Robotic Hair Transplant Procedure: The ARTAS System
Robotic hair transplants are one of the latest and most innovative procedures for those facing male pattern baldness. The procedure uses state of the art machinery in order to harvest individual hair follicles from a donor scalp, and then graft them onto the recipient scalp, where they can continue to grow and thrive just like they would if they were the patient’s original hair. The procedure employs the ARTAS system for systematically choosing the best hair follicles and then extracting them from an area of the scalp that produces permanent hair in the back of the scalp.
“The ARTAS system is the key to identifying which follicles have the greatest likelihood of being extracted successfully for grafting,” says one doctor from Palo Alto who performs robotic hair transplants regularly. “The ARTAS system employs state of the art artificial intelligence to determine likely candidates for extraction based on a number of different properties. The include exit angles from the scalp, density of the follicles, and so on. All the properties that make the individual follicle a good choice for extraction and replacement.”
The ARTAS system uses multiple cameras in order to identify which follicles are the best candidates for extraction. While the procedure itself isn’t necessarily new for treating male pattern baldness, the ARTAS system itself is a cutting edge technology that has only been granted clearance by the FDA for use in the past five years.
“The system allows us to complete the hair transplant procedure about 50% faster, and there are even more key advantages over the older methods than simply the time it takes us to perform the surgery,” he continued. “Recovery is time is also much faster.”
“There are however some disadvantages to the ARTAS system that are currently being worked on by engineers. Namely, the system doesn’t work well with lighter colored hair. The algorithm, which is based on video identification, tends to have issues with identifying suitable follicles correctly, so in that case we end up recommending strip harvesting procedures.”
The estimated recovery time for the transplant area is one or two days using the ARTAS system whereas traditional strip harvesting and FUE procedures will take a few more days.
“Patients can expect to feel some minor scabbing in the area, and it’s going to likely itch a bit, but we normally have them back on their feet and ready to work again in two days at the most,” the doctor said. “The ARTAS system is meant to streamline the procedure as much as possible. It’s a lengthy procedures, and not a particularly comfortable one either, but it produces the most effective results, which is why it’s becoming more and more popular.”
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