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ARTAS, Greek technique & FUE:
A Detailed Comparison

Method
ARTAS™ (The Clinic)
Greek technique
FUE
History

R&D initiated in the year 2000 ; first transplants performed in 2007 ; over 460,000 patients treated in 2016

This technique was imported in France in the 1970s.

This technique was developed about 15 years ago.

Target

Wide target, including fuzzy and Afro hair

Wide target, excluding Afro hair

Wide target, excluding fuzzy and Afro hair

Extraction process

More than 3,000 grafts can be extracted in a single session lasting less than 4 hours

Maximum 1,500 grafts can be extracted in a session lasting over 5 hours

Maximum 1,500 grafts can be extracted in a session lasting over 5 hours

Donor area yield capacity

30% of the donor area’s follicles can be used for transplant

30% of the donor area’s follicles can be used for transplant

30% of the donor area’s follicles can be used for transplant

Cost

Almost identical to other procedures for less than 1,000 grafts, then much cheaper beyond 1,000 grafts

Relatively high cost given the loss due to transection during extraction

Relatively high cost given the loss due to transection during extraction

Technical details

Transection rates (loss) vary between 3 and 5%. The quote is based on the number of implanted grafts, not on the number of extracted grafts

Transection rates (loss) vary between 20 and 50%. The quote is based on the number of extracted grafts, not on the number of implanted grafts

Transection rates (loss) vary between 20 and 50%. The quote is based on the number of extracted grafts, not on the number of implanted grafts

Training & Expertise

Hair transplant is a cosmetic surgery procedure that only a qualified surgeon with an expertise in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery can perform. The procedure can only be performed in a clinic certified by the competent authorities. In France the March 4th, 2002 law and the July 11th, 2005 decrees provide the legal framework for cosmetic surgery

No specific information about practitioners’ expertise or qualifications is available

The FUE technique is a plastic surgery procedure that should only be performed by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist.

Implantation

Precise and dense implantation thanks to the high number of extracted grafts and to the use of a robotic Choï implanter pen

Manual Choï implanter pen (invented by Doctor Choï)

Manual Choï implanter pen (invented by Doctor Choï) or with the robotic ARTAS-assisted Site Making technique.

Procedure Duration

For 1,500 grafts : 2 hours for extraction and 2 hours for implantation

For 1,500 grafts : 5 hours for extraction and 2 hours for implantation

For 1,500 grafts : 5 hours for extraction and 2 hours for implantation

Conclusion

This technique is innovative and doesn’t compare to manual procedures. Only the ARTAS robot can extract 2,000 grafts in a single session.

The Greek method is a manual FUE method, nothing more, nothing less

The FUE method remains a good option for specific cases and for small transplants (less than 1000 grafts)

ARTAS™, Greek & Ultra FUE methods comparison

The ARTAS procedure has many advantages

Development of the ARTAS technology began in the year 2000, and the first ARTAS hair transplants were performed in 2007. To this day, more than 460,000 patients have undergone the procedure.

The Greek and Ultra FUE methods were imported in Paris in 2007.

All three procedures cater to the same wide target group which includes patients with fuzzy or Afro hair.

The ARTAS technology allows the extraction of up to 3000 grafts in a single session lasting less than 4 hours. The Greek and Ultra FUE methods require at least 5 hours for the extraction of 1500 grafts.

Whereas the ARTAS procedure is equally priced as the other methods for the transplant of 1000 grafts or less and cheaper beyond that figure, the Greek and Ultra FUE methods aren’t as cost-efficient as the ARTAS procedure as transection rates are higher.

Regarding donor area yield, all 3 methods are comparable at around 30% yield.

With the ARTAS procedure, the transection rate is of 3 to 5% and the quote is based on the number of implanted grafts, not the number of extracted grafts. The other methods have transection rates ranging between 30 and 50% and their quote is based on the number of extracted grafts.

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure which is regulated by the French March 4th 2002 bill of law and by the decrees of July 11th 2005. Thanks to the ARTAS procedure, The Clinic is fully compliant with these regulations.

At the Clinic, we guarantee a precise and dense implantation scheme thanks to the high extraction yield, healthy grafts and the robotic Choï implanter. The Greek and Ultra FUE methods use the same implanter but it is manually handled so human error increases graft waste.

The ARTAS technology allows the extraction of 1500 grafts in 2 hours and their implantation in 2 hours. Both the other methods require 5 hours for the extraction of the same number of grafts.

The efficiency of the robotic ARTAS procedure can’t be contested. The Greek and Ultra FUE methods are mere manual procedures.

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