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How does the ARTAS Robotic Procedure work?

The ARTAS Robotic Procedure is a minimally invasive hair restoration solution that leverages digital imaging and precision robotics to harvest healthy grafts for transplantation. Unlike the earlier methods of hair restoration, there is no need for the surgical removal of a band of tissue from the back and sides of the head, no linear scar left after surgery and no need for stitches or staples to close the wound. The benefit is a quick recovery time and the ability to return to normal activities and work sooner.

Should I cut my hair before treatment?

Yes. Trimming your hair in the donor area allows the ARTAS Robotic System to accurately visualize, track and harvest each grouping of hairs. You will receive instructions on having your hair cut shorter in preparation for your ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant.

How will my hair look after the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant?

The ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant provides extremely natural looking results. After the procedure, you are able to wear your hair any length or style with confidence.

How is the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant different than “Hair Plugs”?

Old fashioned “hair plugs” included the harvesting of large patches of hair that resulted in an awkward and unnatural appearance once implanted. In the ARTAS Robotic Procedure, hairs are harvested in their natural groupings and then transplanted individually by your physician. Individual transplantation provides you with the look you desire, including a great looking hairline and a fuller head of hair.

Are ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant results permanent?

Yes. The ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant uses your own permanent growing hair, typically from the back of your head, and your physician then implants this hair to the thinning areas of your scalp. As this hair is not susceptible to the conditions that cause male pattern baldness, transplanted hair will last a lifetime.

How long does it take to recover and heal?

Recovery time with the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant is less than with most surgical cosmetic procedures. As there is no surgical incision or stitches required with the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant, healing time is short, and you can usually go back to your daily activities after a day or two. Some doctors schedule a follow up visit the morning after the procedure to examine your scalp and to teach you how to take care of your newly implanted hair.

When will my new hair start to grow?

Transplanted hair grows naturally in phases. New hairs are seen about three months after the procedure, and will continue to increase over the course of a full year. At approximately six months, you will enjoy a noticeable improvement and after a full year, you will see final results.

Will people know I have had a hair transplant procedure?

With the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant, any scarring is minimal and is nearly undetectable. Your new hair grows in gradually, reducing the chance that people will notice the procedure. Your friends and family will comment that you look better, but the results from your hair transplant are subtle and natural.

Does the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant procedure hurt?

The ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant, an outpatient procedure performed in the doctor’s office, requires only a local anesthetic. The patient feels virtually no pain. Some patients can experience minor discomfort and swelling post-procedure, which subsides in one to three days.

Will there be visible scarring in the donor area?

Because the ARTAS Robotic System selectively harvests individual hair groupings rather than removing a large area of scalp requiring sutures, there is minimal scarring in the donor area. Hair can be worn fashionably short, or in longer styles, whatever you prefer. You’re not limited by having to cover scarring from strip surgery.

What is the price of the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant?

Treatment costs will be determined during your consultation with your doctor and depend on the amount of new hair that you desire. Discuss the procedure pricing with your doctor, as some doctors may offer payment options.

How long does the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant procedure take?

The ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant usually takes from four to eight hours as determined by your doctor to achieve your hair restoration goals. You are comfortably seated during the process, and the doctor and staff are there with you to maximize your comfort throughout the procedure.
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How many hairs come out of a graft area?

The number of hair ranges from one hair to four hair for each graft. We have an advantage by using a robot to select only two hair grafts if we need to provide more density. On the other hand single hair grafts are very important for the front of the hairline to get a feathered natural look.  We also have the ability to program the robot to only take single hair follicular units.

What % of hairs actually take?

90% of transplanted grafts or better will survive in the recipient site. Much of this is determined by the use of PRP, the use of high potassium based  holding solutions, and decreasing the time to transplantation. Limiting our hair transplant sizes the 800 g per session Minimizes the time of out of body and oxidative stress on the follicle.

What is the long term aftercare?

