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Hair Restoration-ARTAS Robot Technology has done it again! Hair restoration surgery performed by a robot. Restoration Robotics, a company founded by Dr. Frederick H. Moll, developed the ARTAS System. This completely automated machine is the first and only robot designed to carry out the scoring aspect of the now popular, FUE hair transplant procedure. On April 14, 2011 the FDA granted a 510k dollar clearance to the ARTAS System for follicular unit extraction of the scalp on androgenic alopecia patients. In 2007, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) meeting was presented with the initial test results of ARTAS. At that point, the prototype had and unacceptably high transaction rate of 30%. After more research and testing at the ISHRS, the company reported that the device had decreased transaction rates to 6-15%. At the ISHRS meeting in September 2011 the company reported further improvement in the transaction rates.
How it works
It normally takes seven to eight hours to individually harvest, by hand approximately 1,000 grafts. Since the surgery is tricky and time consuming, fewer than 10% of hair restoration surgeons perform this method of hair restoration. The new ARTAS can gather grafts for hair transplant quicker and with less pain for patient.
Once the machine is turned on and initial parameters are set by the physician, and set to start, the machine decides which follicles to score around. It then proceeds from one hair follicle to the other at preset speeds. The patient is positioned for the robot to punch out the grafts on a donor area of roughly 5 to 10cm at a time. During this time, the patient must remain absolutely still as the head is restrained by straps. The surgeon then removes each graft by hand with a pair of forceps. After this, the patient is repositioned for ARTAS to work on a new section of donor hair. This process continues until the extraction portion of surgery is complete. The implantation of grafts is done using the traditional transplant method. ARTAS is available at a few locations in the U.S. and is only approved for use on patients with straight hair that is dark brown or black in color.