Questions Answered by Certified NeoGraft® Providers
How should I choose my NeoGraft provider?
"When making a decision about which surgeon you choose to perform your hair transplant procedure, it is best to choose someone who has a great deal of experience performing hair transplantation. There are many subtle aspects to achieving a natural result in hair transplantation, such as the distribution of the transplanted hairs, the design of the new hairline and the angle of growth of the transplants. All of these factors are important in order to achieve the best final result. Seek out a surgeon with experience in this specialized field of medicine." -- Daniel Elliott Rousso, M.D., F.A.C.S.
What happens during the initial consultation with my certified NeoGraft physician?
"The doctor will do a physical examination and talk about your hair loss history as well as your expectations. You will view before and after photos, and talk about the technology of NeoGraft. The coordinator will then go over schedule and pricing information." -- Grant Stevens, MD
How do I prepare for my NeoGraft procedure?
"The patient will need to be prepared for a very short haircut in the area of graft harvest (donor site). Patients will be advised to cut their hair short in preparation for the shaving of the donor site by the NeoGraft doctor. Cutting the hair short ahead of time will allow for less noticeable change after the patient returns to work and social situations while the donor site heals and is covered by growth of hair." -- David L. Robbins, MD, FACS
How long does the NeoGraft procedure take? What should I expect during the NeoGraft procedure?
"Depending on the number of grafts harvested, a Neograft procedure can take between 3 - 8 hours."
"The day is split into two halves: donor harvesting and placement. Harvesting requires the patient to lie face down for 2 - 4 hours. The back of the scalp is anesthetized and the individual follicular groupings are extracted from the back of the scalp via the NeoGraft device. Between donor harvesting and placement, the patient is allowed to go to the bathroom or grab a quick bite to eat. The donor hair placement requires the patient to sit upright while the front of the scalp is anesthetized and the individual follicular groupings are placed into the frontal scalp via small incisions." -- Terrence Keaney, MD
What should I do the day of my NeoGraft procedure? How is the first week following the NeoGraft procedure?
"Patients should expect to be in the office a minimum of four hours depending on the size of their procedure, this may be anywhere up to eight hours. They should bring a lunch and some light snacks. In our practice we buy lunch for our patients and take care of any special needs they may have to make it their day."
"Patients should expect their grafts to be slightly raised in the first week to two weeks following implantation. 3 to 4 days after their procedure they will start to scab over, they need to be gentle any time interacting with the scalp for the first 14 days. This includes not using force when showering and instead using the "cup method" protecting the graphs from both wind and sun and being careful not to disrupt them in any way with hands or other objects." -- Keith Durante, MD
What kind of hair care or maintenance should I use for my graft hair?
"Grafted hair will not fall out. You want to make sure additional hair loss is halted. NeoGraft PhotoDynamic Therapy is great for maintenance. Propecia might be appropriate and your doctor will discuss this with you. Your graft hair is yours." -- Keith Jeffords, MD
If I'm a female, what can I expect the benefits of NeoGraft to be compared to other techniques?
"No scalp incision…. minimal pain. Small procedures can be performed that won’t require significant alteration of your hair styles." -- Keith Jeffords, MD
What happens Immediately after the NeoGraft procedure is done?
"After your NeoGraft procedure, the staff will assure that the grafts are in proper position and secure. They will thoroughly rinse the donor and recipient areas and a light protective dressing may be applied. You will be given thorough instructions about how to care for the grafts postoperatively and follow-up. There is minimal care following your NeoGraft procedure. You may be given a shampoo and or topical antiseptic to use after your NeoGraft procedure. Because there is no incision in the donor area, there is no need to remove any sutures. There's typically very little pain or discomfort after the procedure. You may experience a slight amount of drainage for the first day after your procedure, but this is minimal. It is best to refrain from strenuous activity for the first week or so, as this may increase the amount of swelling on your forehead area after the procedure." -- Daniel Elliott Rousso, M.D., F.A.C.S.