People are constantly looking for a better way to deal with hair loss. This includes looking for a better way to do a hair transplant. One of the newest developments in the field is the robotic follicular unit extraction transplant, or R-FUE. This type of transplant has a number of advantages over conventional FUE transplants and follicular unit transplantation, sometimes called FUT or strip transplantation.
FUE Vs. FUT
FUE transplants are recommended for those who don’t want to have a line-shaped scar where the transplanted hair originated from, while FUT is useful for those that want to maximize their new hair growth and don’t mind the scar or the longer healing time required for this type of procedure. The grafts from FUE can sometimes be of lower quality than with FUT, but this is less of an issue with R-FUE. While the linear scars of FUT are typically hidden as long as the hair isn’t too short, the tiny dot-like scars of FUE are hard to see even with short hair, making this procedure preferable for those who like to keep their hair on the shorter side.
The use of robotic assistance means that the hair follicles are less likely to be harmed during the extracting process, meaning that more of the grafted hairs will survive once transplanted. The robotic assistance also makes it possible to harvest as much as 30 percent more hair follicles per session while still minimizing the pain and discomfort typically associated with the procedure. This means that patients often recover as much as 3 days sooner than with a conventional procedure that doesn’t use the assistance of a robot.
Not everyone makes a good candidate for transplantation. Candidates should preferably be over 30, as younger people don’t have a well-established hair loss pattern and thus would most likely need future procedures to keep hair looking natural. They need to be in relatively good health and be making healthy lifestyle choices. Good candidates should be willing to follow the aftercare instructions of the physician. The more severe the hair loss, the less hair there is that can be removed to transplant to a new location. This affects the potential results.