NeoGraft Surgical Hair Restoration
Although the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair restoration surgery is newer than Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and is less invasive, many Hair Restoration Doctors continue to use FUT because FUE can be time-consuming and cost-prohibitive for patients.
With FUT, a doctor removes an area of skin from the back of the scalp containing the hair follicles needed for transfer. Unfortunately, this leaves a large linear scar behind and can cause significant pain and bleeding. Doctors who use FUE eliminate these problems by extracting hair follicles individually with a one-millimeter punch.
Connecticut Hair Restoration Surgeon Dana Brownell is able to offer FUE exclusively because she uses the NeoGraft device to harvest hair follicles rather than performing this process manually.
By automating the extraction process, Doctor Brownell can obtain several hundred hair follicles per hour and complete the procedure in the same amount of time it takes other doctors to complete FUT. Reducing the time needed for FUE to a single session also considerably lowers the cost of the procedure.
How NeoGraft Revolutionizes FUE
Dana Brownell, M.D. was the first Connecticut Hair Restoration Surgeon to use NeoGraft with FUT and now teaches other physicians how to use the device for an ideal patient experience. Before Doctor Brownell performs FUE, she reviews your medical history and completes a thorough scalp evaluation. She analyzes the density and caliber of your hair in addition to diagnosing the cause of your hair loss. If you decide to go ahead with the procedure, she marks the hair follicles on your scalp to extract for transfer and then uses NeoGraft to retrieve them.
When a doctor performs FUE manually, he or she must extract the hair follicles with forceps. This can cause some of them to break and not be eligible for transplant. It can also be uncomfortable for the patient when the doctor twists and turns the forceps to remove the hair follicles. NeoGraft is a hands-free system that uses pneumatic pressure to harvest the donor hairs. This ensures that each follicle comes out in an orderly fashion and that it survives the extraction process. Doctor Brownell places the extracted grafts in a mist-containing canister to keep them moist until she is ready to transplant them to your balding areas.
FUE offers many benefits over FUT, especially when Connecticut Hair Restoration Doctor Dana Brownell uses NeoGraft to retrieve the donor hair follicles. Because FUE is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, there is little bleeding, pain, or complications associated with it. Recovery time is faster, with many patients returning to work and their normal activities by the next day. There are also fewer activity restriction in the first few weeks after surgery. Finally, Doctor Brownell uses only local anesthesia with FUE.
Men and Women Experience Hair Loss Differently
An experienced and skilled provider like Dana Brownell, M.D. understands that considerable differences exist in the cause and effect of male and female hair loss. The vast majority of men with partial or complete baldness have inherited the genetic trait for male pattern baldness. The genetic pre-disposition is so common that roughly two-thirds of men have some degree of hair loss by age 35 and 85 percent by age 50.
The primary cause is the way the hormone dihydrotestosterone interacts with the hair follicles after puberty. Other men opt for FUE after failing to see results with conservative treatment or as a way to restore their appearance after an accident.
Some men whose scalp hair remains unaffected may lack facial hair or not feel satisfied with the appearance of their mustache, beard, or sideburns. It’s also possible to experience balding or thinning hair on both the face and scalp. For men who want to improve the appearance of their facial hair, Dana Brownell, M.D. offers a facial hair transplant using FUE and NeoGraft. The procedure is quick, painless, and offers impressive results.
The cause of female hair loss is usually more complex. Additionally, women tend to have areas of thinning hair rather than total baldness. When female pattern baldness is the cause of hair thinning, it usually starts around the scalp and at the back of the head. Other possible reasons for hair loss in women include over-styling, stress, hypothyroidism, pregnancy, a recurring illness called alopecia areata, picking at the hair follicles, and a variety of other health conditions.
Because many Hair Restoration Doctors limit transplant surgery to men, women often have few options when it comes to treating their hair loss. Dealing with hair loss can be even more emotionally devastating for women than it is for men. When special shampoos, creams, and medications fail to work, they turn in desperation to Doctor Brownell to receive FUE using NeoGraft.
Your eyebrows frame your face and are often the first thing people notice about you in addition to your eyes. It can make you feel self-conscious when your eyebrows are thin, misshapen, or missing entirely. Doctor Brownell can restore eyebrow fullness using the same FUE NeoGraft technique that she does for scalp and facial hair transplants.
The fine hairs behind your ears or at the nape of your neck make ideal donor hairs because they are the same length and density as eyebrow hairs. She takes special care to create your new eyebrows in the thickness and arch that you desire.