The FUE hair transplant procedure is wholly dependent on highly advanced instruments improvised in the skilled hands of a hair transplant surgeon. At Harley Hair Transplant Clinic we associate with such eminent surgeons of hair transplant in London, who extensively practice latest technologies and perfecting their technique to deliver the permanent and most natural hair restoration results.
At Harley Hair Transplant Clinic, London we conduct sundry demonstratives each year wherein practitioners can have firsthand experience to try out latest introduced hair transplantation instruments and equipments.
To perform the FUT hair transplant procedure, the surgeon basically requires a scalpel to strip off the skin, other than that, for graft dissection, creating the recipient site, graft insertion the instruments used in FUT and FUE are much the same. We would much like to share some of the major instruments used for FUE hair restoration as well as FUT.
Instruments used at Harley Hair Transplant Clinic are all either sterilized or disposable. We maintain ultimate protection for both our patient’s and our practitioners.
FUE punches – are basically used to make a hole at the recipient area to plant the hair or to the donor area to extract it. A punch is used to cut the epidermis around each follicular unit to yield an intact graft. Blunt punches outdate the usage of a sharp punch, where in the follicular units it was often damaged by the sharp instruments. There is a wide variety of designs and optimal diameters that range from 0.7mm to 1mm. The punches have the responsibility to keep the hair grafts undamaged while extraction or implantation and maintaining an evened depth. Further designs include, FUE Slot Punch, Micro Punch, Linear Punches and Butterfly Punches.
Motorized Punch – serves the same purpose as to punch to extract follicular units with minimal potential for transaction, and deliver them ready for transplantation. A range of punch sizes and types are provided for selection by the physician hair restoration specialist.
FUE Forceps – are used to hold and pull out hair follicular units bound in little epidermis tissue making a complete hair graft. The forceps are applied simultaneously with a punch cuts through the skin surrounding the epidermis, a forceps is used to grip the follicular unit in a way that it is free of getting damaged site is loosened with a punch. There are a number of forceps designs specialized for micro and mini grafting.
Isolating Device – are especially designed for selectively extracting single follicular units. This process is also called the Cole isolation technique which allows the surgeon to keep the follicles intact and harvest maximum hair.
RotoCore – automatically rotates the sharp FUE punch as it plunges to the root of the hair. The rotating blades make a tiny hole and loosen the area around the follicular unit, this way the surgeon can easily take out the hair strand with forceps.
Counting Incision Device – allows the surgeon to maintain the count of the incisions made while preparing the recipient area. This device comes with a LED display and 3 different tips with depth control for pre-cut blades or needles depending upon which technique the recipient site is being prepared.
Micro Lancet for hair transplantation – Micro Lancets are used for both FUT and FUE hair restoration for preparing the recipient site for implantation of the ready hair grafts. Lancets are used to make tiny slits to the bald area where the hair grafts can be inserted and planted. This slits or incisions are made in three main sizes, that is the smallest for the one hair grafts, that usually is planted on the front of the scalp or the anterior region; medium incisions for two hair grafts and for four-five hair grafts slight larger incisions are made by various diameters of a micro lancet.
Differences between Manual and Motorized FUE instruments
The differences and indifferences between manual and motorized hair transplant instruments ultimately conclude with the command and preference of individual surgeon’s. From the feedbacks of many highly reputed hair transplant surgeons, manual punches signifies to be the mostly preferred technique, whereas, motorized equipments like the counting device and micro lancets are very much a preferred choice for their own purpose. Most of the times it is a combination of both manual and motorized instruments that skilled surgeons perform a surgery with, at Harley Hair Transplant Clinic.
Manual FUE allows minute precision for a hair transplant surgeon with understanding of the tissue resistance and the proper angle and location of the follicular units, with a touch or feel of the his/her mare hands. And this advantageous precision allows the surgeon greater control as to controlling the exact depth of cutting the epidermis and the amount of oscillations for extracting each intact follicular graft with least damage. However, this precision and understanding proves to be an extremely strenuous and patient oriented job that can extend the procedure for more sessions and further the overall hair transplant cost. This can be minimized by the speed of motorized versions of the same instruments.
Motorized FUE allows speed over the whole procedure that can yield larger amounts of grafts per hour as compared to manual FUE. The motorized FUE devices like a motorized punch, RotoCore etc. can also abort the miscalculations and errors that can be made by a surgeon out of fatigue from conducting such a strenuous procedure with manual punches.
Motorized devices use friction, heat and torsion and a certain amount of oscillation that can often exceed the limit to what is exactly required to harvest an intact follicular unit graft, which might even cause it to damage. Which in comparison to a manual harvesting can lead to be a disadvantageous situation and as well some motorized devices can potentially increase the overall FUE hair transplant cost.