There are two main transplant methods are FUE and FUT. Different doctors have their own variations within these techniques (for example, Dr. Coleís proprietary technique and instrumentation- CIT) but transplants generally fall into one of two broad types. There are advantages and disadvantages to either method but our clinic advocates FUE/CIT as the superior procedure, particularly for someone under 30 who may want to wear their hair very short without exposing a strip scar or hair growth distortion.
There is definitely a lot of hype surround the Neograft machine but, as other posters have warned, you should probably be cautious. Dr. Cole has seen the Omnigraft (the Asian-version of the machine) in action and witnessed a very slow extraction speed- just slightly over 200 grafts per hour- and a transection rate well over 12%. The 12% figure just corresponds to the actual transection rate; there were additional grafts transected during the extraction process that were then discarded. A live surgery demonstration with the Neograft recently occurred in Orlando. Although Dr. Cole was not present during the demonstration, a number of other physicians were, and have indicated that publicly reported transection rates, and extraction speed, may have been exaggerated. Quite simply, Dr. Cole does not believe that grafts should be removed by mechanical extraction of any means at this time; the mechanical devices currently available lack proven safety records and consistent results.
Graft price will vary depending on the procedure and number of grafts you elect to have. Strip grafts are generally less expensive than FUE grafts and shaven FUE/CIT is less expensive than non-shaven. You can try calling around to different clinics to get an idea of their pricing because the range can be quite broad. Iíd say the price you were quoted was in an Ďaverageí range, though (again, depending on the procedure).
As everyone will tell you, research is crucial before you jump into anything. I wouldnít try and constrain yourself to a tight timeline because you could sacrifice quality results for immediate gratification. A good start would be to familiarize yourself with this forum and begin researching the results of various IAHRS doctors. Spencer Kobren is a highly trusted patient advocate and wonít hesitate to expose the shadier sides of this industry, which is why membership in his association is hailed as being so valuable.
Sorry this is so long but you asked a lot of good questions!