In 1999, after being frustrated with the negative response to his new technique, Dr. Woods reached out to consumer advocate and author of the international best selling book, The Bald Truth, Spencer Kobren. Dr. Woods invited Spencer Kobren to New York City to meet him and some of his patients, some of which had been repaired with Dr. Wood’s FUE technique after having failed hair transplant surgeries from other methods. Spencer Kobren immediately saw the benefits of FUE and set out to inform the then leaders of the hair transplant establishment that FUE was a legitimate development that should be learned and understood. In 2002 several North American doctors decided to try and develop their own method of FUE. Among the North American pioneers of follicular unit extraction were Dr. Jones of Toronto Canada, Dr. Alan Feller of New York, Dr. Alan Bauman of Boca Raton, Florida and Dr. John Cole of Atlanta, Georgia. Each of these doctors had their own versions of FUE that were largely the same. These methods consisted of using a small punch in the 1.0mm to 1.2mm diameter range in order to harvest individual follicular units in order to treat androgenic alopecia.
Since 2002 the field of FUE has been extremely controversial but it has gained steady support. In 2008 the world’s first surgical hair transplant robot was introduced by Restoration Robotics, Inc. The robotic system is known as “ARTAS”. After the system gained FDA clearance units were being tested by various hair restoration surgeons working with Restoration Robotics, Inc. The goal was to gauge efficacy and reliability while delivering a consistency to rival that of its human counterparts. Through updated telemetry data transmitted by each robot in the market the engineers at Restoration Robotics improve every system built through regular firmware and algorithm updates. RR has also been working with medical professionals to improve the mechanics of the system with improved dexterity as well as smaller punch sizes for donor harvesting that currently match the punch sizes used by hair transplant surgeons that utilize handheld manual punch systems as well as hand held micro-motor punch systems. The continued development of the ARTAS system now allows for recipient site creation utilizing the lateral slit technique which includes recipient sites created by flat blades custom cut to match the size of the harvested follicular units. The system performs hairline design and maps out the area to be addressed, all with the latest algorithms and supervised by a qualified hair restoration physician.
In 2014 the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS) polled the nearly 1200 member doctors world wide regarding various aspects of their respective surgical practices. One result from this poll revealed that the number of FUE surgeries performed worldwide had gained parity with the number of FUSS procedures performed worldwide. This was a watershed moment as until then the legitimacy of FUE had continued to be questioned with regards to it’s effectiveness when compared to the gold standard of the past twenty years, FUSS.
FUE continues to gain ground in the overall marketplace and it now can be considered to be the dominant form of surgical hair restoration worldwide
Am I A Candidate
If you are considering a hair transplant then you are a hair transplant candidate. The question is; are you a good candidate or a bad candidate?