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Artas Robotic Hair Restoration

9/11/2018 5:09:51 PM

The Artas robotic hair restoration system is relatively new to the hair loss industry, but it has already won over many highly respected hair transplant surgeons around the world. However, this device is heavily debated in the hair restoration community and is not without it's critics. In this article, we will discuss the history of the Artas robotic device and how it is used in today's hair restoration industry.

Artas early years

Artas robotic device was developed in 2006 however, the device was not unveiled to the public until 2008 when it was intoduced at the annual meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS). For the next 5 years the Artas robotic device would undergo major changes until finally being released in 2011 after receiving clearance from the FDA, the first Artas robotic device was shipped for commercial use that same year.

How is Artas used today?

Today, many highly respected surgeons utilize the Artas robotic device for their practice. The Artas robotic device harvests grafts from the patients donor site utilizing the Follicular Unit Excision (formerly known as Follicular Unit Extraction FUE) harvesting method. While there are several proponents of the Artas robotic device, many surgeons feel that the device does not extract follicular units with the delicate care that is required for FUE. Furthermore, many surgeons feel that the device utilizes large punches which lead to undesirable scarring. However, many hair transplant surgeons continue to use the device in their practice and have a large portfolio of succesful cases and happy patients.

Continuing education with the Artas Robotic Hair Restoration System

Physicians are provided the opportunity to increase their skill and knowledge through the annual "Master Class" educational series provided by Restoration Robotics the makers of Artas. The "Master Class" series includes a live demonstration, hands-on training, and various other topics in relation to hair restoration surgery. Ultimately, the series was created to provide peer-to-peer training to overcome the learning curve associated with the Artas Robotic Hair Restoration System.

Is the Artas better than traditional FUE?

While the Artas robotic device is one of the most advanced technological developments in the hair restoration world for the last decade, many patients and doctors still feel like the results are not on par with traditional manual and motorized FUE. In fact, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS) survey the majority of patients who had FUE in 2017 chose manual and motorized FUE over robotic FUE. . Furthermore, many surgeons feel the best quality grafts are extracted utilizing manual and motorized FUE. Moreover, the majority of educated patients choose manual and motorized FUE over the Artas robotic device, as they feel they can receive better results with manual and motorized FUE. However, this does not mean that one method is superior over the other. Both manual, motorized and robotic FUE require skill and technical ability to achieve the best patient results

Conclusion

While the Artas robotic device seems to be heavily debated amongst the worlds elite hair restoration surgeons. The truth is, the Artas robotic device is simply a tool which requires skill, talent and experience to properly use it and achieve success. With that said, patients have the ability to choose from two different harvesting techniques and now can even choose which device/tool is utilized to harvest those grafts. There has never been a better time to be a hair transplant patient or to have a procedure.

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Melvin, Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator