In our practice, Dr. Bronell performs FUE hair transplantation exclusively. FUE is a less invasive technique that produces the same or better results versus the much more invasive strip technique that can leave a significant linear donor scar. While the FUE transplant is the most beneficial for patients, the majority of hair restoration doctors do not offer the FUE procedure because there are some nuisances associated with the FUE hair transplant. First the FUE transplant – without the NeoGraft automated device – is done manually. Doing FUE manually is very tedious and time consuming, making the procedure too costly for most patients. Next, it is difficult to learn the FUE procedure and unless the doctor becomes very skilled there is a risk for a high transection rate of the follicles. Finally, forceps are used in a manual FUE to extract and implant the follicles which can actually end up damaging the follicles. As a result, most doctors are not willing to spend the time to learn this procedure and continue to perform the more invasive, faster “strip” or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) surgery.
With the NeoGraft Hair Transplant machine the problems with a manual FUE procedure have been eliminated. An FUE hair transplant with NeoGraft can be done in the same amount of time as a “strip” hair transplant, reducing the cost of an FUE transplant. In addition to reducing the time required for the transplant, NeoGraft uses pneumatic pressure to extract the follicles and implant them, which means no risk of damage to the hair follicles.
The FUE hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure. With FUE each graft from the back of the head (donor area) is harvested individually and placed in the thinning or balding areas on the top of the head. The hair at the back of the head is genetically programmed not to fall out (not affected by the DHT hormone). The NeoGraft medical device is designed to help the doctor offer his patients this latest, most advanced procedure in hair transplantation while overcoming the problems with manual FUE and those of the “strip” method.
With the FUE method there is little bleeding and fewer complications than with the “strip” method. The procedure is performed with local anesthetic and no intravenous or intra-muscular sedation is required. With FUE there is no visible scarring allowing the hair to be worn short. There is little chance with FUE of damage to nerves, causing pain, or damage to major blood vessels. There are fewer limitations on activities for the first few weeks compared to the “strip” surgery. A complication sometimes seen with the “strip” surgery is a feeling the scalp is too tight from the suturing together of the scalp. Some times permanent numbness in the area where the piece of scalp was removed occurs.
The NeoGraft medical device has been developed to assist the doctor with the FUE procedure in order to make the procedure simpler, faster and more efficacious. The grafts extracted with the NeoGraft contra-angled tool are of excellent quality and remained moist and robust because of the collection canister frequently misting the grafts compared to being exposed to open air under hot lamp microscopes with the “strip” method.