FUT vs. ARTAS: Which Procedure is Right for Me?

At the Miami Hair Institute, we offer two highly refined approaches to surgical hairline restoration: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) using the advanced ARTAS System and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG). Both of these transplant techniques provide impressive and natural-looking results yet involve significant differences in how we achieve these outcomes.

Which approach is right for you will depend on several factors, such as the health and quantity of donor hair, the extent of thinning and balding, reasons behind your hair loss, and the condition of your scalp. After you meet with us for your personalized and comprehensive hair loss evaluation, we will be able to determine the procedure and technique that is best suited to give you the full, healthy, and youthful-looking hair you want.  

Here are the primary differences between FUE using the ARTAS System and the FUG technique

Follicular Unit Extraction Using the ARTAS System

A minimally invasive technique for transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results, FUE involves harvesting donor hair using a circular needle called a “punch.” With a 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool, we remove donor follicular units in a scattered pattern that avoids the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting. Because the scars are tiny and dot-like in appearance, patients have the freedom to wear shorter hairstyles shortly after a FUE transplant.

Miami Hair Institute’s Dr. Rose was one of the originators of the FUE technique, and he has performed the procedure on thousands of patients since 2004 with outstanding results.

Our approach utilizes the advanced image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system, which delivers unmatched precision in hair transplantation. The system uses state-of-the-art robotic technology to assist physicians with difficult, manual methods that require repetitive and precise movements. The use of ARTAS significantly decreases the risk of human error.

We do approximately 300 ARTAS cases a year and are NUMBER ONE in the Eastern United States in procedures performed.

The ARTAS procedure restores your hair by transplanting permanent hair from the back or side of the head into thinning areas. We use the ARTAS system to digitally scan the scalp, identifying hair in its natural groupings. High-resolution digital imaging provides unparalleled detail of the donor area.  The exceptional control of parameters provided by ARTAS, such as spacing between harvests, graft dissection depth, and hair angles, yield robust and viable grafts.

We then precisely remove the selected hair while most of your hair is left untouched so that the area retains its natural appearance. We transplant the donor hair into thinning areas where it will then grow naturally on the hairline just as it did before.

Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG)

Meticulous attention to detail and a careful, methodical approach can accomplish excellent hair restoration results using Follicular Unit Grafting. In a FUG procedure, we transfer intact follicular units from the permanent donor zone in the back of the scalp to the recipient areas.

To remove follicular units from the back of the scalp with minimal damage, we remove the donor tissue in one piece. This “Single Strip Harvesting” preserves the follicular units, prevents damage (transection) to the individual hair follicles, and ensures maximum growth.

After harvesting, we carefully subdivide the donor tissue is into individual, naturally occurring follicular units while the non-hair bearing skin surrounding each follicle is carefully removed to avoid damage to the hair follicles.

We use a revolutionary technique developed by our own Dr. Rose to minimize the visibility of donor strip sites used in FUG. The LEDGE closure is a virtually non-scarring closing method that allows hair to grow through the donor-area scar, providing added camouflage. Finally, we insert follicular unit grafts into tiny sites in the recipient area, which heal in just a few days, without leaving any marks.

Unmatched Experience and Unparalleled Results in Hair Restoration

No matter what hair transplant technique is ultimately right for you, the world-renowned hair transplant surgeons at the Miami Hair Institute have the skill, talent, and experience to consistently deliver exceptional results.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.