NeoGraft: Another method of Hair Transplant Surgery

Each day, there are some new advancements being made in the world of hair transplant surgery and one of the technique on the block is called NeoGraft. This is actually partially automated hair transplantation system in which doctors can make the best use of the popular FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction technique.

Generally, in the FUE method, hair are taken out from the donor area by manual or electric punches which is controlled by doctors. Then the grafts are stored in the holding solution. After that, they are implanted in the bald area with the help of forceps and needle by the implanters in a couple of hours. If the process is done by someone who does not have enough expertise, things could go down south very quickly. Not only will the implant look unnatural, it might not even last as long as it should.

However, with NeoGraft things are slightly different !! This FDA-cleared device excecutes  the surgical removal, collection, and placement of individual hair follicles, one at a time. The machine works on the concept of pneumatic pressure, using which the hair follicles are extracted. Then with the help of the same forceps, the implantation is done by the implanter. One benefit of the pneumatic pressure is that it is so gentle that there is neither any damage to the hair follicle nor to the scalp where the hair is being implanted.

But the main disadvantage is the dehydration that may occur due to the following reasons:

1.      The pneumatic pressure which strips the surrounding tissue from the lower portion of the grafts during their removal, making them fragile and exposing them to drying injury.

2.      The vacuum creates a continuous flow of dry air around the harvested grafts causing dessication of grafts.

Both these things may lead to poor results.  A couple of doctors had started using this machine in India but later on gave up because of the poor results. The new machine is a modified version. And has slightly improved but it takes some time for the hand to be set on the machine.

The main advantages of neograft machine:

  1. If the skill of the surgeon is low he will be able to  handle of grafts in a better way.
  2. If the technicians handling the case are not experienced and permanent, neograft gives advantage.

But if the team is not experienced, then ultimately the results may be below par.

Infact, the latest in the attempt to make the Hair transplant surgery fully automated is the introduction of Robotic Surgery by ARTAS machine.

So, this is one of the options of undergoing hair transplant surgery. But, for us the danger of risking poor results is too high to try anything like this……

      Is Neograft a Robotic Hair Transplant?

The Neograft is not a robotic hair transplant but all the surgical steps (scoring, extraction, implantation are manual. So there are many clinics in the country that are misleading patients saying that Neograft is Robotic Hair transplant. 

Did You Hear It….Dandruff Leads To Hair Fall?

It is quite common to see tresses shedding while taking bath or combing hair. Seeing them float over the drain makes one conscious enough. Well, the reasons responsible for hair fall may vary. For some it might be poor hair texture or damaged follicles, while for others it could be dandruff. Yes, you hear it right, dandruff? 

How To Know You Have Dandruff?

Are you one of those who have itchy scalp? Do you often see white flakes falling over your shoulders and afraid to wear dark t-shirts? If yes, you are definitely a victim of dandruff. Not to worry, dandruff is not even that dangerous and is treatable as well. Dandruff, which is often referred to as seborrhoea dermatitis is a scalp condition that is categorized by tiny scraps of dry skin over the scalp.

Link Between Dandruff & Hair Fall 

While it can be inconvenient enough, so far there is no evidence that justifies dandruff being responsible for hair loss. However, we will still emphasise that dandruff could lead to hair fall. This is because immense dryness over scalp causes itchiness and this eventually leads to scratching of scalp. This results in dandruff that is more visible and eventually weakens hair follicles. Weakening of hair follicles makes our hair prone to breakage and causes visible hair loss.

Hence, to stop your hair from withering, it is essential to control the level of dandruff over scalp. Shampooing daily with dandruff controlling shampoos can keep a check over the situation. By shampooing, we here refer not only the tresses but also your scalp. Gently massaging scalp in the shower will enhance circulation and regulate hair growth. Try looking for shampoos with ingredients like Zinc pyrithione, Salicylic acid and sulphur and Ketoconazole. In case, problem persists, one could always seek for help from dermatologists

Are bald men striked off or strikingly beautiful?(Part 2 of 2)

For those who find hair loss to be a difficult or a socially hostile situation, even simple styling of hair poses challenges and can prove frustrating.  More severe the hair loss, more the stress and fretting leading to more hair fall, it’s like a vicious cycle.  It’s difficult to say whether people suffering from baldness are perceived by others negatively or they themselves feel devalued.  Their behavior then automatically begins to reflect their sense of self worthlessness.  It is vital for men not to feel overwhelmed because if they do not show their lack of self-confidence then they are better able to cope with their baldness and be accepted by society at large. However, studies have shown that 60% of bald men have reported that they have been teased or ridiculed and hence the desperation to either hide the problem or prevent it from getting worse.  Depression is another outcome of perceiving that baldness is unacceptable or that it is something to be ashamed of.  This type of anxiety-causing outlook is harmful for overall health as the person may go into a shell and lose the zest for life.

