Customized treatment plans for individual patients using the latest techniques and technology make it possible to successfully compensate for thinning hair or baldness. During a hair transplant, thin strips of skin containing hair are taken from the back of the scalp and placed in tiny holes in the bald or thinned area. The grafted hair falls out after the procedure but then grows back and should last as long as the hair from the area in which it was taken.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
Follicular unit transplantation, or FUT, is a surgical procedure in which hair is transplanted from one area of the scalp to the targeted area. Hair is transplanted as individual hair follicle units, typically moved from the back or sides of the head to the frontal balding regions of the scalp. Each transplanted unit consists of one to four individual hairs.
The surgical procedure may last from 5 to 10 hours and is performed under local anesthesia. For some patients, only one session is required. In other cases, the procedure may have to be repeated. Some soreness and numbness is to be expected after the procedure. Normal hair care can usually be resumed within a week. The results of the FUT procedure are usually visible within 3 months after treatment. The closer in color the hair is to the skin, the more successful the results of the FUT are likely to be. FUT can be performed in many areas of the body. Commonly, follicular unit transplantation is performed as:
- Temporal peak restoration to combat male-pattern baldness
- Eyebrow replacement
- Eyelash replacement
Follicular unit transplantation represents a significant improvement over the "hair plugs" or transplants previously used. Smaller modern follicular units, as well as micrografts, have many advantages over the larger skin grafts used decades ago. They heal more quickly, involve less discomfort, and provide more aesthetically pleasing results.
The ARTAS System
For the very latest technology in hair restoration, we are 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 and it helps to solve 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 removal of hair follicles individually at a rate of up to 1,000 per hour.
Benefits of the ARTAS System
The ARTAS System for FUE employs an image-guided robotic arm to separate follicular units from the surrounding tissue for subsequent extraction. The image-guided system allows this step to be accomplished with great precision. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia so it is painless.
From the efficiency of the ARTAS System in extracting follicular unit grafts to the quality of the grafts to patient safety, the benefits are many. You can receive a high quality hair transplant with a less intensive time commitment, less anesthesia needed to numb the area, improved hair growth rates and a better overall FUE hair transplant experience.
The transaction rates using ARTAS have averaged eight percent, as compared to 20 to 30 percent transaction rates with manual FUE. That is because all of the complex and imprecise decisions made by the physician in regard to follicle angles, locations and more are now determined by the device using complex computer algorithms, which eliminates so much of the guess work in manual FUE.
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