You’ve heard the term “Jack of all trades, master of none.” This ubiquitous phrase is especially apt when applied to plastic surgeons who, in addition to doing face lifts, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, liposuction and a dozen other procedures, are now buying Neograft machines and other robotic hair loss restoration systems so they can add yet another procedure to their quiver.
There are several problems with a plastic surgeon that takes up the robotic arm to provide hair loss restoration services.
The most obvious is a lack of experience. It takes many years to learn the types of hair, hairlines, hair density and hair direction when you are performing a hair loss restoration. It’s not something you can learn in a weekend class provided by the robotic hair loss restoration machine.
What might be less obvious is that the robotic transplant system only does follicular unit extraction (FUE), which is more expensive and takes longer than a follicular unit transplant (FUT). The majority of patients seeking hair loss restoration opt for the FUT method because it costs significantly less and the results are the same, unless the hair is worn extremely short in the back, which can reveal the FUT scar.
A plastic surgeon that just invested in a robotic hair loss restoration system that only does FUE procedures may not be very forthcoming about the FUT procedure. At DIStefano, we do both.