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Are bald men striked off or strikingly beautiful?(Part 1 of 2)

A generation of men have grown up on ordinary and the not-so-ordinary , occasional mousse, gel and wax and have taken their thinning hair in their stride.  While Britain’s 7.4 million bald and balding men grapple with a loss in their crowning glory and subsequently in their self-esteem, quite a few among them are bold enough to be comfortable in their skin without their hair bearing testimony to their handsomeness! In fact, what was just a decade ago scorned at, the bald and completely shaven look is now hailed as a turn or and extremely attractive to women who feel that loss of locks does not necessarily translate into a downslide in virility. On the contrary, it’s the new symbol of the New Age macho man who realizes that it surely adds to their cool quotient; doesn’t take away from it. In fact, there’s more good news for those who do not have much of a mane – 30 year olds are more likely to attract women than those blessed with an abundant crop; as older women find it sexually attractive!

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How a Delhi clinic brought hope to thousands, this weekend

Internationally acclaimed surgeons Dr Aman and Dr Kapil Dua conducted a hands-on FUE workshop at their Delhi centre, in collaboration with IPCA Laboratories to impart much-needed awareness and knowledge about hair transplants and various procedures. Their focus was on FUE through a series of an extraction, implantation and a lecture besides an observation case. Besides the ten doctors who attended the day-long event on Sat 7th Dec 2013; also present were Mr. Ashish Gupta, Vice president of Ipca Laboratories and Pankaj Pandey, Regional Manager alongwith Ms. Gopi – DGM Marketing.

Dr Aman and Dr Kapil Dua have acquired their expertise and honed their skills by staying updated with the latest global trends in their field. This has helped them to set benchmarks of quality and also share their acumen at seminars and workshops by demonstrating LIVE, and not just through impressive slides and hyped powerpoint presentations. It is through this dedicated approach that they have been able to carve a niche for A K Clinics as the best; with unbeatable qualitative solutions in haircare and skincare and in the process bringing India into the limelight for aesthetics and cosmetology. DSC09575 DSC09647 Ipca_Logo_AI

Can wearing a cap or dyeing your hair make you bald? Part 2 of 2

So you can start wearing those fancy scarves again. Or wear that baseball cap to the cricket match or for a sports meet. But did you believe that just running your fingers through your hair could cause hair loss? We’ve been conditioned to think that the more we mess with our hair, more the cause for a problem to develop. But gentle brushing or twisting your hair does not cause severe or permanent hair fall or hair loss.

Nor does styling or eating certain foodstuff.

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Can wearing a cap or dyeing your hair make you bald? Part 1 of 2

“Don’t keep twisting the end of your plait, your hair will wither away,” my grandma would reprimand. To my six year old mind, it didn’t make sense, it still doesn’t! My granny would continue to admonish, she would tell my mom, “Don’t tie her hair so tight with so many clips, you’ll yank her hair off.” My mom would hastily loosen my braid and look wistfully to yet another flower that she wanted to add to my mane, but wouldn’t, for being given another verbal whiplash from the older woman!

Have you come across such myths about hair ?

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Finasteride and Male Pattern Baldness Part 2 of 2

Can Finasteride be a substitute for a procedure, treatment or therapy that fights baldness and promotes hair regrowth? What should your consumption pattern be? Is it based on what you gleaned from the net? More serious thought needs to be given, before you decide to pop the pill! To begin with, have you even considered discussing this with a hair care expert with a proven track record? Or are you treating this lightly like a subject that merely warrants dinnertime discussion and then casually dismissed? If this is a serious matter for you, then it goes without saying that it needs serious contemplation. A good practice would be to read the leaflet, inside the pack, to keep one’s self abreast of possible side effects.

How long can you safely take Finasteride? 

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Finasteride and Male Pattern Baldness Part 1 of 2

Male Pattern Baldness has been a killer of many hopes of illustrious careers, of relationships that wilted before blossoming.  For men,  grappling with baldness can be extremely embarrassing; especially when faced with a problem whose root cause is not easily understood.  For instance, male hormones cause changes that affect hair follicles and make them more sensitive while converting the main male hormone called testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.  As a result hair follicles begin to shrink and in extreme cases, men may become depressed; unable to cope with the social stigma of being called “tuckloo” or “ganja.”

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Dr Kapil Dua becomes the 1st Hair Transplant Surgeon to become faculty at ISHRS Conference, San Francisco, USA.

San Francisco: It was a moment of pleasure & pride when Dr Kapil Dua from AK Clinics directed the workshop on ‘Ethnic Considerations in Hair Transplant’ at ISHRS conference at San Francisco.  Dr Aman Dua also made poster presentation in this conference.

International Society for Hair Restoration Surgeons is the parent organization that educates & develops Hair Restoration techniques around the world.  Every year this conference is held in Oct or Nov and is attended by hundreds of Hair Transplant surgeons from across the globe.  This is the most prestigious conference for Hair Transplant.

Dr Kapil Dua was also faculty for demonstration in a FUE workshop.  This workshop was a daylong workshop where he worked along with Dr James Harris.  He is an internationally prominent surgeon in the field of hair restoration surgery, and a published author of both medical and consumer publications.  He is a faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he teaches hair transplantation to resident physicians in training and community physicians.  He is also one of the pioneers for FUE hair transplant across the globe.

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