Robotic and Neograft FUE Systems
Robotic tools used to help or assist a hair transplant surgeon perform a hair transplant procedure.
What Is Robotic Hair Transplantation?
Robotic hair transplantation is often lauded as the “next step” in the world of hair-restoration procedures. Robotic devices utilize technology and artificial intelligence programs to map out the hairs on the scalp, identify potential donor hairs, harvest the required amount of hairs, and transplant them to the desired area.
Marketing Claims of Robotic Hair Transplant
Some of the most popular claims you may hear about robotic hair-transplant surgery are the speed and precision of the systems. The cameras, imaging, and AI programs all serve to make the process faster, more precise, and less intensive in order to provide more consistent results and decrease recovery time. However, when compared to a highly skilled hair transplant surgeon, this is not the truth…
The Truth of Robotic Hair Transplantation
Robotic devices are marketed all over the country to all doctors regardless of experience. Initially, the device was marketed towards skilled and established hair transplant surgeons. When these surgeons did not see any benefits of using the robot and did not purchase the device marketing efforts were turned to plastic surgeons and dermatologists, many with no training or experience in hair transplantation. These doctors are convinced to purchase the device so they can add an additional revenue stream to their current list of services. They are taught how to operate the device and its software and then they begin selling hair transplants. This has caused a drastic increase in the number of doctors all over the country who now perform hair transplantation, many with no real hair transplant training. Even worse, there is another company that sells a FUE device that a doctor does not even need to know how to use. The doctor sells the procedure and the company sends a group of technicians to the doctor’s office and the technicians perform the entire procedure without the doctor ever touching the patient.
When compared to an experienced hair transplant surgeon, the robotic device lacks both density and precision. A skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon is able to use instrumentation smaller than what the robot is capable of using. The extraction methods with the robot require the use of larger punches to remove the required hairs. The robotic method:
- Prevents smaller punches from being utilized which leads to less density.
- Creates larger scars. Bigger punches create larger incisions which lead to larger scars in the donor area.
- Leads to increased thinning of the donor area of hair due to increased transection rates from the use of larger punches.
- Sometimes cannot see the hair well and is best suited for dark straight hair on light skin
It’s also important to note that bad results from robotic hair transplantation cannot always be fixed. Risking the permanent appearance of your hairline and scalp when the goal was to restore your hair is counterintuitive.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Surgeon
If you want good results that look as natural as possible, the main thing you need to do is find a skilled and experienced hair-transplant surgeon – there is no substitute.
While advertisements and other forms of marketing might make it seem like these robotic systems can do more than what a skilled surgeon can do or that the only way to get good results is through robotic hair transplantation, this is not the case.
A surgeon who understands the ins and outs of hair transplantation can utilize smaller incisions and can recognize lighter hairs and work with them. Most importantly, they can make the subtle but crucial changes and adjustments needed to produce natural-looking results that satisfy the needs of the patient.
The Bottom Line
If you are considering undergoing hair-transplant surgery, your first priority should be finding a surgeon with proven knowledge and ability. Don’t let yourself be dazzled and enticed by phrases like “cutting edge” and “state of the art,” and don’t leave your results in the hands of someone more interested in making a profit than providing quality care and results. Look beyond the technology and look for a doctor’s credentials in hair transplant surgery which is the true likelihood of you having a successful world class result.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact St. Louis Hair Restoration today to learn more about the pros and cons of robotic hair transplantation. Schedule a consultation with hair-transplant educator Gregg Kreyling.