A hair transplant today transfers approximately 1500 grafts each containing 1-4 hairs that will be transferred to the section of the head being treated. The grafts are pulled from what is called a donor strip at the back of a patient's head. The size of the strip depends upon the number of donor grafts needed. Normally, these strips are at least 75mm long and about 9mm-12mm wide. The scar resulting from the removal of the strip is closed and is not detectable unless subjected to close and detailed examination.
After the grafts are created they are placed in a sterilized petri dish in preparation for the transplant by the surgeon. The patient's front hairline is typically constructed by using single-hair micrografts so it keeps with the natural growth of the hair. Larger areas of the head are transplanted with minigrafts that contain as many as four hairs. It is impossible to use the regular binocular microscopes for a task this tedious.
Thankfully, the Mantis Microscope was discovered to be a popular solution to viewing requirements of low magnification. Tasks such as sample handling, dissection, dental manufacturing, and inspection for quality, all benefit from using the Mantis. The instrument provides true stereo images with magnification capabilities of 2x-10x which can be selected by the user. The instrument is user friendly to operators who wear glasses or contact lenses because of the innovative 'eyepieceless technology' that the Mantis has to offer.
Because of the Mantis' ergonomic design, the combination of optimal posture and high clarity of optical magnification allows operators of the Mantis Microscope to work effectively while being comfortable for extended periods. This is an especially useful feature for technicians who separate follicular units during a hair transplant operation.