Out of all the signs of aging we face, perhaps none is as frustrating as hair loss. Early hair loss, in particular, can wreak havoc on a person’s confidence, self-esteem, and social life. Until recent years, most of the available hair restoration options have been ineffective, unreliable, or inconvenient. Fortunately, the advances in modern tools and technologies now offer patients the opportunity to achieve more natural-looking and longer-lasting hair restoration results. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the compassionate team at SSK Plastic Surgery are proud to help Newport Beach, CA men and women look and feel better about themselves using the minimally invasive NeoGraft® hair transplant technique.
What is NeoGraft hair restoration?
NeoGraft is one of the most innovative and advanced hair restoration systems used today. Utilizing the NeoGraft technology, Dr. Kelishadi performs follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedures for patients looking to correct thinning hair or hair loss.
What is FUE hair transplant?
While NeoGraft refers to the technology, the actual transplant process used by Dr. Kelishadi is follicular unit extraction, or FUE. In FUE hair transplant procedures, the surgeon harvests individual follicles in grafts of one, two, three, or four hairs using an automated tool. When compared with manual extraction, or the traditional “strip” method, FUE has a long list of advantages. Some of these include:
- More efficient harvesting
- Less pain
- No incisions required
- No visible scar
- Patients can wear short hairstyles
- Shorter recovery time
What results can I expect after FUE hair transplant?
The majority of patients who undergo FUE hair restoration using the NeoGraft system realize a significant increase in hair growth and fullness. However, it is important that patients have realistic expectations and understand that, like any other cosmetic procedure, there are limitations. While the results can be dramatic and striking, it is unlikely that patients will achieve the level of hair growth, density, or texture they had in their youth.
Unsurprisingly, one of the main aspects of hair restoration that patients wonder about is how soon they will be able to see results. After the FUE procedure, the newly transplanted hair follicles typically stay in place for about 2 – 3 weeks before beginning to fall out. This can be somewhat frightening, but rest assured that it is a normal and expected part of the process. Once this initial shedding phase has occurred, new growth can begin. While the growth timeline varies somewhat from patient to patient, most people will start to see new growth in about 3 –4 months.
Are the results of FUE hair restoration permanent?
Men and women who undergo a hair transplant procedure using the NeoGraft FUE technology can enjoy their results for many years to come. However, hair restoration does not slow or stop the aging process. In time, some patients may begin to notice thinning or loss of hair even in the treated areas. Dr. Kelishadi is extremely familiar with hair growth patterns and strategically selects hair from donor areas that are most likely to produce the longest-lasting results.
Can I have FUE hair restoration if I have already have a hair transplant?
Absolutely! Many patients choose to undergo FUE hair restoration after their initial hair transplant procedure has failed to produce the outcome they were hoping for. One of the most common reasons that patients choose to have FUE hair restoration performed as a secondary measure is to improve the appearance of their scar from a traditional strip transplant. The strip method involves excising a long, horizontal section of skin from the scalp to obtain the donor hair follicles. When the incision is closed, patients are left with a fairly significant and visible scar. This can be especially problematic for patients who enjoy wearing a particularly short hairstyle. Using NeoGraft FUE hair restoration, Dr. Kelishadi can improve the overall results of a patient’s initial procedure as well as reduce the visibility of the original scar.
Am I a good candidate for FUE hair transplant?
An important consideration for men and women contemplating follicular unit extraction hair restoration is how severe their level of hair loss is. In the majority of cases, FUE hair restoration is much more effective for patients who have mild hair loss or thinning that has only been present for a short period of time. The sooner a patient begins treatment after noticing a change in their hair, the better the results are likely to be.
The best way to determine with certainty if FUE hair restoration can help you is to be evaluated by a qualified, certified, and experienced provider. Call SSK Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in Newport Beach, CA, today to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi. Let us help you look better, feel better, and regain the confidence you have been searching for through hair restoration using the exciting NeoGraft system!