What is a NeoGraft/FUE hair transplant?
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 for over 10 years and he was the first ABHRS-certified hair transplant surgeon to routinely use NeoGraft for FUE starting in 2008. Today, FUE comprises more than 96% of all cases at Bauman Medical Group. Dr Bauman is one among the most experienced FUE hair transplant surgeons worldwide having personally performed well over one-thousand FUE cases. Most importantly, however, he takes 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 HD Video lecture as well as perform NeoGraft / FUE Hair Transplant. Click the link for the recap annoucement. read more…
Dr. Alan Bauman is the NeoGraft FUE Expert
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 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 and ACell technology!
NeoGraft Hair Transplant Device on Rachael Ray
No Strip Scar FUE/NeoGraft Hair Transplant 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 atwww.hairofnalts.comSee some Neograft before and after photos.
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION: “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” 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 no linear scar. FUE is a much more minimally-invasive procedure that heals more quickly and has less activity restrictions post-operatively.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+ grafts during a normal procedure day and often over 3,000 grafts with a two-day MEGA-FUE visit. There are several 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 in the donor 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 considered to be ‘back to normal’ in about a week. Even with available financing, an FUE procedure may be cost prohibitive for some patients. 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 extraction. Patients really need to understand how important choosing the right surgeon 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 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. So, it is critical that prospective patients evaluate a surgeon’s proven expertise using the Follicular Unit Extraction technique AND artistry… extensive experience is required when designing hairlines so they look natural.
FUE is also useful 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 FUE 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.Are you a candidate for Follicular Unit Extraction?We need to consider:
How many grafts will be needed to get the job done? (If you need too many grafts, the procedure may be time and cost prohibitive).
How long is the hair on the back of your scalp? Is it worth the investment in time and money if your hair length will easily cover a thin linear donor scar?
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.
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 drawbacks of FUE/NeoGraft™ hair transplant procedures? Despite the dramatic advances in the efficiency, accuracy and speed of FUE procedures using NeoGraft™, the total yield of harvested follicles per session at this time still cannot equal that of a linear harvest. For example, a linear harvest may yield 3,000 follicular unit grafts or more, whereas a ‘maximum’ FUE/NeoGraft™ procedure yields approximately 1900-2000 grafts.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 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. 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. Do I have to get a total ‘buzzcut’ 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 buzzcut 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
View a Slideshow of Dr. Bauman’s Hair Transplant Results (click lower left ‘menu’ for fullscreen viewing)
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. 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. 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 at least 96% of transplanted follicles will survive and grow. At Bauman Medical Group, we are always striving for 100%!
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