Hair transplant in San Diego just got a whole lot easier, according to facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist Dr. Roy David. Neograft is a device that automates the hair follicle removal process, making it quicker and more accurate,” says Dr. David, medical director at Neograft of San Diego.
Hair transplant has been around from many years, restoring hope and self-confidence to men experiencing premature baldness. However, initial results gained notoriety for “pluggy” unnatural looks. This changed with introduction of the “follicular unit” concept. “Our scalp hairs grow in natural groupings of one to four hairs called follicular units, by transplanting only these small groupings we can create a completely natural look that is undetectable,” explains Dr. David.
In the past, follicular unit transplant required removing a strip of scalp from the back of the head and cutting this strip down to individual grafts. Patients were left with a long, linear scar that would be hard to notice… unless they cut their hair short or experienced scar widening- also known as scar hypertrophy. The Neograft device removes individual follicles one at a time from the back of the scalp, leaving tiny holes that close up within several days leaving no noticeable scar, according to Dr. David. The hairs are harvested with a gentle suction that protects and preserves their roots, while speeding up the follicular unit extraction process dramatically.
Bill, a 53 year old male, recently underwent a Neograft hair transplant with Dr. David after having a previous “strip” procedure many years ago. “I had virtually no pain afterward, and even though I wear my hair short, you can’t tell I had anything removed from the back of my head. I especially liked not having any stitches in my scalp.” Bill will begin to see his results in three to six months, as the transplanted hairs begin to grow and fill in his hairline. These hairs were moved there from the back of the scalp and are not programmed to be lost over time, thus giving a permanent improvement. “Male pattern baldness affects hairs in the front of the scalp and in the crown area, sparing the posterior scalp hairs. We can move a large amount of these hairs to the front without sacrificing density in the back because you need to lose up to 50% of your hair in a given area for the loss to be noticable,” explains Dr. David.