what is robotic hair restoration

What is Robotic Hair Restoration?

Robotic Hair Restoration is when hair restoration/ hair transplant procedures are either partially or majorly assisted by robotic technology, software, and tools. Robotic hair restoration methods have become the most common method during procedures because of their efficiency and ability to detect the best hair follicle candidates a patient has in their donor area. It’s also less invasive than traditional methods, allowing patients to recover much faster.

Technology Used in Robotic Hair Restorations

The technology that has been able to make robotic hair restoration possible is the ARTAS iX- AI software. Through the development of the ARTAS software, robotic arms are able to use high-resolution imaging in conjunction with the surgeon’s skills to detect the best possible hair follicle candidate based on the direction of hair growth, density, and thickness. It is also able to quickly harvest the hair follicles after identification at precise depths and angles while keeping track of every individual hair graft from the beginning to the end of the procedure. Using ARTAS allows hair follicles to be harvested in a minimally invasive manner with a pen-like tool with a smaller circumference that moves with precision and leaves smaller incisions in the patient’s donor area. This makes the healing process much faster and leaves minimal (if any) scarring on the patient while leaving a more natural, stitch-free, post-procedure look.

Is Robotic Hair Restoration Better Than Other Hair Restorations Methods?

Not only does robotic hair restoration work, but it is also the most recommended method of hair restoration/ hair transplantation methods. Robotic hair restoration is faster, more precise, and far less invasive than traditional hair restoration methods. Robotic methods are able to map and identify healthy hair follicles from multiple places in donor area at once by scanning the area for hair growth angle, thickness, density, and more. One of the only cons of using robotic tools in hair restoration procedures is that surgeons are able to manually extract/ harvest hair follicles anywhere the patient has hair on their body through other methods but robotic hair restoration is limited to certain areas of hair where extractions/ harvests are possible. These areas include the sides and the back of the patient’s head. That being said, robotic hair restoration is still the number one recommended method in any type of hair restoration process.

Common Concerns Within Robotic Hair Restorations

 Pain (less)

            Patients should not feel any pain during robotic hair restoration procedures. Prior to the extractions/ harvesting of the hair follicles, patients’ scalps are numbed completely with anesthesia so the entire procedure is painless. Should patients start to feel pain, more anesthesia will be given before proceeding.

Shaving

            The advancement of technology in the hair transplant field has allowed researchers to focus on the comfort of the patient. Patients who have a hair transplant with the ARTAS Robotic technology do not need to shave their heads completely. Traditional hair transplant procedures require patients to have a close shave pre-procedure so that surgeons are able to have a clear view when implanting the hair follicles in the recipient area but, robotic hair restoration procedures only require a shorter trim instead, a completely shaven head for the ARTAS Robotic technology isn’t necessary.  For restorations with smaller donor areas (where healthy, existing hair follicles would be harvested) patients might have the option to only trim that specific area.

If you think you might fall into this category but aren’t sure, set up a consultation with a surgeon to find out if robotic hair transplants are an option for you.