Robotic FUE Hair Transplant

Artas Robotic Hair Transplant

Hair Transplant is a surgical way to treat baldness. It involves taking out roots from the back of the scalp and sometimes the beard or body, and planting them over the bald areas. These roots sprout naturally growing hair. Artas is a semi-robotic way to execute some of the steps of Hair Transplant. It is a clinically proven, FDA cleared procedure that provides permanent and natural looking results without leaving any scars.

What are the targeted problems for which it can be used?

It is primarily used to treat patterned baldness, medically known as Androgenic Alopecia. It is the common baldness that men suffer from. It affects the crown (front and vertex areas) of the scalp. The hair line recedes and the hair become progressively thinner. Eventually baldness sets in. This type of hair loss is the ideal indication for hair transplant. Sometimes it is also used to cover hair loss patch due to accidents, burns etc.

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What is the science behind Artas Robotic Hair Transplant?

Artas is an automated way to extract hair roots. It has a robotic arm, which punches circular incisions around the hair follicles, which are then picked up. It works on the basis of optics. The computer measures the angle of the hair growth and adjusts its arm accordingly and punches incisions at regular fixed intervals. The device basically uses a computer algorithm to determine the hair growth pattern and then uses mechanics to punch holes around the hair. This releases the root from the skin. The doctor or nurse then simply picks up these roots to be used over the bald areas. The patient is seated head down on a head rest. Once required number of follicles are harvested, the patient is made to lie down on the back and the follicles are inserted in the bald areas. This step is manual. 

How often do you recommend your clients for the treatment?

Hair Transplant is a common procedure. Artas per se is relatively new and we do not recommend it prima facie. As of now the equipment is not very precise (as per authors opinion). The punch size is relatively bigger and the transaction rate appears higher than a skilled hand. Human hair changes angle frequently and thus skilled hands are more equipped in tackling such situations. Also, ideally the harvested follicles should be immediately inserted back in the bald skin for proper survival. This is not possible with the artas robotic system. Thirdly, cost is a limiting factor as the consumables are high. So as of now, in our opinion its use is not justified

Can it be combined with any other treatment? If yes, then what are the benefits?

It can be combined with medical treatment for hair loss like finasteride, minoxidil, biotin, PRP to get a better outcome. Hair transplant gives us new hair. Bit it doesnt help in prevention of loss of the existing hair. Medical treatment is very useful there. Otheriwse  the patient will be left with only transplanted hair in the xoming years and may need another hair transplant.

Are there any side effects of these treatments?

It is a minimally invasive procedure, so, side effects are far and few. Minor swelling and pain are expected in the 1st week. However, one can continue their normal activities after a few days of the procedure.

What is the time taken for the procedure?

The procedure usually takes 5-7 hours.

 What are the pre and post-treatment measures to be followed?

There is no pre treatment as such. Post treatment, antibiotics, anti swelling and pain killing medicines are given for upto a week to deal with the minor side effects.

How do your educate your client about the procedure?

We tell them the details of the procedure. Show them videos of the surgery being performed, show before after photographs and also talk about the pros & cons. It is extremely important to prepare the client regarding the benefits and side effects. We rely heavily on visual material to give information to our patients about this procedure. Visual material gives a clearer picture to the clients and helps them decide if this is the right procedure for them or not.

How many sessions are recommended for a visible difference?

Usually 1 session is enough to see the result. However, if the bald area is big and more than 7500 hair follicles are needed, then 2 sessions are done.

How prevalent is this procedure in India?

Artas per se is relatively new and not very common. Other Hair Transplants, on the other hand is pretty commonplace. As of now cost is a limiting factor and as the machine doesnt provide any extra benefit to justify the inflated cost, its use is limited. 

What is the future of Artas Robotic Hair Transplant in India?

The technology needs to evolve as in our opinion, it doesn’t serve much purpose as of now. Yes, it may hold relevance when experienced hands are not available to perform the surgery. With more refinement of technology,  the artas system may find use in India. It definitely has some promise as it reduces human fatigue and a doctor may do more than 1 surgery simultaneously. So if it helps in reducing the cost to the patient, ease to the doctor and better results, then surely it will find more takers in India. 

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Disclaimer: The content published on this website (hairtransplantdelhi.org) is meant to spread awareness and educate the concerned patients regarding baldness and hair transplant as well as the treatments options available for the same. Any information on the website shall not be regarded as a prescription from a professional dermatologist. We recommend visiting a dermatologist in person for the right diagnosis and the treatment for any hair issues. We do not guarantee of specific results as the treatments and the results vary from person to person.

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