Walk Through Your FUE Treatment in Michigan
Many of our patients inquire about the hair transplantation process. To help prepare our patients, we have outlined an actual example of a typical procedure at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery in Michigan: NeoGraft FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). Due to the length of the procedure, most patients should plan to spend a full day with us in the office. The procedure can last about six to eight hours. Patients may select movies to watch during the day. We have a selection of DVDs to choose from, or patients may bring in their own DVDs or other devices to watch. We also have wireless Internet and cable. Due to the effect of the Valium used for the procedure, some patients even sleep intermittently throughout the NeoGraft process, or listen to music of their choice. Reading, however, is not permitted during the procedure.
Watch Dennis as he takes us through his NeoGraft experience!
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Upon arrival, the NeoGraft patient will be greeted by the office staff. During this time, the final paperwork will be completed, and lunch choice selected.
The patient and Dr. Pramit Malhotra will review the NeoGraft patient’s existing hairline, the number of anticipated grafts, and the proposed new hairline. The physician will use a cosmetic waxmarking pen to draw where the hairline will begin on the forehead, how the recession in the temples will be addressed, and how to achieve maximum hair density with the number of grafts allotted.
The administration of the anesthetic to numb the skin is often much easier than the patient anticipates. Many of our patients are self-declared “wimps with pain,” so a specific mixture is used to make the numbing process quite easy. Once the scalp is numb, the patient will not feel any pain during the NeoGraft procedure. All areas are tested before the procedure begins, which allows Dr. Malhotra to confirm the patient is completely pain free.
The hair is trimmed so that the hair follicles can be viewed. A special antibiotic wash is used in the hair to decrease the chance of infection during the NeoGraft procedure. Since the areas of skin removal are so small, the chance of infection is quite low: less than 1 percent.
Follicular Unit Extraction with NeoGraft
NeoGraft is a special machine with which the follicles are harvested, bathed in a solution, and then collected. Each follicular unit of between one to four hairs is hand harvested for maximum precision. Approximately 400 to 700 grafts are harvested per hour, so this process typically takes two to four hours.
The patient will enjoy a break after the harvesting, and may sit up and eat a provided lunch while watching television or using a smartphone.
Follicular Unit Implantation
All hair grafts taken via NeoGraft are placed by hand. This allows for placing the grafts at the precise depth ideal for growth. Hand placement also allows for the most delicate handling of the grafts to avoid damage to the stem cells around the follicle. This process is usually two to four hours long, but the patient may watch movies during this process.
A dressing is applied to the scalp, where it stays in place for one to two days.
What to Expect After
Post NeoGraft FUE procedure, the patient will have incisions that may look similar to a rash. Small pin-sized scabs will appear on the second day. Generally, these last two to six days. Approximately one week after the NeoGraft procedure, the patient may begin washing the scalp carefully using only the finger pads.
At the three to four month stage, the transplanted hair will begin to grow. Remember, however, that every NeoGraft patient is unique. The hair will continue to thicken and lengthen. At this stage, the scalp may become itchy. This is normal, due to healing. By the five- to six-month stage, the patient will notice considerable growth. Typically, approximately 50 to 60 percent of the visual change will have taken effect. The look will continue to improve for up to 15 months after the NeoGraft procedure.