Following our recent story about the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System, we wondered how men felt about this type of technology being used for such an emotional type of surgery.
Survey results say ‘no’
We carried out a quick survey on the streets near our City of London hair loss clinic where we asked male city workers in their 20s-40s what their preference would be should they ever suffer from male pattern baldness and decide to have a hair transplant: a human surgeon or the type where the hair is harvested by advanced robotic technology.
An overwhelming 80% of those surveyed said that they would prefer a surgeon, whilst only 20% said they would trust the non-human device.
Why 80% of men asked rejected the robot
Three main reasons were given for preferring the human touch. These were:
- wanting the security of having a surgeon remove the donor hair given a hair transplant is such an ‘intimate’ procedure where so much ‘male pride’ over their hair was at stake
- preferring personal attention throughout the whole procedure
- lack of trust in the technology
Those who responded positively to the robotic harvesting of donor hair all said they felt this method would be quicker and more precise.
Alternatives to robotic hair transplants
The two main types of hair transplant are FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transportation). The main difference between the two methods is how the donor hair (the hair removed from one area of the head to the thinning areas) is harvested. FUE uses a mechanical punch method to remove the hairs, whilst FUT, also known as ‘Strip Surgery’, sees a small strip of healthy, donor hair removed from the back of the head.
Something many men often do not realise before investigating the possibility of a hair transplant is that it is recommended anyone considering this type of surgery, regardless of method, undergo a pharmaceutical hair loss treatment programme. This should be followed for at least six months prior to the operation in order to ensure shedding is kept under control and the hair is in optimum condition for the surgeon to work with. Furthermore, in order to prevent areas around the transplanted hair from balding, it is important to follow a hair loss treatment programme in order to maintain post-transplant results.
Many men find pharmaceutical hair loss treatments are a convenient and less expensive alternative to invasive hair restoration surgery altogether. The only two medically-proven treatments to reverse the signs of male hair loss are finasteride, which is better known by its brand name Propecia, and minoxidil. We find clients often cannot believe the results they experience from following comprehensive treatment plans for male pattern hair loss.
Images charting the stabilisation and regrowth results of hundreds of Belgravia’s male pattern hair loss clients are pictured in our exclusive Hair Loss Success Stories gallery alongside comments and reviews from each individual. One of these is Mr. B whose results are pictured right (click on the image to see his full Success Story), who said of his treatment, “…I’m very glad that I took the plunge and sought out their help and I’m thrilled with the results from the treatment…”
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.
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