FDA Approves "Hair Transplant Robot"-But it's not for Everybody

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Posted on : October 14, 2016 | Author: John Kahen

The United States regulator, Food and Drugs Administrator (FDA) has approved a machine called the Artas System for commercial use in hair restoration. According to manufacturers Restoration Robotics, Artas is “an interactive, computer-assisted system utilizing image-guided robotics to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting” by combining “several features including an interactive, image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches, and a computer interface.” The system uses its intelligence unit to harvest hair follicles with “image-guided robotics” said the company.

The system has a chair with camera equipment that works under the doctor’s control. The hair follicles are manually transplanted after being extracted. The company says this system can improve extraction rates to 750 to 1,000 units per hour. This is much quicker and less invasive than traditional harvesting techniques they add. The follicular units are stored until they are implanted into the patient’s recipient area using current manual techniques.

So if the Artas can be used only on patients with straight brown or black hair, what about those sufferers with blonde, graying, red, or curly hair They are not candidates for this new technology and follicles still needs to be manually placed. Skilled placement is arguably the most important factor in achieving a dense, natural look. So is this really the best option for the majority of patients suffering from baldness According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 35 million U.S. men are affected by male pattern baldness. Many have gone through hair restoration surgery: an estimated 100,000 in 2009. In our practice, roughly 70% of the patients we see are either graying or have blonde hair and many have hair that not straight, making them exempt from the Artas system altogether. The “strip” method, when done by a skilled surgeon and sutured properly, leaves the faintest of scar, which over time fades to being virtually invisible. 


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