Before ARTAS graft harvesting can begin, the donor area will need to be trimmed to the appropriate length. The hair in this area is recommended to be one-millimeter in length or shorter. This will provide the computer imaging system with the most accurate results for identifying, tracking and harvesting each hair graft. With the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System’s innovative technology, the donor area will look nearly untouched and graft harvesting will be undetectable to others after the procedure.
Hair harvesting refers to the process of removing healthy hair follicles from the donor area. ARTAS uses a high-definition stereoscopic vision system to identify and analyze the most optimal hair grafts for harvesting, precisely dissect those grafts, and track them all from start to finish. The technology strategically determines which healthy grafts will be selected in order to maintain the most natural appearance within the donor area, while ensuring unparalleled results within the desired areas. This is all under the control and supervision of a certified ARTAS Hair Transplant Surgeon.
Once hair grafts are dissected from the donor area, they will then be transplanted into the recipient site. In order to determine the precise locations of graft reinsertion, a Recipient Site Making treatment design will need to be created. The ARTAS System is capable of creating recipient sites behind the hairline; however, does not create recipient sites in the hairline or the crown. This part requires a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon. To ensure the best results for patients, Dr. Markou currently creates all of the recipient sites personally.
It’s imperative to ensure a natural and undetectable look for hair transplantation procedures. This is why Recipient Site Making is one of the most important steps of the ARTAS Hair Transplant procedure. Recipient Site Making refers to the process of designing the ideal hairline and aesthetic pattern for new hair growth. This step of the procedure requires Dr. Markou’s years of experience and artistry.
Dr. Markou has over 25 years of experience in designing and developing the ideal Recipient Site Making treatment. He follows the individual scalp patterns for each patient to design a unique treatment that will provide the most natural hair restoration results. Each treatment corresponds with the patient’s desired look for hair regrowth and is based off different depths, directions and angles. Dr. Markou will determine the required angles, density, distribution, and direction of the hair follicles to ensure a natural look for hair growth while avoiding damage to pre-existing healthy hair in the recipient site.
The ARTAS Hair Transplant is minimally invasive due to the micron-level accuracy provided by precision robotics. Unlike older hair transplant methods, no stitches or suturing is required to close post-extraction wounds. The Robotic Hair Transplant System incorporates a two-step dissection process to dissect each individual hair graft, allowing for no linear scarring within the donor area.
Any small wounds left behind will be very tiny “punch marks” that will completely close over the next few days post-surgery. Due to the less invasive nature of the ARTAS Hair Transplant procedure, patients are able to return back to their normal schedule within the next day or two. The donor area will appear like a short haircut within the next week or so.
ARTAS Hair Transplant provides natural-looking results that last. Since the transplanted hair originated in the donor area, these follicles are not affected by the same conditions that cause hair loss within the recipient site – allowing for permanent hair regrowth. Once hair has been successfully transplanted, it will begin to grow almost identically to the hair follicles still located within the donor area. Hair will continue to show steady growth over time – providing natural-looking and long-lasting results.
New hair growth can be seen as soon as 3 months after the ARTAS Hair Transplant procedure has been administered, and will continue to grow substantially for a years length. On average, patients see the most noticeable hair growth results anywhere from 6 to 9 months after ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration.
A robotic hair transplant is a surgical hair restoration procedure where hair is removed and transplanted under robotic control. ARTAS robotic hair transplant utilizes advanced digital-imaging and intelligent algorithms to improve the speed, accuracy and consistency of manual hair transplantations.
The cost of ARTAS robotic hair transplant can range anywhere from $7,000 to $18,000, with most hair transplant centers charging per hair graft rather than per session. Patients can be charged as high as $15 per graft.
Unlike most centers around the United States, we charge per session rather than per graft. By doing pricing this way, we’re able to put 100% of our focus on creating the ideal hairline for maximum hair growth. This ensures we harvest as many hair grafts as necessary to achieve the thickest results possible in one session. On average, the ARTAS hair transplant procedure costs about $7,900 at our center.
The ARTAS hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure; however, local anesthesia will be applied to the donor and recipient areas in order to reduce any trace of discomfort for the patient. Most patients report little discomfort during and after the procedure.
The ARTAS robotic hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure with minimal side effects. Patients may experience slight swelling and redness after the ARTAS hair transplant procedure that will completely heal over the next 1 to 2 days.
ARTAS vs. NeoGraft: Both hair transplant procedures incorporate the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique. NeoGraft is a manual handheld device that assists in extracting and transplanting hair follicles, while ARTAS is an automated robotic system that performs the procedure with guidance from the surgeon.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is one of two common techniques used in hair transplantations. The FUE hair transplant method utilizes naturally occurring follicular units to promote new hair growth. A follicular unit simply refers to 1-4 hair follicles that grow together out of a single pore.