After transplant you may begin to use minoxidil at one week or once the scabs fall out. In the immediate postoperative period, there is a shampoo, conditioner, spray, and copper impregnated guaze pads. These are very important for healing and specifically Helps decrease the downtime from the procedure. I highly recommend the graft site kit and it is available at our office. After the hair transplant several months later you will begin to see your new hair growing. PRP injections would be advisable in your case at 4 weeks and 8 weeks. We would look at your overall hair Results of 10 months and recommend additional transplants in that area if it looks beneficial. You can of course transplant another area after two months allowing the donor site to heal appropriately.  There is no long-term of you care needed the transplanted hair. It is your hair and you don’t need to do anything to it to the transplants.

Will I need prp with the transplant?

This is answered above, PRP treatments will provide you with more hair mass. The recommendation is to do this might not only help your transplanted here but more importantly to prevent your natural hair from falling out.   As discussed in our consult, there has been no large multi institutional randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trials that have been peer-reviewed to support a statistical significance of hair mass to date.  Existing here should go from the flimsy hair to thicker more robust hair and will give Is the appearance of more hair in some individuals.

Should I stop rogaine so you can really see the troubled area in its entirety before transplant?

No, you should not stop rogaine use.
Will I lose the transplanted hair over time since I am diagnosed with hereditary hair loss?

Most likely yes but by using hair laser you will slow your hair loss down.

Is it harder to transplant African American hair?  Does it take to the new site as well?  Does it take longer?  Have you performed any transplants on African Americans?

It is not technically harder to transplant African American hair.  The success of hair restoration at the receipt site is acceptable. It does take a little bit longer and yes we have conducted African American hair transplants. AA have acceptable results usually require multiple procedures.
What should I expect during procedure, and what should I expect at home after procedure?

You can expect to come to our office early in the morning take before pictures, have blood drawn, sign consent forms, and be placed in the chair where the nerve block will be performed. You’ll be given antibiotics and a sedative by mouth, next PRP will be injected into the recipient bed followed by recipient site creation. You will then be placed into the robot where we will dissect out a number of grafts that correspond to the number of recipients sites that we created. Then we will place you back into the chair to implant you.

You will rest for two days without increasing your blood pressure and we will follow up with you 2 weeks later on the phone call. Most of the scabs and existing hair connected to the follicle with fall out by seven days. You’ll have some existing scabs. Social downtime is about a week.


We look forward to helping you through your hair restoration journey!

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What is a Robotic Hair Transplant?

robotic hair transplant is a type of hair restoration procedure where donor hair is removed directly from the back and sides of the scalp using robotic control. The specific type of hair transplant where robotic technology is used is called follicular unit extraction (FUE). In FUE, a small, round instrument, or punch, is use to separate individual follicular units (naturally occurring groups of 1-4 hairs) from the surrounding tissue, so that they can be extracted and then implanted into the balding area. This process is very tedious and exacting and when done manually often leads to significant injury to the follicles.
Robotic surgery allows this procedure to be done in a more precise and consistent way, ultimately maximizing the growth of the grafts. In a robotic hair transplant, follicular units are extracted one at a time by the image-guided, computer-driven system called ARTAS, a technology developed by the company Restoration Robotics. At The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, all Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures employ the speed and precision of the robotic system.

How Does the ARTAS Robotic Procedure Differ from Other Hair Transplant Procedures?

There are two basic types of hair transplant procedures, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT or strip surgery) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). In FUT, donor hair is harvested by removing a long thin strip from the back of the scalp. Individual follicular units are then obtained from this strip using stereo-microscopic dissection. In FUE, individual follicular units are harvested directly from the donor area using a sharp, round cutting instrument. The ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant system performs the follicular unit isolation step of an FUE procedure and can also create recipient sites according to specifications determined by the hair restoration surgeon. In performing each of these steps, the robot uses its image-guided technology to locate the next target and position the cutting instrument, and it does so with precision and speed that cannot be accomplished using manual FUE techniques or instruments.
Hair restoration information is available in our office. Please contact us at 817.473.2120 to schedule an appointment.  You can also visit our website at www.MarkBisharaMD.com.

