At one time, a hair transplant was as obvious as a bad toupee. Now, with technological advances and the skills developed by experts like Dr. Dana Brownell, hair transplants are so precise and versatile that no one needs to know you’ve undergone hair restoration.
We can help with restoring hair growth on your head, your eyebrows, and even your facial hair at NeoGraft Hair Restoration in Westport, Connecticut. Our team offers an advanced type of hair restoration that requires less recovery time and is more natural and more effective than other forms of hair restoration: follicular unit extraction (FUE). Here’s what you need to know.
Hair follicle anatomy
Each of your hair follicles has several parts. In addition to the follicle itself, there’s a sebaceous gland and a small muscle called an arrector pili muscle.
The follicle is divided into three sections: the infundibulum, which is from the surface of your skin to the sebaceous gland; the isthmus, from the gland to the arrector pili muscle; and the lower, or inferior, segment.
Hairs that are thick and pigmented, such as the hair on your head are called terminal hairs. Terminal hairs grow in groups called follicular units. A follicular unit consists of one to four hairs and is surrounded by a collagen band called a perifollicular.
Follicular units and hair restoration
There are two types of hair transplants, and both involve follicular units. A follicular unit transplant (FUT) involves removing a strip of skin with intact follicles from an area where you have hair, such as the back of your scalp, to where you want hair to grow.
One criticism of FUT, also called the “strip method,” is that the results can end up looking like hair plugs. It also requires a significant amount of time to recover from the procedure.
FUE is a newer method that involves extracting and moving hair follicles one at a time rather than in a strip. This method allows for much greater precision and results in a more natural look.
The biggest drawback of the FUE method is that the procedure can be very time-consuming. However, the NeoGraft® method solves that issue.
NeoGraft hair transplant
We use a specialized device to remove the follicles from the donor area very quickly, without a scalpel; it then implants the follicles wherever you want hair to grow. The NeoGraft device is much more precise than human hands, and it causes less damage to each follicle, which means you get better results.
Following your procedure, you can see how your hair will look once you’ve fully healed and the transplanted follicles grow new hair. After two to three weeks, your newly transplanted hair will fall out, which is a normal part of recovery.
Within 6-9 months, the transplanted follicles begin growing hair in their new positions.
Want to learn more about FUE and NeoGraft’s remarkable results? Schedule an appointment at NeoGraft Hair Restoration. You can depend on the expertise and skill Dr. Brownell brings to her practice to help you get the results you want.