Hair restoration has become one of the most popular treatments in the UK. Serving both men and women, FUE and FUT surgery requires the expertise of a talented and dedicated hair transplant surgeon. In recent years, developments in technologies and techniques have evolved in hair transplant surgery and the latest development is the use of robotics to extract the hairs prior to restoration insertion.
As the initial stage of hair transplant surgery (extraction) can be laborious and painstakingly detailed, it is thought that the use of robotics for this part of the procedure can relieve surgeons of this stage and is said to speed up the process of analyzing and identifying characteristics such as angle, orientation, direction, density and distribution of hair grafts to select.
However, the use of robotics in hair transplant surgery is not without several issues.
The process can only be performed on patients with dark brown or black, straight hair. Those with fine, light or curly hair may not be suitable. Those with light or fine hair may be asked to dye their hair prior to treatment. If the hair is very curly, the technique with robotics may not be successful at all.
Many hair loss patients also require finer caliber hair and or an expanded donor supply. In traditional surgical methods this can be extracted on the nape, the beard and on the body; robotics cannot be used to extract follicles in these areas. Only a skilled hair transplant doctor can determine the hair to be extracted and must have a clear vision of the final results. This cannot be replaced by a robot.
Robotics use larger diameter punches to extract the hairs for fat transfer and this carries risks such as scarring, larger wounds, healing complications and damage to adjacent follicles which can create a ‘moth eaten’ look to the donor area. Robotics use a two-needle system; a sharp inner needle to create the initial score and then a round punch which creates a deeper score. This technique has been known to bury grafts and cysts can develop from this.
No Compromise: Trust The Human Experts in Hair Transplantation
Robotics are very new to the hair restoration world and further refinements and developments are needed. No matter how evolved, robotics will never replace the skills of a skilled hair restoration surgeon. This intricate and precise procedure will always require the precise human touch and judgement for optimum results and minimum risk.
If you’re considering a hair transplant and want to discuss your surgical options with a top UK hair surgeon, contact our team today for an in-depth, no-obligation consultation. We can take you through the steps and put together an individualised treatment plan suitable for your hair type and your desired results.