Hair loss is a common problem experienced by both men and women alike. In the U.S. alone, as mnay as 50 million men and 30 million women suffer from partial or complete baldness. However, the innovations in science and medicine have come up with a number of hair transplant procedures that offer a permanent cure for hair loss, and thus ultimately help patients gain their confidence back. When it comes to India, a plethora of hair transplant procedures (FUE, FUT, AHI, Robotic implants) provide patients with solutions to premature/early balding. Derived from the FUE method, UGraft and NeoGraft technologies are gaining popularity amongst hair restoration experts for their efficiency and minimal scarring. Whether looking for hair transplant in Delhi or any other part of the country, here is a detailed discussion on everything you should know about UGraft and NeoGraft technologies for hair transplants:
A patented technology invented by Los Angeles board-certified dermatologist Dr Umar, UGraft is an evolved form of the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant procedure. While the more uncomplicated FUE hair transplant only handles relatively straight scalp hair and is limited to utilising hair from just the back and sides of the head, the UGraft technology, on the other hand, is adept at not only handling head donor hair, but hair at the nape, beard, and body as well. It can even transplant exceptionally tightly curled hair as found in people of African descent with minimal chances of fall-out.
The UGraft Follicular Extraction procedure is well-suited for patients who wish to avoid linear scars, and face one or all of the following problems:
- Insufficient donor hair
- Severe baldness
- A strip surgery scar that needs repairing
- Need repair of past hair transplant mistakes
- Need an eyebrow or eyelash transplant surgery
- Want softer, undetectable hairline and temples
THe UGraft Hair Transplant is a combination of tools and techniques designed for harvesting facial, body, and nape hair follicles. This method of hair transplant restores balding areas by moving grafts from the donor areas on the head or body one unit at a time. It is a minimally invasive process that is done under local anaesthesia and a mild sedative. What makes this technique different from others is the fact that hair grafts from these other areas are more delicate as compared to hairs found on the scalp. So, owing to the sensitivity of these grafts, they demand a more specialised and centred approach towards extraction to prevent damage.
As compared to the primary FUE method, the UGraft is superior in its production of better quality grafts that yield finer results, superior wound healing, and provide more comfort to the patients. Furthermore, patients who undergo UGraft transplant experience minimum pain after the extraction process. Depending on the extent of surgery, procedures can be scheduled over the course of a few days. One of the most discernible qualities of this method is that only the tiniest incisions are made for extraction and transplant, thus resulting in minimal scarring. This unique approach to hair transplant also speeds the healing process, and patients can usually return to normal activities from the next day; however, the signs of successful surgery may appear between a range of 3 weeks to 4 months after the transplantation.
NeoGraft is a partially automated transplant technique in which the individual hair follicles are gently removed from the back of the head (“donor area”) in their naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs. These follicles are then artistically implanted in the areas of the scalp where balding has taken place in a way that complements the facial structure by giving a natural hairline.
This minimally invasive hair transplant system is different from other transplant procedures in the sense that there is a little to no involvement of scalpels, and as a result, the recovery time is quick. The method employs the use of an FDA-approved device that executes the surgical removal, collection, and placement of individual hair follicles. The device operates on the concept of pneumatic pressure, which is used to extract hair follicles. The pneumatic pressure is so gentle that there is neither any damage to the hair follicle nor to the area of the scalp where the hair is being implanted. The resulting hairline is natural-looking with no linear scarring, and patients can resume regular activity within a few days!
The NeoGraft transplant method adopts the advantages of the FUE method in its functionally automated technique. Since this method promises minimum or zero linear scarring, patients undergoing hair transplant through this method can also wear their hair short. The motorised punch used for taking hair grafts can be precisely adjusted to accommodate all skin types, and hence promises uniform extraction irrespective of the nature of hair.
The pneumatic pressure system also uses suction to smoothly and uniformly slide out the hair follicles. Unlike the traditional FUE methods which use forceps, there is no plugging or twisting that might put the follicle at the risk of damage. Furthermore, the strength of the suction can be adjusted to accommodate all skin and hair types with various sizes of punches. Since the grafts are extracted using mechanised processes, the implants are of precisely the same size, thus providing a natural flow of hair.
New advancements are continuously being made in the domain of hair transplant surgery. While both the NeoGraft and UGraft techniques are variations of the same FUE technique, the results offered by them are superior to the FUE procedure. Depending on the area of balding, the patients can either go for the UGraft or the NeoGraft method. Whether opting for a hair transplant in Delhi, the cosmetic capital of India or any other city, patients are advised to have a thorough session with their doctors before deciding on either of the procedures.