Automated FUE hair transplant
DR FRÉDÉRIC MENU was one of the first doctors to propose the S.A.F.E.R./NeoGraft procedure in his clinic. He describes the features and benefits of the device
The S.A.F.E.R./NeoGraft patented medical device was developed by the French company MEDICAMAT, worldwide leader in automated hair transplant with an international experience of more than 20 years in the hair restoration field. I myself have more than 10 years of experience, and performed several hundreds of hair transplants surgeries using this device.
The main advantage of the system and its associated technique is to automate the manual follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure. This medical device performs both the extraction according to the FUE technique and the implantation. It offers three hand pieces powered by electro pneumatic controls.
The extraction hand piece
It consists in an autoclavable hollow shafted contra angle on which is fixed a motorised punch with a rotation system (five diameters: 0.8, 0.9, 1, 1.25 and 1.40 mm), and a controlled pneumatic negative pressure to smoothly extract every single graft from the donor area, into a micro flask fixed on the hand piece.
The extraction hand piece superficially penetrates the patient’s skin, until the arrector pili muscle is cut (2mm deep). This superficial penetration avoids any risk of graft transection or trauma, allows a better quality (more cells around the graft) and a dramatic reduction of the time of surgery.
The implantation hand pieces
It consists in a hollow needle (diameter 0.8mm and 1mm) surmounted by a piston allowing the operator to gently implant the grafts into the pre-made incisions in the bald area with extreme precision and without any ‘popping’ risk, using positive pneumatic pressure. The two implantation hand pieces connected to the device allow two operators to simultaneously plant, substantially reducing the duration of surgery.
Benefits of the S.A.F.E.R./NeoGraft technique
• Minimally invasive procedure, highly improving the accuracy of hair follicles harvesting
• The device enhances the speed, efficiency and quality of hair transplant procedures
• After mastering the device, I was able to reach a transection rate close to 0%
• I am able to focus only on the aesthetic quality and naturalness of the surgery
• I dramatically reduced the duration of my surgeries: more than half the time compared to manual FUE
• Even though I work with an assistant to help me implant the grafts, it is possible to work alone.
The device features allow me to concentrate all my efforts on the artistic quality and naturalness of the final result for every patient. It also makes the patients and I save a lot of time and energy. The accuracy of the hair extraction and the results are so much better, patients are now able to reach their goal with less time in the procedure room or fewer FUE procedures. I think it was the breakthrough we were all waiting for in the hair restoration field.
Dr Frédéric Menu, member of the ISHRS and based in Cannes, France
Before and after S.A.F.E.R./NeoGraft treatment