Neograft is a device that facilitates quick and easy extraction of individual hair follicles and follicular units. This is termed Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Patients often opt for FUE hair transplant because it does not leave a linear scar at the “donor” site on the back of the head like traditional strip harvest hair transplant methods. This allows patients to wear their hair shorter on the back and sides of the head than they would otherwise be able to with the traditional strip harvest. Neograft also does not involve any sutures, which have to stay in place for 10-14 days and require removal post-operatively with strip harvest techniques.
The Neograft procedure is typically performed with some oral sedation and local anesthesia, which allows for a very comfortable procedure and a quick recovery. Most patients will listen to music, sleep, or watch a movie on a tablet during the procedure. Patients can go home the same day and post-operatively, they will follow up with Dr. Richardson on a regular basis to ensure that the transplants remain healthy, to assess the growth of the grafts over time, and to maintain as much native hair as possible in order to achieve the optimal result. HairMedica products, PRP treatments, finasteride, and minoxidil are all excellent options to maximize and maintain the results of any hair transplant procedure, including Neograft.
All Neograft hair transplants are performed in our state-of-the-art surgical suite within our center at Texas Facial Aesthetics in Frisco, and an entire session with several thousand grafts can be performed in one day.
During a Neograft consultation, we recommend asking your doctor several things:
1. What kind of training or experience did the surgeon have with the device before purchasing it?
Some doctors purchase hair transplant devices without having any formal training in hair restoration and use hair transplant solely as a means to generate additional revenue without being invested in hair restoration as a whole.
2. What other types of hair transplant or hair restoration options does the surgeon offer?
A hair transplant surgeon should be able to offer you multiple types of hair restoration options (strip harvest, follicular unit extraction like Neograft, scalp flaps, etc). Most hair restoration specialists will also be skilled in other less common types of hair transplant procedures such as brow transplants, beard transplants, etc.
3. What non-surgical options do they offer for hair restoration?
In our practice, we offer surgical and non-surgical management of hair loss. Surgical management of course includes the options listed above. Non-surgical management includes minoxidil, finasteride, PRP injections, topical shampoos/conditioners/serums, light therapy, and other options.
4. What kind of formal training does the doctor have in hair restoration?
As a surgeon who completed a one year fellowship in hair restoration, Dr. Richardson takes hair restoration very seriously, and it is a large part of his practice. While hair transplantation, particularly with Neograft, can be a relatively straightforward process, it is not without risk, and a well-trained surgeon is paramount to achieving the best possible result.
5. How involved is the surgeon in the transplant procedure and the entire process?
Some doctors are very hands-off when it comes to Neograft procedures or other hair transplant techniques. It is critical that the hair transplant surgeon be intimately involved in every aspect of the hair restoration process. In our practice, Dr. Richardson personally performs all hair restoration and hair loss consultations, and reviews with patients all of the surgical and non-surgical options in detail. On the day of the procedure, Dr. Richardson designs the hairline, plans the recipient sites and donor area, and even cuts the patient’s hair himself. He also performs all the injections of the numbing medicine, supervises the administration of any sedation, harvests grafts, makes the recipient sites, and oversees the final dressing. A hair transplant procedure requires a large team, and the role of Dr. Richardson’s team is to assist in preparing the harvested grafts for transplant, and placing the grafts into the recipient sites that he has created.
With the above information, patients should be able to make an informed decision about all of their hair restoration options, including Neograft. If you would like to discuss your hair restoration options with Dr. Richardson, call us at (469) 362-6975 or EMAIL US and a member of our friendly staff will reach out to you shortly.