What is a NeoGraft/FUE hair transplant?
FUE is a technique which allows hair follicle harvesting without the use of a scalpel or stitches and leaves no linear scar. NeoGraft is a sophisticated breakthrough surgical instrument that makes FUE harvesting far more efficient and accurate than previous devices. FUE using NeoGraft has been considered a “game-changer” for the field of hair transplant surgery eliminating the risk, discomfort and downtime of a linear or strip-harvest.
After just seven days following NeoGraft FUE, the donor area shows virtually no sign of the harvesting of nearly 2,000 follicular unit grafts and absolutely no linear scar.
What is NeoGraft FUE?
Many believe that NeoGraft is simply a better way to perform a hair transplant. Less invasive than traditional linear “strip” harvesting, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) uses no scalpel, no stitches, no staples in the donor area–allowing for faster healing and less discomfort after transplantation. Many of our patients say “this is the breakthrough I’ve been waiting for!” Dr. Alan Bauman has performed FUE procedures since 2001 and he was the first ABHRS board-certified hair transplant surgeon to routinely use NeoGraft for FUE starting in 2008. Today, FUE comprises more than 98% of all cases at Bauman Medical Group. Dr Bauman and his team are among the most experienced FUE hair transplant surgical teams worldwide having performed well over one-thousand FUE cases and transplanted nearly two million FUE grafts. Most importantly, however, Dr. Bauman and his team take great pride in the artistic quality and naturalness of the final result for every single patient. To find out if your are a good candidate for NeoGraft/FUE, request a consultation with Dr. Bauman today.
NeoGraft FUE hair transplant pioneer, Dr. Alan Bauman featured on CBS Early Show. New minimally-invasive hair transplant techniques are gaining popularity because they avoid the unsightly telltale scar of traditional linear/strip harvest hair surgery. Less pain, less downtime, faster recovery. Watch the CBS Early Show in New York featuring Dr. Alan Bauman. read more…
NeoGraft Debuted at ISHRS Live Surgery Workshop 2010 – Wednesday, April 14, 2010 April 2010 – The Orlando Live Surgery Workshop is the largest Annual Live Hair Transplant Surgery Workshop sponsored by the ISHRS. This year, Dr. Alan Bauman was invited to present a High-Definition Video Lecture as well as perform NeoGraft / FUE Hair Transplant. Click the link for the recap announcement. read more…
Dr. Alan Bauman is the NeoGraft FUE Expert
Dr. Alan Bauman has been featured on NBC, FOX and CBS using the NeoGraft FUE device for hair transplantation.
Dr. Alan J. Bauman has performed FUE procedures since 2001 using a variety of tools, including his own “Bauman MINDEX” extractor, the first manual instrument commercially available for FUE surgeons. In 2008, Dr. Bauman became the first ABHRS-certified hair transplant surgeon to routinely utilize the NeoGraft device for hair transplant harvesting. This device has allowed he and his surgical team to harvest and implant hair follicles accurately and efficiently with excellent hair growth rates and artistically-natural hair transplant results.
NEW: Every NeoGraft FUE hair transplant is performed at Bauman Medical Group using PRP Platelet Rich Plasma technology!
NeoGraft Hair Transplant Device Featured on Rachael Ray
NeoGraft enhances the speed, efficiency and quality of FUE (no strip scar) hair transplant procedures. The mechanical device, guided by the surgeon’s hand, allows the individual extraction of hair follicles without the need of of a scalpel or stitches and leaves no linear scar. Recently, YouTube celeb, Kevin ‘Nalts’ Nalty had his surgery with NeoGraft broadcast live on the internet. Videos of his procedure can be found at
What is FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION or “FUE” Hair Transplant?
Minimally-Invasive Hair Transplantation – “FUE” Procedure Follicular Unit Extraction with NeoGraft leaves no strip scar, no linear scar. The most exciting thing about Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is what it enables us to do in the donor area with people who wear very short hair. For many people, having a linear scar is not desirable. So this surgical technique gives us another option for “extracting” or harvesting the permanent donor follicles from the scalp. With FUE, we are able to extract single Follicular Units (that means groupings of 1, 2, 3, and sometimes, 4 hair follicles) individually from the donor area without a scalpel. This also means the patient will not require any stitches and there is absolutely no linear scar.
