Q: What makes today's hair transplants different from "hair plugs" of the past?
A: In the old days, hair transplants looked fake and 'pluggy' and patients were left with scars to hide. Today, thanks to scientific advancements, the procedure is now less invasive, completely undetectable to the naked eye and available for both men and women. A key breakthrough in this field has been the NeoGraft FUE device - a machine that helps doctors to harvest hair follicles efficiently and accurately without having to remove a strip of skin from the scalp.
At Bauman Medical Group, Dr. Alan J. Bauman uses the FDA-approved NeoGraft FUE device to extract individual hair follicles directly from the donor area at the back of the patient’s scalp – which are then implanted into the bald areas of the scalp. This less invasive “FUE” approach means that no scalpels, sutures, or staples are used in the donor area and it leaves absolutely no linear scar. There is less trauma to the skin, so the recovery more comfortable. Also, because there’s no removal of a strip or stitches/staples to close the defect, moderate to heavy physical activity can resume in just several days instead of weeks--DON'T try that with stitches!
Of course, experience, artistry and precision is still required on the part of the surgeon for the appropriate angle, orientation and position of each hair follicle to ensure a natural result. Seek out a Hair Restoration Physician, a specialist who performs hair transplant procedures using NeoGraft/FUE every day. Look for more information on hair loss and hair restoration treatments and procedures like NeoGraft FUE, FDA approved medications and Low Level Laser Therapy on NBC Today Show.