Does Hair Restoration Look Natural?

March 18, 2019


neograft hair restoration patient

neograft hair restoration patientAside from being one of the most noticeable features on a person, hair also conveys youthfulness, attractiveness and confidence. When a person experiences a receding hairline, hair loss or a botched restoration procedure it can negatively impact their self-image and self-confidence. Imagine placing all your hopes into a restoration procedure, only to achieve results that look unnatural or unattractive. For patients who have had this experience, it is disheartening. For people who have thinning hair or hair loss, it is discouraging and may deter them from seeking hair restoration altogether.

At Corridor Hair Restoration, under the expert guidance of Dr. Andrews, we understand the medical and emotional complexities of hair loss. That is why we offer our patients NeoGraft—a revolutionary hair restoration system that gently removes and transplants your own hair follicles. The results are amazing, giving you a full head of natural looking hair with the freedom to wear your hair in any style, cut or color you desire.

What is NeoGraft?

NeoGraft is a state-of-the-art system that gives doctors the assistance of mechanical precision to perform Follicular Unit Excision or FUE. In the past, a physician would perform FUE by manually extracting and transplanting each individual hair follicle with tweezers. It was a painstaking process that could take upwards of eight hours to complete, potentially leading to patient discomfort and physician fatigue. Further, before NeoGraft, the manual use of tweezers to twist, pull and extract the hair follicle could cause damage to the graft and render it unusable. To account for damaged grafts, the physician would have to spend more time removing more follicles to ensure there were enough viable grafts. Thanks to NeoGraft, the length of the procedure has been substantially reduced and the quality of the hair follicle is preserved during FUE. This translates into a better overall patient experience and a more successful hair restoration outcome.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Healthy men and women who have moderate hair loss are good candidates for NeoGraft. The beauty of NeoGraft is that it is not limited by hair type or hair color; however, patients cannot be completely bald and must have adequate hair in the back of the scalp that can be harvested.

Benefits of NeoGraft

NeoGraft is the first automated system of its kind approved for hair follicle harvesting and implantation. NeoGraft enhances FUE, making it easier and more efficient for the surgeon to extract and implant the follicles while maintaining the integrity of the follicle. The benefits of NeoGraft include:

  • Decreased procedure time
  • Reduced physician fatigue which improves outcomes
  • Faster recovery period
  • More precise follicle harvesting
  • Fewer damaged hair follicles during the extraction process which means fewer follicles have to be harvested and those that are transplanted are of higher quality and more likely to live
  • Essentially no visible scarring
  • Suitable for most hair colors and types
  • Cut, color and style hair as normal
  • Can be used on other parts of the body including the eyebrows, face or body
  • Covers scarring from previous injuries, burns or strip restoration surgery

The NeoGraft Procedure

Upon arrival at our clinic, Dr. Andrews will meet with you to discuss any questions you may have and review the treatment plan. He will mark guidelines on the recipient site to ensure proper placement and spacing of the grafts. Next, Dr. Andrews will analyze your scalp to locate the area with the most hair follicles, which is usually the back of the head between the ears. Once the donor site is determined, an area approximately two inches wide and four inches long will be shaved to the scalp and local anesthetic will be delivered into the donor site to make you comfortable for the extraction process.

To begin the FUE process, the team will use the handheld device to extract hair follicles from the donor site. The device is the size of a large pen and the end of the device has a thin metal tip that works like an apple corer to precisely remove the hair follicle. The tip will be held directly over the hair follicle, angling the device to match the angle of the hair. The device is then pushed down on the skin at the same time that a peddle is pressed to activate the handpiece. This combined action cores the hair follicle, creating a graft. Next, the tip is placed over the graft and pneumatic pressure removes it from the skin in a smooth and controlled manner. This process is repeated until enough grafts are collected to fill the recipient site.

After all the grafts are extracted from the donor site, they are evaluated and counted. Any damaged grafts are removed. Before the grafts can be implanted, the recipient site will be numbed, and small slits will be made in which the grafts will be placed. The grafts are carefully placed in each slit to match the angle of hair growth in the recipient site. Once all of the grafts are implanted, a dressing is placed around your head and you are free to leave and have someone drive you home. The entire procedure can take three to eight hours, depending on the number of grafts and the size of the recipient site.

Recovery and Downtime Following NeoGraft

Because NeoGraft is minimally invasive and requires no incisions or stitches, the recovery is relatively fast. You may experience minor swelling and itching at the donor and recipient sites, but pain should be minimal. Approximately three days after your procedure both sites will begin to scab. The implanted follicles may appear raised for the first two weeks. In the early days following your procedure, be cautious with the newly implanted hair in the recipient area—use a cup to gently pour water over your head when you shower, don’t rub or itch your scalp, avoid sun exposure, refrain from contact sports and avoid activities that could disrupt the recipient area. Most patients return to work three or four days after NeoGraft, although it is possible to return to work the day after your procedure. You can expect to return to your normal activities and exercise approximately one to two weeks after your procedure.

