HAIR LOSS STATISTICS
According to the American Hair Loss Association, approximately 65% of American men will experience some degree of visible hair loss by age 35, and nearly 85% of American men will have significantly thinning hair by age 50. This stark statistic speaks to the widespread and aesthetically problematic issue of androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness (MPB), which accounts for more than 95% of thinning hair in men, and is traditionally characterized by a “receding hairline” (hair receding from the lateral sides of the forehead), and/or thinning hair in the crown (mid-anterior region) of the scalp. In general, MPB symptoms become increasingly pronounced over time until they eventually leave only a horseshoe-shaped ring of hair around the back of the head. Although factors such as disease, medications, and stress may cause or exacerbate hair loss in men, genetics play the most pivotal role in determining the degree and severity of male hair loss.
Although not as common, or as openly discussed, hair loss in women is a potentially devastating issue, affecting approximately 21 million women in America. Female hair loss generally presents in different patterns than with men—rather than thinning at the crown or the lateral forehead region, women often notice hair thinning across a large portion of the top of the scalp area. Hair loss in women may result from heredity, aging, medications or medical conditions, and can have a detrimental emotional and aesthetic impact on women of all ages.
WHAT IS NEOGRAFT?
As discussed above, hair loss is a gender blind issue that can cause tremendous stress and embarrassment for millions of American men and women. The invasive nature of the traditional “strip” hair transplantation technique left patients with a permanent, linear scar on their scalp, and increased the potential for complications such as infection or nerve damage. Ten years ago, the use of manual follicular unit extraction (FUE) was proposed as an alternative to the strip harvesting method, and this method produced excellent results without the invasiveness or the scar strip technique. However, manual FUE is an extremely tedious and time-consuming process, and proved to be too costly for most patients.
Fortunately, advancements in the field of surgical hair restoration have led to the development of the NeoGraft Hair Transplant technique, a cutting edge, minimally invasive technology that has been revolutionizing hair transplantation procedures across the globe. The NeoGraft machine was developed to eliminate the problems encountered during the manual FUE procedure, and to enable doctors to achieve the same high quality transplantation results in much less time, thereby decreasing the cost of the procedure, while maintaining the safety and minimally invasive nature of the manual FUE technique.
In order to achieve optimal hair transplantation results, the NeoGraft technique should only be performed by experienced physicians such as Dr. Marcia Byrd, M.D. and Dr. Paul McCluskey, M.D., at the Atlanta Center for Hair Restoration (ACHR), located in Roswell, Georgia. Dr. Byrd and Dr. McCluskey take pride in offering their patients the most innovative and technologically advanced hair restoration techniques available, and look forward to helping their patients restore not only their hair, but also their self-confidence with the NeoGraft hair transplantation procedure.
NEOGRAFT PROCEDURE AND RESULTS
Automated follicular unit extraction (FUE) utilizing the NeoGraft machine is an exceptionally effective procedure that allows practicing physicians to recreate a natural-looking hairline without the unsightly scarring or invasive techniques traditionally affiliated with hair transplantation procedures. During the procedure, the NeoGraft’s small surgical punch encircles individual follicular units, which are then automatically extracted from the donor area with pneumatic pressure in order to remove the hair follicles in a smooth, uniform fashion. After harvesting, the follicles are separated by size and kept moist with a sterile saline mist prior to being re-implanted into the balding or thinning areas of the scalp.
Because of the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, the NeoGraft technique can be performed on an outpatient basis, and requires only local anesthetics, rather than intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The NeoGraft procedure generally takes 3-8 hours, and is an efficacious hair restoration technique for both men and women. The results of your NeoGraft procedure will become visible in 3-4 months, after the initial transplanted hairs have shed, and new hair begins to grow in the follicles. The exact time frame within which your final treatment results will become visible varies from patient to patient, and is dependent upon the rate at which your hair grows; however, because the newly implanted hair is genetically resistant to thinning, your hair restoration results should be permanent.
CONTACT THE ATLANTA CENTER FOR HAIR RESTORATION
At the Atlanta Center for Hair Restoration (ACHR), we proudly offer the NeoGraft hair restoration procedure to ensure that our patients achieve the best possible hair transplantation results with the safest and least invasive techniques. The entire staff at ACHR, led by Dr. Byrd and Dr. McCluskey, have worked to create a warm, welcoming office environment where patients feel comfortable and at ease during their hair transplantation procedure.
ACHR’s overarching treatment philosophy is premised on the idea of procedural customization, meaning that our doctors will take the time to tailor your hair restoration treatment plan to address your individual needs, hairline structure, and aesthetic goals. If you would like additional information about NeoGraft hair restoration treatment at ACHR, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to setting up your complimentary initial consultation with one of our experienced and skillful doctors.