Do you suffer from hair loss or a receding hairline? If so, you may have considered a hair transplant to restore full growth to your balding areas. One of the most popular methods of hair restoration is a NeoGraft hair transplant. Our experienced Nashville Hair Doctor staff has seen a lot of patients just like you and has put together this list of answers to questions we get asked most often by our patients. (Please also consult our FAQ page for a more comprehensive list.)
1. Is NeoGraft FDA-approved?
Yes, NeoGraft is an FDA approved hair restoration technology. In fact, it was the first Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technology approved in the United States. It was originally developed in Germany and has been continually upgraded to its current generation of pneumatic devices. It does not require the use of general anesthesia and is a very safe, minimally-invasive procedure. NeoGraft is popular among patients who are seeking great-looking, natural results with a quick return to their regular activities.
2. Is NeoGraft Painful?
Hair transplants have been around since the late 1950s, and the technology has continually improved over time. The FUE method offers minimally-invasive restoration with only minor discomfort, if any at all. A local anesthetic is applied to the scalp so that no pain is experienced during the procedure. A slight tugging or pulling sensation is common when your technician extracts and implants the individual hair grafts, but it isn’t typically painful. Most Hair Doctor patients describe the treatment as easy and pain-free.
The most “painful” thing about a hair transplant might be the amount of time you have to sit still. A large transplant of 2,500-3,000 hair grafts can take an entire 8-hour day. You’ll spend part of that on your stomach for the hair extraction, and the other part reclined or sitting up for one-by-one placement of the grafts. Most patients bring their own technology to listen to music or podcasts to pass the time, and all Hair Doctor NeoGraft suites have TVs available for patient use. Our technicians are known to be easy to talk to, and many patients enjoy conversing throughout their procedure.
If you still worry about anxiety and discomfort during your hair transplant, we also offer the patient-controlled PRO-NOX pain management system. Ask your NeoGraft consultant for more info.
3. When Will I Experience New Hair Growth after NeoGraft?
Your transplant procedure will require patience, simply because hair grows slowly. You will end up with a fuller head of your own natural hair, and to achieve that, your hair has to grow in.
Your growth-time expectations will be explained during your consultation. Results do vary, but the majority of our Hair Doctor patients experience significant hair growth after six months. The first three months are the hardest, because at first – get this – your hair actually sheds. It is the opposite of what you’re hoping for, but it’s quite normal. All hair goes through growth cycles, and so the first thing your newly transplanted hair does is fall out.
After three months, it starts growing in quite rapidly over the course of the next three months, so that by month 6 you should have achieved nice results. Within a year, your newly transplanted hair follicles should be steadily growing at a normal rate, which will allow you to enjoy the full benefits of the NeoGraft hair transplant procedure.
4. Do I Need to Have My Head Shaved with NeoGraft?
You do not need to have your entire head shaved before undergoing a NeoGraft procedure. Typically, only your donor area at the back of the head is shaved to allow for unobstructed graft extraction.
Some patients choose to have their entire head shaved beforehand, but it is not required. If you prefer, you can keep up to an inch on top, faded towards a shave on sides and back. The benefit of having all of it shaved is that it allows for all hair to grow back in together, resulting in a uniform length. But again, it’s not necessary. At The Hair Doctor, we make sure to listen to your concerns and give you a detailed preview of your procedure, so that there are no surprises.
5. Does NeoGraft Leave any Scars?
At Nashville Hair Doctor we get a surprising number of patients who’ve had prior hair transplant procedures. And one of the main reasons they opt for NeoGraft for a second round of hair restoration is to avoid a linear scar on the back of their heads. The beauty of NeoGraft is that each hair graft is extracted individually, which means it leaves no scar on the back of the head from graft harvesting.
This is not true for other procedures. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a method similar to FUE in that the grafts are implanted individually, but the grafts are typically harvested as an entire strip of scalp from the back of the head. This technique is also called the Strip Method. Patients who undergo the strip method of hair transplantation are left with a linear scar on the back of the head. It takes longer to heal, and it stays visible with shorter hairstyles.
NeoGraft doesn’t have this problem. The little pinprick-sized punches from harvesting the hair heal and scab over without 7-10 days of the hair transplant, leaving no long-term scarring. This allows you the most flexibility in terms of hairstyle post-transplant.
We hope that we have helped you answer some basic questions about NeoGraft. If you are ready to take a step closer towards a possible hair transplant, take 5 minute to upload your pictures and request a free quote.