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An ideal candidate for a hair transplant is in relatively good health with a healthy supply of hair in the donor area (typically the back of the scalp). This is the area generally not affected by male pattern baldness (except in rare cases). 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 request a free quote.
The answer is, it depends on which hair restoration method you choose. The FUT method, which stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation (also aptly called strip method) does leave a linear scar at the back of the head where a strip of scalp is removed and dissected for hair grafts. The FUE method, which stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, does not result in any scarring because each hair graft is extracted individually. The punch marks of the extraction are so small that they simple scab over and fall off within a few days of the procedure, leaving no marks on the scalp. The NeoGraft technology uses the FUE method. Learn more about FUE vs FUT hair restoration.
If you have thin and patchy facial hair and are looking to grow a full beard or parts of a beard (i.e. mustache, goatee, etc), are in relatively good health, and have a healthy supply of hair in the donor area (typically the back of the scalp), you are a good candidate for a beard transplant. You can have a beard transplant at any age, but if you are under the age of 25 you might want to give it a little bit more time as your facial hair will likely thicken on its own as you approach age 30 (since you may want to preserve your donor hair in case of hair loss on your scalp). The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for a hair transplant is to request a free quote.
The NeoGraft method can be used for facial hair equally well as the scalp. In that sense a beard transplant is no different than a hair transplant. The hair is harvested from the donor area in the same fashion as for a hair transplant, and is then implanted into the facial areas were beard growth is sparse. The only thing to consider before having a beard transplant is to realize that donor hair is finite. Patients seeking a beard transplant may be younger (since beard growth can be sparse well into a person's twenties) and may not have seen significant hair loss on their scalp yet. We encourage all our patients to take future hair loss into consideration before planning a beard transplant.
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 than one might think. Both methods involve extracting hair from the “donor area” of a person’s scalp and implanting it in balding and/or thinning areas. The implantation process is virtually the same. But there is one major difference on the extraction side: With FUE, the hair is extracted in very small groupings from 1-4 follicles each, also called a graft. With FUT, the hair is harvested in a strip (hence, the “strip method”) that is then separated into the follicular units slated for implantation. The upside of FUT is that it can typically be achieved faster, but the downside is that it leaves behind a permanent linear scar in the donor area. FUE achieves the same density and coverage without a scar.
Follicular Unit Extraction can be performed on any hair, male or female. However, 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 and therefore more difficult to effectively replace with a hair transplant. Due to this difficulty to achieve the desired outcome in women, we currently only treat male patients at Nashville Hair Doctor.
The cost of your hair transplant will depend on the number of grafts you will need. Each graft can contain several hairs, which is an important distinction you need to consider when comparing prices. At Nashville Hair Doctor our starting prices for hair transplants range from $5,500 (1,000 grafts) to $10,500 (2,500 grafts). Please view our price chart for more information, or request a free price quote and virtual consultation. Please note that our price quotes are all-inclusive - no added fees or surcharges. We offer interest-free payment plans via several financing providers. Out of town patients qualify for a travel discount.
The cost of your beard transplant will depend on the number of grafts you will need. Please view our beard transplant price estimate per area to see an estimate of the number of grafts you would need as well as the cost for mustache, goatee, sideburns, cheek beard, and full beard. However, pleases note that these are just estimates. For an accurate quote customized to your specific situation, simply upload your pictures to request a free price quote. Please note that our price quotes are all-inclusive - no added fees or surcharges - and that we work with several financing providers offering interest-free payment plans.
HypoThermosol is an innovative solution to temporarily store hair grafts in during transplantation. It has been shown to improve the preservation and functionality of the harvested hair follicles. At Nashville Hair Doctor, HypoThermosol is included in all hair restoration procedures of 2,500 grafts or more.
You do not have to have your entire head shaved prior to a hair transplant. Patients can keep their hair on top if they so wish, without negatively affecting the outcome. At Nashville Hair Doctor we recommend a haircut prior to your procedure. The back and sides need to be cut all the way down with a "0" guard. This can be faded up to 1 inch max. length on top if you prefer to keep a style. Of course you may elect to buzz your entire head (this will also ensure uniform growth), but you are not required to.
The hair used as donor hair for a beard transplant is extracted from the back of the head, so that area will have to be shaved for the technician to be able to extract the hair follicles. We prefer that you leave the beard growth in the recipient areas so our technicians can analyze it before the procedure - they will trim it if necessary before getting started.
Modern hair restoration procedures are much less invasive and therefore less painful than they used to be. Even though it is considered a surgical procedure, a NeoGraft hair or beard transplant is only minimally-invasive. You can expect some minor discomfort after the procedure as your scalp and/or face heals. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is injected in the area that is worked on 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 cause pain. Most patients are pleasantly surprised how easy and pain-free hair and beard transplant procedures are. If you have a lower tolerance for the type of discomfort caused by hair restoration, please ask us about our PRO-NOX patient-controlled pain management system.
We recommend that you wait until Day 3 after your hair transplant before washing your hair. Please read our tips on how to wash you hair during the first week of recovery as well as our complete set of instructions for a successful hair transplant recovery.
We recommend that you wait at least 10 days or until all the scabs in the recipient area have fallen off before you trim your beard. After that all trimming is fine, but you should not shave down to the skin until 3 months after your beard transplant. Also check out our complete set of instructions for a successful hair transplant recovery for other recovery tips like washing hair, sleeping, wearing face masks, and preventing swelling.
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, whether you had a hair or a beard transplant. This is a perfectly normal occurrence, and new natural hair growth will resume within 3-4 months.
You should allow for a week to ten days of recovery after a NeoGraft hair transplant. Please note that this is not time spent in bed. Most patients are perfectly fine to pursue day-to-day activities within 1 or at most 2 days of their procedure. However, you can expect some swelling within the first week post-op, and it takes about 7-10 days for the small punctures of hair implantation to scab over and fall off. Once the scabs have fallen off, a hair transplant is typically undetectable. The growth in the new areas of transplantation will occur slowly following the natural growth cycle of your hair.
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. Read all about the timeline of hair growth after 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 and sides of your head where follicles are resistant to male pattern balding, and reinsert those follicles into areas of the scalp or face where density is desired. In the hands of a skilled technician, a NeoGraft hair transplant can achieve completely natural-looking growth in balding or thinner areas while maintaining enough density at the donor site so as to ensure the procedure is undetectable. 
The NeoGraft Follicular Unit Extraction technology is FDA-approved and very safe. It is a relatively minor surgical procedure that can be performed under mild local anesthesia to numb the scalp. Therefore the risks associated with general anesthesia or even heavy sedation do not apply. The fact that FUE hair transplants are so easy and virtually pain-free is one reasons they have grown in popularity to rank among the most-performed cosmetic surgeries for men.
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 Unit Extraction (FUE) with NeoGraft is a minimally-invasive and very safe procedure that does not require general anesthesia.
Yes, a NeoGraft hair transplant is permanent for the transplanted hair. During a NeoGraft hair restoration procedure, hair follicles are typically transplanted from the back of your head to your scalp or facial recipient areas. Your hair will continue to grow strong and healthy like it did in your donor area previously. And because this hair was taken from an area genetically resistant to the DHT hormone that causes male pattern balding, it is able to grow strong in those once sparse areas. Many patients choose to take a DHT blocker such as Propecia to help preserve their restoration results by limiting future male pattern balding. Your NeoGraft 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.