The advancements in hair transplant procedure over the years have resulted in better yield and natural and fuller appearance. It has evolved from just giving few hair grown randomly and unaesthetic result to consistent and great results. The cost of hair transplant in India is now affordable to great majority of people and more and more bald person are getting the hair transplant and getting extremely consistent natural result with better density.
As hair transplant methods have increased in sophistication, it makes sense that technology would start to play a greater role. The newest addition of technology to hair transplant methods is the robotic hair transplant by ARTAS device. ARTAS is being promoted to fasten the graft extractionu and implantation process of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
As with any advertising related to hair loss – ARTAS advertising should be taken with a pinch of salt and must be looked at more closely to discern what the pros and cons of using the device actually are.
Pros of ARTAS robotic transplant
- Marketing – Robotic hair transplants is a good marketing tool to attract majority of patient! By offering this service a less experienced doctor can set up shop doing hair transplants among the other services they already provide. To a common man it look like if hair transplant is done by any robot it will be very advanced and latest technique but on the contrary it is not so . the tactile evaluation and trained surgeon eye to evaluate and modify the angle , direction , pressure, and depth is necessary to get the best quality graft
- Less Experienced Needed – A less experienced doctor can rely on the ARTAS machine to handle the delicate job of extracting grafts.
Cons of ARTAS Robotic Transplant
- Very selected Usage – One of the biggest drawbacks to robotic hair transplant is that it can be useful for patient having straight donor hair.
- Restricted Donor Areas – the robotic hair transplant is not useful to extract body donor hair
- Possible Healing Complications – ARTAS uses large size punches to extract follicles, which can result in healing complications and also damage surrounding donor hair follicles.
- Graft extraction – its more time consuming, not able to do megasession in one day. Suitable only for less number of graft..
- Graft Survival – robotic grafts has less survival as compared to automated fue technique done by trained fue specialist doctor
The new emerging technique which are coming up , need to be proper evaluated and gained experience and acceptance amongst the hair transplant surgeon worldwide before offering this treatment to patients on wider scale . . At present there is no machine or robot which can replace the surgical craftsmanship of an experienced surgeon whilst machines such as ARTAS do have some value, they cannot replace the expert skill and knowledge of an experienced surgeon.