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 robotic system was approved by FDA for men with black straight hair. However we have treated men and women with white and curly hair. Usually we dye the white hair on the day of the procedure so the system can see the hair follicles. For wavy or curly hair we leave the hair a little longer. So to make it simple yes we can perform this procedure on any hair color or character.
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The Artas Robot scans the scalp and identifies the follicle with the pigment in the hair. When a patient has gray or light hair, we add temporary dark hair coloring to the donor area. The Artas is a tool, so important you find an experienced physician to harvest your hair, more so when the hair isn't straight. Together with the Artas hair variation isn't an issue for a proficient physician.
With experience, ARTAS can be used with may hair types/colors
This is a good question. The ARTAS flagship studies were on Caucasian men with dark straight hair. This said, with an understanding of hair types, I have used the ARTAS system successfully on men and women of all ethnicity and hair types. It's important that your ARTAS doctor has experience with your type of hair and how to use their robot to get you great results. Good luck!
Hair texture/color for Artas harvesting.
The Artas works well on many types of hair. However with lighter or gray hair we apply some temporary dark hair coloring. Also with hair that has a body or curl, we simply cut it a little longer to identify the direction in which it grows from the scalp. The robot then can make corrections up to 60 times per second to ensure the best harvesting possible.
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.
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
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