Hair transplant / restoration surgery

This type of cosmetic surgery has become widespread with greater focus on appearance and increased expenditure on looks and appearance across multiple cultures. With this growing trend in appearance, more investment in men’s cosmetic surgery such as hair transplantation is being undertaken.

What does hair transplantation involve?

The process of hair restoration or hair transplantation requires hair follicles to be taken from another part of the head where hair still grows, so it requires care and precision.

A modern hair transplant operation transfers around 1500 grafts, each containing between one and 4 hairs, to the treated area of the head. The grafts are taken from a donor strip removed from the back of the patient's head.

The strip is typically between 9mm and 12mm wide and 75mm or more in length, depending on how many donor grafts are required. When the strip is removed, the resulting scar is closed and becomes imperceptible to all but the most detailed examination.

Why is a Mantis microscope necessary for hair restoration?

Hair transplant/restoration surgery

Understandable this procedure requires intense training before it can be practiced on patients.

At the Anatomy Institute of Medicine faculty of the University in Nice (Inside the Pasteur hospital), surgeons transplant every single follicle in the recipient area, usually the front of the head. The follicular units are dissected one by one, under the microscope, by the nurses.

This painstaking process utilises the Mantis microscope, its ergonomic design allows a more comfortable approach to using a microscope, because the process can take up to eight hours, comfort is necessary to maintain both accuracy and productivity.

It’s not just about ergonomics

Hair follicles being inspected with Mantis Microscope

An ergonomic design is important to minimise the fatigue of the operator, but equally the long working distance allow the nurses or surgeons to work with all tools without any limitation.

The LED illumination of the Mantis is cold and therefore does not increase the temperature of the follicles.

Mantis Elite-Cam, a variant of Mantis Elite but with an integrated digital camera is used during training to capture so the process can be documented, and good and bad samples reported and shared.

Who else uses Mantis for Hair restoration?

Hair follicle microscope dissection

Mantis is not used just for training purposes in hair transplantation, thousands of Mantis microscopes have been sold to the hair transplant industry because of its ergonomic advantages.

It has been specified by several of the world's top clinics, including the Laser Hair Institute in North Miami Beach, the Physician's Hair Center in Clearwater, Florida, and of course the Physician's Hair Institute in Tucson. Depth perception, illumination and colour rendition are important for easy, fast and accurate handling of grafts.

What do users of the Mantis think about it for hair restoration?

The Mantis units in use at the Wimpole clinic are a popular choice with the medical technicians and the Surgeon, Dr Michael May.

Surgeon, Dr Michael May

The ease of using a Mantis has certainly improved our working conditions and helped us provide our patients with a more efficient service.

Depth perception, illumination and colour rendition are important for easy, fast and accurate handling of grafts. Bill Eck of Physician's Hair Institute in Tucson says:

Bill Eck of Physician's Hair Institute in Tucson

Hands-free operation is, of course, vital. Previously, we used magnifying glasses at 2x magnification, but Mantis gives a superior image and is far more comfortable to use."

Key points

  • Superb clarity for depth perception and colour rendition
  • Integrated digital camera allowing process to be documented
  • Minimal fatigue of the operator
  • Long working distance for tool use
  • Eyepieceless viewer for freedom of operator head movement

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