Natural Results

NeoGraft requires some patience on your part, but the hair growth that you see in 9-12 months will be worth the wait. The hair looks natural because it is your own hair growing. As the transplanted follicles produce hair, you will see a fuller head of hair and a more youthful hairline.

It is important to have realistic expectations for what NeoGraft can accomplish. NeoGraft should remain in place for life; however, NeoGraft will not stop future hair loss, nor can it change the texture or volume of your hair strands. Dr. Andrews will advise you on the steps you can take to maintain your existing hair and prevent future hair loss.

The Dr. Andrews Difference

Choosing a knowledgeable and experienced physician is the most critical decision you can make. Dr. Andrews has the skill, artistry and training to carefully and masterfully extract and transplant your hair follicles to give you a natural-appearing hair restoration. To learn more about NeoGraft and the other hair restoration procedures we offer, contact Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery and Corridor Hair Restoration at 319-382-8230 to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Andrews will listen to your goals and concerns, assess your scalp and hair, review your health history and recommend the best course of treatment for you.

June 26th, 2013

Dr. Andrews is an artist. His academic credentials are second to none. You can see that sensibility in every aspect of his practice, and his life. His outcomes are exceptional, and there isn’t a surgeon anywhere that I trust more.*
2015-02-10T19:25:22-05:00
Dr. Andrews is an artist. His academic credentials are second to none. You can see that sensibility in every aspect of his practice, and his life. His outcomes are exceptional, and there isn’t a surgeon anywhere that I trust more.*

May 27th, 2013

I am beyond happy with my results. I had extra skin hanging from my abdomen after gaining weight from pregnancies. Dr. Andrews was compassionate and understanding about how this affected me and my self-esteem.*
2015-02-10T19:25:46-05:00
I am beyond happy with my results. I had extra skin hanging from my abdomen after gaining weight from pregnancies. Dr. Andrews was compassionate and understanding about how this affected me and my self-esteem.*

May 27th, 2013

I can now wear bikinis! I continue to work out and can finally see the results of my hard work. Thank you Dr. Andrews – a California gem in the midwest!*
2015-02-10T19:26:11-05:00
I can now wear bikinis! I continue to work out and can finally see the results of my hard work. Thank you Dr. Andrews – a California gem in the midwest!*

June 1st, 2013

Dr. Andrews is one of the best plastic surgeons I’ve worked with! His patients are very pleased with their results. I highly recommend him!*
2015-02-10T19:26:35-05:00
Dr. Andrews is one of the best plastic surgeons I’ve worked with! His patients are very pleased with their results. I highly recommend him!*

Jan 24th, 2013

Dr Andrews was wonderful!! Great Guy… awesome job on my reconstruction!!*
2015-02-10T19:26:55-05:00
Dr Andrews was wonderful!! Great Guy… awesome job on my reconstruction!!*

Nov 2nd, 2012

I had suffered debilitating Hidradenitis. He gave me the ability to have a normal life again. My scars look amazing and he was able to close with the most beautiful lines! He was such a caring doctor who is so gifted. I hope to follow his practice wherever he may go!*
2015-02-10T19:27:28-05:00
I had suffered debilitating Hidradenitis. He gave me the ability to have a normal life again. My scars look amazing and he was able to close with the most beautiful lines! He was such a caring doctor who is so gifted. I hope to follow his practice wherever he may go!*

Oct 29th, 2012

Dr. Andrews was the absolute best doctor for me - very informative, sensitive, and caring with just the right amount of humor during the appointments.*
2015-02-10T19:27:54-05:00
Dr. Andrews was the absolute best doctor for me - very informative, sensitive, and caring with just the right amount of humor during the appointments.*

Extraordinary doctor

Before saying that you are an extraordinary doctor, I want to tell you that you are an extraordinary human being. Thanks for showing me so much care and concern.*
2015-03-30T12:00:04-05:00
Before saying that you are an extraordinary doctor, I want to tell you that you are an extraordinary human being. Thanks for showing me so much care and concern.*

You Rock!!

