FUE Hair Transplant Instruments FAQs
WHAT IS THE STEEL HARRIS HEX BLUNT PUNCH?
Central to the Harris S.A.F.E. System™, the steel Harris hex blunt punch is a physician-designed punch that uses blunt (dull) dissection to isolate the follicular units from the surrounding tissue so that subsequent transplantation can occur with greater success.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE HEX PUNCH?
- Approved for up to 40,000 grafts with one punch — fast return on investment
- New 6 mm depth for all follicle lengths
- HEX vibration separates follicle from skin
- Low transection rate of 2.8%*
- Resuable punch
- Flush port
- Proven for body hair
- Ideal punch for beginners and experts
I AM NEW TO THE POWERED HARRIS S.A.F.E. SYSTEM™ FOR FUE, SHOULD I USE THE HEX OR THE ROUND PUNCH?
If you are just getting started with the Powered Harris S.A.F.E. System™, we recommend beginning with the Hex punch. It is our most advanced and innovative punch for FUE. However, different punches are used in different situations with different patients. A range of punches in your surgical “toolkit” is useful.
WHAT IS THE HARRIS S.A.F.E. SYSTEM™?
The Harris S.A.F.E. System™ is an advanced approach to optimizing follicular unit extraction (FUE) for more successful surgical hair restoration. The System integrates patented instrumentation, proven “best practice” procedures and focused training.
WHY IS BLUNT TECHNOLOGY IMPORTANT?
Blunt technology results in a much lower transection rate—from 2.8 to 8 percent on average. It allows a deeper and more complete dissection of the follicular unit grafts.
WHO DEVELOPED THE HARRIS S.A.F.E. SYSTEM AND WHY?
James A. Harris, MD, surgeon, medical director and founder of the Hair Sciences Center of Colorado and a global leader in FUE restoration. Dr. Harris designed the Harris S.A.F.E. System™ and patented the instrumentation. The System was developed to address specific the issues he encountered using the traditional sharp punch for FUE procedures.
WHAT ADVANTAGES DO THESE FUE INSTRUMENTS OFFER THE PATIENT SEEKING FUE HAIR RESTORATION?
In addition to the confirmed patient benefits of FUE—no linear scarring, more natural outcomes and more—the Harris S.A.F.E. System™ makes it possible for virtually every individual to become an FUE candidate.
WHAT BENEFITS DOES IT OFFER THE PRACTICE INTEGRATING THIS TECHNOLOGY?
In addition to broadening patient candidacy, the S.A.F.E. System delivers a proven, low-maintenance technology that can exponentially expand the number of FUE procedures a practice can manage.
WHERE IS IT IN USE INTERNATIONALLY?
In addition to many practices throughout the United States, the S.A.F.E. System™ is now assisting FUE surgeons in Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.
HOW MANY GRAFTS PER HOUR CAN I EXPECT TO ACHIEVE?
Dr. Harris consistently averages 800-1200 per hour. With practice, a physician new to FUE should be able to obtain 500-800 grafts per hour in a few months.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TRANSECTION RATE WITH THE S.A.F.E. SYSTEM™?
On average, physicians using the system report a transection rate of 2.8 to 8 percent across all FUE procedures. This includes all ethnicities and harvest sites, including scalp, chest and beard regions.
DOES THE POWERED S.A.F.E. SYSTEM ROTATE OR OSCILLATE?
The system uses unidirectional rotation (left or right) to achieve the optimal blunt punch entry and dissection. Oscillation with a blunt punch for FUE does not work well.
IS THERE SPEED CONTROL?
Yes, but the correct speed may vary from patient to patient (due to skin quality differences) and from one location on the scalp to the next. In general, the optimal speed is the one that is fast enough to allow easy entry of the punch into the skin, but where there is significant slowing of the rotation speed with punch advancement. Setting the proper speed is a critical step and instructions on how to accomplish this are on our video section on our website.
IS THE HAND PIECE DIRECT OR ANGLED?
Direct, as it is better ergonomically and easier to align with the emerging hair angles and directions.
WHERE CAN I SEE IT IN ACTION?
Several videos showing the S.A.F.E. System™ in clinical use appear on this website. Demonstrations are presented at many ISHRS events throughout the year. Please contact Veronica Melero, Vice President, Product Management for 1:1 demonstrations: Vmelero@harrisfueinstruments.com
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE THE S.A.F.E. SYSTEM™?
The system can be purchased through our online store. A limited number of units are also available at ISHRS conferences throughout the year. Please contact Veronica Melero, Vice President, Product Management for additional information: Vmelero@harrisfueinstruments.com