At the Nashville Hair Doctor, we specialize in the NeoGraft hair transplantation method. It uses Follicular Unit Extraction technology to let you regrow your own hair comfortably, quickly, and effectively. We are confident that NeoGraft is the best hair transplant method on the market. However, this hair transplant FAQ page is designed to help you navigate the entire field of medical hair restoration so that you can make an informed decision whether or not it is for you.
Please contact us if you have any additional hair transplant questions or would like to schedule a personal consultation.
Our Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Transplants
What is NeoGraft?
NeoGraft is an FDA-approved minimally-invasive hair transplant procedure that in recent years has overtaken the traditional “strip” method of hair restoration in popularity and aesthetics. Its revolutionary technology uses pneumatic pressure to extract hair follicles or grafts from the back of your head – or any area of scalp where hair growth is abundant – and reinsert those follicles into areas of the scalp affected by hair loss.
Is NeoGraft permanent?
Yes. During a NeoGraft hair restoration procedure, hair follicles are typically transplanted from the back of your head to the top, or to other areas affected by hair loss. Your hair will continue to grow in its new location just like it did before. And because this hair was taken from an area much less affected by male-pattern baldness, it is likely to continue to grow there close to permanently. Patients who experience additional hair loss after their hair transplant may need a repeat treatment to maintain density. Your medical consultant will be able to assess the stage of your hair loss during an initial consultation. Overall, hair transplants are as close to permanent procedures as you get in cosmetic surgery. For the majority of patients, one single transplantation session is enough.
What is the Difference Between FUE and FUT Hair Transplants?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) are two modern hair transplant methods that have become very popular in the United States. There is less of a difference between the two as one might think. Both take hair from the “donor area” of a person’s scalp and implant it to areas where balding has occurred. The difference between both methods occurs where the donor hair is extracted: With FUE, the smallest possible units of hair, also called grafts and consisting of 1-4 individual hairs, are extracted from the donor area. With FUT, the hair is harvested in a strip (hence, the “strip method”) that is then separated into the follicular units slated for implantation. In both cases the implantation process is very similar. The main difference is that with FUT a linear scar is left behind in the donor area.
Are Hair Transplants Painful?
The modern era of hair transplants began in the late 1950s, but since then the techniques have vastly improved with the advancement of new technologies. This has made hair restoration procedures much less invasive and less painful than they used to be. But hair transplants are still surgical procedures, even though they are minimally-invasive. You should therefore expect some minor discomfort after the procedure as your scalp heals. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to your scalp so that you won’t feel any pain throughout the procedure. You may feel the sensation of slight tugging and pulling as the technician extracts and implants your hair grafts, but it won’t be painful. Most patients are pleasantly surprised how easy and pain-free hair transplant procedures are.
How Soon Will I See Results After a Hair Transplant?
More than any other procedure, hair transplants require patience. Because hair growth is slow, it will take time for your hair transplant to achieve its full effect. Results will vary person to person, but most of our patients have reported significant results within three to six months of treatment. Within a year, your transplanted hair follicles should be growing at a normal rate, letting you enjoy the full effects of the procedure.
Is NeoGraft FDA-Approved?
Yes, the NeoGraft hair transplantation technology is FDA-approved. Originally developed in Germany, it is now in its 4th generation and has become very popular in the United States. Follicular Unite Extraction (FUE) with NeoGraft is a minimally-invasive and very safe procedure that does not require general anesthesia.
Is NeoGraft Safe?
The NeoGraft FUE hair transplantation technology is FDA-approved and completely safe. It is a relatively minor surgical procedure that can be performed under mild local anesthesia to numb the scalp. Therefore none of the risks associated with general anesthesia apply. One of the reasons FUE hair transplants have grown in popularity to be among the most-performed cosmetic surgeries for men is that they are so easy and virtually pain-free.
Am I a Candidate for a Hair Transplant?
Most people qualify for a hair transplant. An ideal candidate for a hair transplant is a man or woman in relatively good health with a healthy supply of hair in the donor area (typically the back of the scalp). This is an area typically not affected by pattern baldness except in rare cases. If you meet the above qualifications and have reasonable goals for your hair restoration, you are a candidate for a hair transplant. In addition, you are a good candidate for NeoGraft if you want to wear your hair short or would like to camouflage any scars from previous linear harvests.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for a hair transplant is to contact your Hair Doctor, send in a photo, or request a consultation.
Do I Have to Get My Head Shaved For an FUE NeoGraft Hair Transplant?
No. While small areas need to be shaved to extract your hair during an FUE transplant, these can be covered up with your existing hair if you wear it longer. However, results are better when your head is shaved, yielding the most harvested follicles. Also, your hair will look more natural if it all comes in together.
How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?
The cost of your hair transplant will depend on the number of grafts you receive. One NeoGraft session can produce up to 2,500 hair grafts. Each graft can contain several hairs, which is an important distinction you need to consider when comparing prices.
The national average cost of a NeoGraft hair transplant ranges from $5 to $9 per graft. At Nashville Hair Doctor we are dedicated to providing our patients with quality hair transplants at affordable prices and we typically come in below the national average price per graft. Also included in the price our consultant will quote you is our NeoGraft engineered light therapy post procedure, which helps stimulate circulation to the grafts for faster growth. In addition, we offer a free travel package for out of town patients.
Is it Normal for Hair to Fall Out After a Hair Transplant?
It is important to know that transplanted hair follicles act just like normal hair, meaning that cyclical shedding will occur, much like it does to the rest of your hair. The grafted hair will stay in place for about 2-3 weeks after transplantation, and then it will fall out, making room for new hair to grow in. Don’t be alarmed when you experience shedding up to a month after your procedure. This is a perfectly normal occurrence, and new natural hair growth will resume within 3-4 months.
Can Women Have Hair Transplants?
Follicular Unit Extraction can be performed on any hair, male or female. However, for women considering a hair transplant it is important to first be evaluated to determine what causes their hair loss. Male pattern baldness is by far the most common cause of hair loss in men, and it leaves in place healthy hair at the back of the head that is resistant to hair loss. This is the area from where the donor hair is harvested. Women, on the other hand, much more often experience thinning hair that is equally distributed all over the head. Without an obvious donor area of thick growth, it is difficult to get good hair transplant results. However, there are cases where women can benefit from a hair transplant, whether it is to cover up incisions from plastic surgery, restore hair after trauma, or combat pattern baldness similar to that found in men.
How is NeoGraft Different from Traditional Hair Transplant Surgery?
The main difference of NeoGraft vs. traditional strip hair transplant surgery is the method by which the hair is harvested. Rather than cutting out a strip of scalp that is then broken up into thousands of grafts, NeoGraft uses what’s essentially vacuum technology to extract individual follicles of hair. This ensures that the follicles remain intact until transplantation, and it avoids the problem of the linear scar left behind with the strip method. It also makes the procedure less invasive, minimizes discomfort, and allows patients to recovery quickly so that they can return to their day to day activities.
To see these differences in action, see the video clip below.
When can I wash my hair after a hair transplant?
We recommend waiting at least 48 hours before washing your hair after a hair transplant. We have put together some specific tips and techniques for Nashville Hair Doctor patients in this blog post.
How should I care for my scalp after a hair transplant?