NeoGraft Hair Transplant Advantages and Disadvantages
According to NeoGraft’s website, the system offers patients all of the benefits of follicular unit excision while providing physicians with the added benefits of: a short learning curve, fast harvesting, consistent high quality grafts, improved reproducible outcomes, and low overhead costs per case.
Additional advantages to the patient over manual FUE are also said to include the ability to harvest and transplant more grafts safely, reduced torsional forces on the grafts during extraction. and lower cost.
However, some expert FUE practitioners have expressed concerns over the mechanical functions of NeoGraft. The machine’s spinning punch, while facilitating graft removal, may actually subject the follicular unit grafts to unnecessary and detrimental torsional forces and/or overheating. In addition, due to the potential for follicular units to be naturally wider or splayed at one end, there is also a possibility for transection as they are forced through the rotating punch. Finally, there are concerns that the route that the grafts take as they are moved through the suction device and into the collection canister may expose them to further damage through rapid desiccation (dehydration). Dehydration of the follicles during surgical hair restoration is one of the primary causes of poor hair growth.