Lewis Plastic Surgery
2331-A Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
NeoGraft® Hair Restoration
Looking for the "gold standard" in hair restoration? NeoGraft earned its reputation for creating thick, natural-looking results for patients experiencing hair loss. Few hair transplant providers in the Richmond, VA, area offer NeoGraft and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gordon Lewis was the first in central Virginia to perform hair transplant surgery using the breakthrough NeoGraft system.
Gordon Lewis, M.D.
Dr. Lewis, a native of Richmond, prioritizes building honest, trusting relationships and providing personalized care for his patients.
Meet Dr. Lewis
The NeoGraft Procedure
Hair restoration using NeoGraft is an automated version of follicular unit extraction (FUE) that enables Dr. Lewis and his team to graft hair follicles with the precision that previous hair transplant procedures couldn’t achieve. During the procedure, the surgical team harvests small grafts consisting of 1 to 4 hair follicles using a special handpiece and transplants them using pneumatic pressure. This process is much different than follicular unit transplant (FUT) surgery – known as the “strip method” – which involves removing a strip of the patient’s scalp and creating a horizontal scar on the back of the head.
NeoGraft uses follicular grafts that are much smaller than those transplanted during a manual FUE procedure, ensuring greater precision and results that look more natural. Before the grafts are placed in the area of thinning hair, Dr. Lewis creates recipient sites that are at a proper angle and orientation so the transplanted hair grows in the natural direction.
A local anesthetic helps keep patients comfortable throughout the procedure, which can take from 3 to 8 hours, depending on the number of grafts harvested. Most patients plan to spend most of the day at our practice.
What Are the Benefits of the NeoGraft Procedure?
- No linear scar such as the one left by “strip” hair transplantation. You can wear your hair short or long.
- No sutures or staples.
- Minimal manipulation of donor hair grafts, resulting in a high survival rate.
- Brief recovery time.
- Less expensive than manual transplant method.
Recovery & Results
Dr. Lewis recommends using over-the-counter pain relief medication to manage the mild discomfort most patients experience following a NeoGraft procedure. Because it’s a minimally invasive procedure, unlike the surgical excision involved in the strip method, the recovery is faster and more comfortable. In some cases, patients return to work the day after the procedure, but others take a couple of days off.
Dr. Lewis provides detailed instructions about hair care following NeoGraft that should be closely followed.
The tiny punctures created during the treatment begin scabbing over a few days after the treatment. It’s important to shampoo your hair gently and avoid scratching the grafted hair. Because hair from the back and sides of the head is genetically programmed not to fall out, it should remain after it’s transplanted. However, some patients use hair loss medication such as Propecia® to help curtail additional hair loss.
Good Candidates for NeoGraft
Thinning hair can lead to reduced confidence and self-esteem. Most individuals concerned about hair loss can benefit from hair restoration surgery, although some patients are better candidates than others. Men and women with fuller, denser hair in the donor areas (the back and sides of the head) typically see the best results after a NeoGraft hair transplant procedure. Men who like to wear their hair short benefit from NeoGraft because it doesn’t result in visible scars. Good candidates also have realistic aesthetic goals and understand the limits of the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to do anything special to prepare for my NeoGraft procedure?
There are a few guidelines, and we will provide you with detailed pre- and post-operative care instructions. If you’re a smoker, you’ll be advised to quit a few weeks prior to your procedure. You should also stop taking certain medications which can thin the blood, such as vitamin E, aspirin, and others. If you’re on prescription anti-coagulants, you’ll need to make arrangements with your prescribing physician to pause or adjust your medication. You can wash your hair the night before your procedure—not the day of—with regular shampoo. You may want to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. Wear a comfortable button-down shirt, and bring a book, tablet, or music to keep you occupied during the procedure.
How long will the procedure take?
We recommend that patients plan to be in our office all day. Depending on the significance of your procedure, your NeoGraft experience may take up to 8 hours to complete. However, you’ll have opportunities to get up, use the restroom, and eat throughout the day.
How long will it be before I see my results?
Hair grows in cycles, so it’s important to be patient while you wait to see the results of your NeoGraft procedure. All hair, including transplanted hair, undergoes a natural shedding process as part of its life cycle. A couple of weeks after your procedure, you can expect to see this shedding process take place in your transplanted hair. This is normal and not an indication that the procedure has failed. The follicles are still viable during this time. The transplanted follicles produce new hair within a few months after the shedding process is complete. This hair will continue to grow just like normal hair.
Is NeoGraft just for men?
Absolutely not. NeoGraft is appropriate for both men and women who are bothered by thinning hair or baldness. Dr. Lewis tailors his approach to you to ensure your results look natural and healthy.
We perform NeoGraft hair restoration treatments at our Midlothian practice on men and women who travel from Chesterfield, Charlottesville, and other cities in the region. You can request a consultation with Dr. Lewis using the simple online form, or call our office at
(804) 267-6009 to schedule an appointment.