How long does ARTAS hair transplant typically take?

How long should I prepare for when using the ARTAS method for a hair transplant? Is it any quicker than the other methods?

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How long does an ARTAS hair transplant take?

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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.

TIme of Artas Transplant

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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.

Amir Yazdan, MD
Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Length of ARTAS procedure

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The length of the ARTAS procedure will depend on the number of grafts being harvested.  We would normally do up to 2500 grafts in a day and above this split over 2 days.  The steps would involve site making first and then harvesting followed by immediate implantation.

Robotic FUE can take up to 8 hours depending on number of grafts

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

It depends on the number of grafts

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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

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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.

Half a day

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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.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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