ARTAS ROBOT AND HAIR TRANSPLANTS
The use of robots in various areas of life has brought us multiple benefits and money savings. But in the case of plastic surgery, the ARTAS robot has revolutionized the market.
It was developed in 2006 by Restoration Robotics, Inc.
It was first introduced in 2008 and caused both positive and negative impressions. It was accredited as effective and safe, so its commercialization has been present since 2011.
In fact, in Mexico it is not a popular installation, but in Europe and mainly Spain there are high numbers of ARTAS robot installations.
It is a system that uses 3D visualization technology to digitally map the patient’s scalp. In order to analyze the position of each natural grouping of hair.
Always guided by a surgeon, it assists in the harvesting of donor hair, taking follicular units in a random pattern and leaving only stitch scars. These scars allow greater flexibility with hair length after surgery.
The ARTAS robot can be an efficient method of obtaining maximum density and coverage in a single session. As it allows the surgeon to focus more on the process of creating recipient sites and implanting the grafts.
Since it is an optical imaging system, the ARTAS robot selects the next follicular unit for harvesting. So the patient is first given local anesthesia in the area to be harvested. The robotic arm then automatically positions itself in the donor area.
Then the system orients the drilling tool to the scalp and scans the skin for a follicular unit to harvest. Once the robot targets a follicular unit for extraction a double punch mechanism is implemented with the inner sharp tool marking the skin around the follicular unit and the outer tool dissecting the graft from the surrounding tissue.
Subsequently, the optimal system scans the next follicular unit to be removed. The arm places the tool over the next unit, aligns the instrument with the follicles and the removal step is repeated. This sequence continues until the robot finishes harvesting from the area defined by the tensor.
Upon completion, when harvesting of the area is complete, technicians manually remove the grafts from the scalp and the tensioner moves to a virgin area for a new round of harvesting. This process continues until enough grafts are harvested for hair restoration.
ADVANTAGES OF ARTAS HAIR IMPLANTATION
Thanks to the precision of this instrument, it is perfect for FUE type grafts. This minimizes damage to the follicles. It is also faster and reduces the extraction time. This shorter time manages to increase the percentage of valid implants, on the other hand it is a procedure that leaves no scars.
And it is not an invasive procedure, since no sutures or cuts are needed. So your recovery time using this system is short, and you can resume your activities a few days after the intervention.
WHAT DO DOCTORS THINK ABOUT THE ARTAS ROBOT?
In this regard, Dr. Bernstein assures that this machine reduces the fatigue associated with the hair extraction phase of the FUE Technique. Since this process is a strenuous activity. In this line, most of the mentioned professionals agree, although they point out that it should be improved for the well being of the patients.
Instantly assesses and corrects the results, adapting immediately to the particular case, to achieve the best result for each type of patient (this can only be achieved with a lot of experience and knowledge) it can be said that the specialized surgeon handles the punch, as if it were an artist’s pencil.
While it may seem exaggerated to refer to hair transplant surgery as an art, this, in reality, is not far from the truth. Any type of cosmetic surgery requires a mixture of technical skill, knowledge and imagination. The artistic part of the process cannot be taken away if natural-looking results are desired.
BENEFITS OF USING ARTAS
- Painless. No scarring and no need for stitches associated with the strip method.
- Algorithms. Thanks to the algorithms performs an identification and selection of the best follicles to extract them.
- Physician-assisted and with the highest quality follicle extraction.
- Robotic harvesting. Digital mapping provides accurate and consistent graft extraction.
- Ideal pattern for transplantation. Generates a natural spacing distribution for excellent results and avoids damage to healthy hair.
- No human fatigue and no errors. Because the extraction is performed by the robot, the quality of each graft that is selected is guaranteed.
- Fast recovery.
- About 800 to 1000 follicular units can be extracted in one hour, significantly increasing the speed and reducing the extraction time.
- Higher percentage of valid and suitable implants thanks to the shorter time elapsed until the implant.
- The quality of the grafts is maintained since the human fatigue factor does not intervene.
The transplant is totally permanent since it uses your own hair, usually from the occipital region of the head.