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Is Robotic Hair Transplant Surgery The Wave Of The Future

2/26/2019 6:41:59 PM

Robotic FUE

The world is becoming more and more digital every day. Tangible items like DVD's and CD's are being replaced with streams and MP3's. It is no surprise that robotic Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) has sparked the interest of many hair loss sufferers. 

Many have speculated that robotic surgery is inevitably going to take over hair transplant surgery and other surgical procedures, as well. This has left many to question if there is any truth to the speculation or if this is just hearsay.

In this article, we will discuss robotic FUE and how it will affect the hair restoration industry in the future.

What is Robotic FUE?

Robotic FUE refers to a physician-guided robotic device that is used for extracting follicular unit grafts from the patient's donor site. In some cases, the robotic device may even transplant the grafts into the recipient sites. Many claims that robotic FUE is the latest and greatest technology in the field of surgical hair restoration. However, not everyone is convinced and many believe that the technology available is far from perfect.

The operator of the device is still in control of selecting the sections of the scalp that is to be harvested and the density in which the grafts will be harvested.

What's The Difference Between Robotic FUE and Non-Robotic FUE

Currently, the only difference between traditional FUE and robotic FUE is the extracting and implanting the follicular unit grafts. Traditional non-robotic FUE is performed by a surgeon or trained technicians. In some clinics, the technicians extract and transplant the grafts. Leaving the surgeon to design the hairline and create the recipient sites that will determine the direction, angle, and density of the entire surgical procedure.

Some world-renowned hair transplant surgeons have invested a lot of money in robotic devices, but have discontinued using the devices, because they claim they can achieve better results with traditional FUE. In fact, some of the world's best hair transplant surgeons claim that traditional FUE produces better scarring, yield, and an overall better cosmetic result.

Conclusion

Hair transplant surgery is an art form, it requires an artistic approach to recreate hair so natural that it is indistinguishable from native non-transplanted hair. While robotic FUE may be beneficial to some surgeons, it is widely rejected by the world's best hair transplant surgeons.

Many surgeons claim that the human hand can feel something the machine simply can't and while the machine may not suffer from fatigue, it certainly cannot replace a hair transplant surgeon. There may come a time when robotic surgery will be as efficient as machines working in an assembly line, but hair transplant surgery requires artistry and attention to detail that simply can't be found in any machine.

Only time will tell if robotic FUE ever becomes the gold standard in surgical hair restoration. At this time, it's certainly is not. In fact, another serious issue that seems to be growing each year is the use of robotic FUE devices by unlicensed and untrained technicians. This has led to many patients having their donor sites completely depleted and their hair growth is close to nothing.

It is important to remember that hair transplant surgery requires skill, talent, and experience to produce an excellent result.


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    Melvin is an Associate Publisher and Forum Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center. He is a 3-time hair transplant patient having received over 5,000 grafts via FUE. He has over 5,000 helpful posts on the popular hair restoration network discussion forum. He has over 13 years of experience in healthcare management. He enjoys helping hair loss sufferers overcome their insecurities and depression in relation to their hair loss. Aside from his healthcare management work, he writes articles, moderates the hair loss forum and creates YouTube videos for the Hair Transplant Network YouTube channel.