In this month’s first blog, we talked about how this could be your summer to do something about your thinning hair. After all, while we may wear baseball caps to shield our domes during a hot Austin summer day, it would be nice if you didn’t have to wear one to cover up your thinning hair.
NeoGraft is the system, and it’s a pretty cool innovation in hair restoration. The system takes single hair follicles and moves them from where you don’t need them (the back of the scalp) to where you do.
Let’s get into this more in our second blog of 2021.
Who is an ideal candidate for NeoGraft?
Our NeoGraft system at Austin Cosmetic Surgery uses follicular unit extraction (FUE). We described the process in January’s first blog. To be a candidate, Dr. Carlotti needs to be able to harvest healthy, active hair follicles from the back of your scalp. You cannot be fully bald. The functioning follicles will be transplanted into the thinning or bald areas. For most people, this hair on the back of their scalp is resistant to male or female pattern baldness, so the follicles are still active. This hair from the back of the head needs to be balding-resistant for the procedure to be a success. Plus, there needs to be an adequate amount of this hair in the donor areas.
NeoGraft is a good option for patients who want to wear their hair short in the back or on the sides, as there won’t be a big scar across the back of the scalp. Also, NeoGraft is a great way to camouflage that scar if you’ve previously had linear harvests from the back of the scalp.
We’ve found that our best candidates for these treatments are noticing increased hair thinning, but the problem areas are not fully bald. If you’re seeing more and more hair loss, it’s time to give us a call at Austin Cosmetic Surgery.
What happens after my NeoGraft procedure? What will the post-operative care involve?
People always wonder what happens after Dr. Carlotti grabs all of those follicles, makes the requisite holes to transplant them, and then does so. After your session, your scalp will be tender, and you’ll need some pain medication for a few days. For the first couple of days, you’ll have bandages on the treated areas, and you’ll receive antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications to lower the risk of infection and to calm irritation. Compared to strip harvesting and even the use of scalpels with FUE methods, the NeoGraft system is far more comfortable and recovery is easy.
You can wash your hair within three days after your procedure. We’ll show you how to do so. You’ll use a surgical sponge and soapy water to keep the recipient area clean and to stop it from developing crusting on the transplanted follicles. It’s important not to rub, and not to use a towel to dry the transplanted area. For the first week or so, you’ll let that area air-dry. After one week, you’ll be able to shower pretty much as normal.
Then, as we mentioned in January’s first blog, by summer or fall, your new transplanted follicles will get back into action and you’ll be regrowing hair for the long haul.
Interested in NeoGraft hair transplantation at Austin Cosmetic Surgery? Call us at our Lakeway office, (512) 688-8000, or our Scottsdale office, (480) 947-7700 to schedule a consultation.