Hair Restoration Procedures
For many years, surgeons and doctors solely used the Strip (FUT) method for hair loss and hair restoration treatments. This method involves taking a strip of the patient’s hair, usually from the back of their head, for a hair transplant procedure. This traditional method, which is very effective both clinically and in regards to cost, is ideal for patients with very advanced hair loss, patients with curly or wavy hair, and those who style their hair longer in the back of their head. Technology has advanced over the years and we now have the option of the FUE procedure, robotically with the ARTAS machine and manually with the Smartgraft machine. All methods are highly effective hair transplant treatments, but there are some key differences between the procedures. To learn more about which treatment is best for you and your goals, read below and contact us today for a consultation with one of our specialists!
ARTAS Hair Restoration- Robotic FUE
The ARTAS System is a pioneer in the field of robotic hair treatments and developed with the help of leading hair transplant researchers and physicians. The ARTAS robot precisely takes graft dissections from a patient’s scalp and then reallocates them with advanced speed and precision. The ARTAS system operates a Follicular-Unit Excision (FUE), which allows the ARTAS system to take hair follicles from the patient’s donor area without needing to make any linear incisions, linear scarring, or stitches.
SmartGraft Hair Restoration – FUE
SmartGraft is a less intrusive hair restoration technique that uses the cutting-edge follicular unit extraction (FUE) technology. The SmartGraft hair restoration system is versatile and can be used on all hair types. The procedure works very effectively on African American hair and produces permanent, natural looking results.
African American hair has genetically distinctive roots, and the natural character of the hair is often coarse, curly, and wavy. In addition, African American men and women have about 55,000 to 65,000 hair follicles in the average donor site (compared to about 95,000 in Caucasians).
Both these factors mean that you need an advanced hair restoration technique that will extract the follicles without damaging the tissue as well as preserving the maximum number of follicles for transplantation (because the total donor follicles are limited due to lower hair density). This is where SmartGraft hair restoration technique comes in because, unlike traditional hair transplant methods, SmartGraft can do more with less.
Shaveless or Long Hair FUE
One or the more advanced techniques of FUE is now the shaveless or long hair FUE, which requires a very honed skill set to perform. At VSC we offer the shaveless or long hair FUE for certain patients depending on the length and caliber of their donor hair. This procedure is ideal for those who are in customer facing roles as the donor area in the back and sides of the scalp does not have to be shaved or cut to perform the extraction process as it does with the ARTAS procedure or traditional Smartgraft procedure. This technique is very labor intensive, but a fantastic offering for those concerned with or having an aversion to shaving the donor area. Contact us today for consultation to see if you qualify for this technique!