Pros and Cons of the Artas Robotic Hair Transplant
For those who are considering the follicular unit extraction (FUE), the Artas Robotic Hair Transplant procedure has some significant advantages over other methods of hair transplant. As in all unit extraction procedures, hair is taken from the sides and the back of the head, removed from the root, and then surgically implanted in the top of the scalp where hair loss tends to be the greatest.
For those with male pattern baldness, follicular hair extractions and then reimplantation may be the only option worth considering. While it’s true that drugs such as rogaine and minoxidil work effectively to restore hair growth, an individual must be on the medication for the remainder of their lives. As soon as they stop the treatment, not only will the hair stop growing, but any positive growth that the drug has caused will be lost. Rogaine is also a vasodilator so for some patients with heart issues or blood pressure concerns, rogaine will not be a very good option. Minoxidil on the other hand is far less effective and produces very marginal results. So when used alone without propecia or propecia based treatments, results tend to be disappointing.
Follicular unit extraction is one of the best treatments available for male pattern baldness and nowadays uses robotic imaging technology to identify the best candidates for extraction and implantation. The only major drawback of using the Artas system is that the imaging technology used to identify the best candidates for extraction does not yet work well with light or overly curly hair. Artas is also limited to certain regions where the hair can be extracted. For instance, traditional FUE can pull hair from the nape of the neck, the beard, and any other place where hair grows, but Artas is limited to the sides and the back of the head. On the one hand this limits options, but on the other hand, these areas tend to be the best ones to extract from.
On the pro side, the Artas system when compared with other extraction methods uses algorithms that can speed up the process of extraction. It’s capable of identifying the best candidates by analyzing certain features of the hair follicle including angle, orientation, distribution, density, and direction. These identification procedures increase the efficiency of the procedure and produce excellent results when compared statistically with other procedures. While no doctor can guarantee 100% restoration, the general consensus is that Artas should be used when it can be.
This is because the greatest advantage is that it reduces the time it takes to perform the procedure.
“Robotic hair transplant has greatly increased the efficiency of follicular unit extraction procedures,” says one doctor from Palo Alto. “It allow us to identify the best candidates quickly and accurately, and for a procedure like this, which can be time consuming, it’s a major bonus for the patient.”
Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.
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