How long does an ARTAS hair transplant take?
This depends on how many grafts are going to be transplanted. Generally under 1,000 grafts can be transplanted in a single day. In my clinic, and in select clinics in the USA, cases over 1,000 grafts are split into 2 separate days: an afternoon, followed the next morning by an early start the next morning. At 1pm on Day 1, patients arrive and we go over the consent forms, take the necessary pre-operative photographs, trim the hair for the ARTAS procedure (to be performed first thing in the morning the next day), anesthetize the scalp, perform the PRP with ACell procedure, and make all of the recipient sites for the grafts that will be transplanted. Then, the following morning the patient returns to our Center for the ARTAS procedure. The scalp is anesthetized, and the extractions begin with the ARTAS robot. As soon as the extractions are completed, the patient is escorted to the placement room, and with zero delay, the grafts are placed into the recipient sites created the previous day. This has two advantages: (1) it minimizes the time the grafts spend outside of the head, and (2) it gives the scalp a near 24 hour head start on the neovascularization of the new sites. Both of these greatly help to keep the survival rate of the transplanted grafts at a maximum.
It depends on how many grafts you are having transplanted. Generally procedures requiring 1,500 grafts would take my clinic most of the day. The Artas can definitely be faster for physicians that do not have much experience with the FUE procedure. However, most experienced FUE surgeons are much faster than the Artas.
Robotic FUE can take up to 8 hours depending on number of grafts
The length of time of time required to perform an ARTAS robotic hair transplant procedure depends upon the number of grafts to be transplanted. In our practice, we generally perform up to 2,000 grafts at one sitting for FUE procedures. This may take 6-8 hours depending on the graft count. Cases over 2,000 grafts are usually performed over two consecutive days as this is more comfortable for the patient. More important, with a divided session the grafts are out of the body a shorter period of time and this will promote maximum growth.
On the first day the hairline markings are performed and reviewed with the patient, the donor area is shaved, all the recipient sites are created, and approximately half of the grafts are harvested and placed in the recipient sites. The timing of the first day is approximately 7-8 hours. On the second day, the remainder of the grafts are harvested and placed in the recipient sites. The second day goes a bit faster (approximately 5-6 hours).
How long does ARTAS procedure take?
The answer is that it varies depending on many factors. What size case? We usually perform larger cases so days are usually 6-8 hours long, sometimes longer. We usually work on one case per day, especially FUE cases. Cases over 2000 FU can take up to 2 days to complete. Other factors can add to case duration, shifting angles and direction, or the patient that does not follow preop instructions can take longer to complete. So to maximize your results it is important to do your homework,and please follow your doctor's preop recommendations as this will ensure an easier day for you and the team working on you. In the end, it is all about your experience and the final outcomes!
Bernardino A. Arocha, MD
How long does the Artas procedure take?
The Artas procedure gives consistent high quality FUEs. The time it takes depends on the number of grafts. The Artas robot can harvest up to 1000 grafts per hour in a straight forward case. It will take about 3 hours to place the grafts. Administering local anesthesia can take up to one hour. The reality of the procedure is longer because patients and staff take breaks for food, restroom, etc.
ARTAS procedures: how long does it take?
Like any hair transplant procedure, how long it takes depends on the number of grafts transplanted.
A small ARTAS case might take 6 hours and a larger one 10-14 hours.
It depends on the number of grafts
It may take from a few hours to 2 days. We have done as many as 3800 FUE gratfs - this is done over 2 days for patient benefit. We have done them in one day but chagned our approach with experience of hundreds of cases. Up to 2000 grafts we do it in one day
Depends on amount of grafts
areas takes longer than other FUE techniques. Hand held devices in skilled hands goes much faster with a very low transection rate. 1000 grafts using hand held devices can take 3-4 hours whereas you see below it takes most of the day or 2sessions.
It takes about as long as any hair transplant surgery - typically 6 to 8 hours.
It really depend on the number of grafts and the skill and expertise of the medical group.
It isn't any quicker. Sometimes it is actually slower if the doctor can harvest the grafts just as fast. Robots require additional time in setup.
How much time does an ARTAS robot take to do the coring of the grafts
There are two parts of a hair transplant for FUE. The use of the ARTAS system is under the control of a robot and once the anesthesia is put into place, the ARTAS can core the grafts at an average rate of 300-450 grafts per hour. This variable number reflects the difficulty that the robot may encounter in the patient. Things that are challenging for the robot are the presence of previous FUE hair transplants which create scars that the robot must work around. The success rate of extraction in a scarred patient is less than on a new patient who never had any hair transplant. Even a previous strip scar will limit the area that can be harvested with the robot. When we compare our ARTAS robot with our manual process, we find that the manual process is 3-4 times faster; however, the manual process must be offered by experience surgeons, not novices. We as invented the FUE and have been doing it since 1996. We published the first articles on FUE and introduced the technique into the field at medical meetings and through peer reviewed journals. We also invented the technology behind the ARTAS which we patented before the ARTAS was ever conceived. We licensed this technology to the company that built the ARTAS. As we have this system, I guess that this makes us an expert on the FUE and well qualified to make judgments. Since we offer both manual and ARTAS robotic FUE to our patients, we have no preference and will go with whatever technology that our patients select. The best part of the ARTAS is that the coring that it offers for the grafts, is equal in the hands of everyone that owns one. I tell everyone that the ARTAS levels the playing field between doctors skilled in the overall art of hair transplantation.