In my post about the end of strip hair transplants, I discussed the sudden departure of Jotronic from Hasson & Wong (H&W) after many years of working for them. Despite their stellar results and unmatched online reputation, H&W only offered strip procedures and never seemed to consider FUE as a serious alternative (despite the fact that the whole hair transplant industry was moving towards FUE). However, it looks like this may be changing very soon.
Apparantly, Hasson & Wong have just purchased the 100th ever ARTAS robotic FUE extraction system, and it seems like the clinic will now be offering FUE (unless this is just an experimental expensive venture). ARTAS, which only became commercially available in 2011, seems to have taken the industry by storm, and this groundbreaking 100th sale to a renowned previously strip only clinic will only add to its popularity.
I would guess that hair transplant prices will come down in the next several years due to this increasing automation necessitating less staff, and perhaps ARTAS being able to reduce the price of its systems as it sells more of them and achieves some economies of scale.
Before ARTAS, strip hair transplant surgeons wishing to start practicing FUE had to sometimes guess the best extraction method to use and often improvise and even invent their own tools. The time consuming nature of FUE extractions and inconsistent graft survival rates probably prevented many strip only practitioners from shifting to FUE. ARTAS has changed the game completely. No more human fatigue and inconsistency related problems during FUE extraction.
Even more exciting, ARTAS will be able to create recipient sites and place grafts in the future too.