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Follicular Unit Excision (formerly Follicular Unit Extraction) (FUE): Manual vs Motorized vs ARTAS

10/13/2016 12:16:54 AM

Question:

I have checked in with a few different providers, two are indicating that the ARTAS robotic hair transplant is the way to go, one is stating that a manual hair transplant is the way to go (removing strips from the back of the head) and transplanting manually in the loss area. I appreciate feedback on both of these procedures and even more so, look forward to hearing from anyone who has done both. 

Answer:


It seems that we need to begin by clarifying some terminology before you can make an informed decision.

There are two hair transplant procedures that differ in the method of extraction. In follicular unit strip surgery or FUSS (often referred to as FUT or simply "strip"), the donor hair is harvested by excising a strip of hair-bearing scalp around the back of the head in the "permanent" donor supply. This strip is then dissected by a team of tech under microscopic magnification in order to separate the follicular units. Strip is not defined as being manual necessarily.

With Follicular Unit Excision (formerly Follicular Unit Extraction) (FUE) hair restoration physicians harvest the follicular unit grafts individually using a punch. This punch may be manual or motorized.

Both FUE and strip utilize the same method of implantation.

The ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System is an automated FUE system programmed by a physician to harvest follicular units and create recipient sites.

If you investigate our recommended hair transplant surgeons you'll find that some perform both strip and FUE while others perform one procedure exclusively. Of the FUE practitioners, some use manual tools, some use motorized tools and some use ARTAS.

Ultimately, what matters is that the physician you choose delivers high-quality results consistently. The tool they use to deliver those results is far less important in my opinion.


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