Hair Restoration and Replacement Featuring Neograft 2.0™
The level of self-confidence an individual has plays a large role in how one accepts hair loss. Many patients experience great anxiety or loss of self-esteem when faced with hairloss. It is no wonder then that in our youth-oriented society, hair transplant procedures to combat alopecia, the medical term for baldness, have gained in popularity among the approximately sixty to seventy percent of men and the small percentage of women who experience baldness of one degree of another. Beginning hair transplantation before one is completely bald is an excellent idea.
To many Gulf Coast residents, a full head of hair represents attractiveness and desirability both personally and professionally. For this reason, it is vital to understand what effects a hair restoration procedure can have on your daily interactions with people and in all other aspects of your life. Hair Restoration should be unnoticeable to all but those you tell. The facts are that approximately 50 million men and approximately 30 million women, suffer from male/female pattern baldness or thinning hair. Many potential patients shy-away from (or are not candidates for) the traditional “strip method” of hair replacement because of the slow recovery time, the loss of feeling at the incision site, the tiny linear scar on the back of the head, or the amount of post-operative pain involved.
The current procedure for treating baldness is a highly successful surgery and involves removing hair follicles from areas of well endowed, genetically predetermined hair-bearing scalp to areas of hair loss. Some patients with preexisting medical or psychological conditions may not be candidates for this procedure, and these conditions may make it inadvisable for them to complete the surgery and its multiple stages.
However, those patients who experience the condition of male pattern baldness (the M-shaped recession of the hairline commonly found in males), or baldness resulting from accidents, operations, burns, radiation treatment, infection, or even those candidates who have lost their eyebrows, are good candidates for this procedure, which is completed to improve appearance. In instances such as those listed above, your insurance carrier may cover the cost. To determine whether or not you are covered in these instances, you will need to contact your insurance agent.
Patients should realize early on that the full head of thick hair which was present before the balding process will not reappear as a result of this procedure. Also, the patient must realize that transplanted or relocated hair may fall out initially, only to grow back in two to three months. With proper hairstyle and grooming techniques, a patient can achieve an appearance close to that of full hair growth.
It is not possible to gain more hair through surgery. The hair transplants of a donor, rather than the individual patient, would likely be rejected by the body’s protective mechanism. At present, there is no known method for overcoming rejection.
After much research, we have chosen to offer the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method utilizing 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 and are then placed in the areas of the scalp where balding has occurred.
Reasons Why The NeoGraft™ Procedure Is The Solution:
- It is the least invasive procedure for hair transplantation
- Patients who receive the NeoGraft™ procedure feel little to no discomfort
- No stitches or staples are used in the NeoGraft™ procedure
- No unsightly linear scar
- Flexibility for any hair style of your choice, short or long
- Shorter recovery time – patients can typically go back to work the next day
- Fewer restrictions on your normal daily activities
- Natural looking results
Why Choose the NeoGraft™ Procedure
The NeoGraft™ system is the first and only FDA cleared follicular unit harvesting and implantation system. The NeoGraft™ system delivers automation of the FUE technique, the most advanced technique in the hair transplant industry.
This revolutionary 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.
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.
Hair loss can be a very emotional part of the natural aging process, and seeking ways to curb this process used to be a challenge. NeoGraft’s advanced technology offers a discrete solution to hair loss, allowing patients to achieve natural looking results with no linear scar, minimal downtime and a shorter recovery period. Hair restoration with the NeoGraft™ procedure is unnoticeable, making it your secret to tell.
- Superior Results – More natural looking hair, short or long for both men and women.
- Advanced Technology – Automated technology, least invasive procedure for hair transplantation.
- Gentle – Little to no discomfort. No scalpel incision, no staples, no linear scar.
- Effective – Less activity restrictions than traditional strip methods.
- Discrete – Patients can typically go back to work the next day.
- Affordable – We have programs available to meet your exact needs.
Benefits of the FUE Method:
- FUE hair transplant is a very safe, minimally invasive, relatively minor procedure
- Minimal bleeding and fewer complications than with the “strip” method
- Procedure is performed with local anesthetic and no intravenous or intra-muscular sedation is required
- Patients experience minimal discomfort, no scalpel incision, no sutures, no linear scar and quick recovery times
- And Many More!
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.
During the consultation, a medical and family history and examination will be performed pertinent to your hair loss pattern. Recommendations will be made that include the recommendations for grooming techniques, camouflage techniques, the use of newer medications available, and finally, your candidacy for alternative surgical procedures.
