My Experience with Hair Transplants
By E. Ronald Finger M.D. (Savannah, Georgia)
I began performing hair transplants in the 1970s because of so many requests from patients. The only option was “plugs,” and each plug was 5 mm (millimeters) in diameter and contained from 8 to 10 hair follicles.
The plug-grafts did take, but they looked very unnatural, and this was because a 5 mm space had to be left between the grafts to assure that the entire graft could get blood supply. Later, another plug could be placed between the original one, making it look much better but still not entirely natural.
Then came the “flaps.” A flap is like a peninsula of the hair-bearing scalp, usually rotated from just above the ear and across half of the hairline from each side. I would suture the donor area where we took the flap. Doing this may have brought down the hairline, but it looked unnatural. The hairline was not straight, and it left the hair pointing in the wrong direction. The hair was often too thick for the hairline to look natural. Eventually, it became evident that this procedure was not the answer to creating natural-appearing transplantation.
Neograft Hair Transplants at Hair Restoration Savannah
Finally, after years of efforts from hair transplant specialists, the FUE (follicular unit extraction) was developed and refined. This method takes a 1 mm graft with a small hand-held circular “punch.” These 1 mm grafts of follicles with a small amount of skin contain 1 to 4 hair follicles( 1 to 4 hairs). By utilizing the FUE method, our team in Savannah can extract such tiny grafts that, once healed, the grafts are undetectable. The only thing you’ll notice is new growth that appears natural.
Our Hair Transplant Specialist use single follicle grafts for a natural hairline. We prefer multiple follicle grafts for the rest of the scalp for maximum density.
Generally, one can transplant about 750 grafts manually. Then there’s the NeoGraft system. This method basically automates FUE, allowing up to 2500 graft extractions in one sitting. The Neograft system also enables us to hold the FUE more steadily. This technique reduces the risk of cutting across and damaging the follicle. This method also relies upon the person’s expertise doing the procedure, and like most things:
- The skill with a hair transplant is essential for several reasons: Assessment to assure the patient is a good candidate for hair transplantation:
- Taking the grafts so that there are enough follicles in the donor site to look still natural and taking them from an area that will not become bald in the next few decades;
- Placing the grafts in the recipient area in a natural fashion, including the proper direction for that specific area;
- It’s vital to lay grafts fast enough. The shortest time is between taking the graft and placing it back in, so there is minimal time “out of the scalp” without a blood supply.
- We use a unique solution to put in the grafts while harvesting and placing them. This solution should be similar to that used for kidney and heart transplants and not saline to assure graft health.
Our Hair Transplant Team specializes in creating natural results, whether with the strip method or the Neograft FUE method.
How much do Neograft Hair Transplants Cost?
Pricing is usually per graft, e.g., approximately 2-4 hairs per graft ($4-$5 per graft). This amount of grafts would result in about 2,500-3000 new hairs, eventually leading to thicker hair and a much more desirable outcome. People often get stuck on the cost per graft when shopping for hair transplants and various methods. Most do not know that you can have a hair transplant with 1000 grafts that can turn out better than another with more grafts. Why? Because the method used to harvest and implant the grafts and the final graft survival rate play a significant role in the outcome.
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Make to seek an experienced and skilled hair transplant specialist and ask questions based on the above information to assure an excellent outcome. To book your consultation with Dr. Finger in Savannah, please submit the form below or contact us at 912-354-4411.
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