ARTAS hair transplant results: What should I expect?
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Hair Restoration Results following ARTAS procedure: Highly Dependent on the Physician and Technicians
In terms of what to expect.....for all aspects of your experience and aesthetic results, this will depend entirely and 100% on the experience and dedication of your physician and his or her team of technicians.
There are hundreds of subtleties and nuances in the performance of this hours-long, surgical team-oriented, artistically-demanding procedure. Clearly, common sense would tell you that a physician who has dedicated their practice and career to hair restoration will deliver much different results than a physician who recently acquired a device to start performing hair restoration procedures. Interview more than one physician, and make sure you're comfortable with their background in the field before proceeding.
What to Expect with Robotic Hair Transplant Surgery
When considering different options for hair transplantations, t is important to ask yourself how the method or technology will contribute to the quality of the final results.
Artas was developed as robotic technology used to facilitate the accuracy of the extraction phase during a hair transplant procedure.
It uses algorithms to identify ideal angles to position the punch tip. This is intended to help less experienced surgeons perform FUE hair transplant surgeries. However, it is not a necessity for experiencing the best results possible.
Artas’ concentric two punch system is essentially a dull punch followed by a precise sharp one. This method has been associated with higher rates of graft burial which lowers the donor resources available to the patient.
Additionally, the robotic system can only perform extractions on the back of the head. It is also restricted to patients with dark hair.
A quality hair transplant is marked by ample coverage and aesthetically pleasing aesthetics. Artas does not necessarily engender the most ideal coverage and growth.
And since it does not perform insertions, it will not contribute to the final aesthetics which a skilled doctor alone is accountable for.
ARTAS is the gold standard FUE
As a FUE device, the ARTAS system is the gold standard. It uses video-guided imaging to precisely dissect out individual hair follicles eliminating human error and fatigue that limit other FUE devices. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (see link), documented a yield of 95.1% approaching the yields seen with the strip surgery technique.
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ARTAS is a FUE (follicular unit extraction) technique similar to other devices like NeoGraft. The technology is definitely interesting, but has very little to do with the ultimate results. The results of any hair transplant procedure are much more dependent on the hair transplant surgeon's planning and creation of the recipient sites than on the technique used to harvest the grafts. This is why I recommend that patients find the right restoration surgeon rather than getting fixated on a particular transplant technique.
ARTAS differs from other FUE techniques in that ARTAS uses a robotic arm for graft harvest rather than a doctor or technician for graft harvest. Otherwise, it is basically the same as other FUE techniques.
All the best,
ARTAS hair transplant results:What should I expect?
Bernardino A. Arocha, MD
Artas hair restoration
ARTAS is the best and most advanced option
The Neograft is like using an electric wrench held by a human.
A human (doctor) can just as easily tighten the loose nut with a hand held socket wrench.
The results are same. It is just more expensive to own a robot.
Despite what you may think, hair transplant surgery is basically taking hair out and relocating to another area.
The skill and expertise required to carry out this task is what sets doctors apart.
There are two general methods in taking out (harvesting) the grafts: (1) FUE and (2) FUT - strip.
The ARTAS and Neograft are just tools that harvest the grafts using the FUE method.
The "options" you mention are pertaining to the TOOLS that doctors use to carry out surgery. The ARTAS system is just a tool that a doctor may use to harvest the hair grafts. The results from ARTAS should be the same as any other type of surgery in the same capable hands.
Different Options for Hair Transplantation
In an article I published in 2002 in a major medical journal, I reported about patients who were difficult to core the grafts with FUE. I labeled these patients as FOX negative (FOX -) while those who were easy to core were labeled FOX positive (FOX +). As grafts are always plucked out of the donor area after the grafts are cored, those that were easy to puck we called FOX + while the others that were difficult to core we called FOX -. If there were to be a perfect design for a mechanical punch system, it would have to produce a consistent quality extracted graft independent upon the FOX status of the patient. Although the technology is much better today with better tools like the ARTAS robot, these true FOX- patients are still a problem as the grafts do not come out as perfect when compared to either the FOX+ patients or the typical strip procedure which almost guarantees perfect grafts, in good hands, all of the time.
This is something you must talk with your doctor about. Ask him about FUE and FOX- and FOX+ status. He can test you for this if you request to find out where you are in the process. Some of the most difficult FOX - patients who undertake an FUE with any type of instrument, can fail, resorting to a strip procedure which produces great results, always.
FUE using ARTS
On the other hand for the recipient area design and technique, a good specialized hair transplant doctor should know how to distribute the units, where to place the hair line, which needles to use, how to angle the needles, and the orientation of the incisions in the recipient area. These are just a few things to consider when making the incisions in the recipient area. So it is very important to chose an experienced doctor both for harvesting of the grafts and also for design and placement of grafts to the recipient area and discuss the options in detail to make sure it meets your concerns and expectations.
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.