We have just received this information from Dr. Bauman, he has been in surgery all day. He says that when he has time he will be more than happy to answer all your questions.
Dr. Bauman wrote:
"Personally, I use an 0.8mm punch when using the Neograft.
These updated photos have a brief description:
In this Neograft hair transplant case, a 0.8mm limited-depth instrument makes a small 'scoring' incision around the follicle. The grafts can then be manually extracted with forceps or extracted with suction from the Neograft machine.
The extracted grafts are examined and sorted by intact follicles per graft. Grafts with transected follicles are counted and tracked for quality-control purposes. This handful of grafts was obtained approximately 1/3 of the way through the Neograft FUE hair transplant procedure. FUE grafts are typically smaller than microscopically-dissected micrografts. Therefore, they require extra care and attention to remain viable for implantation.
FUE with Neograft allows a minimally-invasive approach to hair transplantation with no visible linear scar. This is a 0.8mm limited depth instrument making a scoring incision around the graft. To maximize the harvested yield per procedure, patients are encouraged to allow us to 'buzz' their hair to a 'zero' with an electric clipper. A 'zero' length on a clipper is actually approximately 3mm
This shows the manual extraction of an FUE graft during transplantation. A very specific, gentle approach is used to remove the graft from the skin without trauma to the follicle.
FUE harvesting during a Neograft procedure is a team approach. Tiny incisions are made with the Neograft device around each graft and then they are literally 'plucked' from the skin.
Careful extraction of an FUE graft during an hair transplant procedure. The initial incision was made with a 0.8mm Neograft device.
The major advantage of any FUE procedure is the lack of a linear scar. The tiny 0.8mm harvest sites close 50% in size within 24 hours and can be completely undetectable within a weeks time, depending on the quality of hair in the donor area. Eventually, when the surrounding hair reaches a certain length (approximately 8mm) the area is completely camouflaged.
The recipient area of a hair transplant procedure is the thinning area where the follicles are transplanted to. The Neograft device assists with implantation throught the use of dual mechanical implanters which use suction and positive air pressure to gently place the grafts into the sites the surgeon has created--without the use of forceps. For this patient, we transplanted 1603 grafts into the recipient areas. All grafts were placed into sites that were 1mm in size or less. Hair growth typically begins around 6 weeks, with improvements in coverage occurring from 4 to 6 months, full result in 12 months.
Fast and efficient FUE hair transplant procedures is what Neograft promises. Can the Neograft deliver? FUE is typically tedious and slow. The question is whether Negraft will accelerate the process allowing for more efficient FUE-type harvesting.
This is an updated photo to reflect the status of the recipient area at post-op day #8. Please note that although the transplanted area appears 'full,' it is expected that the transplanted hairs will shed within the next few days and then begin to regrow within 6-12 weeks. Half of the result should be visible at 6 months, full results in 12 months.
This is an updated photo to reflect the status of the donor area at post-op day #8.