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Manual FUE Vs Robotic Hair Transplant!

MBBS
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Manual FUE Vs Robotic Hair Transplant!

Seeing people lose hair as a part of aging was a common sight a few decades ago. However, things have rapidly changed in the last few decades such as, increased pollution, increased use of chemicals for routine hair care, various poor quality hair products available out in the market, stress levels, poor food choices, etc. These have led to premature hair fall, and it is common now to see people in their 30s and sometimes even 20s have a receding hairline. Needless to say, this is a major cosmetic concern. However, the more significant concern is the impact it has on one’s personality. It reduces confidence levels and self-esteem levels, sometimes to the extent where counselling is required.

This has necessitated the search for hair loss treatment options, and the one which produced the most natural result was transplantation of hair follicles from one area of the head to another. Known as follicular unit extraction (FUE), it involves extraction of follicles from one part of the scalp and placing them into the bald parts of the scalp. This ensures natural results, which also has no chances of rejection.

As evolution continued, the next step was to use robots for this process. This has gained wide acceptance, given the improved precision and time required for the procedure. There are definitely pros and cons to the two techniques. Read on to know more.

Extraction process: With Manual FUE, hair follicles are manually removed from the identified site. However, with robotic surgery, about 1000 hair follicles are removed at one go. This improves extraction time by multiple times, and also the overall procedure time. There is a chance for fatigue to set in when done manually. However, robots don’t tire and even after an hour, the speed and accuracy of follicle extraction will not vary. The only determining success factor is the hand-eye coordination of the surgeon.

Operation process: While FUE uses incisions in the area of transplant, robotic surgery uses needles to inject the extracted follicles into the area of hair loss. This improves the postop recovery and reduces complications of bleeding and swelling, mild scarring.

Side effects: There are overall reduced side effects with robotic surgery than with manual FUE. There is less swelling and pain in the robotic process compared to the manual FUE.

Cost: There is definitely a cost difference, given that robotic surgery requires expensive equipment and technology.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Robotic Hair Transplant - Things You Must Know!

MBBS
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Robotic Hair Transplant - Things You Must Know!

Hair loss is becoming a major medical issue. While it was common to see people in their 50s and 60s lose hair a couple of decades ago, now it is very prominent in the 20s and 30s. This is not just a cosmetic concern, but also a psychological one. People who experience premature hair loss lose their self-esteem and confidence. Some even need counseling to come to terms with their hair loss. This has also required identifying various methods, which can be used for treating hair loss. One of the most popular one and effective treatment is hair transplant.

With robotic surgery gaining popularity across various fields, hair transplant has also begun the use robots. The most widely used type of method for hair transplant is the ARTAS hair transplant.
What is usually done during hair transplant is the hair follicular units are extracted from the scalp. This is known as follicular unit extraction (FUE), and with the introduction of robots, the extraction of hair is done by the

ARTAS Robotics System.
ARTAS used technology and systems to take hair transplant work more efficiently and effectively. The ARTAS System automates the FUE procedure by using a combination of a computer, software, robotic arm, and imaging technology. The major advantage is, of course, removal of human intervention, which improves precision and reduces incisions.

What is done?

  • Once the patient is identified as a suitable candidate, imaging technology is used to locate areas of the donor's hair.

  • The ARTAS system can remove about 750 to 1000 hair follicles per hour, which is an exponential increase from the manual FUE process.

  • These follicles are then manually re-transplanted in the areas of hair loss.

  • The desired hair design is of course created by the doctor, and the follicles are transplanted as per this design to simulate natural hair growth to the maximum extent possible.

  • By combining technology and the surgeon’s supervision, ARTAS ensures super-optimal results.

  • The main advantage is when manually hair follicles are extracted, it is very time-consuming. Both the doctor and the patient can tire; however, with about 1000 hair follicles being extracted at one go, the operation time is drastically reduced using ARTAS.

Features:

  • Done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia, is usually pain-free

  • Side-effects may include pain and swelling of the area where hair follicles were removed

  • The results look very natural, and hair can be combed and styled as desired

  • The trick is, however, to get yourself in safe hands of an experienced doctor, as in the wrong hands, the damage could be significant.

  • Being an elective cosmetic procedure, insurance may not cover this.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Robotic Hair Transplant - What Should You Know About It?

