There are so many Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE hair transplant devices available today, but which one is the best. Each company has good marketing but some have misleading information in order to sell their FUE hair restoration devices products.
CNN Philippines interviews Dr. Arambulo about hair transplant . According to her physician must show to all their patients video of how FUE is performed with the choice of machine as a proof of physician's knowledge , skills, speed and efficiency. The most important proof of proper FUE procedure is the production of intact grafts.
CNN Philippines interviews Dr. Arambulo about the role of Artas Robotic Technology in hair transplant surgery.
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.
The robot is marketed that it may work for doctors who wish to provide Follicular Unit Extraction without mastering the FUE procedure by manual punch or motorised device. According according to Dr. Arambulo, it is important,for the FUE physician provider, to be adept in both manual punch and motorised FUE device, because,from her experience individual scalp differs and one technology just work better for a specific type of scalp characteristic and that, any FUE device which does not exclude ARTAS or ROBOTIC , when in use may stop to function,so,having a back up machine avoids disruption of FUE procedure. Therefore ,physician can't practice FUE by having ARTAS only. In addition ,patient must know that the end result from FUE is not based on the type of machine alone but physician’s skills ,knowledge, understanding of the choice of FUE device and the physician’s well trained surgical team . Again we have videos and authentic photos of our results to prove this claim.
Watch how Dr. Arambulo performs FUE
Among the FUE hair transplant devices currently available Dr. Arambulo, use to perform FUE with the use of manual tool and motorised device , the SAFE – SCRIBE SYSTEM.Though ROBOTIC continue to improve ,according to Dr. Arambulo, as experienced FUE surgeon , below are just some concerns that make a lot difference between her choice of instrument and the ARTAS or ROBOTIC technology.
a. Punch size use: Dr. Arambulo uses a smaller punch size with smaller diameter (0.75-0.9 mm). A 1 mm punch use will depend on 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 , as FUE physician provider she 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
d. Shaving the head: Shaving the head is a must and always in all Robotic FUE procedures . In our centre shaving is not always necessary specially with the latest FUE Non_- Shaven technology . Please go to Follicular Unit Extraction page to understand FUE scalp preparation more.
e. Limited donor areas: In Body Hair Transplant ( BHT), only the use of manual punch and motorised FUE device will enable us to successfully harvest body hairs.In patients with depleted scalp donor BHT is important but want unwanted hairs from the chests, beard , legs , thighs etc. to use as donors.ARTAS limits performance of this BHT technology.Watch how Dr.Arambulo does Body Hair Transplant.
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.We are looking forward to more developments and innovations in ROBOTIC technology
Dr. Arambulo lectures about her choices of FUE hair transplant devices at Cleveland Clinic
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