NeoGraft is an innovative way to transplant hair and create natural looking results. With a skilled hair transplant surgeon at the helm, the NeoGraft device can harvest large numbers of grafts quickly and with consistently excellent outcomes. If you are seeking a solution for hair loss, NeoGraft might be right for you. Here, Dr. Michael McCracken, who offers NeoGraft to Denver patients at McCracken Eye and Face Institute, explains what typically happens during the treatment.
The Two-Step Approach
NeoGraft uses the follicular unit extraction (FUE) approach, which is minimally invasive, not painful to the patient and does not leave a linear scar. This is advantageous over traditional hair transplants, which involve excising an ellipse of skin and hair from the back of the scalp and closing the incision with sutures or staples. Treatment is separated into two parts: harvesting and placement. During the harvesting, patients lie face down, and during the placement, they sit upright. A break between the harvesting and placement processes allows patients the chance to walk around, get something to eat and use the bathroom. Patients should plan to be at the office for approximately four to eight hours, depending on the specific treatment plan. Every effort is made to ensure the day is comfortable and as pleasant as possible for patients.
The First Step: Harvesting the Follicles
The first step is to harvest hair follicles from the hair-bearing donor area; this is usually the back of the head, where hair is genetically predisposed to resist thinning or balding. Individual follicles are gently removed in their naturally occurring groupings — usually about one to four hairs. Controlled pneumatic pressure slides the grafts out smoothly, avoiding any pulling, twisting or otherwise damaging the graft. The hair transplant doctor is careful to maintain consistent lengths and diameters in each graft.
The Second Step: Implanting the Follicles
After the hair follicles have been harvested, they are implanted into the recipient site. The doctor pre-determines the placement of the follicles — noting the proper angle, direction and orientation — with each patient prior to treatment. The follicle units are separated by size and then transplanted to the balding or thinning areas of the scalp. Special attention is paid to recreate a full and natural-looking hairline.
Learn More about NeoGraft
To learn more about how NeoGraft works and what a typical treatment day looks like, please contact McCracken Eye and Face Institute and request a consultation with Dr. McCracken. You can reach us by calling (720) 851-6600 or via email.