MBBS, DVD, MD, London school of Medicine
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Robotic Hair Transplant - What Should You Know About It?
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Robotic Hair Transplant - Major Benefits!

MBBS
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Robotic Hair Transplant - Major Benefits!

Whether you’re a man or a woman, losing hair can be a nightmare. Hair loss affects a person’s confidence and self-image. There are many factors that can trigger hair loss. This includes genetic predisposition to baldness, stress, nutrient deficiency etc. Whatever the cause, you do not have to simply live with balding spots. Hair transplant surgery is now commonly performed to combat hair loss. Today, this procedure can also be performed with the help of robotics. There are a number of advantages to this procedure, including:

Faster Results: The first step of a hair transplant surgery is to harvest hair follicles from the donor site. When performed manually, this is a tedious process that can take a long time. It also requires great skill as each hair follicle must be harvested without damaging the root. In comparison, robotics makes this process much faster.it negates human error.

Better Site Creation: When it comes to hair transplants it isn’t enough to simply put a number of hair follicles in the bald area. Aesthetics plays a key role here. Some of the factors that need to be kept in mind include average spacing between hair follicles, depth if hair follicle roots, hair direction, and elevation. It can be quite difficult to match these factors when transplanting hair manually. Hence, though the baldness may be hidden, your hair may not look as natural as it should. However, with robotics, it is easy to have full control over these parameters. When the hair follicles are being transplanted, each of these measures can be set so as to match the natural look. Robotics also allows the doctor to specify the number of follicular units required and select the ones with the most hair strands. Thus, it also reduces door site wounding.

Higher Survival Rate: After a hair transplant surgery, you may notice the newly transplanted hair strands falling off. This is normal and most of the hair will grow back. However, a certain amount of hair strands are lost and hence your hair may not be as dense as you imagined. With robot-aided transplants, there is a higher survival rate for follicular units. Thus, your hair will be denser.

In short, robotic hair transplant surgery is more efficient and effective as compared to manually performed hair transplants. They also provide a more satisfying result and reduce scarring. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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In Depth About Hair Transplant Procedures!

Dr.Vikas Jain 89% (89ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Hisar
In Depth About Hair Transplant Procedures!

Like good health and youth, most of us take our locks for granted, until they're gone. For many people, a hair transplant can help bring back what looks like a full - or at least a fuller - head of hair.

A hair transplant is a procedure in which a dermatological surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head. The surgeon usually moves hair from the back or side of the head to the front or top of the head. Hair transplants typically occur in a medical office under local anesthesia.

Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence.

Good candidates for a hair transplant are:

  1. men with male-pattern baldness
  2. women with thinning hair
  3. anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury

Hair replacement isn't a good option for:

  1. women with a wide-spread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp
  2. people who don't have enough 'donor' hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant
  3. people who form keloid scars (thick, fibrous scars) after injury or surgery
  4. people whose hair loss is due to medication like chemotherapy

PROCEDURE-

  1. Planning and Assessment before the Operation.
  2. Harvesting Methods: The patient is sedated using mild sedation and local anaesthesia after which the transplantation is performed. Common hair transplant methods to choose from are:
    • Follicular unit transplant (FUT)
    • Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
  3. Strip Harvesting
  4. Robotic hair restoration

Care Post Operation:
After the surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days. You will be prescribed an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug to take for several days. Most people are able to return to work 2 to 5 days after the operation. The treated area should be protected from the sun.

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Hair Transplant - All You Should Know About It!

Dr.S. K Chawla 90% (114ratings)
MBBS, MS- Surgery, MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi
Hair Transplant - All You Should Know About It!

As the name suggests, hair transplant is a surgical procedure in which hair follicles are moved from one body part, the donor site, to a balding part of the body, the recipient site. Male pattern baldness can be primarily treated using this technique. Hair transplantation procedures can be used for restoration of a bald scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, chest hair, pubic hair, beard hair, and to fill in surgery or accident scars etc.

Procedures of Hair Transplant
Hair transplantation is very different from hair grafting. Modern hair transplantation methods can be used to achieve the natural hair appearance because the original hair orientation can be mimicked. The various procedures involved in hair transplant procedures are-

Pre operative planning: The scalp or the target area of the patient is analysed. Pre-operative folliscopy is carried out to determine the hair density which helps to assess the post-operative results of the transplant. Patients are advised to refrain from taking any sort of medicine prior to the procedure as it might result in intra-operative bleeding thereby causing poor grafting. Patients are also asked to avoid alcohol and smoking because they can have a negative impact on the survival of the grafts.

