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Manual FUE vs ARTAS FUE Hair Transplant

ARTAS SystemHair transplant surgery is both an art and a science. It combines the surgeon’s medical knowledge with meticulous attention to detail and the skill and vision required to create a full, youthful-looking head of hair. But even the most talented surgeons can further perfect their work by taking advantage of advancements in technology which can help them produce even better results.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we take pride in combining technique and technology. Our award-winning surgeons are renowned for their mastery in the field of hair restoration. But they are also committed to staying at the cutting edge of technological innovation. That is why the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures we perform seamlessly interweave computer-guided extraction with our surgeons’ precision in transplanting follicles to the donor area.

Follicular Unit Extraction Using the ARTAS System

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” Follicular units are removed from the donor area with a 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting. Because scars are tiny and dot-like in appearance, patients who undergo an FUE hair transplant have the freedom to wear shorter hairstyles post-operation.

Our approach utilizes the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system to extract the follicles to be transplanted. Under the control of your surgeon, the ARTAS system’s robotic arm and sophisticated digital imaging facilitate the harvesting of follicular units. It continuously re-calculates hair position, angle, and other parameters to track each follicular unit. This leads to optimal harvest results and robust and viable grafts.

The ARTAS technology targets follicular units in a random fashion to ensure the donor areas retain their natural appearance. The selected hair is then precisely removed while most of your hair is left in place so that the area retains its natural appearance.

Transplanting Follicles With Skill and Precision

While we use the ARTAS system to extract follicles, we rely on the skill of our surgeons to carefully and meticulously transplant the follicles to the donor area. We have found that manually transplanting follicles to the recipient area provides a more aesthetically pleasing result while also encouraging the growth of the hair once transplanted.

That is why the skills, talents, and experience of your hair transplant surgeon should be the most important factors you consider when evaluating your hair restoration options.  Technology such ARTAS has no doubt made hair transplant surgery more effective and precise, but it is the surgeon that can make all the difference between exceptional results and a disappointing outcome.

That is also why so many men and women looking to do something about their hair loss turn to the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience. Both Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are actively engaged in hair loss research and lecture widely. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

5 Benefits of an FUE Hair Transplant

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair loss is no laughing matter. In the past, however, efforts to conceal baldness or restore hair were often so transparent that they would cause chuckles to even casual observers. Bad toupees weren’t the only source of such laughter. Older hair restoration techniques – “hair plugs” – could be so unsightly and painfully obvious that the cure was pretty much as bad if not worse than the original condition.

Fortunately, hair plugs are a thing of the past.

Hair Plugs Are No More

The pace of technological advancement that has so dramatically transformed our lives in so many ways over the past few decades has also transformed the art and science of hair restoration. The “pluggy” hair transplant procedures of the past are ancient history. You can put hair plugs next to the VCRs and fax machines in the technological trash.

Today, the hair restoration procedures we use at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami are so advanced and revolutionary that they bear little resemblance to what was common 10 or 20 years ago.

The techniques we use leave virtually no sign that a hair transplant has been performed and leave our patients with full, robust, and youthful looking hair. In fact, a 2010 study by the International Society of Hair Restoration found that 85 percent of Americans could not identify a hair transplant patient who was treated using these new techniques.

Our two award-winning and groundbreaking surgeons, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, have been pioneers in the development and use of the precise, highly refined hair restoration procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). They have performed thousands of FUE hair restoration surgeries with outstanding results.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” Follicular units are removed from the donor area with a one-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting, including the Follicular Unit Grafting procedure.

The advantages of this technique include maintaining the donor area without any linear scar visible to the naked eye. In fact, the donor area appears to heal faster than with traditional methods and the patient can wear his or her hair as short as desired without being concerned about a linear scar. In addition, the patients who have a limited donor area can also benefit from this procedure.

Precision-Guided Robotics and Highly Skilled Surgeons

Our approach utilizes the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation. The ARTAS procedure restores your hair by transplanting permanent hair from the back or side of the head into thinning areas.

Donor’s hair is chosen using high-resolution digital imaging which provides unparalleled visual detail of the donor area. This gives us as exceptional control of parameters such as spacing between harvests, graft dissection depth, and hair angles to yield robust and viable grafts ready for transplantation.

The selected hair is then precisely removed by our skilled surgeons while most of your hair is left in place so that the area retains its natural appearance. The hair is then transplanted into thinning areas. This transplanted hair will then grow naturally, just as it did before.

