A NeoGraft procedure is a hair transplant procedure that is distinctly different than the traditional linear strip transplant model that has been used for years. Instead of extracting a complete strip of the scalp from what is known as the donor area, the technician uses a machine that has the capacity to perform what is known as a Follicular or FUE transplant, in which individual follicles are strategically extracted from the donor area of the scalp. These extracted follicles are subsequently transplanted into areas of the scalp where the hair follicles have ceased producing hair.
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain steps or changes that a person should make before and after the procedure to protect their health, and to increase the chance that the procedure will be successful. Following, are several of the most important changes that could benefit the person’s health, as well as the success of the procedures.
Guard Against Infection
As with any surgical procedure, one concern with a NeoGraft is the possibility of developing an infection, although the chance of getting an infection is relatively low. It is important to understand that this procedure will produce small holes in the scalp in both, the donor area and the transplant area of the scalp. These holes, will generally disappear in approximately 10 to 14 days.
Once the procedure has been completed, the patient will be provided with complete after instructions, and it is important to follow these instructions completely. The transplant recipient will be given a dressing that can be applied to the treated area. This dressing will help minimize any discomfort, and it will also expedite the healing process and reduce the risk of infection.
For the most part, a NeoGraft procedure allows the recipient to treat their newly transplant in the manner that they treat their existing hair. There is a chance that the recipient will be given a specific type of shampoo, along with a topical antiseptic that be used to clean and treat the affected areas. Fortunately, there is very little discomfort or pain involved with the procedure; however, the fact there are micro holes in the scalp, an effort should be made to properly care for the affected area until the scalp has completely healed.
Things to Avoid
Certain types of medications and drugs can have a negative impact on the recipient, especially immediately following the procedure. Due to these post-procedure risks, it is not recommended that the following be consumed for the first 48 hours after the procedure: Ibuprofen, aspirin, or alcoholic beverages.
Dealing with Minor Bleeding
In isolated incidents, bleeding can be a small issue, but it can be easily controlled through the process of applying gentle pressure for approximately five to 10 minutes, with a slightly damp gauze pad.