The older, traditional form of hair transplantation is called Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), or more commonly, “strip” surgery. In a “strip” surgery, the surgeon uses a scalpel to remove a large piece of scalp from the back of the head. This process requires stitches or staples to close the wound. The strip of scalp is given to a group of technicians who then manually dissect each individual follicular unit. These dissected follicular units are transplanted into the scalp by the surgical team. The recovery period for this procedure is significant, typically several weeks. In addition, patients may experience numbness, scalp tightness or lingering pain. More importantly, the risk of leaving a noticeable linear scar on the back of the head is unacceptable to many patients.

Donor Area Comparison

The “Strip” method:  a strip of scalp from your donor area is cut out with a scalpel, and the strip is completely removed from the head.  The donor area is pulled together and stitched close to the wound.  This method leaves a visible scar.
ARTAS Robotic method: the hair is removed individually by the robot and no cutting or stitches are needed.  The scalp retains the natural appearance with no linear scar.
Strip Method Post Procedure:                     ARTAS Method- 1 Week Post Procedure:

For the very latest technology in hair restoration, Dr. Bishara uses the ARTAS System. This interactive, computer assisted equipment employs image guidance to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting. ARTAS is the first hair transplant robot to improve the most challenging aspects of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). It received clearance from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in April 2011.  Please contact our office for more information at (817) 473-2120 or visit our website at
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