Regardless of your age or sex, there are few things more distressing than learning you are losing your hair. Our hair is generally considered part of our overall appearance, and losing it –especially if it begins thinning at a relatively young age- can seriously impact not only our view of ourselves, but also how others view us. While hair transplants have been around for several decades, the older ones generally gave hairlines a fake, ‘doll hair’ looking appearance that was far from appealing. More recent advents in hair transplant technology have not only eliminated that fake looking hairline, they have also shaved down the recovery time and discomfort to more manageable levels.
One of these latest developments is the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method. It’s very similar to the FUT, or Follicular Unit Transplantation, method, with one significant difference. In the FUT method, a strip of scalp is removed from the donor site, the follicles are removed from the donated tissue and prepped, and then the follicles are transplanted into the balding areas of the scalp. This procedure leaves a small scar at the donor site (usually about 1-2 millimeters), and can cause some discomfort during the recovery period. With the FUE method, the individual follicles are carefully removed from the donor site, prepped, and then transplanted into the balding areas. By only taking the follicles instead of an entire strip of scalp, discomfort, scarring, and healing time are all significantly reduced.
While the FUE method is more beneficial to patients, it’s often a more daunting procedure for physicians to perform due to the time required to learn and perfect the procedure. It is a more delicate procedure when performed manually, which can increase not only the cost to the patient but also the risk of damaging the removed follicles. The revolutionary new NeoGraft system largely eliminates these problems. The NeoGraft is an FDA approved, pneumatically powered device that automatically both removes donor follicles and transplants them into the receiving areas by way of its ‘no touch’ interface.
Some advantages of FUE hair transplantation over the FUT transplant method –which also carry over to FUE transplants performed with the NeoGraft- include:
Local anesthetic only – no need for sedation
No linear scarring – you can wear your hair as long or short as you wish!
No risk of nerve or major blood vessel damage
Quicker recovery with fewer activity limitations
If you are struggling with hair loss and are considering hair transplantation as a treatment, make sure to speak with your doctor about which technique is right for you. At Doctors of Hair, we are experts in hair restoration, and guarantee we can find a fit solution for you. Contact us today!