The Griffin Center’s team of Atlanta hair restoration professionals is devoted to providing the most effective hair restoration techniques and hair transplant technology. For that reason, Drs. Edmond Griffin and Ashley Curtis recently traveled to Denver, Colorado to learn about the ARTAS™ system for hair restoration designed by Restoration Robotics, Inc. The ARTAS™ system uses the guidance of computer-assisted imaging to improve hair transplant surgery.
During hair transplant surgery, Dr. Griffin manually takes hair grafts from donor regions. Then he and his team separate the follicular unit grafts containing one to four hairs, and Dr. Griffin places the hairs into tiny incisions in the balding regions. Although this is a timely process, he believes it is worth the hair restoration results they produce.
Dr. Griffin has heard about plenty of machines that are supposed to aid hair transplant surgeons, but until recently he had not seen a technology that really impressed him. Although Dr. Griffin and his team are still researching the ARTAS™ system, they’re impressed by the consistency of its robotic hair transplant results . Used under the direction of a physician, this technology expedites the process of manual follicular unit extraction (FUE) by identifying and even harvesting follicular units. A hair transplant surgeon later implants the follicles into the patient’s bald region(s) as they would during a traditional hair restoration procedure.
Although the Griffin Center does not yet perform ARTAS™ treatments, their research thus far shows promise for facilitating hair transplant surgery without compromising surgical results.
This development on hair restoration technology will give the patient looking into FUEs another option for hair transplantation: follicular unit extractions produced by the Neograft system (which is mechanized with suction), those performed by a doctor using mechanized instruments, and now FUEs produced through the robotic technique. Which technique produces the best, most natural-looking results depends on the accuracy of the surgeon/technician team. This will vary from office to office as the FUE method becomes more popular and adopted by more surgeons. While the current theme in hair restoration seems to be more tedious, more costly and slower, compared to the less expensive, more accurate, more consistent technique offered by the possibility of hair restoration robotics, the overall results will most likely depend on the nuances of the operator as opposed to the robot.