Hair restoration treatments and surgery have been around for decades, but the technology and methods are constantly improving.
Hair transplant surgery is the gold standard for restoration treatment, but not all procedures offer the same benefits. Knowing the difference between the different types can help you make an informed decision on the best type of restoration treatment for you.
Modern Hair Transplant Surgery
All hair transplant procedures are designed to harvest hair from one area and transplant it to another. Typically, the hair is removed from the back of the scalp where it is most plentiful, then moved to a receding hairline or thinning spot on the head. The differences in the current modern hair transplant surgeries are the methods for harvesting and transplantation. The following are the most popular hair restoration methods used today.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
Removing strips of scalp and hair follicles to transplant to other areas, or follicular unit transplantation (FUT), was first used in the 1990s. It replaced the outdated “hair plug” method that looked unnatural, which had been used for decades. FUT did offer much better results than previous techniques, but it required incisions to remove the strips of hair follicles. Patients often have noticeable scars on the back of the scalp from the strip removal process.
Follicular Unit Extraction
In the early 2000s, follicular unit extraction, or FUE, became the new gold standard in hair transplant surgery. This method harvested hair follicles, or micrografts, manually with forceps and transplanted the follicles individually to the desired area. This eliminated the “strip” and incisions but also was more time-consuming. FUE evolved to include robotic-assisted methods, which reduced the time for the procedure, but still left room for human error during the surgery.
ARTAS iX Robotic Hair Resoration
The ARTAS iX robotic hair transplant method is in a category of its own, as there are currently no other systems that can compare to its advanced technology. Like the FUE methods, hair follicles are harvested from the back of the scalp and transplanted to the thinner areas in the front. The differences between the older FUE or FUT methods and the ARTAS iX system are the benefits for the hair restoration patient. These include:
- Minimally invasive and almost painless
- More natural outcomes with even hair distribution
- Absolute precision in hair graft placement
- Fully robotic, removing the possibility of human error
- Only one session needed
- No incisions, stitches, or scarring
- Little to no downtime needed
ARTAS iX is the latest advancement in hair restoration, offering an improved patient experience and optimum results. The only drawback to the ARTAS iX hair restoration system is that you will not find it everywhere. In Arizona, Robotic Hair Rx is the only center that offers this innovative hair restoration procedure.
If you have a receding hairline and want to explore the best way to restore your natural hair, contact us at Robotic Hair Rx. We are hair restoration experts and your source for the advanced ARTAS iX hair restoration procedure. Call our office in Tempe, AZ to schedule a hair restoration consultation.