A new era of hair restoration has arrived
Is your hair thinning? Has your forehead been expanding over the years? Did you know that over 50% of men, and over 40% of women, will experience significant hair loss in their lifetime? If you have thinning hair, you are not alone.
Yet a hair restoration procedure can seem like a frightening prospect. Perhaps you have thought of having your hairline replaced, or the crown loss in the back restored, but were worried about an unnatural appearance, or a large, unsightly, and perhaps painful scar on the back of your head.
Hair restoration has advanced by quantum leaps, even compared with just five years ago. Long gone are the pluggy, “doll’s hair” appearance of hair transplant procedures. Modern procedures utilize new technologies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and offer specialized surgical techniques such as Follicular Unit excision. With this method of hair restoration, the hair can be extracted one at a time using a tiny circular surgical punch with a diameter of 0.9 to 1mm. The hair to be transplanted can now be relocated to the thinning areas without leaving any linear scar whatsoever. Until the introduction of the FUE technique, patients were confined to the linear procedure, where a strip of the scalp is removed, then stitched up, leaving a permanent linear scar on the scalp.
The Quantum Leap
In 2011 the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Restoration Surgery system, the only of its kind, received FDA Clearance for Safety and Efficacy, and the world of hair restoration surgery was changed forever. Similar to the robots used in other areas of medicine, such as robotic prostate surgery, and harnessing advances in computer imagery and analysis, the ARTAS® system now offers patients a more efficient, precise, and non-invasive option for hair restoration. It is a revolutionary device, and winner of the international Gold Medal at the 26th Edison Awards in 2013. It performs the FUE hair restoration procedure robotically. All other FUE methods, regardless of the device (such as NeoGraft®), are performed manually by hand. This introduces inherent human error, and the associated variability and inconsistency of motion at the ‘micro’ level while attempting to extract tiny hair follicles, one by one.
How it Works
Under the guidance and direction of a surgeon who has experience with this advanced robotic procedure, the ARTAS® Robot Assisted FUE System scans and digitizes a small area of the scalp to identify and track each hair using complex software algorithms, and custom, stereoscopic surgical cameras.
– Updating coordinates 5,000 times per second, the ARTAS® System’s image-guided robotics harvests follicular units for transplant with micron-level precision. Each follicle is selectively harvested with minimal trauma to the surrounding skin to maintain the look of your donor area.
– The recipient sites in the areas of loss are created by the surgeon, making the recipient site for each individual follicle in as natural pattern as possible, following the angles of your own hair, and creating permanent, natural hairlines. The follicles are gently implanted into the recipient sites individually.
Patients will start to see results in 3-4 months, with results and hair density improving until 8 to 12 months following a procedure