I wanted to write you a thank you letter because I would never be able to find the words to say how much I appreciate everything you did for me. Thanks to you I can feel normal and not always worry if people will find out about my problem. I can’t even begin to say thank you enough or to show my gratitude. You’re an amazing person, wonderful doctor, and my hero. All in all, you ROCK!!!*
2015-03-30T12:00:42-05:00
I wanted to write you a thank you letter because I would never be able to find the words to say how much I appreciate everything you did for me. Thanks to you I can feel normal and not always worry if people will find out about my problem. I can’t even begin to say thank you enough or to show my gratitude. You’re an amazing person, wonderful doctor, and my hero. All in all, you ROCK!!!*

You all are the best!

Thank you so much for ALL of your help in my recovery thru “sometimes emotional” journey with my cancer. You all were always professional and took the time with my long list of questions. I can n0t thank you enough! Easter is my favorite time of the year and I pray God will continue to strengthen your gift and skills in healing because you all are the best!*
2015-03-30T12:02:02-05:00
Thank you so much for ALL of your help in my recovery thru “sometimes emotional” journey with my cancer. You all were always professional and took the time with my long list of questions. I can n0t thank you enough! Easter is my favorite time of the year and I pray God will continue to strengthen your gift and skills in healing because you all are the best!*

Amazing!

I’m ecstatic with my new body. It is PERFECT! I can’t even put in wordshow we feel, You are so compassionate unlike any Doctor I’ve met. I realize I’ve been a needy patient and you handled me well. You’ve gone above and beyond with me after hours for medications and issues. Also more quotes than necessary, but you did it! Your work ad attentiveness to my expectations I can’t say enough!! Now to pu the finale pictures in your gallery to show how complete I am now! You are AMAZING! Thank You! It’s been a very long, hard journey! Now to live life with the new ME!*
2015-03-30T12:02:20-05:00
I’m ecstatic with my new body. It is PERFECT! I can’t even put in wordshow we feel, You are so compassionate unlike any Doctor I’ve met. I realize I’ve been a needy patient and you handled me well. You’ve gone above and beyond with me after hours for medications and issues. Also more quotes than necessary, but you did it! Your work ad attentiveness to my expectations I can’t say enough!! Now to pu the finale pictures in your gallery to show how complete I am now! You are AMAZING! Thank You! It’s been a very long, hard journey! Now to live life with the new ME!*

With appreciation

With appreciation for putting me back together!*
2015-03-30T12:02:40-05:00
With appreciation for putting me back together!*

I am forever grateful

I consider myself blessed to be under your care as I navigated the stormy sea of breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, reconstruction, and recovery. I cannot thank you enough and am so pleased with the results! You have all been wonderful, and I will miss seeing you even though I am thrilled to be healed and moving on! The impact you have on patients who are scared and overwhelmed cannot be overstated...and I am forever grateful.*
2015-03-30T12:03:02-05:00
I consider myself blessed to be under your care as I navigated the stormy sea of breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, reconstruction, and recovery. I cannot thank you enough and am so pleased with the results! You have all been wonderful, and I will miss seeing you even though I am thrilled to be healed and moving on! The impact you have on patients who are scared and overwhelmed cannot be overstated...and I am forever grateful.*

Thank You

Thank you. For me, you are as similar as God because you created me again. It’s an amazing feeling. I feel my earlier life back again. Once again thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.*
2015-03-30T12:03:24-05:00
Thank you. For me, you are as similar as God because you created me again. It’s an amazing feeling. I feel my earlier life back again. Once again thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.*

April 12, 2016

Since my hysterectomy, sex has been extremely painful. I suffered from extreme dryness and discomfort. I had no sex drive and was no longer able to experience an orgasm. Until, recently, when a friend told me about Courtney Albritton and the ThermiVa treatment. I have had 2 of the 3 treatments and immediately experienced positive results. I am still in awe of the results I have experienced. The procedure was painless. Until ThermiVa, I had come to the realization that my sex life would no longer be what it once was pre-hysterectomy. I highly recommend this procedure.*
2016-05-05T11:40:35-05:00
Since my hysterectomy, sex has been extremely painful. I suffered from extreme dryness and discomfort. I had no sex drive and was no longer able to experience an orgasm. Until, recently, when a friend told me about Courtney Albritton and the ThermiVa treatment. I have had 2 of the 3 treatments and immediately experienced positive results. I am still in awe of the results I have experienced. The procedure was painless. Until ThermiVa, I had come to the realization that my sex life would no longer be what it once was pre-hysterectomy. I highly recommend this procedure.*

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2016-09-28T15:22:01-05:00
I am a patient at Dr. Andrews! I highly recommend utilizing their services. Very thorough consultations, educational and informative. They give you lots of options to fit your needs and guide you through it. Amazing staff that is highly trained with the most up to date procedures and tools. I can't say enough about Dr. Andrews and his amazing staff!*

January 11, 2017

Dear Dr. Andrews,
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Everything is great!!

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