One of the biggest reasons so many people choose NeoGraft is that, on average, both the procedure and recovery time are much quicker than traditional methods. How long you spend in your doctor’s office for your NeoGraft hair transplant is, of course, dependent upon the number of grafts that need to be harvested and implanted, but an average NeoGraft procedure can take as little as five hours. (“Procedure Details”)
The NeoGraft hair transplant procedure has two main components: The first involves the harvesting of the hair follicles, and the second involves their placement into the balding or thinning areas. Let’s examine both sides of how NeoGraft works:
- Harvesting: This part of the procedure requires you to lie facedown for approximately two to four hours. During this time, the doctor will use a local anesthetic on the back of your scalp (the “donor site”), and the individual follicular groupings are extracted from that area using our state-of-the-art Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) device. Some patients use this time to catch up Netflix or even fall asleep – your certified NeoGraft provider will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the harvesting.
After the follicles are extracted, you are free to go to the restroom, get something to eat, or relax – there’s no need to immediately begin the second half of the procedure. (“Procedure Details”)
- Placement: This is the part where patients get their own natural hair back! Patients sit in the upright position while the balding or thinning area (the “recipient site”) of the scalp is locally anesthetized. The extracted follicles will then be placed in that area in the natural-looking pattern that you and your doctor determined during the consultation. The timing on this part varies depending on your goals and the amount of hair that needs to be replaced. Just like before, you are able to talk with those around you, check out Facebook, or listen to music – whatever helps to pass the time! (“Procedure Details”)
The Recovery Process:
People are genuinely concerned about the length of downtime after a traditional hair transplant surgery. With NeoGraft, patients typically resume normal activities within just a few days. After 7-10 days, the transplanted hair will be safely rooted under the scalp and your hair will have grown back enough to cover the donor site! From there on out, it will be virtually undetectable at the donor site that the NeoGraft procedure was ever done. Patients regularly say that during the recovery and the process itself, they feel little to no pain. (“How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Hair Transplant?”)
Still have more questions? There are answers from certified NeoGraft providers about the transplant process, recovery time, and more on our website. We’ve also made an animated video overview of the NeoGraft process for you to watch. Check it out here:
For more information, or to find out if you may be affected by hereditary-pattern baldness, please visit the Find a Doctor page on our website and discover how NeoGraft can assist you in getting your own hairline back.