19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
I recently returned from speaking at the 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) in Anchorage, Alaska. I discussed adding the NeoGraft device to my practice of hair restoration surgery. I have been working in this field for the last twenty-five years and have always tried to provide the best for my patients.
Several years ago, I added Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique to my practice because some patients requested it. I used the manual extraction method where the follicular units are removed from the donor area by hand. The patients wanted only small areas transplanted; the grafts grew well, but it was far too time-consuming and uncomfortable for the patient for the yield achieved.
Fast forward to 2009, I learned about a new machine that allowed for the FUE technique to be performed much more efficiently, with far greater yield of follicular units, and with less trauma to the grafts. It is the NeoGraft device. I describe this device on my website (www.hairdr.com).
Adding a new technique does impact several things in a well-established practice including scheduling, staffing, equipment, and logistics changes. We have very successfully incorporated it into our practice.
Colleagues asked great questions both during the formal lecture session as well as after hours. I believe they were able gather good information on this topic.