Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hair Loss In Women : Dr. Barry DiBernardo Reports on NeoGraft

Thinning Hair Affects 40% of Women by Age 40.

Montclair, New Jersey - Female hair loss can be particularly traumatic. Approximately 21 million women in the U.S. suffer from some degree of hair loss, and 40% of women have noticeable hair loss by age 40. Hair loss for women is often caused by heredity.  Other reasons include hormonal changes, stress, illness, and poor nutrition.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Barry DiBernardo of Montclair, N.J. says the NeoGraft , a new automated hair harvesting and transplant device is especially suited for female hair restoration, as there is no need to cut a large strip from the scalp for harvesting hair: the device removes individual hair units for transplant into thinning areas, leaving no visible scars.

Hair restoration has changed little during the past decade - a large strip of scalp is cut out of the back of the head, "sliced and diced" to separate the hair follicles, then the hair is transplanted to the balding areas. Unfortunately, a large unsightly scar is usually left in the scalp, meaning that the man or woman cannot wear his / her hair shorter.  Complications can also include loss of sensation at the scar site and raised, or hypertrophic scarring.

The NeoGraft device for hair transplants harvests hairs one at a time for natural results, and eliminates the huge scars caused by conventional "strip" method hair transplants.

The system automates the surgical removal, collection, and placement of individual hair follicles, one at a time, eliminating the need for doctors to remove a large strip from the back of the scalp (a procedure known as a linear-harvest Follicular Unit Transplant or "STRIP FUT").  The targeted removal of individual hair follicles is known as "Follicular-Unit Extraction" or FUE, is a minimally-invasive microsurgical procedure that has been available for several years, but until now has been too time-consuming and costly for many patients.

This approach allows more men and women to take advantage of the benefits of no-scalpel / no-stitch FUE hair transplants. FUE has been an effective surgical procedure that allows for the precise, artistic placement of new hair follicles to recreate a full and natural-looking hairline, while reducing recovery time and eliminating the unsightly linear scar associated with traditional hair transplants.

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