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.
One of the most popular new techniques 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. 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.
What is NeoGraft?
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 that 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 FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) 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 a lot 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.
The Benefits of NeoGraft
NeoGraft and other FUE hair transplantation methods have several key advantages compared to traditional FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), 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 far 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 "
Finally, NeoGraft and other FUE procedures are becoming more affordable. Although FUE hair transplants used to be very expensive, they’re becoming cheaper as more people choose to use FUE technology instead of traditional strip hair follicle harvesting.
The Downsides of NeoGraft
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
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. The difference is very tiny -- 95% compared to 99%, for example -- but it’s still a factor that’s worth knowing about.
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.
Does NeoGraft Work?
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.
Is NeoGraft Worth It?
NeoGraft is one of
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 reverse the visual effects of years of hair loss and give you newfound confidence in your looks. Pick a skilled surgeon and enter with realistic expectations and you’ll likely be very pleased with the results.
Important Safety Information
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Finasteride is for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.
Read this Patient Information before you start taking Finasteride and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
It is not known if Finasteride works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead (temporal area).
Finasteride is not for use by women and children.
Who should not take Finasteride?
Do not take Finasteride if you:
- are pregnant or may become pregnant. Finasteride may harm your unborn baby.
- Finasteride tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the medicine during handling, as long as the tablets are not broken or crushed. Females who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not come in contact with broken or crushed Finasteride tablets.
- If a pregnant woman comes in contact with crushed or broken Finasteride tablets, wash the contact area right away with soap and water. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in Finasteride, a healthcare provider should be consulted. If a woman who is pregnant with a male baby swallows or comes in contact with the medicine in Finasteride, the male baby may be born with sex organs that are not normal.
are allergic to any of the ingredients in Finasteride. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Finasteride.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Finasteride? Before taking Finasteride, tell your healthcare provider if you:
have any other medical conditions, including problems with your prostate or liver
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I take Finasteride?
- Take Finasteride exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- You may take Finasteride with or without food.
If you forget to take Finasteride, do not take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.
Finasteride will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.
What are the possible side effects of Finasteride?
decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. Finasteride can affect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done you should tell your healthcare provider that you are taking Finasteride because Finasteride decreases PSA levels. Changes in PSA levels will need to be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Any increase in follow-up PSA levels from their lowest point may signal the presence of prostate cancer and should be evaluated, even if the test results are still within the normal range for men not taking Finasteride. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you have not been taking Finasteride as prescribed because this may affect the PSA test results. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.
There may be an increased risk of a more serious form of prostate cancer in men taking finasteride at 5 times the dose of Finasteride.
The most common side effects of Finasteride include:
- decrease in sex drive
- trouble getting or keeping an erection
a decrease in the amount of semen
The following have been reported in general use with Finasteride:
- breast tenderness and enlargement. Tell your healthcare provider about any changes in your breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge.
- decrease in sex drive that continued after stopping the medication;
- allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives and swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, and face;
- problems with ejaculation that continued after stopping medication;
- testicular pain;
- difficulty in achieving an erection that continued after stopping the medication;
- male infertility and/or poor quality of semen.
in rare cases, male breast cancer.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Finasteride. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA1088.
How should I store Finasteride?
- Store Finasteride at room temperature between 59˚F to 86˚F (15˚C to 30˚C).
Keep Finasteride in a closed container and keep Finasteride tablets dry (protect from moisture).
Keep Finasteride and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of Finasteride.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this Patient Information. Do not use Finasteride for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Finasteride to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.