The ARTAS System
For the very latest technology in hair restoration, Dr. Bishara is now using the ARTAS System. This interactive, computer assisted equipment employs image guidance to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting. ARTAS is the first hair transplant robot to improve the most challenging aspects of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). It received clearance from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in April 2011.
This physician-controlled, state-of-the-art system enables the harvesting of hair follicles during hair restoration procedures. It offers numerous beneficial features, including an image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches and a computer interface. The ARTAS System is capable of identifying and harvesting individual follicular units to implement the FUE technique. The device, guided by cameras and 3-D imaging software, can perform the dissection of hair follicles individually at a rate of up to 1,000 per hour.
Improving On FUE
By the age of 50, approximately 50 percent of all men experience some degree of hair loss. Prescription remedies can offer some benefits to existing hair, but hair restoration is the only permanent solution for hair loss and often achieves a natural, undetectable result.
FUE offers less discomfort and a faster return to normal daily activities than traditional, more invasive methods of hair restoration. Performed in Dr. Bishara’s office, FUE with ARTAS moves healthy, functioning follicles to the areas of the patient’s scalp most impacted by baldness for more dramatic results. The implanted hairs develop their own blood supply, begin to grow and new hairs are seen a few months after the procedure has taken place. New hair continues to grow over the course of a full year, making the change in the patient’s appearance gradually noticeable to others. Healing time is short, and there is no resultant linear scar as happens with other methods of hair restoration. The only evidence is tiny, white scars left in the donor area, which are the same as those produced by manual FUE.
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.
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The First and Only Robotic Hair Transplant System
Feel years younger with ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant. This FDA-cleared, physician-assisted technology provides permanent, natural-looking results without the plugs, pain and stitches associated with traditional hair transplants like strip surgery. This minimally invasive procedure does not leave a linear scar, so you have the freedom to cut and style your hair the way you like without having to hide a scar.
Advanced digital imaging analyzes and tracks each hair to preserve the natural look of your donor area.
RECIPIENT SITE MAKING
Recipient Site Making with intelligent algorithms creates the ideal hair pattern for the optimal outcome. Protects existing, healthy hairs.
HOW ARTAS® BENEFITS YOU
- Virtually pain free
No stitches or linear scar associated with the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant Procedure
- Intelligent algorithms
Identify and select your best hairs for harvesting.
- Physician-assisted robotic technology
Delivers high quality robust grafts.
- Robotic harvesting
Digital mapping provides precise and consistent graft dissection, unavailable with manual techniques.
- Robotic Recipient Site Making
Creates natural site distribution for optimal results that avoids damaging existing healthy hair.
- Eliminates human fatigue and the potential for error associated with traditional manual hair transplants
Ensures consistent graft quality throughout the procedure.
- Fast recovery
Allows you to get back to work and your daily activities quickly.