Hair transplant surgery

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant surgery is a hair restoration technique that harvests hair follicles from the back and sides of the head and implants the grafts one by one in the balding areas.

What is robotic FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant surgery?

Robotic FUE technology is a revolution in hair transplant surgery. The underlying principle remains the same, however, the robot eliminates the risk of human error when harvesting the micrografts. The robot can also identify the best grafts to harvest and targets the bulb of the hair and not just the outer part. As a result, it achieves the optimal number and quality of grafts, delivering the best results while protecting the donor area.

Who might benefit from robotic FUE hair transplant surgery?

Robotic FUE hair transplant surgery is used to treat different stages of hair loss in both men and women.

There are clear advantages to this procedure as soon as more than 500 grafts need to be implanted.

Please note that this technique remains challenging for curly hair that does not have straight roots.

The donor area is shaved to 1 mm in length and the hair must be dark to ensure a clear contrast with the scalp (the area may need to be dyed before the procedure) in order for the robot to perform a fast and precise analysis.

Longer hair will cover up the donor area as it heals.

Why might patients undergo hair transplant surgery?

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, as well as low self-esteem can result in patients undergoing hair transplant surgery.

In addition to scalp hair transplants, robotic FUE is also used for beard and eyebrow hair transplants

Procedure

An initial consultation will be arranged by the doctor to assess hair thickness, density and colour as well as the quality of the donor area and the number of grafts needed to cover the balding areas.

The doctor will also rule out any conditions that may be a contraindication for hair transplant surgery as well as those requiring treatment by a dermatologist or affecting blood clotting and wound healing.

The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthetic. The procedure time varies depending on how many grafts need to be harvested (maximum of 3,000 follicles, i.e., over 6,000 hairs).

Process

  • Preparation of the scalp, particularly the donor area.
  • Local anaesthetic.
  • Graft selection by the robot: the robot accurately identifies the best grafts and automatically cuts them. They are then collected from the scalp by hand.
  • Graft examination under high magnification: the grafts are carefully examined and placed in a saline solution until they are implanted.
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  • Preparation of the recipient area with robotic assistance: the robot makes micro-incisions which will enable the grafts to be implanted. The doctor identifies the recipient areas before the procedure while taking into account the patient’s wishes.
  • Manual graft implantation: one or two specialist technicians use micro-tweezers or a Choi implanter pen to manually implant the grafts.

Postoperative follow-up

Recovery is very quick and patients can expect to return to sports about 10 days after the procedure.

The small holes in the donor area heal naturally within a few days, allowing patients to shampoo this area soon after surgery.

 The recipient area takes around ten days to heal with minimal swelling and scabbing.

New hair begins to grow after four months. First results are visible after six months, while full hair regrowth takes around 12 months.

Why have robotic FUE hair transplant surgery with SMN?

This state-of-the-art technique is performed at Nescens Clinique de Genolier by a cosmetic surgeon who specialises in hair transplant surgery. They are assisted by the latest-generation ARTAS iX robot, the first and only robotic hair restoration system, which uses an intelligent algorithm to deliver a range of benefits, including optimal harvesting, a high percentage of harvested grafts (approximately 95%), minimal scarring for a natural-looking donor area and a faster procedure time.

This innovative robot protects your existing hair as much as possible and allows you to quickly return to normal life with natural and permanent results.

When should I have hair transplant surgery?

After all medical conditions that can cause hair loss have been ruled out and as soon as the emotional impact of alopecia becomes too much.

This effective solution is also for you if other hair loss treatments have failed.

What is the best hair transplant surgery technique?

This minimally-invasive procedure delivers optimal results and a higher percentage of live grafts: the robotic technology is far superior than a manual technique and identifies and harvests each graft with ultimate precision. This initial stage should be followed by careful implantation, performed by an experienced team.

What is the difference between FUE and DHI?

FUE harvests hair follicles one by one, either manually or with robotic assistance.

DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) does not use robotic technology and combines manual FUE and implantation. In most cases, the specialist uses a Choi implanter pen, which makes incisions and implants the graft at the same time.

What are the risks associated with hair transplant surgery?

The main risk is that the grafts do not take well, leading to unsatisfactory results.

This may be related to a poor technique as well as the presence of factors that must be checked for and ruled out during the initial consultation and pre-operative assessment.

Smoking, in particular, greatly reduces the flow of oxygen to the scalp tissue. For this reason, patients are advised to avoid smoking to get the best results from their hair transplant surgery.

When will I see the first results of my hair transplant surgery?

Most grafts tend to shed in the first month after the procedure as they are temporarily deprived of their blood supply. New hair begins to grow three months later.

First results are visible after six months, while full hair regrowth takes around 12 months.

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