Robotic Hair Transplant
The Rise of ARTAS
Robotic Hair Transplant – In the past few years, hair transplantation has grown in leaps and bounds. There are many different hair transplant procedures, but it would be impossible to speak of hair transplantation in Turkey without mentioning ARTAS.
ARTAS is a robotic hair transplant procedure which was designed to speed up the hair transplant process. ARTAS was intended to assist Follicular Unit Extraction routines, and it started with a bold goal and a range of technological advancements. But, was ARTAS successful? Did doctors find flaws in robotic hair transplant treatments? Were patients happy with the long-term results? Did ARTAS create side effects?
The Need for Assistance
According to a recent study, more than 35 million patients opt for hair transplants in the United States every year. The need for FUE procedures has increased by 40% in recent times. Unfortunately, very few physicians have been able to perform successful FUE transplants. They experienced fatigue and were likely to make errors. After all, hair transplant is a lengthy process that spans between 4 and 8 hours. To support FUE procedures, doctors introduced the ARTAS system. Scientists believed that ARTAS would help doctors handle the growing need for hair transplant/restoration.
Benefits of Robots in Hair Transplant
There were many reasons to use ARTAS:
- The robot uses algorithms that can quickly analyse and identify hair grafts. It uses factors such as density, direction, angle, distribution and orientation to choose hair grafts.
- The robot uses powerful algorithms to categorise hair grafts to a level of consistency, precision and efficiency.
- With the help of ARTAS, doctors are less likely to make mistakes. Surgeons can focus on the aesthetic aspects as the robot takes care of the technical details!
Drawbacks of Robots in Hair Transplant
There are a few issues with robotic hair transplant too. For instance, the survival rate of ARTAS is lower than with an experienced surgeon. In most cases, the survival rate of robots is only 85 to 90 per cent. It can also happen that the robot picks larger follicle areas, and as the diameter increases, healing becomes slower and more complicated. In fact, larger follicles can damage nearby regions too. Such risks are difficult to predict at an earlier stage, and so it is difficult to determine the diameter of extraction. Furthermore, ARTAS is only viable in a few donor areas. It is not possible to use the robots to extract hair from underarms or anywhere delicate. They can only be used to obtain hair from the back of the head.