Are you considering having a FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure? Read below and watch our videos first!
I am a hair transplant physician who has been in practice for 20 years, and I encourage you to consider my advice prior to your procedure.
The FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure is not the newest and most advanced procedure as it claims. Actually, the method that they are using today is one of the oldest technologies in the hair transplant industry.
Have you ever heard of "hair plugs"?
Hair plugs have been around since the beginning of hair transplants going back at least 60 years. In the old days, doctors used a 4 mm punch biopsy to remove bundles of hair from the back of your head. Then they would punch a hole on the top of your head and then "plug" it in, hence the term “plugs”. The FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure uses the same old method of extraction as hair plugs. The FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure uses a smaller punch (.09mm) biopsy instrument that is the only difference; however, it is the exact same concept. The original FUE/Neograft/Artas advertisements claim that it is scar less procedure. This is so far from the truth it is comical. Not only do you get scars but you get thousands of scars that appear as polka-dot holes through the back of your head (see photos above). Instead of one linear scar you get thousands of punch biopsy incision scars. These scars cause more problems with the blood supply and affecting the nerve supply. Many patients are seeking this procedure so they can shave their head afterwards. As you can see in the photos above, that shaving your head does not look good with this type of procedure. You should not be getting a hair transplant if you are planning on shaving your head anyways. You get a hair transplant so you do NOT have to shave your head. The amount of hair moved with the FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure is considerably less then a traditional linear scar hair transplant. Due to the method of extraction, many surgeons are forced to extract hair from areas that are not "safe" due to their location. Taking hair outside the safe (donor) zone that is not genetically immune to the hormone DHT will cause your transplanted hair to fall out in the future. Doctors do this because they cannot get enough donor hair from the safe zone due to their method of extraction. The FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure method to extract the hair destroys the donor tissue for future procedures, and there is a much higher level of graft transection as compared to the linear scar. This means to the patient that they are losing valuable donor hair that could have been used on the top of their head. In general the FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure takes much longer and is more painful due to the additional anesthesia that needs to be administered due to the length of the procedure. All FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure patients MUST shave the back of their head where a linear scar patient does not. The majority of the work that I do now is corrective hair surgery. I spend virtually every working day correcting FUE/Neograft/Artas procedures from around the world.
I am not saying that every patient should come to me. I am trying to help hair transplant consumers make an informed decision prior to making one of the biggest decisions of their life. Our MaxHarvest™ Plus procedures yields anywhere from 10,000 - 15,000 hairs all from the donor or safe zone and can be done in a single session. When FUE/Neograft/Artas doctors stay in the safe zone their top yield will be 3,500-5,000 hairs, and this procedure could take up to two days. All of my procedures are under 5 hours and yield much more hair.
With the FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure you will get more scars, you will have more pain, your surgery time will be much longer and you will get way less hair and most importantly you will be destroying your donor hair for future surgeries!
Watch these videos and judge for yourself and make your own informed decision. Buyer beware, the FUE/Neograft/Artas procedure is not as advertised.
I wish you all the best with whatever decisions you make.