patient; however the majority of hair restoration doctors do not offer the FUE procedure because there are some nuisances associated with an FUE hair transplant. First, doing FUE manually is very tedious and time consuming, making the procedure too costly for most patients. Next, it is difficult to learn the FUE procedure and unless the doctor becomes very skilled there is a risk for a high transection (damage) rate of the follicles. Finally, forceps are used in a manual FUE to extract and implant the follicles which can easily traumatize the follicles as well. As a result most doctors are not willing to spend the time to learn this procedure and they continue to do the easier, more invasive, faster “strip” method.

The newest most advanced method of hair transplantation is called the NeoGraft Automated FUE and Implantation System. Now, with the NeoGraft Hair Transplant medical device, the difficulties associated with a manual FUE procedure have been eliminated. An FUE hair transplant with NeoGraft can be done in the same amount of time as a traditional “strip” hair transplant, reducing the cost of a long manual FUE transplant. In addition, to reducing the time required for the hair transplant, NeoGraft uses pneumatic pressure to extract the follicles and precisely implant them as wellÂ…”No Touch.” This eliminates the need for touching the follicles with forceps during harvesting leaving them in a more robust state.

Finally, with the NeoGraft technology the patient receives the benefits of the FUE procedure and the physician benefits from the advancements of the technique made easier and with more efficient repeatable results.

With NeoGraft most patients can be candidates for an FUE hair transplant. Given the choice most hair restoration patients would prefer the less minimally invasive procedure over having the more invasive “strip” surgery. Even though many patients are good candidates for a NeoGraft FUE hair transplant, if they are not seen by a doctor that specializes in FUE or with the NeoGraft automated FUE device, they may not be given advice which is in their best interest. A doctor who does not offer full disclosure about the benefits of FUE and/or with NeoGraft, is not acting in his patient’s best interest or may not know that the NeoGraft device exists. In an effort to educate more physicians on the procedure and to let them know about NeoGraft Automated FUE, the NeoGraft Company sponsors several live demonstration workshops every month for physicians throughout the United States.

The hair restoration patient also needs to understand how important choosing the right surgeon remains. Final hairline design results still are dependent upon the skill and artistic abilities of the surgeon performing the procedure. Hair transplant procedures encompass both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. These artistic skills and abilities can often be qualified by researching the results of other surgical and reconstructive procedures these surgeons do on the face and head.

The important thing is to do your homework and pick a surgeon that is uniquely qualified to handle your hair restoration needs.

The NeoGraft Automated FUE is also a useful procedure to fix visible linear scars from previous “strip” surgeries. FUE can be used to ‘fill in’ or camouflage those old scars by transplanting new follicles into the area.

Traditional “Strip” Method

“Strip” Surgical Incision (Donor Site)

Neograft Method

Neograft (Donor Site)

 

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