Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a popular and cutting-edge hair restoration technique. Within the past ten years, this newer method of harvesting follicular units (FUs) has become increasingly popular. Instead of surgically removing a strip of scalp from the rear fringe area, small punches are used to remove the 1–4 hair FUs. This can be done manually, but the ARTAS® Robot has given us a more precise method of follicular extraction.

Dr. Feinberg is a pioneer of hair transplant surgery. He was the first hair transplant surgeon in NJ to have the ARTAS Robot FUE Hair Transplant Machine.

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The Advantages of the ARTAS Robot Hair Transplant

Dr. Feinberg performing ARTAS robotic hair transplants

The advantages of the ARTAS® Robot are many.

It is minimally invasive.

There is no linear donor scar allowing for shorter hairstyles.

There is less handling of tissue, and the precision robotic technology can create more pristine grafts.

It is less tiring for the physician when larger sessions are required, and the patient enjoys faster, more comfortable healing allowing for an earlier return to normal activities.

The Process

Dr. Feinberg and the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant | FUE in NJ

To harvest the grafts, the back of the head must be shaved. The numbers of grafts that can be harvested are about the same as with follicular unit extraction (FUT). The Follicular Units (FUs) are removed from the scalp and placed in dishes with a cold preservative solution. The placement is the same as with follicular unit extraction (FUT). The bald scalp is outlined and injected with a local anesthetic. Tiny openings are created with varying sized needles and the FUs are inserted manually.

The Robotic transplant takes about 2 hours longer than the traditional FUT. Post-op, as with a FUT procedure, the transplanted hairs fall out over a few weeks, and the new hairs regrow in and about three to five months. Most people look their best in about eight to ten months. Future balding and the desire for increased density dictates the need for future sessions.

Frontal Hair Transplant Before and After Photos

Before, receding hairline transplant before and after, follicular unit extraction
After, receding hairline transplant before and after, follicular unit extraction

Frontal Hair Transplant Before and After Photos

Before, receding hairline transplant before and after, follicular unit extraction
After, receding hairline transplant before and after, follicular unit extraction

Frontal Hair Transplant Before and After Photos

Before, receding hairline transplant before and after, follicular unit extraction
After, hair transplants before and after, follicular unit extraction

Frontal Hair Transplant Before and After Photos

Before, receding hairline transplant before and after, follicular unit extraction
After, receding hairline transplant before and after, follicular unit extraction

Hair Transplant FAQs

WHAT IS THE ROBOTIC FUE PROCEDURE LIKE?

The donor hair in the back of the scalp is shaved and a local anesthetic is injected. The FUs are created individually by the Robot, removed manually and placed into dishes filled with a cold preservative solution.

After the grafts are prepared, the bald scalp is outlined and injected with a local anesthetic. Placement is made by nicking the scalp with varying sized needles, and the 1 to 4 hair FUs are inserted into the tiny openings.

Usually, a pressure dressing is applied that is removed the next morning. The short transplanted hairs fall out over the next few weeks (transplant shock), and regrowth starts sometime around the third month post-transplant.

HOW DOES THE ARTAS ROBOTIC DIFFER FROM OTHER FUE PROCEDURES?

FUE may be done manually or with drill type devices such as the NEOGRAFT or SMARTGRAFT. The ARTAS ROBOT, however, uses a more advanced technology. It is probably the most sophisticated robotic medical machine because, unlike other medical robots that must be controlled by the surgeon, it is able to make certain decisions on its own. For example, when extracting, it adjusts itself in a microsecond to the changing angle of the hair as it exits from the scalp.

WHY CHOOSE A ROBOTIC FUE PROCEDURE?

Because there are no stitches or staples needed with a FUT, the post-op healing is more comfortable in the donor scalp. Hair can be worn shorter because there is no linear donor scar. In most cases, the donor grafts appear more pristine and the technology does have a “futuristic” appeal.

CAN IT BE COMBINED WITH A FUT?

Yes. It can be especially useful in a patient who has had several FUTs, needs more hair, but whose scalp is too tight to allow for more strips to be removed. Because there is still plenty of donor hair left to harvest, an FUE procedure can provide more coverage and density.

WHY IS IT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN A FUT?

The cost is about 50% more than a FUT procedure. The technology required to create and maintain the Robot is expensive. There are only about 300 machines worldwide so the company charges a per/graft fee that is monitored digitally. This method of reimbursement is similar to the laser machines used to correct vision.