Hair transplantation has changed dramatically over the past decade. What used to be complex surgery is basically now a day or half day event in a chair. About four years ago my practice merged with the Washington medical hair clinics. It’s been a wonderful marriage. All of the physicians involved in your care are Board Certified plastic surgeons.
How is it done?Today hair isn’t placed in lumps or clumps. Hair can be harvested in three different ways which are discussed below. Hair is taken from areas of the scalp that are not prone to hair loss and placed in areas that are lost or thinning. For appropriate candidates the surgery can help both men and women. The individual hairs called microfollicular grafts are individually planted into the scalp giving the most natural hairline possible. Local anesthetic is used and patients spend the day with us listening to music or watching movies as the procedure is performed.
How is the hair harvested?Three basic ways:
3) ARTAS Robot: The ARTAS Robot is the newest kid on the block. It is basically the same idea as the follicular unit extraction, with the same pro’s and cons, but harvesting with the robot is automated. This makes it faster, and it can do more in a day. Same idea as automated follicular unit extraction, different tool, but faster, more precise and unfortunately more expensive.