ARTAS Hair Transplants VS. Dr. Jones HOW ARTAS WORKS
ARTAS Hair Transplant Robot vs. Dr. Jones’ FUE Technique
Restoration Robotics, a company founded by Dr. Frederick H. Moll, developed the ARTAS System. This completely automated machine is the first robot designed to carry out the scoring aspect of the FUE hair transplant procedure.
HOW ARTAS WORKS: THE MECHANICS
The patient is positioned for the robot to punch out the grafts on a donor area of roughly 5 to 10 cm at a time. During this time, the patient must remain absolutely still, and the head is restrained by straps. After this, the surgeon removes each graft by hand with a pair of forceps. The patient is then repositioned for ARTAS to work on a new section of
POTENTIAL PROS OF ARTAS
The thought of a machine extracting FUE grafts is an attractive one if the machine can replicate the touch of an expert human practitioner, and if it can boost the speed of the extraction process.
In Dr. Jones’ opinion, this robot may work for doctors who wish to provide FUE, but don’t have the experience to do it manually or with a power punch.
CONS OF ARTAS OVER DR. JONES’ FUE TECHNIQUE
TransectionRate. The Artas Robot has a transectionrate (destroyed grafts) of 8 to 10 percent. Dr. Jones’ transectionrate is 3 to 5 percent. Artas charges the doctor for all the destroyed grafts as well as the viable grafts, so many doctors plant these destroyed grafts knowing they won’t grow. Dr. Jones only charges for and plants viable grafts.
- Slower Rate of Extraction. The robot currently extracts about 600 grafts per hour, whereas Dr. Jones can extract 1,500 to 2,000 grafts per hour, enabling him to do 3,000 and even 4,000-graft sessions in a single day.
- Larger Punch. The Artas system uses a punch with a diameter of 1.65 mm, and Dr. Jones uses punches from .7 to .9 mm. A smaller punch means faster healing of the donor area, and there is less likely to be damage to surrounding grafts.
- More Likelihood of Buried Grafts. The Artas robot uses a dull punch system, which has been shown to be more likely to bury some of the grafts and cause cyst formation.
- A Robot Cannot Select Grafts for an Individual Patient. Any automated device will still have limitations in discerning the best follicle for extraction. For example, it is important to select donor hairs with a specific hairline or eyebrow design in mind. It is difficult for a machine to do this, whereas Dr. Jones can pick and choose different size grafts depending on the patient’s needs.
- Limited Donor Site. The Artas System is limited to areas that the square device can fit on (i.e. a strip around the back of the head). Dr. Jones is able to extract from all permanent areas, including the sideburns, the beard or any other area of the body he chooses.
- The Need to Shave the Head. With the Artas System, the physician has to shave the patient’s head, where Dr. Jones can perform FUE without shaving.
- Limited Hair Characteristics. ARTAS is only approved for use on patients with straight hair that is dark brown or black in
colour. Dr. Jones can perform FUE on any hair colouror texture.
At this point, Dr. Jones feels the only advantage of the Artas Robot for an experienced FUE surgeon is a marketing one. It is slower, has a higher
Technology (FUE) HOW ARTAS WORKS
At 62, with no immediate plans of retirement, I erred on the side of a full hairline where one once lived decades ago. Clearly, the feedback from my extensive FUE
My advice: do it before your dome becomes too pronounced.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!
Thank you Dr. Robert Jones and team – I’m proud to be your senior poster child!
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