Thursday, October 20, 2011

Compare Different FUE Methods

There are so many name and methods for FUE. I would like to organize them
in this form to make easy comparison.



unique point

2 step



3 step



Safe system




Roto core




Neo graft




Artas robotic

sharp+ dull



*1,Safe system
The initial rotation speed is only enough to allow the dull punch to penetrate
the skin and slow down the speed when pass deeper to separate the follicular
units from surrounding tissue. This will reduce transection rate of follicles.

*2, Roto core
Automatic rotation when downward pressure is placed. It has debris disposal
window to fasten disposal process and potential harm to the Punch tip.

*3, Neo graft
The device is used to extract follicular units and implant them in the recipient area
via a suction system. It seems a great idea, but has two major problems.
At first, suction has tendency to produce bare grafts. 2nd the contineous flows of air will dry up the delicate follicular units.

*4, Artas robotic
After initial calibration, the robot will work 100% automatic.
The quality of the grafts is excellent and transection rate is about 5-8%.
I would like to say it is the best way to have FUE procedure, if the price is

No Linear Scar, New Approaches!

You don’t like to have a linear scar at the back of your head.

FUE is not the only option anymore.

We have new approaches:

1, FUT+FUE approach
We can use FUT method to transplant as many grafts as needed (at the 50% of FUE cost ). With the Tricophytics Closure technique, it will ensure a fine scar. After 6 months if you don’t like the fine scar we can transplant 100 to 200 FUE grafts onto the scar to make the scar invisible.

2, FUT+FUT approach
First step as above but instead of using FUE graft to cover up the scar, we can cut only 2-3 cm strips to use as grafts.

This approach is much easier.First step as above but use tatoo to make scar invisible.

Advantages of these approaches compare to total FUE (no linear scar from all approaches)-

1, Much better result. Grafts quality is much better to cut under microscope direct vision then blind FUE extraction.
2, No extensive shave at donor site during the surgery.
3, Leave only 100-200 small punch scars compare to thousand scars left from total FUE procedure.4, Save thousand and thousand surgery fee.

Disadvantage-You may need second minor surgery. But anyway, FUE procedure always needs more than one procedure too.

Sharp Punch and Dull Punch

Hair alignment is different in and out of the scalp.

Using FUE procedure to punch the grafts is a blind procedure.

There is no way to see through the skin. Therefore, two types of punch (sharp and dull punch) are used to reduce the transection rate.

Deep Level



Sharp Punch

shallow, only cut through skin

less transection

bare graft

Dull Punch

deep to whole follicle

punch out whole follicle

more transection

* Sharp punch only punch through skin, need to use two forceps to pull out the grafts.Because the tissue around the follicles didn’t separate, a lot of time follicle come out without any surroundings tissue,that we call bare grafts. Sometimes during pulling, only skin pull out,follicle still stay in the scalp, that we call capping.*Dull punch method,use blunt dissection to isolate the follicular units from the surrounding tissue.Require more experience and skill to perform, even the speed of punch is very important.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

FUE and Me

In my 18 year hair transplant career, I have been seeing numerous old 4mm Punch grafts.

It was rare to see any grafts without transection. There are times I even see the graft without any hair.

Initially I believed using the new FUE 1mm punch would yield a much higher transection rate, but after I visited Dr.James Harris at Denver last year, I completely changed my mind.

Seven hair transplant physicians attended the workshop. Dr.Harris taught us how to align the angle, where the scalp entry point is, how to tighten the scalp and how to control the punch speed. He watched us perform the procedure and corrected our mistakes one by one. He was such a good teacher, he could tell us how the grafts would turn out before we did it, by observe our alignment. By the end of the workshop, everyone had reduced the transection rate dramatically.

Now I changed my attitude toward FUE. I recognized it as a completely different method now, even though it is still a blind procedure but the transection rate might be reduced dramatically via adequate training and practice.