Hi Dr. Rassman,
I read where your colleague, Dr. Bernstein, recently decided to add the NeoGraft Unit to his office’s hair restoration offering – see his blog for more information. I was wondering if you have had an opportunity to try the NeoGraft and whether or not they have managed to overcome trauma to the grafts from “drying” and mechanical effects (during extraction and implanting)? I have read your blog concerning your (and Dr. Pak) device (hydro) and was really hoping that they might take a page from your book on this technique.
I did try NeoGraft on one of our known FOX negative patients and the results were not good, but comparable to what we would have gotten using our own techniques in such a patient. A quick aside, the FOX test means that we ran a small FUE test to see if they are candidates for a full FUE procedure… and FOX negative means we do not recommend the FUE procedure for them.
The NeoGraft system did what we would have expected it to do. I believe (without direct experience) that the ARTAS robot would have also produced damage with this FOX negative patient, but as most patients are not FOX negative, the test of the NeoGraft on this patient was not a fair representation of what it should do.
I have asked for a loan of a NeoGraft system to help me find a place in my practice for it. I know that Dr. Bernstein is getting an ARTAS system and I am sure that when he has a FOX negative patient, I will find out what his experience is with such a patient.