Call the Hair Institute of Miami Today to Learn More About Our Groundbreaking Hair Restoration Procedures

If you have been reluctant to consider hair transplant surgery because you’re concerned about hair plugs or an unnatural look, you are living in the past. Today, the future of hair transplant surgery has arrived and your future with a full head of hair is within reach.

At the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed leaders in hair restoration surgery. Both are actively engaged in hair loss research, lecture widely, and are constantly refining their techniques to provide even better results.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Frequently Asked Questions About ARTAS Hair Transplant

FUE and FUT Hair Transplant Skills Differences

Frequently Asked Questions About ARTAS Hair TransplantA pitcher who can throw a 100-mph fastball is a talented baseball player. So too is a slugger who can hit home runs that seem to go for a mile. Even though they are working towards the same goal – winning the ballgame – the skills they bring to the game are completely different. Similarly, in hair transplant surgery, different techniques requiring different skills can be used to accomplish the same goal of restoring a full, vibrant, natural-looking head of hair.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer two highly refined approaches to surgical hairline restoration: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE/FIT) and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG). Performed by Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, two ISHRS Golden Follicle Award winning surgeons, these two transplant techniques are both effective at restoring hair yet involve significant differences in how that is accomplished.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE/FIT) Using the ARTAS System

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” Follicular units are removed from the donor area with a 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting. Because scars are tiny and dot-like in appearance, patients who undergo an FUE hair transplant have the freedom to wear shorter hairstyles post-operation.

Precision is the key to a successful FUE procedure, and the key to precision is experience and the skillful use of the most advanced technology available. Dr. Rose was one of the originators of the FUE technique, performing the procedure on thousands of patients since 2004. Our approach utilizes the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation. The ARTAS procedure restores your hair by transplanting permanent hair from the back or side of the head into thinning areas, including the hairline. Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose use the ARTAS system to digitally scan areas of the scalp, identifying hair in its natural groupings. High resolution digital imaging provides unparalleled visual detail of the donor area as well as exceptional control of parameters such as spacing between harvests, graft dissection depth and hair angles to yield robust and viable grafts.

The selected hair is then precisely removed while most of your hair is left in place so that the area retains its natural appearance. The hair is then transplanted into thinning areas. This transplanted hair will then grow naturally on the hairline, just as it did before.

Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG)

A meticulous attention to detail and a careful, methodical approach can accomplish excellent hair restoration results using the Follicular Unit Grafting method. In a FUG procedure, intact follicular units are transferred from the permanent donor zone in the back of the scalp to the recipient (balding) areas.

To remove follicular units from the back of the scalp with minimal damage, the donor tissue must be removed in one piece. This “Single Strip Harvesting” preserves the follicular units and prevents damage (transection) to the individual hair follicles and insures maximum growth.

After harvesting, the donor tissue is carefully subdivided into individual, naturally occurring follicular units while the non-hair bearing (bald) skin surrounding each follicle is carefully removed while avoiding damage to the hair follicles.

We use a revolutionary technique developed by our own Dr. Rose to minimize the visibility of donor strip sites used in FUG. The LEDGE closure is a virtually non-scarring technique which allows hair to grow through the donor-area scar, providing added camouflage. Finally, follicular unit grafts are inserted into tiny sites in the recipient area, which heal in just a few days, without leaving any marks.

Unmatched Experience and Unparalleled Results in Hair Restoration

No matter what hair transplant technique is ultimately used to restore your hair, the skill, talent, and experience of the surgeon performing the procedure can make all the difference between exceptional results and a disappointing outcome. At the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience. Both Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are actively engaged in hair loss research and lecture widely. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant Before & After

In 2012, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami revolutionized surgical hair restoration in South Florida with the ARTAS® System by Restoration™ Robotics. Since then, ISHRS Golden Follicle Award winners Drs. Nusbaum and Rose have used this innovative, effective, and personalized technique to provide thousands of patients with robust, full, and natural-looking hair. In fact, the Hair Institute of Miami is #1 in the Southeast for number of successful ARTAS® performed.

Why do so many men and women come to us for this procedure? We’ll explain below, but in some ways the best explanation can’t be read – it can be seen. These before and after pictures of our satisfied patients speak volumes about the benefits of ARTAS and why you should consider calling us if you are ready to take action about your hair loss.

