Robotics in Hair Transplantation

After a good plethora of decades; hair transplantation sciences have come a long way. Still growing and reaching new heights the success stories heard yet, are just the beginning.

For last couple of years we have come to know about ARTAS the robotic system which is showing promise. Launched in 2006 and FDA approved in 2011 its creating lot of waves.

What is ARTAS capable of

  • Increased speed; we all love a little speed
  • Increases accuracy; means more and more intact grafts
  • Increased functionality;  one is mightier than two
  • Improved artificial intelligence(AI); Yes we have been a fan of AI always

How does it work

Well the AI is something which enables ARTAS to identify areas with low and high density of grafts and score grafts smartly without having to worry about over extraction of donor area.

Having more speed does make everyone want it but is it capable of running the whole show! Well No.

Now the robot sure can score grafts well, but only once the parameters and specifics are set by the surgeon which needs to be changed from area to area.

Limitations

  • Only can be used in patients with black and straight hair
  • It has sub optimal results when extracting follicles from fibrosed / scarred areas

ARTAS IX

As of 2018 this is the latest model of ARTAS which also features recipient site creation and graft implantation along with harvesting grafts. Though in initial stages of its usage, will it significantly make a difference we will have to see.

Can ARTAS completely replace and change the current face of Hair Transplantation? I wouldn’t say so. Its shorter learning curve as well might decrease the burden on surgeons but as of now let’s let the humans do most of it.

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