Thursday, January 9, 2014

Who is a candidate for Neograft (follicular unit extraction) thinning hair treatment ?

Hair transplants done with the Neograft system are useful for thinning hair, receding hairline, thinning or misshapen eyebrows, or to mask a scalp scar.  A scalp scar can be from a mole or skin cancer removal, an injury or previous hair transplant treatment.  It is best to be properly evaluated by a dermatologist to exclude other causes for hair loss like dermatitis, lupus, thyroid problem, or anemia prior to a transplant.  Dermatologists are experts in evaluating diseases involving the hair and may offer Neograft in their office as I do.

Hair transplants have evolved to allow very natural results.  The days of "tree farm" like plugs and linear scars are over.  The Gold Standard or leading hair transplant treatment procedure is called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is when small clumps of hair - one to four follicles - are taken from an area of the scalp where they are abundant, and transferred to where they are needed like the front or top of the scalp.  Some physicians will use the SAFE system, other the Neograft for FUE which permit more efficient transfer of the hairs.

I happen to use Neograft for FUE at my office.  In the past, traditional hair transplants would leave a linear scar in the back of the scalp which was often visible in a man wearing his hair short.  With the Neograft system we have no linear scar, and men can get a buzz cut post-transplant as desired.

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