Thinning hair or balding areas can be quite distressing. Because many people are adept at concealing the condition, hair loss is actually much more common than you might realize. Fortunately, there's a solution that's more than just a temporary fix. NeoGraft hair restoration in our New Jersey practice uses follicular unit extraction to harvest and transplant individual follicles, replenishing thinning areas with your own natural hair.
NeoGraft represents a new generation in hair restoration. The treatment uses pneumatic energy to extract hair follicles from a donor site—usually the back of your head. Once a sufficient number of follicles has been extracted, your physician grafts them to the area you'd like to treat. NeoGraft is appropriate for both men and women with thinning hair or baldness.
Your NeoGraft Procedure
On the day of your procedure, it's a good idea to wear comfortable clothes. Because of the meticulous nature of the procedure, it can last for several hours. Throughout the day, you'll be able to get up to move the bathroom, stretch, or have a snack.
The surgeon begins by shaving your donor hair. From this patch of buzzed hair, he begins harvesting individual follicles. The number of follicles to be used in your procedure depends on the severity of your condition. As he works, he places the follicles in a special solution to keep them alive and healthy. Once the appropriate number of follicles has been gathered, he applies a topical anesthetic to your bald area. One at a time, he grafts each follicle to this area, being careful to ensure the follicles are added at an appropriate density and at the correct angle so that their growth matches that of the surrounding, native hair.
Your Recovery & Results
After your treatment, you'll be able to return home. Most patients can safely wash their hair the next day using a modified method. You can also return to work the next day. Although pain is not severe, some discomfort and swelling of your scalp is normal. These symptoms are usually manageable with over-the-counter medication.
The transplanted follicles grow at the same rate as native hair, so it may be a couple of months before you can fully enjoy your results. It's important to be patient. In the immediate weeks after your NeoGraft procedure, you may notice some of the transplanted follicles "shedding" from your scalp. This is normal and actually a good indication that the treatment was effective.
In the long term, you can style and cut your transplanted hair just as you normally would. Unlike previous forms of hair restoration, NeoGraft does not create any significant visible scarring. Enjoy your renewed fullness and youthful, thick hair on your terms. In most cases, a single NeoGraft treatment is all that's required for incredible, long-term results.