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ARTAS Robot-Assisted Hair Transplant Debuts in Florida

Hair transplant surgeries have high success rates among middle-aged males suffering from androgenic alopecia. However, hair transplant surgeries often leave long permanent scar on the back of the head, making it difficult for the patients to wear their hair short.

Modern technologies now come to the rescue of these patients. With the help of advanced robotics technologies, known as ARTAS, hair transplant surgeons are able to make tiny circular grafts instead of the ear-to-ear cut. These circular grafts are barely noticeable, so they don't leave long scars on the head.

The ARTAS system uses an FDA-cleared technology that was developed with several leading hair restoration physicians. This computer-assisted and image-guided hair restoration technique involves transplanting healthy follicles to the patient's scalp most affected by baldness.

The robots-assisted technology is more precise than the conventional "plugs" used in traditional Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. The plugs look clumsy after implant. However, the new robots-assisted grafts transplant can be performed more skillfully. The technology guides the doctor allowing more precision while offering minimum discomfort to patients.

ARTAS hair restoration procedure is the right hair restoration solution because the implanted hairs develop their blood supply, so they grow naturally like other hairs. Results are visible in a few months' time.

However, ARTAS or the robotic system is used only to remove hair grafts, not for their implantation. The surgeon manually places grafts into the scalp under local anesthesia.

Despite these, ARTAS is considered much faster and accurate than the time consuming traditional Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technologies. The robot works for about three hours to remove the hair, and the doctor spends about three hours implanting it. However, compared to the strip method or the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), ARTAS is more time consuming.

Without doubt ARTAS is more expensive than the traditional methods. The surgery costs about $10 per graft of one to four hairs, compared with about $5 per graft for the strip surgery. On an average, a typical surgery averages 2,000 grafts. Since hair transplant is usually cosmetic, the treatment is not covered by insurance.

ARTAS robotic surgery got approval from Food and Drug Administration last year. The technology is gaining popularity in the country. It is currently performed in a few cities. Dr. Glenn Charles of Boca Raton recently performed the ARTAS-based hair transplant surgery in Florida, marking the debut of the technology in the State. "We are heading into the future of hair transplant technology," said Charles. "The robot assists the doctor much more accurately and with minimal discomfort."

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