To best answer that question requires taking a look back at the history of hair transplant surgery. Where we started and where we are today is very telling.
Hair transplant surgery originated as early as 1939 in Japan, when a dermatologist named Dr. Okuda developed a breakthrough process to restore hair loss caused by scalp injuries and for burn victims. He used a technique of extracting small sections of hair-bearing skin and implanting them into even smaller holes in the areas where skin had been damaged. Once these grafts healed, they produced hair in areas that were previously bald.
A few years later, another dermatologist, Dr. Tamura, improved upon Okuda’s method by minimizing the size of the grafts down to one to three hairs each. He was working with women and restoring hair in the pubic area. This procedure is similar to surgeries that are performed today.
Sadly, because these innovations in hair restoration occurred during World War II, they didn’t become available in the U.S. until years later.
In the early 1950s, New York dermatologist Dr. Norman Orentreich completed the first hair transplant in the U.S. for a man with male pattern baldness. The doctor faced much criticism for the procedure that he’d developed. His technique was similar to Dr. Okuda’s, and did not render attractive or natural looking results. But, he did establish that hair on the back and sides of a man’s scalp was not prone to balding.
By the time the 1960s rolled around, hair transplants were a much sought-after cosmetic procedure; however, because so many were ineffective and unnatural in appearance, hair transplant surgery developed a negative reputation. It took about 30 years for the best hair transplant procedure to emerge; a result of scientists and surgeons working to develop significant improvements to these early methods.
The 1990s gave us follicular unit transplantation and changed the industry forever. Hair restoration had finally become a viable, effective for hair loss sufferers. But the real game-changing breakthrough came when, after a decade of research and development, scientific and medical experts brought NeoGrafttm to the market.
NeoGraft is the first FDA cleared follicular unit harvesting and implantation system. The NeoGraft system delivers the FUE technique, the most advanced and best hair transplant technique in the industry.
NeoGraft uses pneumatic controls to precisely extract complete individual hair follicles which can be immediately transplanted to the selected areas of the scalp. NeoGraft provides absolute exact harvesting and placement that deliver the desired results.