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Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 3/2/2020
If you’ve lost a significant amount of hair, getting a hair transplant is one of the best ways to add back the thickness, fullness and density you used to have. Hair transplants can also be used to "regrow" a receding hairline, helping you turn back the clock on years of hair loss.
A popular new technique for hair transplantation is NeoGraft — a hair transplant technology that’s minimally invasive and designed to help you improve your hairline without the strip scar, discomfort and lengthy recovery of a traditional hair transplant.
On paper, NeoGraft seems much better than a traditional strip hair transplant. But is that reality? In this guide, we’ll explain how NeoGraft works, share its key advantages and discuss its real value as a method of restoring your hairline and reversing the effects of male pattern baldness.
NeoGraft is a modern hair transplant technique that lets you add thickness and density back to your hairline without many of the downsides of a traditional hair transplant.
Hair transplantation involves removing hairs from the back and sides of your head (known as a "donor site") and transplanting them into areas with thinning or no hair, such as the temples or crown of your scalp.
A hair transplant lets you add hair back to places where it doesn’t grow anymore. Once hair is transplanted, it will grow as normal, letting you reverse the visual effects of hair loss.
Originally, hair transplants used a "strip harvesting" method to extract hair follicles from the back of your head. While this method is effective for harvesting the hair, it leaves a large, visible scar that can cause embarrassment for many people.
If you keep your hair long, the scar will be covered up and usually isn’t an issue. However, if you decide to cut your hair short or shave your head (or, in some cases, if you just have a light hair color), there’s a chance that the strip scar will be visible to other people.
NeoGraft avoids the problem of a strip scar by extracting hair follicles using an Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method.
This method involves removing hair follicles in groupings of one to four hairs, without removing a large patch of skin. Instead of a strip scar, NeoGraft leaves hundreds of extremely small scars in the rear section of your scalp, most of which are so small they’re completely unnoticeable.
NeoGraft and other FUE technologies became widely available about 20 years ago, and have since grown in popularity. If you get a hair transplant today, chances are good that you’ll have the choice between a traditional strip harvesting method and an FUE method like NeoGraft.
Below, we’ll get into more detail about the unique benefits of NeoGraft as a method for restoring lost hair, as well as the small downsides of using NeoGraft for your hair transplant.
NeoGraft and other FUE hair transplantation methods have several key advantages compared to traditional Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), or "strip harvesting" hair transplants.
First, NeoGraft is minimally invasive. Because hair follicles are extracted in small amounts using a handheld harvesting tool, there’s no need for stitches or staples to be used, as they would be for a traditional FUT transplant.
Second, NeoGraft is less uncomfortable than a traditional hair transplant. Because there’s no scalpel and no long incision, the procedure is more tolerable for the patient and produces far less discomfort.
Third, NeoGraft has a short recovery period. People usually recover faster after a NeoGraft hair transplant than after a traditional hair transplant, largely because the procedure itself is less invasive.
In fact, most people can resume normal activity within a few days of their procedure, making it easy to get back into the swing of things and return to a normal schedule.
Fourth, NeoGraft produces a natural looking hairline. Unlike older hair transplant methods, which were notorious for a "pluggy" look, NeoGraft uses hair follicles in batches of one to four units to create a natural hairline that doesn’t look like the result of a cosmetic procedure.
Finally, NeoGraft and other FUE procedures are becoming more affordable. Although FUE hair transplants used to be very expensive, they’re becoming less expensive as more people choose to use FUE technology instead of traditional strip hair follicle harvesting.
For the most part, the only real downside of NeoGraft is its cost. Although hair transplants using NeoGraft and other FUE techniques are becoming more affordable, they’re still more expensive than traditional hair transplants using an FUT "strip harvesting" method.
Another minor downside of NeoGraft is its slightly lower transplant success rate than traditional FUT harvesting.
On average, slightly fewer hair follicles are transplanted successfully using FUE techniques than with FUT harvesting. FUE techniques are known to reduce procedure time, increase the take rate of transplanted follicles and lessen overall discomfort during and post-procedure.
With a skilled hair transplant surgeon and modern NeoGraft technology, you’ll likely keep almost all of the hair that’s transplanted, letting you easily fill out your hairline or provide extra thickness on the top or crown of your scalp.
Put simply, yes. When performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon, a hair transplant using NeoGraft or other FUE techniques can help you add hair back to your hairline, mid-scalp or on the crown of your head.
However, hair transplants aren’t miracle procedures. If you’re genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness, your surgeon will probably recommend that you keep taking hair loss drugs like finasteride and minoxidil after your procedure.
It’s important to remember that hair transplants won’t help you "regrow" hair. Instead, you’re moving hair from one part of your scalp and placing it in another, meaning you’ll still have the same amount of hair follicles in total.
It’s also important that you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle for hair growth after you get a hair transplant. Sleeping well, avoiding stress and consuming the right vitamins and minerals can help you better recover from your procedure and grow thicker, healthier hair.
NeoGraft is one of several options available for hair transplants. If you want to restore hair on your scalp or hairline and want to avoid the long, often visible scar of a typical FUT transplant, NeoGraft is one of the best options available.
The shorter recovery period and less invasive procedure also make NeoGraft a nice alternative to a traditional FUT hair transplant.
Just remember that you’re ultimately transplanting your hair, rather than regrowing it. If you’ve got enough hair follicles to make the procedure worth it, NeoGraft can give you a thick, natural looking hairline.
If you’re almost completely bald, on the other hand, it’s important to have realistic expectations about what you can achieve from a hair transplant.
Done right, NeoGraft can improve the visual effects of hair loss. Pick a skilled surgeon and enter with realistic expectations and you may be pleased with the results.
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