The Hair Doctor specializes in the NeoGraft hair restoration method offered at two Tennessee locations (Nashville & Memphis) and one in Kentucky (Louisville). We are confident that NeoGraft is the most advanced hair transplant method available. However, these FAQs are compile to help you navigate the entire field of medical hair restoration so that you can make an informed decision.

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

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.

Yes, it is permanent for the transplanted hair. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Most people qualify for a hair transplant. 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 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.

Not entirely. Your donor area in the back of the head will have to be shaved. It CAN be easier if your recipient area is shaved too, particularly if yo have very thick and/or curly hair. Your technician will discuss this with you if that is the case. Your hair will look more natural if it all comes in together, so this may be a reason to have everything shaved. But in most cases, patients opt to have the donor area shaved and leave the recipient area styled the way they have it.

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 The 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 travel discount for out of town patients.

We also encourage you to check our website for specials and to explore our interest-free financing options.

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. Make sure you discuss the use of HypoThermosol with our consultant during your consultation to decide whether to add it to your hair restoration procedure.

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.

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.

If you are female and experiencing hair loss, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reed, the female hair restoration expert at NuBody Concepts Cosmetic 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.

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.

For the convenience of our patients, we have put together a specific list of DOs and DONTs after a hair transplant.

More Resources for Hair Transplant & Recovery Questions

Still More Questions? Listen to a Hair Transplant Patient

David Bernard, who had a hair transplant at The Hair Doctor in Nashville in July 2018, was interviewed on Nashville TV Channel 4 six months after his procedure. Here is what he had to say about his experience:

*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*