Harvesting: The procedure for transplant is usually performed undermild sedation of local anaesthesia. The scalp is shampooed thoroughly and then treated with antibacterial agents before the donor scalp is harvested. There are various different hair harvesting techniques, each having its advantages and disadvantages. There are two major ways of extracting donor grafts-

  1. Strip harvesting- This is usually the most common technique, where the surgeon removes a strip of the skin from the back of the scalp where the hair growth is good. This leaves a thin scar on the donor area. This strip is then grafted to the required balding area of the scalp.
  2. Follicular unit extraction (FUE)- In this kind of harvesting, individual follicular units consisting of a group of 1 to 4 hairs are removed under local anaesthesia. This is a fairly lengthy procedure but gives natural-looking results.
  3. Follicular unit transplant- This is the traditional method for hair transplantation in which a strip of hair is extracted and the strip is then dissected in order to separate individual grafts.
  4. Robotic hair restoration- A robotic hair restoration device is used which utilizes cameras and robotic arms to assist the surgeon in the FUE procedure.

Types of Surgeries
Hair transplant surgery can be of many types including

  • Androgenic alopecia- treating permanent hair loss
  • Eyebrow transplant
  • Frontal lowering of hair- natural high hairlines without any hair loss condition.

In case donor hair numbers are insufficient, body hair transplant can also be used. However, it is very important to assess the natural difference in colour and texture between the body hair and scalp hair.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hair Transplant - Why Consult Your Doctor When You Go For It?

Dr.Prachi Patil 86% (21ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Cosmetology, Diploma In Clinical Cosmetology
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Mumbai
Hair Transplant - Why Consult Your Doctor When You Go For It?

Like good health and youth, most of us take our locks for granted, until they're gone. For many people, a hair transplant can help bring back what looks like a full - or at least a fuller - head of hair. A hair transplant is a procedure in which a dermatological surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head. The surgeon usually moves hair from the back or side of the head to the front or top of the head. Hair transplants typically occur in a medical office under local anesthesia. Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence.

Good candidates for a hair transplant are:

  1. men with male-pattern baldness
  2. women with thinning hair
  3. anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury

Hair replacement isn't a good option for:

  1. women with a wide-spread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp
  2. people who don't have enough 'donor' hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant
  3. people who form keloid scars (thick, fibrous scars) after injury or surgery
  4. people whose hair loss is due to medication like chemotherapy

Procedure

  1. Planning and Assessment before the Operation.
  2. Harvesting Methods: The patient is sedated using mild sedation and local anaesthesia after which the transplantation is performed. Common hair transplant methods to choose from are:
    • Follicular unit transplant (FUT)
    • Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
  3. Strip Harvesting
  4. Robotic hair restoration

Care Post Operation:
After the surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days. You will be prescribed an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug to take for several days. Most people are able to return to work 2 to 5 days after the operation. The treated area should be protected from the sun.

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Hair Transplant Surgery - Are You A Good Candidate For It?

MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, DNB, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hair Transplant Surgery - Are You A Good Candidate For It?

Like good health and youth, most of us take our locks for granted, until they're gone. For many people, a hair transplant can help bring back what looks like a full - or at least a fuller - head of hair.

A hair transplant is a procedure in which a dermatological surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head. The surgeon usually moves hair from the back or side of the head to the front or top of the head. Hair transplants typically occur in a medical office under local anesthesia.

Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence.

Good candidates for a hair transplant are:

  1. men with male-pattern baldness
  2. women with thinning hair
  3. anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury

Hair replacement isn't a good option for:

  1. women with a wide-spread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp
  2. people who don't have enough 'donor' hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant
  3. people who form keloid scars (thick, fibrous scars) after injury or surgery
  4. people whose hair loss is due to medication like chemotherapy

PROCEDURE-

  1. Planning and Assessment before the Operation.
  2. Harvesting Methods: The patient is sedated using mild sedation and local anaesthesia after which the transplantation is performed. Common hair transplant methods to choose from are:
    • Follicular unit transplant (FUT)
    • Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
  3. Strip Harvesting
  4. Robotic hair restoration

Care Post Operation:
After the surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days. You will be prescribed an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug to take for several days. Most people are able to return to work 2 to 5 days after the operation. The treated area should be protected from the sun.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Should You Take Care Of Your Hair Post Transplant?