FUE is a much less invasive procedure that heals more quickly and has less activity restrictions postoperatively. For example, patients may swim, play golf, tennis, etc. after just three days. That said, it is a tedious process for the surgeon and the surgical team because it requires significantly more time to get the same numbers of grafts as a traditional (linear or strip) harvest. For many years, we were only able to harvest between 500-700 grafts per day with FUE. Today, the NeoGraft device has enabled us to consistently harvest 1500-1800 grafts or more during a normal procedure day and 3,000-4,000 grafts or more with a two-day “MEGA-FUE” visit.
What are the benefits of FUE with NeoGraft?
There are many benefits of Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE. Patients walk out of the procedure with the grafts implanted in the Recipient Area just like they do with a traditional procedure, but there are no stitches or staples in the Donor Area and therefore less discomfort. The tiny circular incisions will heal and become nearly invisible within a matter of days. From a social distance, the donor area is generally ‘back to normal’ in about a week.
Even with available financing and extended payment plans, an FUE procedure may be cost prohibitive for some patients. It’s true, linear harvesting still remains the least costly method of harvesting hair for transplantation. However, a new breakthrough mechanical device, called NeoGraft, is making FUE procedures more efficient year-by-year. NeoGraft works an extension of the human hand to help harvest hair follicles efficiently from the scalp at a rate of speed that is significantly faster than manual FUE extraction and, with proper technique, significantly more accurate.
With every month, it seems more an more surgeons and other doctors are acquiring NeoGraft devices or hiring outside teams to perform procedures in their practices… this can be dangerous for patients. Now more than ever, patients really need to understand how important choosing the right surgeon and surgical team remains. Final hairline design results still are dependent upon the skill and artistic abilities of the surgeon performing the procedure. Often, people make the mistake of concentrating too much on what tool is used or how we extract the grafts and forget the basic rules that apply to artistic hairline design. Novice surgeons are prone to major errors in hairline design, angles and orientation of grafts–creating problems that are not so easy to fix, re-do or hide. So, it is critical that prospective patients evaluate a surgeon’s proven expertise using the FUE Follicular Unit Extraction technique AND artistry… extensive hair transplant experience and artistry is required when designing hairlines so they look natural.
Board Certified Hair Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Alan Bauman, performing NeoGraft FUE.
FUE is also a useful procedure for patients who have wide or very visible linear scars. FUE can be used to ‘fill in’ or camouflage those old scars by transplanting new follicles into the area. Dr. Bauman has presented at ISHRS conferences on using FUE for coverage of linear scars as a viable method of treatment of this concerning issue. Dr. Bauman was the first ISHRS surgeon to demonstrate the FUE procedure in a Live Surgery Workshop setting in Orlando Florida in 2003. Dr. Bauman also designed the first manual instrument that was made commercially-available to surgeons specifically to help perform FUE procedures (called “Bauman-MINDEX, available from A to Z Surgical/George Tiemann). Dr. Bauman was the first ABHRS board-certified hair restoration physician to routinely use NeoGraft for FUE procedures.The NeoGraft is the latest advancement in FUE procedures, allowing higher numbers of grafts to be harvested in less time.
FUE and Body Hair Transplant or BHT
Did you know there are over five million follicles on the human body? The FUE technique can also be used to harvest follicles from areas outside of the scalp area. Non-scalp harvesting or Body Hair Transplants (BHT) is useful for patients who have depleted Donor Areas from previous transplants. Hair follicles harvested from “alternate sources of donor” such as the beard, the chest, the abdomen or belly, back, arms and legs often have different qualities to them compared to scalp hair so discuss these issues with your Body Hair Transplant surgeon, Dr. Alan Bauman. Dr. Bauman has successfully performed FUE/BHT to camouflage previous hair transplant scars, and to fill in areas of the scalp in patients who have a lack of donor hair available.
Are you a candidate for Follicular Unit Extraction?
We need to consider:
How many grafts will be needed to accomplish your hair restoration goals?
How long is the hair on the back of your scalp?
Are you on treatments (medications or other modalities) to stop the progression of your hair loss? If you are not, and your hair loss continues, you will need to continually fill in the areas where you are losing hair. Remember, transplanted hair is permanent, but your other hair is not.