What is ARTAS®?

ARTAS® is a minimally invasive, state-of-the-art procedure that uses digital mapping and precision robotics to select and harvest hair for transplantation, a process known as follicular unit extraction (FUE). Typically, permanent hair from the back or side of the head will extracted for transplantation to thinning areas using the ARTAS® System’s image-guided robotics. Most of your hair is left in place so that the area retains its natural appearance.

Following extraction, our surgeons use the ARTAS® to create a completely personalized map of transplant sites, into which follicular units are expertly grafted. This transplanted hair will then grow naturally in its new location, just as it did before. The results can last a lifetime.

What are the benefits of the ARTAS® Procedure?

  • Minimally invasive and painless: it is an outpatient procedure performed in the doctor’s office and requires only a local anesthetic.
  • Greater precision, consistency, and accuracy.
  • Quick recovery with less post-op discomfort; you can usually go back to your daily activities after a day or two.
  • No linear scarring: any scarring is minimal and virtually undetectable. Wear your hair short, without exposing a long and linear scar. Transplanted hair grows in gradually, over a period of a year, reducing the chance that people will notice the procedure.
  • Improve past procedures: Using ARTAS®, linear scars from previous hair transplants are camouflaged to improve appearance.
  • Plan, track, and improve: With the ARTAS Hair Studio®, surgeons and patients gain invaluable insight to create a fully customized long-term hair restoration plan.

How is the ARTAS® procedure better than the old “Hair Plugs” people used to get?

Old fashioned “hair plugs” included the harvesting of large patches of hair follicles that resulted in an awkward and unnatural appearance once implanted. The ARTAS® System uses its computer-assisted robotic arm and digital mapping to pinpoint individual follicular units from the donor area for dissection. This process provides the doctor more control and precision in designing a natural looking hair growth pattern. Because the ARTAS System enables unmatched precision and accuracy, doctors can extract healthy robust grafts for optimal growth.

Picture Yourself With a Full Head of Hair

With the ARTAS Hair Studio®, our surgeons can show you 3-dimensional renderings of potential results, created from your personal photographs. You don’t need hypothetical pictures to see results, however. As noted above, these before and after photos of our patients show you the very real and very dramatic impact that the ARTAS® Procedure has had on people just like you.   

Call Us Today to Schedule a Hair Loss Consultation

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, Drs. Bernard Nusbaum and Paul Rose have developed the most comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating patients with hair loss, while providing the very latest in surgical techniques at our state-of-the art facility. For more information about the ARTAS® Procedure and to schedule a hair loss consultation and evaluation, contact us online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

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How Long do FUE Hair Transplants Take to Heal?

Hair Transplant surgery Hair transplant surgery, like any other surgical procedure, involves some degree of recovery time and limitations on activities in order to properly heal. One of the many benefits of the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant technique – developed and implemented by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami’s Dr. Paul Rose – is that healing tends to be quicker and involve less post-operative limitations than other hair transplant methods.

The FUE Technique

During a FUE transplant, we remove follicular units one-by-one. Donor hairs are removed with a one-millimeter punch device and the procedure is abetted with a head positioning device to minimize movement. With FUE, patients can completely avoid a more obvious linear scar. Instead, scarring occurs in a dot-like pattern and is virtually undetectable after healing and regrowth.

With FUE, the donor area heals faster than with traditional methods and there is almost no postoperative pain. The minimal scarring means that patients can wear their hair quite short (but not completely shaven) without any evidence that a procedure has been done.

Post-Procedure Care and Healing

Since a mild sedative is used during the procedure, you’ll stay around for a short rest period after completion. You should also arrange for someone to take you home and plan on resting for the remainder of the day.

The day after the procedure, we will want you to return to our offices to have the transplanted areas checked and shampooed. That said, you should also be able to return to work that day and resume all of your regular activities within a week to 10 days.

Some patients experience crusting and mild redness in the recipient area which can last 7-10 days. Many patients can hide these crusts by combing the adjacent hair over the transplanted site, or by wearing a hat. Topical solutions can also be applied after the procedure to accelerate the separation of the crusts.

It is normal for the transplanted hairs to “fall out” in the first few weeks. The hairs then recycle and begin growing in about three to four months. The results are often not visible for six months or slightly longer with final results apparent at 12 months. The results are permanent.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule an evaluation at the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

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