Follicular Unit Extraction

a NeoGraft hair transplant requires no general anesthesia, just a bit of local numbing

The NeoGraft® hair transplant technology for permanent hair restoration is based on the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. It’s a mouthful, but it’s very easy to explain.

Extracting Hair

A follicular unit or hair graft consists of 1-4 individual hairs. Using a wand that is operated with pneumatic pressure, the surgeon or NeoGraft technician extracts follicular units from the donor area of the scalp. A donor area is the part of the scalp that is not affected by hair loss. For men suffering from male pattern baldness – the most common cause of hair loss in men – this area is at the back of the head.

How Many Grafts?

How many hair grafts you need is something you and your consultant determine during a personal consultation. To request a no-hassle instant quote, click here.

Implanting Hair

When enough hair is extracted, the technician inserts the harvested follicular units in the recipient areas, one by one. The entire procedure can last up to 8 hours, depending on the number of hair grafts. After this initial time commitment, all you need is a bit of patience while your new hair is growing in. Most patients see first results within just weeks of their procedure, but it can take 12-14 months for the best results to show.

To learn more about NeoGraft hair transplants, please follow the link below to our Nashville Hair Doctor website for more detail.

FUE With NeoGraft, or FUT aka the Strip Method?

Before and after picture of NeoGraft patient showing hairline restoration post-op

*Results may vary from person to person and are not guaranteed*

The “Strip Method,” also known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), has been around for many years and is still one of the most common hair transplant procedures.

The FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction method is a minimally invasive hair transplantation procedure that was introduced in the late 1990s. The NeoGraft hair transplant technology is built on this method of individually extracting and transplanting follicles of hair individually rather than removing a strip of scalp.

There are several advantages the FUE method has over the FUT or Strip method:

Advantage 1: Less Trauma

As you can imagine, removing a strip of scalp from your head is more invasive than removing individual hair grafts. The former involves surgery and heavy sedation. The latter allows for the extraction of follicles using pneumatic pressure and can be accomplished with small doses of local numbing.

Advantage 2: No Linear Scar

FUE leaves a series of tiny punch marks form where the hair was extracted; these scab over and heal within 10 days. This is a much better outcome than the long linear scar patients undergoing the Strip method of hair restoration are left with. Not having to deal with such a scar allows FUE patients to wear their hair any length after the procedure, with nothing to hide.

Advantage 3: A Fast Recovery

FUE patients can return to work or their regular activities as early as the next day. This includes exercise, giving this method particular appeal among professional athletes. Strip method patients should abstain from exercise for at least 2 weeks to give their scar time to heal.

Hypothermosol in Hair Restoration

bottles of hypothermosol solution, an add-on to hair transplants to promote hair growthThe use of HypoThermosol during hair transplants has been shown to promote follicle growth and reduce swelling. It supplies important nutrients to the extracted hair grafts awaiting transplantation. Its use in hair restoration is the latest innovative treatment we are excited about at The Hair Doctor. We’ve already seen its potential when using it on a select number of patients.

We are excited to offer growth-enhancing treatments such as HypoThermosol as an add-on for our hair transplant patients. To learn more, follow the link below to our Nashville Hair Doctor blog.

Patient Testimonial

Our NeoGraft Master Technician has performed hair transplants in much of the United States for over 20 years. He quickly found that he could achieve the best results using the NeoGraft technology versus other methods. He is well respected among his patients for his easygoing nature during the procedure and for achieving great, natural-looking results.

Hear what Hair Doctor patient David Bernard has to say about his NeoGraft hair transplant in July 2018:

*Results may vary from person to person and are not guaranteed*