It may be necessary to trim a small amount of hair prior to surgery; however, postoperative, this area will become inconspicuous.
The surgery may be done under “twilight” anesthesia on a special operating table that allows a patient to sit up during the entire procedure. For Juri-flap candidates, one of the operative stages is done under general anesthesia. Complications, such as bleeding and infection, are possible, but extremely rare. With proper sedation and anesthesia, today’s transplant procedure is virtually pain-free.
The transplantation may involve a widely and successfully used follicular unit technique. By the use of these additional one to four follicle grafts, we can refine the hairline more naturally than the traditional circular graft plugs. The grafts are taken from the hair-bearing areas of the scalp (usually from the back or sides). The grafts are placed in the balding areas. The donor grafts are meticulously prepared, and then inserted with great care into the spaces at the recipient site.
The grafts are spaced far enough apart so that nourishment from the surrounding blood vessels is sufficient to insure the survival of the transplanted graft. This is an important factor because if all the grafts were transplanted at one time, they would probably die due to insufficient nourishment. Typically, a second sessions is planned over a 6 to 12 month period.
Number of Surgeries
Depending on the patient’s degree of baldness, it may take from one to four surgeries to obtain the desired look, depending on the individual’s situation, time between the sessions, and the number of transplants done per session. The number of surgeries and the length of time in which to complete them will be addressed in your personal consultation with the surgeon prior to surgery.
The Healing Process
The normal healing process after a FUE procedure causes a essentially no visible scarring since each follicular unit is removed individually. New growth will usually cover any scar. As for the donor sites of the grafts, they will shrink to the point of also being unnoticeable and are all hidden by surround hair. Between surgeries, the surgeon and patient are able to monitor the new growth and determine the success of the procedure.
Any patient who has worn a hairpiece may continue to wear it after the procedure until new hair growth occurs. Hair grows at the rate of approximately one-half inch per month. Therefore, transplant patients will wait approximately six months after surgery to comb the transplanted hair over the newly transplanted areas.
Careful hair styling and grooming are essential to achieve the optimal effects of this punch graft transplantation procedure. The results of this particular procedure should last a lifetime.
Scalp Reduction and Juri-Flap Replacement
Other procedures exist, also completed on multiple stages, which can be used in relation to hair transplantation and may be suggested in consultation.
In one procedure, called scalp reduction, a serial excision of the scalp is made, which brings together the front of the balding area with the back of the balding area to join the hair-bearing areas of the scalp. This is an excellent adjunct to hair transplantation because it allows the surgeon to concentrate on putting the plugs in the front of the hairline and does not have to spread them out too thinly all over the top of the head. Patients with a U-shaped balding pattern are good candidates for this procedure.
This procedure can be done three to five times, spaced two to three months apart. After each reduction, the scalp skin tends to stretch and loosen, requiring more bald scalp to be removed. Finally, the hairline is brought close enough together so that normal grooming techniques cover the midline scar and provide hair cover to the top of the head. Some patients may be benefited by the placement of scalp expanders, which will allow the bald scalp to be reduced in a lesser number of sessions. This technique, despite popular misconception, does not move the ears progressively higher on the scalp, nor does it over the lower portion of the hair line above the ears.
Other exciting recent technological advances now allow surgeons to advance the hairline and remove the balding portion of the scalp in as little as three steps performed within a six week period of time instead of several months to two years for multiple transplantations.
As such, I may suggest a procedure called the Juri-flap replacement, that involves the placement of a temporal occipital (side and back parts of the scalp) scalp flap that has your own thick hair density of the sides moved to the balding areas of the scalp. This is best for frontal hairline balding or hair loss. This allows for the massive transfer of genetically determined permanent hair to be cosmetically deficient areas. This procedure can be completed when baldness results from either hereditary factors or injury.
The procedure requires careful thought in planning the hairline so that it appears natural. The ultimate result in terms of density of the frontal hairline is a thicker, denser amount of hair compared to hair transplant. Other factors that can determine possible Juri-flap candidates are the pattern of the baldness, the specific anatomic features of the patient, and other particular variations that may correspond to the patient’s desires. Specifically, the Juri-flap can provide thicker hair quicker than hair transplantation, but does require more extensive surgery.
For those patients who have mildly thinning hair or want to enhance the growth of hair before and after transplants, we offer a number of non-surgical adjuncts including growth stimulating hair products by Hair Medica and medical grade Platelet Rich Plasma treatment.
WHY CHOOSE DR. FEDOK?
- Past President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- 30+ Years of Experience
- Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist
- High Expertise
- Individualized Care