View Full Version : Please Help Me Decide, Artas Vs Smartgraft?

08-08-2016, 05:34 PM
Hi Folks, I am new to the forum. I am in my 50s and started losing my hair about 3-4 years ago, it is thinning on the top, I attached 2 photos. I did a PRP procedure by Dr. Yaker 12 months ago followed by the 2nd PRP 11 months ago. It didnít do much, I saw some growth after a few months, but then they went away and I am back to square one. I am interested in FUE transplant.

I saw Dr. Arocha last week, he said I had about 1,500-2,000 donor grafts and he recommended manual FUE instead of ARTAS. I then saw Dr. Bishara and he said I had about 4,500 to 5,000 donor grafts and recommended about 1,000 grafts transplant, I showed him a picture (3rd attached photo) and indicated I would like fuller hair and less receding line, he then suggested about 2,000 grafts using ARTAS. I believe he has done more ARTAS procedures than most surgeons in USA.

Dr. Yaker uses SmartGraft and I am schedule to see him in 2 days.

I have a few questions:

1- Is anyone here familiar with these doctors?

2- Any opinion on ARTAS vs SmartGraft?

08-08-2016, 07:34 PM
Im not sure if it's just your images but your hairloss looks very minimal, in my opinion anyway. Have you tried or considerd Finasteride? I would think you could be an excellent canidate for it. You look to have good abundant donor hair. I would think that Dr. Arocha meant you may need 1500 to 2000 grafts to meet your desired goal. Dr Arocha has a very good reputation. I would suggest you try reach out to Joe Tillman. He is a patient advocate that has worked with Dr. Arocha. Joe could give you some great advice. He never encourages going the way of transplants unless it's something you personlly have decided. He does have professional relationship with Dr. Arocha and a handfull of other Drs. but alway advises what he feels are the best options for you..
Another thing, you're on the right track being here. My advice is to take your time and do tons of research. With your minimal loss and what looks to be great donor you will have plenty of options to reverse your hairloss. Make the best desicion based on what you learn and your chances of a successful battle become all the better!

08-09-2016, 01:43 PM
Thanks Hairbrain,

I took finasteride about a year ago when I got the PRP and it impacted my sex drive, so I stopped after a month. I read in a post about topical finasteride, did a search and looks like Dr. Bauman in FL offers topical finasteride mixed with Minoxidil.

Wondering if anyone has any experience with topical finasteride.