Dr.Neha Shukla 93% (74ratings)
MD, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Dermatologist, Gandhinagar
How Should You Take Care Of Your Hair Post Transplant?

Male pattern baldness and other kinds of baldness can turn out to be a pesky affair that also eventually might have a bearing on your confidence level. A hair transplant is an excellent way of dealing with this issue. This method usually takes the hair follicles from the donor site and implants them on the scalp where male pattern balding has set in. While this is an effective and commonly used process, it also comes with minor scars and other issues.

There are many things, which you must take care of, after the procedure. Here are a few of those things.

  • Scars: The procedure will leave you with a few scars as you wait for the hair to grow back from the replaced follicles. There may also be a little bit of swelling or inflammation at the site of the transplant, which may cause irritation. Ask your surgeon for medication which will bring down the swelling. You must make sure that you do not touch or scratch the surface under any circumstances.
  • Elevation: After the procedure, as mentioned before, there will be some amount of swelling. So, it is important to keep your head in an elevated position so as to ensure that there is no extra swelling in the head. For this, you may have to sleep with your head on two pillows so as to keep the head propped up. Also, you may want to sleep or relax in a reclining chair for a few days until the swelling subsides.
  • Physical activity: Sweating will make the scar and swelling even itchier. So, it is imperative that you shy away from physical activities like workouts and running. Also, you may want to stay out of the sun, or even avoid a trip to the sauna for a few days as the exposure may lead to sweating.
  • Hygiene: The area around the scar and your scalp in general must be kept clean. Use mild shampoos and medication to keep the numbness and irritation at bay so that the scars get enough time to recover.
  • Food: In order to help the scar recover faster, you will need to avoid food that is too spicy as this usually has an adverse effect on the incisions and scars after any surgical procedure. These spices usually create a lot of heat and can cause further swelling, redness and other symptoms. Excessive alcohol consumption must also be avoided.

There are a number of things that you can take care of after a hair transplant procedure in order to recover faster and be comfortable until the hair growth starts.

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Know Everything About Hair Transplant!

Dr.Sankeerth Vijayakumar 90% (193ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy, FRGUHS (Cosmetology)
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Know Everything About Hair Transplant!

Hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness is a condition that affects both men and women equally. Surgical hair transplantation is the only solution for restoring the lost hair in pattern baldness when medical hair restoration does not offer you a good hair re-growth. If you have well-defined and clearly established areas or patterns of baldness on the crown with healthy dense coverage of hair at the sides and the back of the head, you are probably suitable for a hair transplant surgery. Hair that is transplanted in the frontal region of the skull generally offers the best results. However, a hair transplant procedure can also be carried out on any other area of your head if you have some bald patch there.

It is best to have detailed information about the hair transplant procedure before you make plans to undergo a surgery. It is only after you have read through all the information that you can understand and appreciate the significance of surgical hair restoration. The information will also help you decide whether you are the right candidate for the hair transplant surgery. Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence.

All those who can opt for a hair transplant:

  1. Men with male-pattern baldness

  2. Women suffering from hair thinning

  3. Anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury

Hair replacement isn’t a good option for:

  1. Women with a wide-spread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp

  2. People who don’t have enough “donor” hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant

  3. People who form keloid scars (thick, fibrous scars) after injury or surgery

  4. People whose hair loss is due to medication like chemotherapy

Two types of procedures

It's worth noting that there are new surgical techniques involved in hair transplants:

  1. FUE - Follicular Unit Extraction: The hairs are individually extracted from the back of the head and re-planted across the area. This is a lengthy, pain-staking process but the result is minimal scarring and a very natural-looking hairline.
  2. FUT - Follicular Unit Transplantation: This technique involves taking a larger area or 'strip' of hair from the back of the head, dividing it into smaller units and then re-planting those units in the desired area of hair loss. Scarring can be slightly more conspicuous at the back of the head as a larger area has been removed but an expert surgeon will minimise incision marks to ensure rapid healing.

Hair transplant do, of course, utilise your own natural hair and re-growth can be expected within 4 weeks of surgery. Great care must be taken during your recovery period to protect the newly-transplanted hair. However, once it is deemed safe to resume normal activities, the results can be life-transforming. A successful hair transplant is permanent and can restore confidence and self-esteem.

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