What is FUE?
Robotic FUE is a minimally invasive procedure for surgical hair restoration than the standard excision procedure, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).
FUT is better known as the traditional strip method which involves the removal of donor’s hair from the back of the head.
Despite being able to permanently solve the problem, it still leaves behind a linear scar, making it difficult to wear the hair short in the back.
What Is Robotic FUE?
The ARTAS Robotic FUE System is the advanced technology and branch of FUE procedure.
This is to harvest the follicular unit grafts one by one with unparalleled precision.
After the operation, in the donor area no linear scar is left behind and with no limitation on the physical activity, which a huge advantage of this procedure.
Under the optical guidance of the robot, this system locates and extracts each follicular unit according to its specification which is programmed by the physician.
The accuracy level is hundreds to thousands of times speed which is not achievable with the human hand. This robot can create holes, recipient sites, for placing the follicular unit grafts planned aesthetically by the physician.
How Is It Different From Strip Surgery?
In the process of FUT or strip harvesting, where a strip of tissue, 6 – 10 inch is cut open from the back of the scalp, sewed close immediately.
Under the microscope, each hair follicle is dissected in such a way that the still intact to the hair follicle and with a punch, the treatable area is punctured into small holes to insert the hair graft.
Whereas in FUE, the each follicular units are directly harvested from the donor area to the recipient area.
In the FUE procedure, the doctor manually selected the follicular units to be extracted, centres the device tool over the units, cuts the skin at a specific angle and depth and manually removes each follicular unit from the surrounding tissue.
The posterior part of the scalp is trimmed properly and under anesthesia, to make the hair follicles easier to identify and extract.
The ARTAS system is placed over the trimmed area for image processing which helps in identifying the different properties of hair follicle such as density, orientations and graft angles, and with the manual arms it makes dermal punches to perform the unit dissection, where the follicular units are manually planted into the recipient area, which is 50% faster than the normal procedure.
Patients undergoing this surgery can commence back to normal day to day life within one or two days.
Whereas in Robotic FUE, it minimizes this process with its manual arms, which at the same time takes care of all the parameters including evaluation of the hair, site depth, average spacing of two hair units and total incision sites.
This procedure keeps no room for human error and improves the quality of the hair restoration procedure.
The robotic FUE hair restoration procedure removes the chance of the visibility of scarring, by harvesting the hair follicle units individually from the patient’s head.
Random selection of follicles ensures that the donor area remains a natural looking as before the operation. Under the guidance of Robograft technique, it allows the surgeon to invest better time and energy as it is an artistic skill as well.