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Hair Restoration Surgery – FUE – NeoGraft – Newport Beach

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Overview

Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Ed Domanskis, is a hair restoration surgeon offering men the opportunity to gain a fuller head of hair. According to the American Hair Loss Association, by age 35, more than two-thirds of men will experience some degree of hair loss. This can be quite distressing for some men. There are a number of techniques available today to assist with hair growth. Dr. Domanskis offers a minimally invasive solution that looks and feels natural. The technology uses Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), a method that utilizes the state-of-the-art NeoGraft Automated Hair Transplant System. He also uses a strip technique that is suitable for some patients.

Surgical Technique

FUE-NeoGraft

NeoGraft is recommended for patients who do not want an invasive hair transplant approach that will lead to scarring. Patients who desire to keep their hair short are good candidates for this method. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) using the NeoGraft technology, removes individual hair follicles from the back of the scalp in groupings of about 1-4 hairs, and then places these hairs in the areas of the scalp where balding or hair thinning has occurred. The technology uses pneumatic controls to achieve this. The benefit to this approach, is that a patient does not have to suffer with a linear scar on the back of the head as some of the other traditional approaches create (sometimes referred to as the “strip method” of hair replacement). NeoGraft offers a natural look with limited downtime.

Strip Hair Transplant

Hair restoration can also be performed using a more traditional approach known as the “strip” method. This approach is suitable for those who keep their hair longer, and who are not as concerned about a linear scar on the back of the head (which is covered by the hair if worn longer). A strip of hair bearing skin, usually from a hair bearing area like the back of the head, is removed and closed. Then, this strip is cut up to yield usually between 1,000 and 2,000 individual hairs. The hairless scalp area to be restored is marked and an equal amount of tiny puncture marks are made into which the hairs are carefully and meticulously inserted. A light dressing is applied which is removed in a day or two with gentle shampooing of the hair after several days. The transplanted hair follicles act and grow as if it were still from the donor area.

During/After Surgery

Hair restoration using the NeoGraft or hair strip method  is performed in-office under either a local anesthesia or IV sedation. The procedure can take up to 2-4 hours to complete depending on how much hair is transplanted. The average patient can return to work within a couple of days, but those who have the strip method typically have a longer recovery. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for about 1-2 weeks just to ensure the implanted area is safely healed. Results vary by patient, but most patients will see new hair growth within 4-6 months.

Expected Cost

The average cost for hair restoration depends on the number of grafts needed, as well as the technique that is used. Dr. Domanskis charges between $6.50-$9.50 per graft. The number of grafts needed to attain the patient’s desired results will be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.

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Average Cost  
$6 - $8
Recovery Time  
7-14 Days
Average Procedure Time  
2-4 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
6 Months
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Hair Restoration FAQs

How Well Does it Work?

Men and women who are self-conscious about their thinning or balding hair can achieve desirable results with hair restoration through FUE using NeoGraft, as well as the strip method. Both work to produce hair growth, but use different approaches. It really depends on what the patient is comfortable with in terms of scarring and hair length. Patients who undergo these procedures are pleased with the results. On average, patients can attain 50-60% of new hair growth within the first year following surgery.

FUE or Strips?

Regardless if a patient decides to go with FUE or the strip method, the results will appear the same. The difference is in the technique, as well as the invasiveness of the procedure and the outcome of the scalp where the hair was extracted. So, the primary difference between the two techniques is not in the visible results, but how the donor area is harvested either by a strip of scalp or by small individual graft extractions.

Primary Benefits of FUE

Small graft extraction using the FUE approach through NeoGraft offers numerous benefits. Including:

  • Outstanding results
  • A less invasive approach
  • No scarring
  • Quick recovery
  • Effective hair growth
  • Affordable compared to other methods

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