Hair Doctor NeoGraft patient during his procedure

Hair Restoration with NeoGraft Step by Step

The NeoGraft hair restoration procedure is a one-day, outpatient procedure that requires only local anesthesia. Most patients experience very little or no discomfort during and after their surgery. Your scalp will be treated with a local anesthetic, and if needed and previously discussed, the hair in your donor area will be cut short before we begin. Our patients rest comfortably, watch TV or nap during their procedure.

Below we give you a step-by-step walkthrough of what you can expect on the day of your hair transplant. Ready to get started?

Nashville Hair Doctor patient Brandon, ready to start his procedure.

Step 1. Extraction of Donor Hair

The extraction procedure is simple but may take some time. Using a wand powered by pneumatic pressure, our NeoGraft Master Technician removes donor hair from the back of your head. If your hair loss is caused by male pattern baldness, this is the area where your hair follicles resist falling out. For females, the hair is typically extracted from other areas where it can safely be harvested. We typically extract grafts that are the same size in length and diameter because this will increase the success rate.

This part of the procedure can be a bit tedious as you have to lay on your stomach so that the donor hair can be easily extracted. We offer breaks during this phase, allowing you to get up, drink water, and move around as needed.

Hair Doctor NeoGraft technician Daryl Watson at work on a hair transplant patient

Hair Doctor NeoGraft Master Tech Daryl extracting donor hair during a NeoGraft hair transplant

Step 2. Recipient Sites

Your hair technician, together with his or her assistants, will create recipient sites in the proper orientation, angle, and direction according to your hair transplantation plan. This is the plan that will be created specifically for you during your consultation. Below you can see possible hair transplantation sites laid out in a diagram used for this purpose:

hair transplant diagram

Nashville Hair Doctor patient journey - designing the new hairline

Hair Doctor NeoGraft Master Tech Jay outlining recipient areas on a hair transplant patient

 

Step 3. Hair Graft Placement

The follicular units aka grafts are carefully separated by size before we transplant them into balding or thinning areas of your scalp. Each extracted graft is meticulously harvested and individually implanted to ensure the best results.

Nashville Hair Doctor patient during hair transplant procedure

Nashville Hair Doctor patient David during his hair transplant in July 2018

Step 4. Recovery

By the time you get home after a long day, you will have received detailed post-op instructions to make sure you don’t damage the newly implanted grafts. This phase takes about 7 days until the puncture marks from extraction and transplantation have scabbed over and fallen off. Your instructions will cover when and how to wash your hair, how to sleep to prevent swelling, when exercise can safely be resumed, how long to wait before sun exposure, and how soon you can wear a hat again. Also read Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Hair Transplant Recovery a Success.

The timeline below shows you the healing process during the first 7 days.

timeline of a hair transplant recovery at the Nashville hair doctor - side view

Hair Doctor patient’s post-op recovery timeline

Step 5. You Wait

It’s that easy. After your procedure is finished and you have cleared your first week, all that needs to happen is for your hair to grow. Your hair restoration technician will prepare you to expect your hair to actually fall out before it begins to grow again. This is very normal and part of the hair growth cycle. This doesn’t mean the transplanted follicles didn’t take. It simply means they have taken root and are now following your regular hair growth pattern.

At around 3 months, your growth cycles will begin to kick in, and by 6 months you will see substantial growth. Full results are going to be achieved by 12 months. The timeline below shows a Nashville Hair Doctor patient’s growth cycles.

Nashville Hair Doctor patient recovery 0-5 months after hair transplant

Hair Doctor patient in various stages of hair growth after transplant.

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NeoGraft is a popular treatment for men and women who want to experience the full restoration of lost hair. There are many advantages to Follicular Unit Extraction over other hair transplant methods. It’s simple, the recovery time is short, and there will be no linear scar on the back of your head.

Contact us today to request your quote. We’ll simply need a few hair/scalp selfies and a little information about your self so that we can prepare a treatment plan and quote for you.


With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Our results speak for themselves, and our personal attention is what our patients rave about. Conveniently located in Nashville, Memphis, and Louisville, we also offer travel packages for out-of-town patients. Request Free Quote>>