I have read that Artas works best on straight black hair. Is this an option for gray hair? Wavy or curly hair?
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ARTAS does work best on straight dark hair against a light scalp. However, if you have gray hair, we are able to use a temporary hair dye to assist the robot in identifying the follicular units. Also, the robot does do well with wavy or curly hair, the settings are adjusted based on the quality of the follicles extracted.
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Artas with curly or wavy hair
It's true that ARTAS works better on straight hair.
ARTAS sometimes will have hard time locating gray hair since it needs the coloring of the hair to differentiate between scalp and hair.
All the ARTAS user physician will use temporary dye for the gray and white hair before the procedure, thus color won't be a big issue.
Wavy or curly hair might be a problem. Straight hair is definitely be the best option. However, curly hair can still be done depending on individuals. Test trial with manual FUE can be done prior to ARTAS to check the feasibility of the procedure. Best advise is to double check with the doctor during the consultation.
ARTAS patient selection
Bernardino A. Arocha, MD
ARTAS robotic FUE can work for any type of hair
The ARTAS robotic system can work for any hair type. The donor hair in a robotic procedure is shaved to approximately 1 mm in length. At this length, the robot can identify and accurately perform the punch while minimizing any damage to the graft. The optical system for the robot may not accurately identify white hair, so we have patients dye their hair the evening before or the day of the procedure. Only the hair in the donor area (back and sides) where the robot will be doing the harvesting needs to be dyed.
In patients who prefer not to shave or dye the entire back and sides of the scalp, we can perform the ARTAS robotic FUE using the long-hair technique. With this technique, you will grow your hair on the back and sides of the scalp a bit longer so it can cover the harvested area. On the day of the procedure, we will lift up the hair, clip a long thin band of donor hair and then extract follicular units from this limited region of the scalp. After the procedure, you can simply comb down your hair to cover the donor zone. The area that has been harvested (and possibly dyed depending on your hair color) will not be visible.
The ARTAS robot detects hairs that stand out from background skin color. So black hair against white skin would be ideal.
Artas works on most hair types
Gray hair is also usually not a problem. If the hair is too difficult to see, we can easily dye the hair prior to extraction to assist.
About ARTAS hair transplant surgery
As to FUE surgery, wavy or curly hair is not as easy to be harvested as straight hair. But we can adjust many parameters of the ARTAS to make it easier.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.