Brian Vassar Heil, MD, FACS

Pittsburgh, PA (412) 835-5550

Wexford, PA (724) 933-1800

FAQ Pittsburgh

What is NeoGraft?

NeoGraft is a cutting-edge device that provides dramatically better results than other hair restoration procedures. It is a major step forward from manual extraction instruments. A plastic surgeon can use this automated device to harvest follicles in a Follicular-Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant that delivers greater accuracy and speed over previously-used manual extraction instruments.

What does it mean to have a “FUE” hair transplant?

“FUE” or “Follicular-Unit Extraction” is a new, minimally-invasive method for transplanting hair. No longer do you need to face the prospect of scalpels or stitches. This technique allows a surgeon to harvest individual follicles from a donor area with an automated device. There is no scarring and minimal recovery time.

What are the benefits of FUE over traditional methods?

FUE transplants have many advantages over linear harvest techniques. Most importantly, they require less recovery time despite providing even better results. There are no scalpels or stitches involved, and scarring is not a problem. When recovery is complete, the patient can have the confidence to wear even a very short haircut. They won’t have to worry about covering up an embarrassing scar.

Is NeoGraft a better option than manual FUE techniques?

The NeoGraft device is designed to feel like the natural extension of a surgeon’s hand. This will allow for better harvesting of donor hair. Surgeons find the NeoGraft method allows for higher speed and accuracy during the harvesting process. Patients can achieve their goal of thicker, fuller hair with less time in the operating room and less time in recovery.

Am I a good candidate for FUE with NeoGraft?

If you would like the option of wearing a cropped hairstyle following a hair restoration procedure, then NeoGraft is an option you should pursue. Wearing short hair or leading an active lifestyle just isn’t possible with some traditional follicle replacement techniques. That’s what makes NeoGraft such an exciting new option. Unfortunately, not all patients will qualify for this method. You will need to have sufficient donor hair available on the back of your scalp in order to be a viable candidate.

Does FUE cost more than linear-harvest hair transplant procedures?

Due to the complex technology involved in the FUE procedure, it will be more expensive than a traditional linear harvest. The difference in price is made up with consistency and reliability in the results.

Does FUE/NeoGraft deliver better results than linear harvesting?

Linear harvesting can yield results comparable to FUE procedures. A skilled surgeon can manually accomplish what the automated NeoGraft device does. The specialist and their team would need to act with a high degree of precision throughout the process, but they would be capable of achieving the best results. The noticeable difference between the two methods is in the donor area. The back of the scalp is often left scarred by traditional procedures. FUE/NeoGraft do not require the use of a scalpel or stitches, so scarring is not an issue after the surgery.

Can men and women be candidates for FUE/NeoGraft procedures?

Men and women both can be candidates for this procedure at our office in Pittsburgh. Hair restoration is something that people of either gender may require. The minimally-invasive nature of FUE/NeoGraft makes it a great option for men and women alike. Named a the NeoGraft Center of Excellence for Western Pennsylvania, Premier Plastic Surgery is one of the best options for men and women looking for hair restoration in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Will I need to cut my hair very short before my FUE/NeoGraft procedure?

A “buzz cut” is not a requirement. When the hair that is to be harvested from the back of your scalp is longer, a NeoGraft procedure can still be done. However, some small areas will need to be shaved down during the procedure. For the best results, surgeons recommend a short haircut.

How can I schedule a consultation for a FUE/NeoGraft procedure?

A consultation will be necessary for you to assess your viability as a candidate. Call Premier Plastic Surgery today to speak with our experienced hair restoration surgeon.

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