Whenever person starts losing his hair, he starts looking for options. Over the years he tries various oils, drugs and supplementsto get hair back with mixed or disappointing results. Ultimately he tries to look for options of surgical hair transplant on the internet where he mainly comes across two options, either follicular-unit extraction FUE or Follicular unit transplant, but you can try other method also that’s been around for a while, robotic hair transplantation. Each method has pros and cons though one method has many more pros than cons. Let’s look at these options more closely to determine which one can truly get you the results you deserve.

In manual technique there are two methods, follicular unit transplant and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Out of this FUE is method of choice in which grafts are harvested by punches of various types from the donor region one at a time.To extract the follicular units, the surgeon creates site and then implants a graft. The size of the punches varies between 0.7mm to .9 mm. One of the biggest advantages of this method is that with experience the surgeon can modify his technique according to individual hair pattern and needs. Only disadvantage of this method surgeon can be fatigued and to overcome this problem we have Robotic technique.

This technique has been developed by Restoration Robotics San Jose CA. A robotic system ARTAS to work under physician control. It uses digital video guided microscope and follicular unit identification system with two-step punch device with a precision of 0.014mm. Since the robot is doing the work, surgeon fatigue is very less. As per the company, the quality of your last hair graft will equal that of your first. It is very expensive and has limited availability in the world. To understand better let’s compare this method.


Procedures Robotic FUE FUT
Harvesting method The High Definition Stereoscopic Vision System Utilizes ARTAS Artificial Intelligence™ Algorithms to Identify and Select the Best Hair Follicles for Harvesting (FUE)
  • Follicular unit extraction
  • Punch hole method
  • Follicular unit transplant
  • Strip method
Ideal candidate
  • Men & Women
  • Men & Women
  • Men & Women
  • Very Expensive
  • Budget
  • Budget
  • Intelligently and Accurately Avoids Damaging Pre-existing Healthy Hairs
  • Creates Optimal Recipient Sites and Simultaneously Implants Each Graft*
  • Hair trimmed “high & tight”
  • Sedation: oral and i.m
  • Bandage: yes, for only a few days
  • Needs ride home
  • Hairstyle is not affected
  • Sedation: oral and i.m
  • Bandage: yes, for only a few days
  • Needs ride home
  • Freedom to Wear Your Hair the Way You Like it.
  • There is no or minimal discomfort
  • Exercise resumed in 2 days
  •  Moderate swelling for 1 to 2 days.
  • Small scabs in recipient area, 5- 7 days
  • No Linear Scar
  • No Stitches
  • No Scars
  • Can wear hat & wash hair in 24 hrs
  • Discomfort minimal (1-2 out of a 0-10 scale)
  • Light Exercise resumed in 2 days
  • Minimal swelling may sometimes occur
  • Small scabs in recipient area, 5- 7 days
  • No linearScar present
  • Stitches: no
  • Donor scabs visible for 5-7 days
  • Can wear hat & wash hair in 24 hrs
  • Discomfort minimal to moderate (1-4 out of a 0-10 scale)
  • Exercise resumed in 7-10 days
  • Minimal to moderate swelling in forehead & eyes for 2-5 daysmay occur
  • Small scabs in recipient area, 5-7 days
  • Scar Present
  • Stitches: yes, removed after 15 days
  • Donor stiches hidden in hair immediately after procedure
Donor Availability
  • Large number of healthy graft available
  • Preferred area is scalp
  • Higher number of grafts available per surgery (up to around 4000 -4500 in 2-3 sittings)
  • Scalp and body hair (beard & chest)
  • Larger number of grafts available persurgery (up to 3,000in one sitting and another 1500 to 2000 in second sitting)
  • Scalp hair only
Graft Survival
  • Grafts fragile and need to be taken care of; good survival
  • Grafts robust and resilient; great survival
  • No Large painful scar
  • If head shaved, maybe unnoticeable after 1 surgery (but not always), but obvious after 2
  • Thousands of white dots
  • Covered with short hair (< 4-5 guard)
  • If head shaved, maybe unnoticeable after 1st surgery (but not always), but obvious after 2nd if not done properly.
  • One long white line
  • Covered with longer hair (> 4-5 guard)
  •  If head shaved, visible and most likely noticeable after 1 surgery

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