We are the first plastic surgery practice in Connecticut offering hair restoration with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) using the NeoGraft Automated Hair Transplantation system.
The FUE method of hair transplantation removes individual hair follicles from the scalp in their naturally occurring groupings of about 1-4 hairs. These follicular hair units are then placed in the areas of the scalp where balding or hair thinning has occurred.
The NeoGraft system is the first FDA approved follicular unit harvesting and implantation system. The NeoGraft system delivers automation of the FUE technique, the most advanced technique in the hair transplant industry. Automation leads to shorter procedure and the best chances for optimum hair regrowth.
This revolutionary Neograft system uses pneumatic controls to precisely extract complete individual hair follicles which can be immediately transplanted to the selected areas of the scalp. The NeoGraft automated hair transplantation system is the only complete harvesting system on the market and has the only ‘NO TOUCH’ implantation technology.
Neograft can be used in men to correct the following conditions:
Hair Restoration with NeoGraft technology provides absolute exact harvesting and placement, delivering repeatable results. With NeoGraft’s technology each follicle is removed individually while the patient is comfortable. A natural looking head of hair is created with this minimally-invasive procedure.
The NeoGraft Automated FUE is also a useful procedure to fix visible linear scars from previous “strip” surgeries. FUE can be used to ‘fill in’ or camouflage those old scars by transplanting new follicles into the area.
Most hair loss in women begins in the 40's, but it can also show up earlier. Hair thinning can occur after pregnancy and after other stressful times in life. It can be devastating to women and can be progressive and get worse with time. However, most women do not lose all of their hair, but instead have thinning, widening of their part, and recession of the hairline near the temples.
Neograft hair transplantation is perfect for women, as there is no visible scar. It can be used for thinning hair, recessed hairlines, traction alopecia, and hair loss from trichotillomania.
The benefits of Neograft for hair restoration in women include:
Hair loss can be a very emotional part of the natural aging process. NeoGraft’s advanced technology offers a discrete solution to hair loss and thinning hair. Hair restoration with the NeoGraft procedure is unnoticeable, making it your secret to tell.
No, if your hair is long enough, harvesting using the FUE/NeoGraft can be done by trimming small areas which can be covered by your existing hair. However, if you tend to keep your hair short, we recommend trimming with no guard on the hair clippers the day before the procedure. This will make the donor site less noticeable as it will all be the same length.
After a hair transplant, the new transplanted hair becomes dormant for 3 to 4 months after the procedure, a process called telogen. So, the newly transplanted hair usually starts growing by 3-5 months.
Human hair normally grows for 3 to 5 years and then a small percentage goes dormant (telogen). Usually we do not notice this because it's only 10% or less of the hair at any one time. After a hair transplant, all of the new hair goes into the same exact telogen phase. For the first few weeks after a hair transplant, the patient thinks the hair is growing but actually it is shedding and falling out. When a hair shaft and follicle are transplanted, it is only the follicle that actually survives.
After a hair transplant, it is possible for the hair in the area of transplantation to undergo a process called shock loss. This occurs because some of the hair near the area of transplantation can go into the Telogen or dormant phase for a few months. Usually this hair will come back after 2 to 3 months.
The transplanted hair will maintain the characteristics it had in the area it was taken from. The hair color, whether it's straight or curly, and the thickness, are all maintained in the new location of the transplanted hair.
All patients will have some redness in the recipient site where the grafts are placed, including small scabs that can be present for up to two weeks. In some patients the redness can persist for several weeks, even after the scabs have fallen off. The color in the healing area often depends upon the patient's skin color. For example, patients with very light or fair skin can often see redness for several weeks after the procedure.
Another occasional problem occurs when the hair starts to recover after several weeks and small ingrown hairs or little pimples form. Usually aggressive washing and scrubbing of the area will take care of this problem. Occasionally, the patient will need to see us and have these areas opened up. Even if a small hair is removed when the cyst is opened, this is not the permanent hair since the follicle is deeper.
As long as the hair that is being removed for transplantation is coming from an area that represents permanent hair, it will be permanent at its new recipient site. The reason is that each hair follicle has its own life expectancy. This is why the selection of the donor site is so important to ensure that permanent hair is being used for the procedure.
Hair follicles are like any other organ in the body and if received from another individual, they will be rejected. The only time hair can be transplanted from one person to another would be if they were identical twins.
This depends upon the amount of available donor hair. Most patients can have at least two procedures and occasionally more if the donor site is thick and large enough. It is important not to over harvest a donor area since this can lead to excessive thinning in the donor site.
One of the benefits of the NeoGraft technique is that the donor hairs are harvested in what are called follicular units. These are the units that hair naturally grows in and therefore, once they are transplanted, they look totally natural.
There are patients with such extensive hair loss and so little donor hair that they are not good candidates for a hair transplant. If the patient has only a small amount of hair in the back of the head, then they are unlikely to be satisfied with any procedure. This is why patient selection is so important when considering a hair transplant.
If a patient is too young, it will be difficult to predict the actual location of future hair loss. The hair transplants in these young patients might be placed in locations that as they age, can lead to an unnatural appearance.