ARTAS vs DR. ARAMBULO
Dr. Arambulo lectures on FUE: Man versus ROBOT
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
The thought of a machine extracting FUE grafts is an attractive one if the machine can replicate the touch of an expert human practitioner, and if it can boost the speed of the extraction process. The ARTAS® System is the most mechanized FUE device , a completely robotic device for harvesting FUs for hair restoration. This mechanical device is said to be designed to enhance the physician’s speed and efficiency in incising and extracting FUs. Marketing claim is, the ROBOT can harvest 1000 grafts in an hour, Dr. Arambulo on the other hand can harvest 38 grafts /minute. . Click to watch Dr. Arambulo’s FUE speed and efficiency
Because of some misleading informations , it is the obligation of any physician claiming that he performs FUE procedure to provide the video to all patients to show his knowledge , skills, speed and efficiency in performing FUE procedure, and documentation of intact grafts production. The robot on the other hand , may work for doctors who wish to provide Follicular Unit Extraction without mastering the FUE procedure by manual punch or motorised device. According to Dr. Arambulo, it is important for the FUE physician provider to be adept in both manual and motorised FUE device , so that , when performing FUE procedure , there is no disruption in the procedure when the device being used just stops to function . In addition ,patient must know that the end result from FUE is not based on the machine alone but physician’s knowledge, skills, experience , adept on choice of FUE device and a well trained surgical team.
Dr. Arambulo ( Click to watch her FUE speed and efficiency) performs FUE with the use of manual tool and motorised device , the SAFE – SCRIBE SYSTEM . According to her , like the other experienced FUE surgeons , she will not agree on some ARTAS marketing value claims and below are just some concerns that make a lot difference between a physician doing the FUE procedure and the ROBOT.
a. Punch size use: Dr. Arambulo uses a smaller punch size with smaller diameter (0.75-0.9 mm) according to patient’s scalp characteristics . A smaller punch means faster healing of the donor area and there is less likely to be damage to surrounding grafts.
b.Quality grafts selection to harvest: According to Dr. Arambulo , depending on patients need, the FUE physician provider can better discern which are the best follicular grafts to harvest.
c. Speed of Extraction : Dr. Arambulo can harvest more intact grafts , even faster from the scalp as shown on this video Click to watch Dr. Arambulo’s FUE speed and efficiency
d. Shaving the head: Whole scalp shaving is only done in our centre in big FUE procedures and not necessarily in small FUE procedures. Please go to Follicular Unit Extraction page to understand FUE scalp preparation better.
e. Limited donor areas: With use of manual punch and motorised FUE device Body Hair Transplant (BHT) becomes possible . BHT is important in patients with depleted scalp donor but want unwanted hairs from the chests, beard , legs , thighs etc. to use as donors. See how Dr. Arambulo does Body Hair Transplant . In the opinion of Dr. Arambulo ,BHT is the limitation in expensive ARTAS technology.
f. Limited hair characteristics: All patients with different hair characteristics and texture according to Dr. Arambulo are candidates for FUE in her experience. FUE candidates are limited with ARTAS technology.
e. Transection rate and burried grafts: ARTAS Transection rate and buried grafts incidence, need further clinical studies but in our centre , we have photo and written documentation of FUE grafts quality and quantity. Dr. Arambulo is updated in knowledge and instrumentation technology to provide the best quality FUE grafts production to get the optimum result from FUE. Click to watch Dr. Arambulo’s FUE speed and efficiency
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