Different FUE devices exist because each one has unique features and functionalities, catering to the varying needs of both doctors and patients. These devices allow for the improvement and personalization of the FUE procedure, and each has its unique benefits and potential limitations. Let’s explore each of them individually:
The Anderson Center for Hair was the first practice in Georgia to offer the ARTAS Robot-Assisted Hair Restoration System, as well as the newest iX ARTAS Robotic System, a state-of-the-art, surgeon-controlled medical device that performs the follicular-unit excision (FUE) extraction process safely and effectively.
The primary advantage of the ARTAS robot is precision and consistency. It uses advanced imaging technology and artificial intelligence to identify and extract hair follicles with incredible accuracy, minimizing damage to the grafts. This technology reduces the human error factor, and because it’s a robot, it doesn’t get tired, so the first graft is just as precise as the last. However, the ARTASiX system needs to be able to “see” high contrast between the color of the skin and hair, so it’s not always the right tool for grey or white hair on pale skin or dark hair on dark skin.
The Neograft device is a semi-automatic tool for hair transplantation. It is handheld, giving the surgeon control over the extraction process, but it also uses pneumatic pressure to extract the grafts, which can be less traumatic for the follicles. The Neograft allows for quicker extraction compared to the manual extractions. However, it still relies on the skill, experience, and stamina of the surgeon for optimal results.
The WAW system, developed by Dr. Jean Devroye, is another semi-automatic device. The key feature of the WAW is its oscillating, rather than rotating, movement during extraction which aims to reduce the risk of torsion damage to the grafts. Additionally, the WAW system utilizes a more fluid movement during the extraction process, which some surgeons find more intuitive and less fatiguing over long procedures. It requires a high level of expertise for best outcomes, but when used properly, it can provide excellent results with minimal damage to the hair follicles.