What is an FUE Hair Transplant?
FUE stands for follicular-unit extraction. FUE is an advanced, minimally-invasive hair transplant method which allows for the harvesting of individual follicles from the back of the head or the donor area without a scalpel or stitches. Since the individual follicles are harvested individually the FUE method leaves no linear scar.
What is NeoGraft?
NeoGraft is a new automated device which facilitates the harvesting of follicles during a Follicular Unit Extraction. This hair transplant implantation procedure dramatically improving the accuracy and speed over previously used manual extraction instruments such as the strip method.
What are the Main Benefits of FUE over the Strip Method?
Patients can heal faster after an FUE transplant and more comfortably than linear-harvest techniques since the physician uses a scalpel to removes a strip of scalp and requires stitches. With the minimally invasive FUE technique, patients can return to work in a couple of days because no incision is made on the scalp to harvest follicles.
Once healing is complete, the patient has the option of wearing a very short haircut without the worry of a tell-tale scar. Downtime is much shorter with fewer activity restrictions post-operatively. FUE with NeoGraft allows for more accurate harvesting of intact viable hair follicles so patients can reach their goals fast and with less time in the procedure room.
Who is a Good Candidate for FUE Using NeoGraft?
Patients who would like the option of wearing a very short haircut in the back or sides of their scalp, or those who want the least amount of activity restriction (e.g. athletes) after their hair transplant procedure, may be good candidates for FUE with NeoGraft. FUE can also be used for ‘scar camouflage’ procedures for patients who have had prior strip procedures, as well as for body hair transplants.
What Are the Major Cost Differences Between FUE and Linear-Harvest Hair Transplant Procedures?
The fee structure for FUE hair transplant procedures reflect the more detailed and intricate nature of those procedures compared to those performed with a linear harvest strip method. However, in most cases, the pricing is very similar.
Are the Final Transplanted Results Any Different with NeoGraft Than Those Achieved with Linear Harvesting?
NeoGraft, by default, yields grafts that contain mainly one, two, three, or four follicles call follicular units. Strips or linear harvests, are removed from the back of the scalp and are then microscopically dissected by a team into grafts of one, two, or three follicles, would also yield similar follicular-unit grafts. Provided that in each case the grafts are implanted with care, artistry and precision into the recipient area, the final transplanted results with FUE would be similar, if not identical, to those accomplished with a linear harvest.
The difference is not in the area of hair growth, but how the donor area is harvested either by a strip of scalp or by small individual graft extractions. Using the FUE technique, leaves no linear scar.
Is FUE Suitable for Both Men and Women?
Yes. Because FUE is a minimally-invasive procedure, it is a viable option for both men and women looking to restore their own living and growing hair with transplantation.
Do I Have to Get a Haircut to Have the FUE Procedure?
No, if your hair is long enough, harvesting using the FUE method or NeoGraft can be done by shaving small areas which can be covered by other, existing hair.