Neograft Changes the History of Hair Transplantation
The most significant partially automated device is the Neograft.
Neograft is basically a vacuum-assisted electronic punch tool. Using foot pedal control, a small electrically-controlled rotating punch tool is used to cut around a follicular unit without transecting it. Negative pressure generated by the vacuum device then sucks the graft into a small holding cylinder, removes blood and other debris, and washes the grafts.
Although Neograft touts a positive pressure graft-placement feature, few physicians use this since graft placement into recipient sites is such a delicate and technically important process. Transplant surgeons prefer to place the grafts manually.
Although, Neograft has revolutionized FUE by shortening the graft harvest time it is only partially automated and requires a human operator to “drive” the rotating punch tool.
Artas is a newer technology is that it touts fully automated robotic harvesting of grafts. Because of its novelty, many questions remain. Can a computerized robot harvest grafts as well as a skilled human? Does using Artas truly shorten the harvest time with FUE? How many software glitches does Artas have and are these fully abrogated? If Artas does not place grafts into recipient sites, is the expense of this device worth it for patient and physician? Only time will tell.
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