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Quick Guide to NeoGraft Hair Transplants – cost, effectiveness, risks, side effects

Last year, more than 16% of all hair transplant patients preferred NeoGraft or a variation of it.

It is one of the most advanced and least invasive hair transplant methods, making it a popular choice.

Whether you are considering a hair transplant or simply curious about the procedure, I’ll provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

Let’s start with understanding what exactly this method is:

What Is NeoGraft Hair Transplant?

NeoGraft is an advanced FUE hair transplant method that extracts individual hair follicles from the donor area with the help of a special device and transplants them to the recipient area using a puncher.

NeoGraft decent alternative to conventional hair transplant techniques because it is minimally invasive, meaning that it does not require incisions or sutures. Patients who undergo NeoGraft may experience a fuller head of hair due to the long-lasting, natural-looking results.

NeoGraft was developed by Restoration Robotics, Inc. and was initially made public in 2007. The company was established in 2002 to produce minimally invasive hair transplant technology and has partly achieved that with NeoGraft, one of the most widely used hair transplant procedures worldwide.

Process of NeoGraft Hair Transplant Surgeries

A NeoGraft hair transplant procedure typically involves five of the following steps:

1. Consultation and preparation:

The first step is to have a consultation with a hair transplant surgeon (preferably a dermatologist) to assess your hair loss and discuss your goals for the procedure.

During this time, you will receive instructions on preparing for the surgery.

2. Pre-surgery examination:

The first phase of the surgery day: your hair is shaved and your desired hairline is drawn.

3. Anesthesia:

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia through needles or dermojet, which numbs the area where the hair will be harvested and transplanted.

4. Harvesting:

The NeoGraft device extracts (through suction) individual hair follicles from the donor area, typically the back of the scalp, where hair is more abundant and prone to MPB.

The hair follicles are carefully harvested to preserve their viability.

5. Graft placement:

The harvested hair follicles are then transplanted into the recipient area, where there is balding.

The NeoGraft device is used to carefully place the hair follicles into tiny incisions in the recipient area.

6. Recovery:

After the procedure, the transplanted hair will grow in its new location over the next several months.

It is important to follow the hair transplant aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome.

NeoGraft Hair Transplant Effectiveness

NeoGraft differs from other variations of FUE, but is it effective, or more effective than the other methods out there?

Let’s find out:

What do the studies say?

Currently, there aren’t any studies that compare NeoGraft with other hair regrowth procedures or hair transplant methods.

But surgeons who used both NeoGraft and comparable techniques have mentioned that the learning curve is steep but might be worth it since the patients aren’t as uncomfortable during and following the surgery due to the use of suction instead of knives.

How long does NeoGraft last?

Given that the transplanted hair follicles are extracted from the safe donor area of the scalp and implanted in the recipient area, the effects of a NeoGraft hair transplant are thought to be long-lasting.

The transplanted hair follicles should continue to grow for the rest of the patient’s life after they have established themselves and taken root.

But it’s crucial to remember that hair loss happens gradually and might continue even after a successful transplant. Age, genetics, and general health are just a few variables that may affect how long the results last.

The effects can also be prolonged as much as possible by giving the transplanted hair the right attention and maintenance, like using Finasteride to prevent the effects of MPB.

Is NeoGraft the best hair transplant method?

We can’t directly compare NeoGraft to FUT, instead, you can compare FUE to FUT and then read the rest of this section to compare NeoGraft to other FUE surgeries.

Compared to other FUE surgeries, the key points that differentiate NeoGraft are:

  1. Harvesting Method: NeoGraft uses a mechanical device to extract the hair follicles, while traditional FUE is performed manually with a scalpel or punches.
  2. Speed: NeoGraft is generally faster than traditional FUE, as the mechanical device can extract hair follicles more quickly than manual methods.
  3. Invasiveness: NeoGraft is considered to be less invasive than traditional FUE, as it does not involve any incisions or stitches but use of suction as the harvesting method.
  4. Scarring: NeoGraft generally results in less scarring than traditional FUE, as the mechanical device reduces the risk of scarring and minimizes trauma to the scalp.

If you don’t mind the cost and are looking for less visible scars following the surgery, NeoGraft can be considered a better option.

NeoGraft Hair Transplant – side effects and risks

Most side effects and risks of the NeoGraft method are as the same as the side effects and risks of other hair transplant surgeries.

But, there are two side effects that are unique to NeoGraft:

  1. Less-visible/smaller scars: compared to other methods, scars on the donor site are much smaller and less visible in the long run.
  2. Moth-eaten appearance: this can happen in all hair transplant surgeries if the donor site is overharvested, but since scarring is minimal in NeoGraft, if the surgeon harvests more follicles than needed, there can still be visible scars that don’t look natural.

How Much Does NeoGraft Hair Transplant Cost?

The cost of a NeoGraft hair transplant varies depending on several factors, including the location, surgeon, and graft count. On average, the cost of a NeoGraft hair transplant can range from:

  • $5,000 to $15,000 in the United States
  • £4,000 to £12,000 in the United Kingdom
  • €4,000 to €12,000 in Europe
  • and as low as €2,000 to €8,000 in Turkey

Here’s more information about hair transplant costs.

In the Market for DHI or Sapphire FUE?

DHI and Sapphire FUE are two other variations of FUE that produce similar, if not better, results than NeoGraft, and are usually more affordable.

At UnitedCare, we combine these methods with bio enhancements and a holistic approach to ensure maximum graft survival rate.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does NeoGraft hair fall out?

Yes, some hair loss is normal after a NeoGraft hair transplant. The transplanted hair will typically fall out within 2-3 weeks, but new hair should start to grow within 3-6 months. The final result may take up to 12-18 months to fully grow and mature. However, the amount and rate of hair loss can vary depending on various factors.

Is NeoGraft painful?

Hair transplants with the NeoGraft method are rarely described as painful due to the use of local anesthesia, but like any invasive surgery, they can be uncomfortable. The use of anesthesia ensures that the patient feels no discomfort at all during the operation.

Does NeoGraft leave a scar?

NeoGraft is a minimally invasive hair transplant technique that does not normally leave a scar. Individual hair follicles are harvested and implanted using the follicular unit extraction (FUE) process, so there are tiny scars on the donor site that heal gradually after the operation.

Is NeoGraft cheaper than FUE?

NeoGraft can be more expensive than traditional FUE due to equipment and the technology used in the procedure. However, the bump in the price can be justified by a lower chance of scars following the surgery and an improvement in results.

Dr. Utkan Kiziltac

Utkan Kızıltaç, MD

Chief Physician and Dermatologist Hair Transplant Surgeon of UnitedCare, a dermatology clinic helping patients become the best version of themselves.

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