Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of extracting, or harvesting, individual follicular units directly from the donor area, without the need for a linear incision. Drs. Thompson and Henstrom, fellowship trained hair restoration surgeons in Utah, are experts at this and other hair restoration techniques and procedures.
FUE is not a completely different procedure from the strip method, follicular unit transplant, but a sub-type of FUT. In either situation, follicular units are extracted and transplanted to areas of baldness or thinning. The real difference between FUE and FUT is the way the follicular grafts are obtained. FUT follicular units are obtained prior to dissection from a dense strip of hair while FUE follicular units are extracted one by one.
When performed manually, FUE can be very time-consuming and tedious. It can also be very difficult to produce quality grafts when plucking follicular units one at a time as the root can easily be damaged, thus decreasing the survival rate of donor grafts. Because of these reasons, many physicians continue to rely on the “strip-method” or FUT to produce quality results.
Along with manual FUE extraction, UFP Hair Restoration is one of few in the state of Utah to offer a new revolutionary technology called NeoGraft, the first minimally invasive automated hair transplant system. With NeoGraft, Drs. Thompson and Henstrom are able to provide amazing results without the need for a linear scar on the back of the scalp.
What Is NeoGraft?
NeoGraft is the only FDA cleared follicular unit harvesting and implantation system. The NeoGraft system delivers automation of the FUE technique, the most advanced technology in the hair transplant industry. It is unique from other FUE methods as it uses a vacuum-like suction to extract and implant follicles, which is much quicker and more efficient. Because the grafts are suctioned and not “cut” or “plucked” out, the RealSelf | Salt Lake City UTquality of grafts are much greater with a 98% survival rate on average.
The grafts can be re-implanted sooner which keeps them more robust, increasing the success of the grafting process. Furthermore, there is less damage to the bulbs as NeoGraft requires no manual handling.
This hair restoration technique restores full, thick hair with less downtime than the strip method, no linear scar, and a shorter recovery period to achieve a discrete solution to hair loss. It’s no wonder NeoGraft currently has a 100% approval rating on RealSelf.com.
The NeoGraft Difference At Utah Hair MD
Frequently Asked Questions
FUE with NeoGraft is performed in our surgical room at Utah Facial Plastics under local anesthesia. Patients are awake but are given medication to help them relax and feel comfortable during the procedure. First, the surgeon cleans off the scalp. Then he injects an anesthetic into the donor site.
The NeoGraft device gently extracts follicular units from a dense area in the back of the head in a precise, consistent fashion. The hair surgeon arranges and positions these follicular unit grafts in an aesthetically pleasing, natural fashion. The pattern and protocol for which this is done are determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the patients’ history of hair loss and the likelihood of future hair loss.
- No linear scar – important for those that wear their hair short and/or are athletic
- Superior results – more natural looking hair, short or long for both men and women
- No sutures or staples
- No numbness where the donor’s hair is harvested
- Low risk of complications
- Ideal for repairing donor scars that can’t be excised
- Quick recovery time – minimal downtime
- Less discomfort following surgery
- Better for those with a greater risk of scarring, ie those with very tight or loose scalps, those that are very muscular and athletic
For years it was thought that each hair grew as an individual strand but we know today that scalp hair actually grows in tiny groups of 1-4 hairs each. These grouping of hair are called “follicular units” and by using these units for hair restoration in Utah, the result is much more natural looking that previous methods of hair transplantation.
Because every patient has a different set of goals and needs varying amounts of grafts for fullness, Utah Facial Plastics does not provide set costs for surgery. A full detailed quote is given during a consultation with Dr. Thompson or Dr. Henstrom in our Layton and Draper locations or following an online consultation.
- Men and women who are suffering from hair loss and are looking for a minimally invasive solution that offers more natural looking results
- Patients who would like the option of wearing a very short haircut in the back or sides of their scalp
- Patients who want the least amount of activity restriction (ie athletes) after their hair transplant procedure
- Patients who need ‘scar camouflage’ to hide prior linear harvest or scars
Ultimately, the best way to determine whether you are a candidate for NeoGraft is through a one-on-one free consultation with Dr. Thompson or Dr. Henstrom in-office here in Utah or with an online consultation. You can set that up by calling (801) 776-2220 or through our Virtual Consultation page.
Patients can expect some pinpoint bleeding following a NeoGraft procedure on the back of the head where the grafts were obtained, as well as on the top of the head where the grafts were transplanted. With proper care, the back of the head will heal within 3-5 days after surgery. The transplanted grafts on the top of the head will develop small scabs that will fall off within 10-14 days. Many of the hairs themselves will shed during this time as well, but the follicle below the skin remains viable. Minor swelling is in the area of the transplanted grafts is not unusual as well as occasional swelling in the brow/forehead area that may take 3-5 days to subside. Applying ice to the forehead (not where grafts were placed) is helpful as well as sleeping elevated during this period.
It is recommended that patients avoid exercise for the first week after their NeoGraft procedure. Medications are also given during the first week to help with swelling, risk of infection and pain.
The intact follicles will begin to produce hair within 3-5 months with final results apparent between 9 and 12 months after surgery.
The follicles that hold your transplanted hair are living tissues that grow cyclically. Like normal hair growth, transplantation is an ongoing process that requires a commitment of time.
It is not uncommon for the hair to fall out with the new hair growth about two to three weeks before shedding. After shedding, the new growth will begin in 3-4 months; this is normal and an important part of the new hair growth process. You can expect fully mature hair growth in approximately one year from your procedure date, though it does vary with each patient.
Your transplanted hair is taken from safe areas and should continue to grow the rest of your life just like it did in the donor area it was taken from. Hair loss does not stop after a transplantation which is why Dr. Thompson and Dr. Henstrom will typically recommend continuing maintenance either with preventative hair loss medications and/or further hair restoration sessions.