Here at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we are interested in pursuing all the latest, most technologically advanced treatments for hair loss in order to give you the most natural looking results. While we pride ourselves on the extensive skill and experience of our dedicated medical team, we also understand that innovative technological advancements can ensure than every one of our patients has the best experience possible. Two of these recent developments involve the use of the NeoGraft® Automated Hair Transplantation System and platelet rich plasma.
Hair restoration is a constantly evolving area of medical research and ever since the very first hair transplant there have been a number of advancements to make the procedure more efficient and effective. Specifically, the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique, which requires the removal of individual follicular units, one at a time, from the donor area, can be extremely time-consuming and physically demanding. The NeoGraft® device works as an extension of the surgeon’s hand to remove these individual follicular units with controlled air pressure rather than with manual incisions, increasing the number of grafts that can be obtained in a single session and ultimately reducing the amount of time the patient has to spend undergoing the extraction procedure. Moreover, this process better preserves the integrity of the hair shafts by avoiding the pulling and twisting motions that can damage the graft prior to transplantation.
Hair restoration surgery has also had to overcome the difficulties involved in preserving the viability of the grafts awaiting implantation. Any form of hair restoration surgery, whether accomplished through follicular unit grafting or follicular unit extraction with NeoGraft®, requires that the individual follicular units removed from the scalp spend time in transit before they are placed into a recipient area. During this in-transit time, they may be exposed to any number of conditions that can potentially affect the viability of the follicles and inhibit their ability to produce new hair at the recipient site. The NeoGraft® system addresses this concern by drawing the grafts directly into a sealed chamber, preventing them from drying out and ensuring that they remain fresh and vital while awaiting implantation. However recent research into the use of Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, has found that soaking the grafts in this specially concentrated solution of the patient’s own blood platelets and growth factors improves follicle viability during and after transplantation, enhances post-transplantation tissue healing and promotes hair growth in transplanted follicles. Many researchers even advocate bathing the donor hair follicles in activated Platelet Rich Plasma just prior to transplantation.
The addition of new treatment methods like platelet rich plasma in combination with the latest surgical techniques have greatly enhanced the overall effectiveness of all of our hair restoration methods. If you have additional questions about your own hair loss, or are interested in any of the hair restoration treatments we offer at The Griffin Center, please contact Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis to schedule a consultation. Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.