Are you looking for an FDA-approved, permanent hair replacement solution that provides natural results with no stitches, no staples, and no linear scarring? The ARTAS iX™ Robotic Hair Restoration System is the most advanced technology for surgical hair restoration available today.
Follicular Unit Extraction, commonly known as FUE, is a specialized method of harvesting hairs for a hair transplant procedure that involves removing individual follicles, one at a time, from the donor area. At Anderson Center for Hair we are proud to offer the revolutionary ARTAS iX™ Robotic System for eligible patients.
Anderson Center for Hair was the first practice in the state of Georgia to offer robotic FUE hair transplants using the ARTAS™ and the ARTAS iX™ Robotic Systems. These state-of-the-art medical devices allow our surgeons to perform the follicular unit excision portion of an FUE procedure safely and with unmatched precision.
Prior to using the ARTAS™ Robotic System, hair restoration surgeons used hand-held instruments for manual FUE graft harvesting. This process was particularly labor intensive because surgeons had to determine the precise angle of the hair growth for each and every follicle, make some educated guesses on the depth of the follicle, then use a tiny round punch to make hundreds (if not thousands) of microscopic incisions. No human can maintain that level of uninterrupted focus and still be accurate for extended hours day after day.
The ARTAS™ robotic hair restoration system is superior to manual FUE because:
It’s important to note that while the robot is incredibly sophisticated, it’s not an all-in-one machine like a car wash – it’s a highly sophisticated scalpel controlled by your surgeon. Your result is dependent on both the medical and artistic skills of your surgeon.
At Anderson Center for Hair we strive for results that roll back the clock but still keep you looking like you. Following a brief healing phase after the procedure, your hair will look and be natural. In the donor area (on the back and sides of the scalp), patients can sometimes see tiny round scars where the hair follicles were extracted. These spots are tiny and will be difficult to find amongst your hairs. Our FUE Hair Restoration patients are able to wear their hair nearly any length or style with confidence.
TThe image that comes to mind when you think of the "hair plugs" of the 1980’s and 90’s is probably something horrible like large tufts of doll hair. In those early days of hair transplant, doctors harvested small islands of skin with multiple hair follicles in a group. When these big chunks of grafts healed in place, the scar tissue caused an awkward and unnatural appearance. The ARTAS™ Robot uses its computer-assisted robotic arm and digital mapping to pinpoint single, individual hair follicles from the donor area instead of groups of follicles. This process provides your surgeon more control and precision in designing a natural looking hair growth pattern in the front and on top of your head. Because the ARTAS™ Robot enables unmatched precision and accuracy, our surgeons are able to extract healthy robust grafts for optimal growth without significantly altering the appearance the donor area.
Yes! As with any method of hair restoration offered at Anderson Center for Hair, your surgeon will only transplant permanent hair that is not susceptible to conditions that cause male and female pattern baldness. These transplanted hairs will last a lifetime. However, the other hairs in the recipient areas that you do have left will continue to thin over time without prevention methods in place. In order to maximize the long term appearance of your results, it’s important to treat the root cause of the hair loss and in addition to replacing already lost hair with surgery.
An ARTAS™ procedure usually takes from four to eight hours, determined primarily by the surface area of the regions where you need hair and number of grafts to be transplanted. Generally, the more hair loss you have, the more follicles you will need to have transplanted to achieve your hair restoration goals. Throughout your surgical day, you will be seated in a comfortable chair during the process, with light sedation to ensure that you're alert but relaxed. Our surgeons and highly trained staff are with you to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the procedure. A catered lunch is served, so you won't be hungry if your procedure time goes into the afternoon.
Medical recovery time and healing with the ARTAS™ Robot-Assisted FUE System Procedure is a few days shorter than a traditional linear strip method of hair restoration because there are no sutures to remove. Your grafts are “locked in” after three days and you can usually go back to your daily activities in 7-10 days. Keep in mind that if you are having an ARTAS™ procedure with a full buzz cut, you may need to account for time for your hair to grow back in to feel like you look “normal” again. This time frame is generally longer than the time medical healing time.
Your hair naturally grows in long cycles. When a hair follicle is newly implanted, it takes time to develop its own blood supply. Some of the implanted hairs will start to grow right away, and other will shed a grow a new hair. Each follicle is on its own timeline, so it takes a while before enough hairs grow together in tandem to notice a significant difference. Most patients report growth at about three months after the transplant and continuing to come in over the course of a full year. At approximately six months, you can expect a noticeable improvement, and after a full year you will see final results.
Whether your surgeon is using the linear strip method or the ARTAS™ robot for harvesting, after a short period of time following your procedure, it should not be evident that a procedure has taken place based on the new hairs placed into the recipient area. The FUE method does have an advantage here, however: because the ARTAS™ Robot-Assisted FUE System harvests each follicular unit individually, there is no linear scar at the donor site as with the "strip" method. With the ARTAS™ FUE Procedure, any scarring is minimal and is virtually undetectable. Also, transplanted hair grows in gradually over a period of a year. The change is subtle, reducing the chance that people will notice the procedure.
All ARTAS™ FUE procedures are outpatient and take place in our office, requiring only local anesthetic and light sedation. Once the scalp is numb, you won't feel any pain. After your procedure, you will be provided pain medication. However, most patients report that the donor area feels like a sunburn and that Tylenol or Aleve is strong enough to manage lingering discomfort. The area where the hairs are implanted is reliably numb for a few months until the follicles develop new blood vessels. Some patients experience minor swelling and/or discoloration around their eyes post-procedure, which usually peaks on days two, three, and four.
Because the ARTAS™ Robot allows your surgeon to harvest individual follicular units rather than removing a large area of scalp requiring sutures, there is minimal scarring in the donor area. Patients can wear short haircuts after the healing process is complete.
Trimming the patient's hair in the donor area to just a few millimeters allows the ARTAS™ System to accurately visualize, track, and harvest each follicle for transplantation. Depending on the amount of hair to be harvested, your surgeon will determine how much area needs to be trimmed. While most patients will need a full head shave for an ARTAS™ procedure, some patients who already have longer hair are eligible for the “long-haired FUE” method. With this technique, only a patch of hair in the donor area is trimmed down. After the procedure, the donor area hair grows back and blends with the surrounding hair making the site almost undetectable after a few weeks. To determine the best method for your situation, click here to book a consultation.
Treatment costs depend on which Anderson Center for Hair surgeon you choose, the method of extraction, how much hair loss you have, and how many follicles you have available for transplant. Every situation is unique. To receive an evaluation and a quote, click here to book a consultation.
Insurance will not cover hair restoration surgery or hair loss prevention treatment. However, we do offer financing through CareCredit, with flexible and favorable terms for our patients. Ask your Patient Care Coordinator about this option for more information.