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, although effective in hair transplant treatments, is not ideal for patients with shorter hair as it leaves a clearly visible, linear scar. Now they have the option of the ARTAS (FUE) method. Both methods are highly effective hair transplant treatments but there are some key differences between the two.
How ARTAS Works
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 incisions. This eliminates the risk of scar lines and there is no need for stitches.
How the Strip Method Works
The Strip (FUT) method is much more invasive than the FUE method used by the ARTAS system. Due to its invasive nature, the Strip (FUT) method often leaves patients with permanent scars, visible stitches and a longer recovery period. The Strip (FUT) method requires a high degree of precision and a skilled surgeon so there is a risk of human error.
Along with the time savings the most evident difference between the two is that the ARTAS robot takes on the role of a human hand and directs and carries out the hair transplant procedure.
The Strip (FUT) method requires a highly-skilled surgeon to place the grafts and can leave patients with less than predictable results. The surgeon performing the transplant is subject to human error and fatigue during a 6 or 7 hour procedure. This method also tends to be more invasive, which in turn causes more visible scars to appear on the donor sites of the patient’s scalp.
Both ARTAS and the Strip method are viable options for patients seeking hair restoration treatments but the Strip method does have several drawbacks. Learn more about your options by contacting the practice today.
Learn more about ARTAS hair loss treatments and find out if you are a candidate by calling our practice today!