ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation
Nowadays, hair transplantation using the patient’s hair has gained widespread attention and various techniques are constantly developed to achieve more aesthetic and natural results. One of the innovations in hair transplantation is the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation from the United States. We’ll cover the technique and cost of ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation.
ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation Procedure
ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation is developed from the traditional manual FUE method. The use of robot reduces fatigue experienced by the hair surgeon, thus ensuring precision of graft extraction. However, the robot is only used in the graft extraction step, not in the implantation step. The procedure for ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant is as follows.
- The patient’s head is shaved bald. A grid is then drawn on the scalp to determine the direction and area for graft extraction.
- The positions of grafts to be extracted are then automatically determined by the ARTAS robotic system using an algorithm that allows the machine to determine which hair follicles should be extracted.
- Incisions are made in the scalp using a sharp drill. The drill sleeve is then pressed into the incisions to pull the hair shafts out of the surrounding tissue until the desired number of hair shafts is obtained.
- During the treatment process, the procedure is monitored by an operator of the ARTAS using a live camera, where images are transmitted to a screen. The robotic system can be stopped immediately if any complications occur.
- The medical team will then perform a manual hair transplantation as with conventional hair transplantation methods.
Pros and Cons of ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation
The ARTAS robot is not only capable of extracting hair roots but also implanting (new generation)
This method is rarely used in hair transplant clinics due to the expensive price of the ARTAS robot.
It eliminates problems with concentration and fatigue experienced by the hair surgeon during the procedure.
The operation training and practice are required.
Hair follicle extraction is carried out according to a standard procedure. With ARTAS robot, the transaction rate is 10–20%.
With ARTAS robot, an average density of 30 hair follicles per square centimeter can be achieved. For aesthetic result like natural hair, an approximately 50 hair follicles per square centimeter is recommended.
The ARTAS robot may not work for all hair because it cannot extract hair on the neck and other areas of the body.
ARTAS method does not require much experience in hair transplantation. Only operation training and practice are required. Even doctors who have never performed hair transplants themselves can deliver this procedure.
Physicians with no experience in hair transplantation can deliver this procedure with the help of technical assistants and trained staff.
Robotic extraction can be more damaging than manual hair extraction by a specialist due to the differences in direction of individual hairs which cannot be accurately calculated by the machine. The transaction rate in ARTS method is therefore higher.
With the latest technology, the device responds to even the slightest head movements.
The entire head must be shaved bald.
The ARTAS robot is a useful supplementary tool to help reduce the fatigue experienced by the hair surgeon during hair transplantation process. However, the physicians should not rely solely on the robot and should be proficient in other hair transplantation techniques
The high cost of the ARTAS robot results in higher cost of this method. ARTAS robotic hair transplantation is above the average cost of hair transplantation. In addition, robotic hair transplantation has relatively low demand and most patients place their trust in the experience and skill of experienced physicians. Therefore, ARTAS robotic hair transplantation is not popular in low-wage countries such as Turkey, Mexico or Thailand.
Based on the advantages and disadvantages mentioned above of ARTAS robot hair transplantation, it can be said that manual hair transplantation has lower average cost and the same success rate and may produce more natural results.
Permanent results can be achieved when FUE hair transplantation is performed correctly. This is because the hair grafts are extracted from donor area that is resistant to DHT, a hormone responsible for hair loss. Therefore, there is no subsequent shedding as a result of the DHT effects.
There is no better method as it depends on the degree of the hair loss problem of each patient.
The grafts taken from the donor area are resistant to DHT, a hormone responsible for hair loss. This means that they will not fall out and will not become thinner as a result of hormones. However, it can fall out for other reasons like normal hair.
The success rate of FUE hair transplant depends on the skills and expertise of the hair surgeon. If it is performed correctly, the success rate is 90% or more.
The average number of grafts required for each hair transplantation is 2,083 grafts.