New hair transplant method a “big confidence booster” (NeoGraft 2.0)
“They have had those grafters doing this for 15 years,” Dr. Jones said. “We numb the patient up, map out where the hair goes.”
Drs. Jones and Loffredo did perform the surgery on Mulidore, who is a cousin of Dr. Jones’. Mulidore, 38, of Las Vegas, Nevada, said he had been researching hair transplants for some time before deciding to get the operation done on the Cape.
“There are a lot of people doing it who are doctors but not board-certified plastic surgeons,” he said. “I’ve seen some horror stories. Some draw a line across someone’s forehead; looks terrible.”
A Minor Inconvenience
Mulidore, who is the food and beverage director at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, said “I’m in the hospitality business. It’s important for me to look good.”
Male pattern baldness runs in his family. His dad, an entertainer, underwent the strip transplant method to remedy his receding hair, Mulidore said.
He did what many balding men do nowadays and tried shaving his head.
“It didn’t look good,” he said.
The operation was a minor inconvenience, Mulidore said. For two days he had to wear a bandage on his head. He had to avoid working up a sweat for a few days, carefully clean his scalp with diluted baby shampoo and keep it moist with a saline spray.
“I went out fishing two days later – just wore a hat,” he said.
The transplanted hair does fall out after the operation, as the follicles that produce the hair go dormant, Dr. Loffredo said. But the follicles recover and grow new hair.
Although it will take months for the full results to be seen, Mulidore’s already enthusiastic.
“It’s a big confidence booster,” he said.
High Customer Satisfaction
Drs. Jones and Loffredo said they chose NeoGraft 2.0, in part, because of the high customer satisfaction rate. They cited a 93 percent “worth it” rating by RealSelf.com, a website that reviews cosmetic treatments. Offering hair restorations fills a hole in their attempt to be a full-service plastic surgery clinic, they added.
They did caution that hair transplantation is not for everyone, as the follicles must be healthy to be moved. This rules out patients with hair loss caused by cancer chemotherapy and some diseases.
It’s also elective surgery, not covered by health insurance. The clinic will be charging $6 to $7 per follicle, Dr. Jones said. Using those figures, a transplantation of 2,000 hairs might cost $12,000 to $14,000.
The potential market is large. Two-thirds of American men will have some hair loss by age 35, according to the American Hair Loss Association. This rises to 85 percent by age 50. The organization says women comprise 40 percent of people with hair loss.
“We’re excited to start using it (NeoGraft 2.0) more – see our patients come back with a new hairline,” Dr. Loffredo said.