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The Robotic Revolution in Hair Transplantation

Discover the world’s most advanced hair restoration technology (Hair Transplant) in the world

“The Robot arrived at my clinic in November 2014, and we have already reached the mark of 270 procedures performed.
Technology has become the first surgical option for patients seeking me to perform their hair transplantation, due to the advantages it offers: minimally invasive, without incisions, stitches or scars and with minimal surgical discomfort, “explains capillary surgeon João Carlos Pereira, Of the Derm Clinic, in São José do Rio Preto. Over the past decade, robotic procedures have advanced many precision surgeries to help surgeons in difficult and repetitive surgical movements, eliminating fatigue and manual variability.

In the US alone, 50 million men suffer from hereditary baldness. Worldwide, 310,000 capillary transplants are performed annually in individuals aged 18 to 80 years, although most are done in patients between 20 and 50 years
of age. In recent years, surgical techniques have evolved and hair transplantation is becoming less invasive.

Excellence and technology

The service of hair surgeon João Carlos Pereira is among the ten in the world that most performed surgeries with Artas in 2015. This is why they were awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Robotic Capillary Surgery in Latin America, granted by Restoration Robotics Inc., for Their efficiency in the procedure. In 2016 was included in the Medical Board of the Company, in order to collaborate scientifically with the new phases of the development of the robot.

The ARTAS System is a computer-assisted, physician-controlled surgical system that performs the first phase of hair restoration surgery: the harvest phase of the follicular units, but soon it will also perform perforations in the bald area to place the grafts.

ARTAS combines several features including a robotic arm guided by special imaging technologies, small skin-stretching brackets and a computer interface to trigger the robot’s “circular scalpel” that grafts the grafts.

The traditional technique FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), where a segment of the scalp is removed in a cutting way to harvest the hair follicles, is used less and less due to the undesirable linear scar that leaves in the posterior and lateral areas of the head. In mid-2010, I started a new technique called FUE (Follicular Unit Extration) in Brazil, in which the follicular units were harvested through a micro American device. The main advantages of this minimally invasive technique in relation to the FUT are the fact that the FUE does not leave postoperative pain, it does not have cut, it does not need to take points, which also excludes scars in the scalp, with that, its accomplishment has grown About 40% per year.

With the arrival of Artas Robotic, there is a significant advance in the FUE technique. What was done with the micro-device manually, now happens to be realized by Robot Artas. The advantages are in the efficiency, speed and precision in the extraction of the follicular grafts, minimizing damages or high loss of follicles.

New advances

What is already a success continues to advance. Artas has just received an upgrade in the execution of the procedure, valuing the result even more. This is thanks to the installation of a new mathematical algorithm that improves the withdrawal of the hair follicles, according to the physician’s interest.

With this evolution, the robot selects the follicular units more quickly and accurately, making it possible to differentiate the larger or lesser grafts during their removal, according to the professional’s choice. “He can even discard thin, undeveloped hair, for example. Which makes the whole process faster, more accurate and efficient. It is an important technical advance that changes the final result of the surgery, and increases the patient satisfaction index, “says Pereira.

And that, not to mention that unlike conventional techniques that do not always allow to perform complementary surgeries in those who have undergone previous transplants. With the robot, most of these cases that no longer had this chance, can perform a new surgery because the technology of the machine allows to harvest grafts between existing scars in the donor area, or in donor area.

Another novelty recently installed in the robot is the Artas Hair Studio that allows the patient to participate in the planning of the surgery in a three-dimensional (3D) way, on an Ipad. In addition to the recent implantation of new thinner and sharper needles. All this contributes to the greater optimization of the robotic capillary transplantation that, every day, allows better removal of grafts, and subsequent healing of the implanted follicles. Definitely, with Artas, hair transplant surgery has entered the era of excellence with robotic technology, which is already indispensable in some areas of medicine.

Thanks to this technology and natural and efficient results, many personalities from the political, artistic and religious world have chosen the robotic technique to perform hair transplantation. Who has just announced to have undergone the surgery, was the television presenter Rodrigo Faro. “I put an end to the dolphin’s forehead with the technology. And if it was you went there to my friend João Carlos Pereira, to find a way in yours, “he joked during a program of his colleague Fábio Porchat, on September 21, in a national network. Like him, innumerable other candidates for baldness have found in capillary transplantation immense satisfaction, which puts an end to low self-esteem.

For those who still have questions about the techniques used, or which would be the best solution for your case, ideally, you should seek a specialist who will suggest the best surgical option.

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The ARTAS System is a computer-assisted, physician-controlled surgical system that performs the first phase of hair restoration surgery: the harvest phase of the follicular units. And we are already studying the implantation soon of the technology that will allow the robot to perform the placement of the grafts.

ARTAS combines several features including a robotic arm guided by special imaging technologies, small skin-stretching brackets and a computer interface to trigger the robot’s “circular scalpel” that grafts the grafts.

The procedure can be performed under sedation and local anesthesia, or only under local anesthesia, but in this case the surgery becomes tiring because it usually lasts from 6 to 8 hours and is performed in a hospital operating room for greater safety And patient comfort. The postoperative is very comfortable, normal activities can be resumed after 48 hours. Physical activities and individual sports are released after 5 days. The implanted hair is born after 90 days and grows 1 cm per month. At 8 months, individuals begin to observe the final outcome of the surgery.

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