Imagine hair transplant surgery that rarely misses or damages a follicle and cuts the time it takes to complete the procedure by nearly half. Look no further than Robotic Hair Transplant Surgery, the latest “wave” in the continuing struggle to end thinning hair and baldness in men and women.
Forget about hair weaves, wigs, topical creams that promise to regrow hair, and lengthy hair transplant operations. Automated Follicular Unit Extraction, or AFUE, is quickly becoming the standard outpatient procedure in hair restoration surgery.
The procedure uses an advanced hair follicle harvesting machine that quickly – and safely – extracts follicles from healthy donor sites with the aid of an image-guided system. The machine is equipped with a robotic arm, a highly accurate needle-punch device, and a video imaging system and user interface that guides the surgeon through the entire procedure.
Before, Follicular Unit Grafting and manual FUE were the standard operating procedures. With FUG, the surgeon cuts and removes a strip of scalp tissue containing donor follicles, cuts the strip into separate grafts, and transplants them into the target areas. Unfortunately, the strip-mining of hair follicles can leave a scar behind which can be a concern for men who prefer to wear their hair cut short. With traditional FUE, the surgeon extracts thousands of hair follicles using a manual punch device. The procedure leaves no scars but is time consuming and more costly than FUG.
AFUE is a vast improvement, empowering the surgeon with advanced imaging and follicular extraction technology and reducing the amount of time spent in the operating room harvesting and transplanting healthy follicles. The results are more natural looking than ever. Talk to a qualified hair transplant surgeon to learn more about this new procedure and how it can help you put a stop to thinning hair.
Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist with offices located in Virginia Beach. Contact The Choe Center for Hair Restoration at (757) 389-5850 for a personal consultation.