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Posted on September 22, 2017

Robotic hair restoration

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Over the past decade, robotic procedures have advanced care in many surgical categories such as cancer surgery. Robotic systems are proven to assist surgeons with difficult, repetitive and precise surgical movements, reducing manual variability and improving outcomes. Their reproducible accuracy and precision has also enabled a shift to the less invasive techniques that patients seek.
The Robotic Hair Transplant gives fuller hair while eliminating the drawbacks typically associated with older transplant methods. This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure transplants a patient's own hair without stitches or noticeable scarring. Recovery time is fast, with most people returning to work or other activities within a few days.
The ARTAS® Robotic System for hair restoration enhances manual surgical performance in three key areas where robotics are proven to extend human capability.
  • Image-guided robotics dissect at the appropriate angle of approach
  • Parameters of each follicular unit updated 60 times per second
  • Micron-level precision
  • Apply skill with greater speed and precision
  • Set key parameters such as puncture depth, coring depth and angle
Eliminates error and uneven site distribution due to manual fatigue
Low transection rates
The ARTAS® Robotic System is the first and only robotic hair transplant system. Using image-guided robotics, the physician-assisted ARTAS Robotic System precisely dissects follicular units, thousands of times in a single session. Intuitive controls and intelligent algorithms select and harvest the most viable hair for transplant. A two-step dissection system produces healthy grafts while maintaining the natural appearance of the patient's donor area. Developed to extend the capabilities of the physician, the system enables consistently better outcomes with every procedure.
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Designed by robotics experts and leading hair restoration physicians, the ARTAS Robotic System uses state-of-the art image-guidance and intelligent algorithms to optimize follicular unit harvesting. The location and characteristics of each follicular unit are tracked in real time, updating 60 times per second. The high-definition user interface provides multiple views of the dissection area, allowing the physician to adjust parameters without interrupting the procedure. With the ARTAS Robotic System, physicians harvest follicular units with speed and precision far beyond manual techniques for efficient and consistent results.
  • Visualizes the surface of the scalp in three dimensions with micron-level precision
  • Digital imaging maps coordinates, angle orientation and direction for each follicular unit
  • Determines the density and distribution of follicular units
  • Monitors and updates distinct parameters of each and every follicular unit at 60 times per second
  • Intelligent algorithms set the alignment and depth for individual follicular unit harvesting
  • Calculated angle of approach minimizes transections by the two-step dissection system
The ARTAS application is an interactive 3D patient consultation tool that transforms the hair transplant experience. Using actual patient photographs, the physician can create a simulated hair transplant model which may be shared with the patient. A customized aesthetic recipient site plan is then determined with the patient's input. For ease of use, the application is run on a touchscreen tablet computer. the application allows the physician to develop aesthetic plans with direct input from the patient. The tablet-based application allows the physician to show the patient various hair transplant scenarios, providing the opportunity for patient input, and helping the physician set realistic expectations. This collaboration can help increase patient security and confidence in the eventual outcome. With the use of a stylus, the physician draws a hair transplant design directly onto the model. Hairline, graft counts, distribution densities and growth directions are easily adjusted. The physician can also adjust the final before and after simulation, changing parameters such as hair length and hair color.
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Source and top image: ARTAS
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Sensors USA 2018 External Link on 14 - 15 Nov 2018 at Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA hosted by IDTechEx.