NeoGraft FUE / FAQs
What is NeoGraft™? NeoGraft™ is a new device which facilitates the harvesting of follicles during an “FUE”-type hair transplant, dramatically improving the accuracy and speed over previously-used manual extraction instruments. Dr. Bauman is one of the first physicians in the United States to use the NeoGraft™ device routinely for FUE hair transplant procedures.
What is an “FUE” hair transplant? “F.U.E.” or “Follicular-Unit Extraction” is an advanced, minimally-invasive hair transplant method which allows for the harvesting of individual follicles from the donor area without a scalpel or stitches, and therefore leaves no linear scar.
What are the main benefits of FUE over linear harvesting? It is well-accepted that FUE transplants can heal faster and more comfortably than linear-harvest techniques using a scalpel and requiring stitches. With FUE, once healing is complete, the patient has the option of wearing a very short haircut without the worry of a tell-tale linear scar. Without the need for stitches, downtime is shorter with fewer activity restrictions post-operatively.
What are some benefits of NeoGraft™ over manual FUE techniques? The highly ergonomic mechanical NeoGraft™ device works as a natural extension of the surgeons’ hand, allowing for faster and more accurate harvesting of hair follicles. NeoGraft™ patients now reach their goal with less time in the procedure room or fewer FUE procedures altogether.
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 linear harvests, 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.
Are the final transplanted ‘results’ any different with FUE/NeoGraft than those achieved with linear harvesting? No. FUE procedures, by default, yield grafts that contain mainly one, two or three follicles called “follicular units.” Linear harvests, which 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 identical to those accomplished with a linear harvest. If the donor area is harvested with careful technique, healthy hair follicles will be accurately obtained. The main difference versus a linear or strip surgery is not in the area of hair growth, but how the donor area is harvested.
Is FUE/NeoGraft suitable for both men and women? Yes. Because FUE/NeoGraft 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. For women, harvesting is performed with a hidden or “stealth” shave in the donor area which is covered by the surrounding existing hair.
Do I have to get a total ‘buzz-cut’ to have an FUE/NeoGraft procedure? No, but it helps. If your donor hair is long enough, harvesting using the FUE/NeoGraft can be done by shaving small areas which can be covered by your other, existing donor hair. For maximum yield however, a buzz-cut is recommended in the donor area.
Am I a good candidate for a procedure using FUE/NeoGraft? The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for hair transplant using FUE/NeoGraft is a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Bauman. To begin the consultation process, click <a href=”http://www.baumanmedical.com/schedule-consultation” button at the top of the page.
Hair Growth Concerns With NeoGraft / FUE
Does FUE-style transplantation affect hair growth rates? In our experience with “manual FUE” at Bauman Medical Group since 2002, we have seen excellent growth rates in our patients that are not significantly different from our other, microscopically-dissected follicular-unit hair transplant grafts. With each advance in hair transplant history: sessions more than 1000 grafts called “MegaSessions,” microscopically-dissected follicular unit grafts, eyelash transplant procedures, temporal point restorations, etc. there has always been hair growth rate concerns and fears–which time and time again have been proven to be false in our hands. Truth be told, though fragile, hair transplant grafts have excellent survival rates during transplantation as long as they are not mishandled by an inexperienced team. As an example, the commonly held belief that “skinny” grafts (grafts without excess tissue) survive poorly is disproven again and again in our hands during our routine eyelash transplant procedures.
Our track record of thousands of successful hair transplant procedures since 1997 and FUE-type transplants since 2002 have demonstrated excellent growth rates (even in difficult cases such as scar camouflage) in OUR clinic. It is commonly accepted that more than 97% of transplanted follicles will survive and grow. At Bauman Medical Group, we are always striving for 100%! (Note: Dr. Bauman’s specialized use of “bioenhancements’ like PRP with every FUE procedure along with careful handling of the grafts may be some of the reasons that excellent growth is consistently obtained.)
FUE results by Dr. Alan Bauman from an FUE procedure in 2002
Above is an example of a “Manual FUE” procedure performed in 2002 showing excellent growth. Today our procedures using NeoGraft transplant 1500-3000+ grafts with each procedure! The slideshow above show the results of a NeoGraft hair transplant performed by Dr. Alan J. Bauman in 2009 at various intervals (Before, Day1, Week1, and 12mos).
Dr. Bauman’s NeoGraft FUE Before & After Photos showing healing and hair growth results.