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Mike Kaine, MD Written by Erin D. Updated on 14 Jan 2024
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ARTAS (Robotic) Hair Transplant

Mike Kaine, MD

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Written by Erin D. Updated on 14 Jan 2024

The topic of transplanting one’s own hair is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. The techniques are constantly being improved to make the result look even more aesthetic and natural. One of the latest technical innovation in the field of hair transplantation is the high-tech ARTAS robot from the USA. But is robotic hair transplant superior to manual hair transplant? And how much does it cost?

Procedure with the ARTAS

The ARTAS robot method is a further development of the traditional manual FUE method. The robot guarantees a constant precision of the single hair removal during a treatment. Thus, a high number of individual hair roots can be removed from the head to be treated in a shorter time. However, the hair is only removed by the robot, not implanted. The procedure of hair transplantation with the ARTAS follows this process:

  • For this process, the patient’s head is first shaved bald, and a checkered grid is painted on for orientation of the machine until the scanner module comes into operation.
  • Now the ARTAS robot system will automatically determine the position of the hair to be removed. An algorithm helps the machine to determine which hair root units should be punched out.
  • Then, the skin surface is drilled sharply. A blunt drill sleeve is pushed into the incision and detaches the hair shafts from the surrounding tissue. Until the desired number of units is obtained.

Currently the robotic-assisted FUE method is only used in 5.3% of all FUE procedures according to our hair transplant statistics:

FUE hair transplants frequency of methods

  • During the treatment process an operator of the ARTAS system monitors the procedure using a live camera and whose feed is transmitted to a screen. In case of complications, the system can be stopped at any time.
  • The subsequent transplantation is usually carried out manually by the hand of the specialists, as with the classic methods of hair transplantation.

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ARTAS Hair Transplant: Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Hair can not only be removed by the ARTAS robot, but also transplanted (new generation). Due to the high purchase price of the ARTAS robot, many doctors are not able to offer such a modern method of treatment.
Typical concentration problems or fatigue when performing the procedure cannot lead to a higher transaction rate. The necessary training for the operation of the robot involves an intensive familiarization of the machine for about one week.
Everything takes place via a standardized removal process with extremely high quality. The dissection rate for the ARTAS robot is 10% to 20%. The hair density that can be achieved with the ARTAS Robot is, according to their own statement, an average of 30 FU per centimeter. However, the recommended value for an aesthetic result is approximately 50 FU per centimeter, which corresponds to the natural density of the hair.
Operation and execution of the ARTAS Robot System are not subject to deep experience in the field of hair transplantation. All that is required is training to learn how to operate the machine. For many doctors who have never performed hair transplantation themselves, the possibility of offering this service with a hair transplantation robot is very tempting. Not all hair can be removed by an ARTAS robot. Neck and body hair cannot be removed by the robot.
Inexperienced doctors in the field of hair transplantation can receive support from technical assistants and trained staff. Damage caused by the removal of the hair by a robot is more likely to occur than if the hair is removed by an experienced hair surgeon. The growth direction of the individual hairs varies individually, this cannot yet be taken into account by the machine. Thus, damage to the hair root units is more likely to occur with an ARTAS robot transplant.
Robots react to the slightest movements of the head and can compensate for these thanks to the latest technology. All hair must be shaved for the procedure.
Technical application and implementation provide many patients with an affinity for technology more confidence in electing to get a transplantation. The rate of growth for the individual hairs is still unclear; no precise data or studies are available.
In cases of defects of the robot a quick repair service is offered. Important steps before each treatment such as preparation and cleaning of the robot are very time intensive.
Every time the device is used, i.e. every time hair is removed, a harvesting fee is charged for services and one-time kits.
The robot cannot be used without a properly running internet connection. The Internet dependence of the monitoring system means a stable connection must be ensured.
During a treatment, technical malfunctions or a breakdown must always be expected - this is what happens when working with technology.
Just as treatment by a robot may suggest safety to some people, there are also many patients with a phobia of technology who do not want to be treated by a robot.
Many renowned hair specialists are not convinced by the results of robotic hair transplantation that it is a better alternative to other methods.
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Results and experiences

The results and experiences of hair transplantation with ARTAS robots are very mixed and depend on many different factors. One of the reasons for this inconsistency is that the results of a treatment are primarily related to an individual’s unique form of hair loss. Other factors include the microsurgical instruments used and the experience/education of the attending team of doctors. The result of a hair transplantation therefore depends on more factors than just the removal technique.

Here are several examples of hair transplant results using the ARTAS method we have compiled for you:

Before and After ARTAS hair transplant

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General medical experience shows that most hair patients believe having an experienced doctor or technician perform the transplantation is the most important, while the technique used plays a secondary role. Some patients are skeptical of using a robot to perform the transplant and only want to be treated by a doctor. One solution is the combination of robot and classical FUE removal by a doctor. The ARTAS robot removes the patient’s hair and the doctor inserts it manually.

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Let us show you before-and-after pictures of patients who had hair transplants done with the ARTAS robot. Pay attention to the natural appearance of the hairline and the donor area (usually the back of the head). You should also make sure that the hair surgeon has mastered the conventional hair transplantation methods and does not resort to the ARTAS System due to a lack of competence: Checkout results now

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Who is a candidate for an ARTAS hair transplant?

Male patients over the age of 40, with an ample donor area suffering from androgenetic alopecia are optimal candidates for ARTAS hair transplants.

With the ARTAS method it is preferred that the patient has dark, straight hair. It is easier for the machine to detect the individual hair follicles of a patient if they are dark, light hair is difficult for the machine to focus on.

In contrast to manual hair transplants, curly hair is not compatible with the machine. Curly hair generally provides more natural results, with a fuller appearance than straight hair. However, the ARTAS machine has difficulty identifying the individual hair follicles.

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The ARTAS robot is a useful supplementary measure for hair transplant specialists in practice. Nevertheless, all other hair transplantation techniques should be mastered and not replaced by the machine.

Since the purchase of a robot is also very costly, it drives the price of the hair transplantation with the ARTAS method up. Compared to the average hair transplant cost, surgeries with the roboter are above the average. In addition, the demand for robotic treatment is rather low and most patients place their trust in the experience and hand of a specialist. In low labor cost countries like Turkey or Mexico the ARTAS roboter is not common for hair transplantations.

Considering the pros and cons of hair transplantation with an ARTAS robot, it can be said that manual hair transplantation is usually less costly and just as successful, and perhaps even more natural.

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