FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPLANTATION (FUT)
This method involves identifying a donor site, usually the back of the head, where donor hair follicles will be removed for transplantation to the thinning or bald area. The surgeon will cut a strip of skin from the back or side of your head and extract individual hair follicles, which will then be inserted into the areas where hair is needed. Our surgeon expertly places the follicles to produce natural-looking results that thoroughly cover the thinning area.
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE)
FUE uses advanced, high-precision technology to make tiny circular incisions around each donor follicle. The donor follicles are then transplanted to the areas where more hair is needed. FUE produces natural-looking results and is minimally invasive. The ARTAS® robotic hair transplant system uses the FUE approach.
CORRECTIVE HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGERY
With advanced robotic and AI technology, hair transplants today are done with precision and efficiency that was unimaginable even a decade ago. Patients who had hair transplant procedures years ago can reap the benefits of this new technology. Revision surgery can correct problems related to old transplant procedures and help patients achieve more natural-looking results. It may even help reduce or cover scarring from earlier procedures.
TRANSPLANTS FOR FACIAL HAIR
Thinning hair of the eyebrows and eyelashes can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. Aesthetic Surgery Institute performs complete reconstruction of these areas to restore hair growth, so you can feel like yourself again.
TRANSGENDER HAIR TRANSPLANTS
Transgender hair transplants use the same techniques as any other hair restoration. However, these procedures require special skill and artistry. Transgender patients transitioning from male to female may want a more feminine hairline—this is referred to as transgender hairline lowering. The skilled surgeon at Aesthetic Surgery Institute performs hairline lowering and other procedures, including facial hair transplants, to help transgender patients feel more confident.
ETHNIC HAIR RESTORATION
Patients from varying ethnic backgrounds may require customized hair restoration services due to differences in hair textures and growth. We’re able to provide restorations for all ethnicities and will tailor each procedure to the unique traits of your hair.
LASERCAP® LCPRO® HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS
This therapy treatment can be done in the comfort of your own home. Using a portable device that fits over your head, called a LaserCap®, this treatment uses laser energy to prevent further hair loss. It has also been shown to promote hair growth in some patients.
THE ARTAS® PROCEDURE
This procedure utilizes one of the most advanced hair transplant technologies on the market today. There are only two locations in Houston, TX that currently use the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System, and we’re one of them! Using the pinpoint accuracy of a robot, the ARTAS® precisely harvests strands from the donor site and transplants them to the thinning area. The machine is designed to use the FUE method, making small circular incisions around each follicle or group of follicles. Supervised by a doctor and guided by an advanced computer program, the ARTAS® provides some of the most precise results available in hair transplant procedures today.
THE ARTAS® VS. NEOGRAFT®
Prior to the development of the ARTAS® robotic system, the NeoGraft® device was one of the most used hair transplant systems on the market. The NeoGraft® is a handheld device that is operated by a medical professional to harvest donor hairs. Here’s how the two technologies stack up:
The Handheld NeoGraft® Device
Both the NeoGraft® and the ARTAS® utilize the FUE hair transplant method but in different ways. The NeoGraft® uses air pressure and suction to remove hair follicles from the donor site, a process which is done entirely by hand. The device fits over the operator’s electronic punch tool and aids them in harvesting the donor hairs. However, about 1,500 to 2,000 individual grafts must be removed in each procedure, which puts the operator at risk of muscle fatigue in the hand. While the NeoGraft® device was designed to help speed up the process and reduce fatigue of the operator, it still relies solely on his or her skill and ability. This means there’s much more room for human error when using the NeoGraft® device.
Also, many practices use technicians to complete this part of the procedure instead of a doctor. Harvesting donor hairs requires precision and skill and should always be performed by a surgeon, or should at least be supervised by a skilled surgeon.
The ARTAS® Robot Hair Transplant System
This robotic doctor’s assistant produces much more precise results and eliminates the worry of operator hand fatigue. Unlike the NeoGraft®, which is entirely hand-operated, the ARTAS® uses an advanced computer program and the skills of a qualified surgeon to expertly harvest donor hairs. Although the donor hairs are harvested and transplanted by the robot, the surgeon is in complete control during the entire process. The ARTAS® utilizes advanced AI technology and a sophisticated visual system to map out the entire donor site and select donor hairs following guidelines set by the doctor.
The machine harvests sections that include one to four follicles, depending on the parameters set up by the surgeon. It can perform up to 1,000 grafts per hour. The ARTAS® stays within the donor area, choosing the best donor hairs and avoiding areas of scarring. This ensures that only the very best grafts are chosen. Since the machine does all the harvesting itself, precision and accuracy remain at the same level through the entire procedure, whereas in the NeoGraft® method accuracy may decline as the operator fatigues. While both are viable options for hair transplant procedures and both have seen success, the precision of the ARTAS® is unmatched by any other technology.