Robotic FUE with ARTAS increases the accuracy of harvesting grafts to minimize damage to the follicles. It also reduces harvesting time and improves the chances of graft survival. The FUE procedure involves removing hair directly from the donor region of the scalp in individual, naturally-occurring groups of one to four hairs. Dr. Bishara begins the procedure by separating the follicular units from the surrounding skin. The follicular units are then extracted from the scalp. Once a recipient site has been created, the follicular unit grafts will be implanted into the area to take root.
The initial step, the separation of the follicular units from the surrounding donor tissue, is a highly repetitive and labor intensive process that requires great precision. This action requires the perfect centering of the punch over the follicular unit and the perfect alignment of the dissecting instrument with the follicles to prevent damage. When taking this step, which must be repeated manually hundreds to thousands of times in a typical FUE hair restoration procedure, the patient is subjected to significant human variability and error.
These problems have been a major limitation for FUE therapies.The use of the ARTAS System, however, has significantly increased the accuracy and usefulness of the FUE procedure, and Bishara Cosmetic Surgery is the first hair restoration center in Texas to use the new robotic device for FUE.