New Hair for the New Year

Losing your hair is a depressing process. Every time you take a shower there seem to be a few more hairs in the drain than the day before. You know what the future holds, thinning and more thinning.

Dr. Kearney knows himself, as he has long suffered from male pattern baldness. He’s researched various options to address hair loss in his San Diego practice, but he wasn’t a fan of the previous options: strip transplantation, prescription drugs, and topical creams. He doesn’t feel strip transplantation provides a natural-looking result, and the other methods are inconsistent at best.

But then Dr. Kearney looked into a new way of helping patients with thinning hair — follicular unit extraction (FUE), specifically a system known as NeoGraft. In the NeoGraft system, individual hair follicles are removed from the back of the head, where the hair is not susceptible to pattern baldness, and they are transplanted into the thinning areas. These transplanted follicles then naturally return hair growth to areas where more and more follicles have gone dormant.

How is NeoGraft done?

The first step is to shave the back of the patient’s head where the hair is still actively growing. Dr. Kearney then topically numbs the area. Now the NeoGraft Automated Hair Transplantation system comes into play. He takes the NeoGraft handpiece and places the tip on the hair follicle. The handpiece uses a gentle pneumatic process to extract the entire hair follicle. The follicle is then pulled up into the storage chamber in the handpiece, where all the follicles received occasional light misting with saline solution.

Once Dr. Kearney feels he has the number of follicles he needs, he begins to transplant them into the thinning areas. Again he uses the NeoGraft handpiece — he doesn’t touch any of the follicles. This improves the success of the transplantation. The NeoGraft tip makes the holes at the optimum depth and then inserts a hair follicle into each hole.

When will the hair start growing?

Over the next few weeks after your procedure, most of the transplanted hair shafts will fall out. This can seem disturbing, but this doesn’t mean the follicles haven’t successfully taken to their new locations. It is simply a result of the hair follicle responding to the trauma of the procedure. The follicles settle in and return to the anagen/growth phase of the hair growth cycle. Most of the follicles will begin returning to hair growth in 6-12 months. From there, they should continue to naturally grow hair for the duration, as these follicles are not susceptible to male pattern hair loss because they were taken from the back of the scalp.

Interested in addressing your thinning hair for the New Year? Call Dr. Kearney at (858) 677-9352 to schedule a NeoGraft consultation.

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After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

  • Appointments:Dr. Kearney will still be seeing a small number of post operative appointments over the next couple of weeks as well as any patients that require immediate attention or medical care, by appointment only. We are calling and emailing all patients who currently have appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks to notify them and reschedule
  • Phone: We will be working remotely and able to answer questions as well as schedule future appointments and surgeries by calling our main number: 858.677.9352. Please note, however, that we will have reduced hours over the next couple of weeks so be sure to call during these times: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours and need to speak to Dr. Kearney please call 619-270-4935.
  • Answering machine: Please do NOT leave important messages on the after hours greeting during the next 2 weeks as they may not be checked in a timely manner. Instead, we ask you to call or email during the above hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Email: We will have access to email and our patient scheduling system and will be available to check and respond to emails M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you reach us outside of these hours please allow 24-48 hours for a response. You can continue to email the patient coordinator you’ve been in contact with or simply use [email protected]
  • Virtual consultations: Can’t come in for an appointment right now? No problem! Dr. Kearney is able to offer phone consultations during the next couple of weeks. Simply email us at [email protected] or call 858-677-9352 during the above hours and we will let you know the simple steps to take.

We apologize for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and are hoping things return to “normal” as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all try to remain as positive as possible during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff