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Portsmouth, NH – Dr. Lawrence Gray, Dr. Brannon Claytor and Dr. Mark Ballentyne of Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center have added the advanced Neograft Hair Restoration System to the wide array of cosmetic enhancements available to their patients.

Approximately 40 million men and 21 million women in the United States have male or female pattern baldness. Two-thirds of men have some degree of noticeable hair loss by age 35. By age 50, that figure rises to 75% who have significant hair loss. Women can also have hair loss ranging from small areas to more extensive areas. Hair loss can be very damaging to the confidence and self-esteem of both men and women.

The Neograft system provides hair transplant surgery in less time, with less discomfort and more successfully than older methods of hair transplantation. “Performed under local anesthesia, Neograft enables us to harvest follicles quickly and with accuracy”, reports Dr. Lawrence Gray, Medical Director at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center. “The Neograft hand piece allows us to gently remove individual follicles without cutting the skin or leaving a long scar as you will see with the more traditional methods of hair transplantation.”

Neograft uses a follicular unit extraction device, or FUE, which collects donor follicles from an area of thick hair growth, most often the back of the head, and then transplants them to an area where hair is balding now but originally grew. This extraction device uses controlled pneumatic pressure to gently remove the follicles one at a time with no cutting, pulling or twisting. “The FUE method keeps each follicle in tact and improves patient comfort”, Dr. Brannon Claytor states. This automation of the process also allows the physician to perform the procedure quicker than a traditional strip method or even manual FUE method. The significant benefit is that the hair follicles spend less time outside of the body. This increases the sustainability of the hairs and the likelihood of success. The implanted hair follicles then produce normal growth several months after the procedure. Full growth usually takes about one year, but some patients see some growth in just a few months.

Neograft provides fast recovery time with patients returning to work the next day, no linear scar or numbness, and no stiches or staples. Large areas can be transplanted in one session reducing the need for additional procedures and reducing the overall cost of restoring one’s hair. We have seen remarkable results with the Neograft system, says Dr. Mark Ballentyne. Patients love the results and that it doesn’t leave a scar. Even men and women who want to wear their hair short can do so without worrying about visible scarring.

Drs. Gray, Claytor and Ballentyne consult with the patient first to determine if that patient is an appropriate candidate. The best candidates are those who have on-going, predictable hair loss due to genetics. Patients also need to have good coverage at the donor site. Patients should also understand that Neograft is not able to restore hair to the original fullness they had 10 to 20 years ago, but it can give the patient significant improvement. Neograft transplanted follicles continue to grow normally. The Neograft procedure does not prevent future loss, however. Some patients choose to undergo a further treatment in the future while some patients are able to maintain their results with hair restoration products such as rogaine or light therapy. For more information on hair restoration, call Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860.

About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:

Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Gray, since 1985. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction. Dr. Gray teaches at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and at the International Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Mark Ballentyne is a highly skilled physician who has been Director of Medical Aesthetics at the Skin Wellness Center since 2003. Dr. Ballentyne is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians, is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and is certified by the Board of Aesthetic Medicine. He has established a strong reputation for his talent in administering dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport injections, and Fraxel laser treatments and is a national trainer for Allergan™. Dr. Brannon Claytor is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as in hand surgery. Dr. Claytor is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, offering patients a high level of skill, outstanding training and commitment to excellence in cosmetic, reconstructive and hand surgery. He completed an additional year of training in breast microsurgery, oncologic reconstruction and hand microsurgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and was on the teaching faculty of the Lahey Clinic Medical Center.

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