A recent survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) showed that men and women around the world are seeking to correct hair loss while they’re younger rather than putting it off until later in life.
Since the ISHRS starting tracking data on hair restoration in 2004, the extrapolated worldwide volume of surgical hair restoration procedures performed from 2004 to 2012 increased 85 percent.  What explains this tremendous increase in people seeking help for hair loss, even during tough economic times?  We believe the unprecedented growth and increased popularity in hair restoration over the past decade can be directly attributed to the continual refinements and advances in this type of surgery – together with proven medical therapies – that produce natural-looking, permanent results.
Other key findings of the survey include:

  • The number of women undergoing hair restoration surgery worldwide increased 20 percent from 2004 to 2012
  • Patients aged 30 to 49 sought treatment for hair loss more than any other age group
  • In 2012, ISHRS members chose John Mayer and Sofia Vergara as the celebrities with the best hair

Hair Loss Treatments

We offer a variety of hair loss treatments to suit our patients’ every need and busy lifestyles. Dr. Mark Bishara stays current with the latest in hair restoration technology to offer you the most effective solutions and help you reach your aesthetic goals. With solutions ranging from non-surgical treatments to more in-depth procedures like a hair transplant, you can reverse the effects of hair loss and achieve the look you desire. To learn more about our treatment options, or to set up a consultation with our skilled and experienced hair restoration surgeon.
Hair Transplantation
During a hair transplant, hair is redistributed from fuller areas of the head, typically the sides and back of the head, to the balding or thinning areas. These grafts are placed to create a natural appearing result. The new hair follicles act as your normal hair, growing at the same rate as the rest of the area. The procedure can help you achieve a fuller head of hair and the results are permanent.

The ARTAS® Robotic System

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The ARTAS® Robotic System is a highly advanced surgical device used to harvest follicular unit grafts. It contains infrared cameras as well as state-of-the-art software to provide accurate follicle information for the most precise and efficient hair restoration surgery. ARTAS incorporates a number of elements in its operation, including an image-guided robotic arm and special imaging technologies that co-ordinate together for the purpose of implementing the “follicular unit extraction (FUE)” technique upon the recipient of the system. This procedure is available for both men AND women.
In our practice, we offer patients some of the latest techniques in hair restoration surgery and proven medical treatments that can help men and women permanently restore thinning hair.  If you are interested in hair restoration treatments, including ARTAS robotic hair transplants, and the latest treatment options, we would be happy to speak with you or invite you for a consult at our office.  Please call our office at (817) 473-2120, visit our website at www.MarkBisharaMD.com.

 

The ARTAS Robotic System

ARTAS Robot's Imaging System
The ARTAS Robot’s Imaging System

The ARTAS FUE robot is an image-guided system composed of a robotic arm, dual-needle punch mechanism, video imaging system, and a user interface. Its extraction technique consists of a double-punch arrangement with an inner (sharp) punch and outer (dull) punch. The inner punch has cutting capabilities to score the upper most part of the skin and the outer punch has a blunt edge used for dissection of the follicular units from the surrounding tissue that minimizes injury to the grafts. The image-guided system allows this step to be accomplished with great precision. The patient lies on a specially designed operating table that allows access of the robotic arm to the donor area of the scalp.
The ARTAS System is an interactive, computer assisted equipment employing 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).
There are two common ways to treat balding including strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE).  Strip harvesting is the most commonly used technique right now, and it is an efficient means of harvesting large quantities of follicles.
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.

Benefits of ARTAS System
Robotic technology is used in numerous surgical and diagnostic procedures to improve the efficacy of treatments.  Restoration Robotics has incorporated robotic technology into FUE resulting in the ARTAS system which is the first and only FDA-cleared technology that allows the physician to control the image-guided robot.  I am able to make minor adjustments to dissection depths and angles during the extraction process ensuring my patients receive optimal results.
Before and After Pictures:

Please view more before and after pictures on our website at markbisharamd.com/robotic-hair-transplants.php#artas